Thanks for watching! I hope that you find my videos informational and enjoyable. The key to any great shave is technique, and there are lots of great products to help you get there. Thank you for you views, subscriptions, comments and likes!
How to Shave with a Safety Razor
My Favorite Shave Gear
Razor: Merkur 34C http://bit.ly/Merkur34c2018
Blade: Personna http://bit.ly/personna
Brush: RazoRock Plissoft http://bit.ly/RRplissoft
Shaving Soap: Barrister Mann Seville http://bit.ly/BMSev
Aftershave: Proraso http://bit.ly/ProrasoAS
Aftershave Balm: Nivea Sensitive http://bit.ly/NiveaAS
Shave Gear of the Year 2017
Razor: Rockwell 6C http://bit.ly/RockwellR
Blade: Feather http://bit.ly/feather100
Brush: Semogue 620 http://bit.ly/semogue620
Shaving Soap: Tabac http://bit.ly/tabacsoap
Aftershave: Fine Fresh Vetiver http://bit.ly/FineVetiver
Shave Gear of the Year 2016
Razor: Merkur 34c http://bit.ly/Merkur34c2018
Blade: Perma-Sharp http://bit.ly/perma-sharp
Brush: Semogue 1305 http://bit.ly/semogue1305
Shaving Soap: Phoenix Gondolier http://bit.ly/PhoenixSoap
Shaving Soap: Pre de Provence 63 http://bit.ly/PrePro63
Aftershave: Fine Snake Bite http://bit.ly/FineSnakeAS
Shave Gear of the Year 2015
Razor: Merkur 34c http://bit.ly/Merkur34c2018
Blade: Gillette 7 O'Clock Super Stainless http://bit.ly/gillette7OCss
Boar Brush: Semogue 830 http://bit.ly/semogue830boar
Badger Brush: Semogue Owner's Club http://bit.ly/SOCbadger
Shaving Soap: Barrister Mann Seville http://bit.ly/BMSeville
Aftershave: Fine Platinum http://bit.ly/FinePlatinum
Aftershave: Lucky Tiger http://bit.ly/LuckyTigerAS
Styptic Pencil: Clubman http://bit.ly/styptic
Shave Gear of the Year 2014
Razor: Merkur 37c http://bit.ly/merkur37c
Blade: Personna http://bit.ly/personna
Boar Brush: Semogue 1250 http://bit.ly/semogue1250
Badger Brush: Simpson Chubby 2 http://bit.ly/chubby2best
Shaving Soap: Catie's Bubbles http://bit.ly/CBsoap
Aftershave: Stirling SDM http://bit.ly/SDMafter
Aftershave Balm: Nivea http://bit.ly/NiveaAS
My Filming Gear (because lots of people have asked!)
Camera: Canon Powershot S120
Storage: SanDisk Extreme Pro 32gb
Tripod: Dolica Tripod
Hey Nick thanks a bunch for your suggestions. I’ve been wet shaving for a couple weeks and have noticed huge improvement from razor burn. Some days zero razor burn some days a little bit, but much better than the cartridge razors. The safety razor I know takes time to learn so I’m sure that’s why I’m still getting some razor burn. Gotta work on my technique, but I have been wanting to try some different soaps, creams, and blades so your suggestions help! Thank you! This is a simple great channel that will help a lot of men out there!
You should make a $35 Nick Shaves GettingStarted kit !! Anyway, love your channel. I've been using the same 2 dollar razor I bought in Thailand 10 years ago.. incredibly efficient and reliable method. Hilarious, but recently bent it the razor out of shape, so finally getting a better razor handle.
ok shaving as a hobby, new concept for me thnx. Im required to shave every day. lost my electric razor, went back to cartridges, didnt have the money for them one day. found discount safety razor(microtouch with dorco razors) my skin feels better.
$9 Weishi, $1 williams is all I started with. I added a pre/post shave later, but honestly the smell is what I like more that the feeling... I know very mild razor, but when you are a noob you have to start somewhere....
If you liked the P160 try the 1kg Cella Soap block (Italian Barber) it is a soap thats been made for 80 plus years a great Italian almond scented soap. Best part there's so much so you can share it with your friends that show an interest.
Thank you for making this video!
I have a question regarding a brush. What is your opinion on the Muhle Silvertip Fibre brush? They advertise with that it is only upsides and no downsides. It is better than normal fibre or natural brushes. Which to me seems like a PR talk.
Before I invest 40 bucks for it, I'd love to hear your opinion.
Nick, I am interested in getting started in wet shaving. I really enjoy your videos so far. When it comes to the safety razor, what type of head do I want? I see 3 options on the Maggard MR7, Closed Comb, Open Comb, and Aggressive. What do you recommend I get? Thanks in advance!
Sorry for bad manners. First, I should have thanked you for the videos, and the recommendations of where to shop.
Also, for the Brush recommendation.
I have a bunch of your videos downloaded that Im going through.
After looking over some razors, I'm thinking the MR5 seems like great bang for the buck.
Question on soap. Can I lather off of say, sea butter bar soap? How long does one of those shaving sopas last?
I'm switching to safety razor more to save money long term vs a hobby. If I need buy special soap very often it'd defeat a lot of the purpose.
Currently I just splash on a little bar soap and shave. But that wont be a good idea with safety razor shaving. If you have any advice for stretching the $ to a maximum, I'd love to hear it.
I have already purchased the Omega 10066 and a stand, and they are including some Astra razors.
love your videos. I've been watching a ton for 3 days now and I was going to message you about your opinion on starter items for me but I found your video on it. thanks a lot I'm going to order my things and give wet shaving a try!
My husband has been eyeing wet shaving kits for years, but won't spend the money on himself. He's got a birthday next month, and I just ordered everything you suggested for less than the price of just a brush at that place in the mall. Thank you! Made sure to use your links so you will get credit. This was the most helpful bit of info I've found today!
Hi Nick, Thank you for putting these videos together. I am new to wet shaving and have started using razorock soaps and an Omega boar hair brush. I am looking to get a new safety razor and came across the Perfecto brand on Amazon (#1 seller). Have you come across this brand? If so, do you recommend this brand?
Today I received the stuff I ordered from Italian Barber. I did my first Wet shave today and to be fair it went as bad as I feared. I cut my neck open in several areas and the ASTRA platinum blade that I used pulled and hurt like hell (I believe I was using the wrong angle so I kept changing it). @nick shaves What should I do to prepare myself for the next shave and how do I clean up my shaving soap and boar brush properly? Thank you very much in advance.
question. im a girl and i obviously dont have a beard but could i get into this hobby but shaving my legs. and please no hate i just like making sure i have nice smooth legs im not trying to ruin a mans tradition just shave
just got into wet shaving and I am loving it I would like to ask a question I have sensitive skin and was wondering what shave cream or soap i should look at also thanks for all the great videos have helped me tremendously THANKS
Hey nick, I am completely new to wet shaving and bought some products based on your recommendation such as xxx and paa cad. I have noticed that xxx gives me more cushion than cad is that because of tallow vs vegan or could it be something else. Thanks
hey nick, when you are done shaving can you still feel your beard? i follow your with the grain and both directions across the grain technique, but i feel like i'm not getting as close of a shave as you seem to get. maybe i'm just expecting too much without going against the grain.
Whar I usual recommend for beginners is
Taylor of Old Bond Street Cream
Mühle Silvertip Fiber
Nivea Original Aftershave Balm
Top notch products at a low price, less than €100,00
Would it be possible for you to discuss how aggressive some of the safety razors you use are when you bring them up? I know mileage will vary, but some things are pretty much the same for all. A comparison would be nice. Thank you for the great informative videos!
Nick, I must echo other commenters here in expressing surprise at your recommendation of P160. The overwhelming thing I have read about that soap is that a huge number of people have reactions to it. Better to recommend Proraso or TOBS, in my opinion.
@Beau Champion I had no idea that people had reactions to this new formulation too. I know that the original RR p.160 had problems, but I didn't realize this one did too.. Thanks for pointing this out!
The budget idea is great for getting into the de shave. I agree tho you will probably commit once you realize how great a shave you will get and how much you save overtime even with splurging now and again.
Great video Nick. I want to say thank you again for introducing me to the best hubby ever. I've been traditional shaving for approximately a year already And it never gets old. I'm always excited to shave. Thank you again and hope you have a blessed and safe 4th of July.
Go to the art of shaving and pick up a $25 dollar shave starting kit. As long as you have a decent razor, wether it be cartridge or safety, ideally you shouldn't get a straight razor until you've mastered a safety! I personally think that this lit is great for the price because you get an awesome shaving cream w/ great slickness, a pre-shave oil that works well, an after-shave balm, and a decent starter badger hair brush! It's great for the price, and you can find them cheaper on eBay that are new!
Razor blades and more is also a great place to shop online. Their Matador razors are the best bang for your buck and they carry many other brands as well. For soap, check out Eva Nesterova on Etsy. At $1 an ounce for the performce, they can't be beat.
Excellent video qaulity nick . Iv actually started wet shaving a month ago and have seen most of your videos !! You truly got me into this . I have the edwin jagger de89lbl and love it . Playing around with blades and soaps currently. Thank you for your videos .. Definitely got me hooked and switched over
@2TH DDS definately ! I also have a 1940 gillette tech gold fat handle... havent shaved with it yet . Iv been wet shaving for about a month so want to try diff setups with the ej89 ... i will most likely move on to merkur next .
@Grant Rodgers personally I think Nick's recommendation was spot on for a beginner. Buy a sampler pack. You will virtually never see even 2 shavers agree on the best blade for any razor, level of experience shaving, or anything else. The best possible recommendation, in my opinion, is buy a sampler pack and try different blades. The point of this video was to make recommendations, not provide a tutorial. He, and others, do videos on trying to find the best blade, etc, etc. My 2 cents, of course you may not agree :) ...
@nick shaves I don't have many recommendations, I still consider myself a beginner... From the beginning I just used the feathers I got in my beginner pack, although I am currently out and will be getting a few more feathers and personna lab blues, hoping they turn out good!
@Grant Rodgers For sure, the whole topic of blades is very important and lengthy. Maybe I will do a video talking about what blades are good for newbies. Do you have any recommendations? For me, personna and astra sp's would be high on that list
It's so hard when buying your first gear to choose a budget point where you won't mind essentially wasting said money if you don't like it and and at the same time getting something good enough that you won't immediately want to upgrade if you DO like it - again wasting said money lol I think you found a nice balance here - one thing I wish someone beat into my head early on was that throwing more and more money at shave gear isn't necessarily going to lead to a better shave or experience.
Great to see you do this type of video. I think I'm going to recommend the S-Brush for beginners over boar brushes, because some people don't enjoy the ritual aspects and want to rush through every shave. Soaking gets in the way of that, or so they tell me.
Some of the software I've given away to new wet shavers: Nivea Shaving Cream, and Arko sticks. The cream is perfectly usable, but it dries out on the face when you're a new wet shaver taking your time. Arko, despite what people think about the scent, is a massive bang for the buck. I think I need to try Proraso creams, because they seem very user friendly for beginners.
Nivea is such a great product and even their shave cream can hold its own against the best of them. It's so German in my opinion because of its performance and its efficiency(little = long way) and reliability. Good Stuff indeed.
proraso sensitive as first soap, in case of skin reaction as it will put them off for life
omega synthetic brush, just use it, dry it no complications
agree with razor and of course a sample of blades
and watch loads of vids on shaving
+1 Omega Synthetic S-Brush $8
Maggard has clearance handles + heads (Bar or +1 OpenComb) $11+4-6
Plastic/tin/porcelain cup for brush/lather (free, second hand shop)
Derby or Arko Tubes ~ $3-4 100ml (some things might be cheaper to buy off the shelf)
witch-hazel spash + Nivia aftershave balm & aftershave ~$15 ISH
cheap brush stand & razor holder eBay/CHINA $3
I COULD DO THE WHOLE LIST FOR $50,
LESS IF I GOT S/BRUSH+SS BOWL+STAND eBay $15, razor parker $15 with $20 left over for rest of list
Hi Nick! Nice tips for newbies. But just to mention it for viewers from Germany. In Germany you can start for about 7,50 EUR (about 8$). Get the Wilkinson Classik (DE Razor plus 5 blades) 3,49 EUR, the Palmolive Shaving-Soap-Stick (0,75 EUR) and a boar brush from one of the two big drugstores (2,99 EUR).
Best budget astringent: Generic or store brand witch hazel. I can find it at the grocery store for $2-3.
Best budget after shave balm: Nivea Sensitive Post-Shave Balm, $4-5
Best budget after shave: Family Dollar "Spice", $2. Smells better than the current Old Spice.
I'd also recommend picking up a styptic pencil, which I've seen at Wal-Mart for $1.
I use all these regularly; the witch hazel I use after every shave.
@Stephen Masciocchi Right on with the Witch Hazel Stephen. It is a must to cool down the face before a nice application of Nivea Post-Shave balm. I haven't tried the Family Dollar "Spice" yet...I'll have to give it a go.
@Stephen Masciocchi Excellent advice Stephen! Use Witch Hazel after every shave that I found at the store for a couple of bucks.
I'll have to check out the "Spice", Old Spice does not smell as good now as it once did.
Thanks Nick, you've helped me out a lot in this new hobby!
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