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    Default So I found a couple Gilette Mach III blades and decided to give them a go ..........

    While cleaning out the drawers in our bathroom I came across some of my old faithful Mach III cartridges. I decided to give them a go with one of the sample creams I got for my birthday/christmas gift. I decided on Geo F Trumper's Almond Shaving Cream and the brush was my big old Thater. Everything seemed to be going well with the grain, but when i went to do the across the grain I began to feel it. I re-lathered and did my against the grain, and I really felt it. I ended up finishing up with my W&B straight. I still had major razor burn and bumps under my chin, jaw and on my neck.

    So now I think that I have confirmed my skin issues were from my previous use of the disposable cartridges. I gave the remaining 3 cartridges to my son and have forever vowed to never use them again (unless I go back to shaving my dome, but I use a head-blade for that.).
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    Quote Originally Posted by PHANTZM View Post
    While cleaning out the drawers in our bathroom I came across some of my old faithful Mach III cartridges. I decided to give them a go with one of the sample creams I got for my birthday/christmas gift. I decided on Geo F Trumper's Almond Shaving Cream and the brush was my big old Thater. Everything seemed to be going well with the grain, but when i went to do the across the grain I began to feel it. I re-lathered and did my against the grain, and I really felt it. I ended up finishing up with my W&B straight. I still had major razor burn and bumps under my chin, jaw and on my neck.

    So now I think that I have confirmed my skin issues were from my previous use of the disposable cartridges. I gave the remaining 3 cartridges to my son and have forever vowed to never use them again (unless I go back to shaving my dome, but I use a head-blade for that.).
    My wife did the same thing yesterday and found 3 new Gillette razors and a few carts. I won't use them. She won't use them. To the Goodwill they go.
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    Did you make the transition from Mach III to straights, directly, or did you try DE in the interim? I'm just wondering if you had the same problems with DE?
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    I did use a DE for a bit and had little to no issues. I went from cartridges to a safety razor that was my grandfathers , to a parker shavette and finally onto straights. Most of my issues were much better with the safety and parker, but they were still there.

    Since going to a straight I have had very little problems with my skin. With the exceptions of not watching blade angle when applying the razor to my skin leaving a nice red line , but no bumps or razor rash.
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    Same reason why I ditched the cartridges.
    Started having too many ingrown hairs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scareface View Post
    Same reason why I ditched the cartridges.
    Started having too many ingrown hairs.
    Same here.
    One or two years ago I used a cart ONCE. In two days I had 4 ingrowns.
    Never again.
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    After using cartridges for 25+ years, discovered it wasn't necessary to walk around looking like Fred Flintstone most of the day. I can't honestly remember having experienced an irritation-free shave all those years... just figured a bit was normal. Pulling, from time to time, went with the territory. As an adult, ran the gamut of electrics, settling on a Norelco for the face, and Mach 3 for the neck.

    Then, my first DE shave was just short of magical- no pull, very little irritation. More Recently the allure of straights has brought me to SRP.

    Admittedly, I still keep a Mach 3 for the back of my neck (which is typically a quick, dry shave). However, cartridges aren't likely to ever touch my face again.

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    I was spending 40 bucks a month on Fusion cartridges. So I switched to DE shaving. I was saving a good chunk of money till my RAD kicked in. Then I went to straights. Now, 2 Robert Williams customs, a Wade and Butcher, Boker and Dovo later, I figure I'll break even in 700 years! But, I love it. What was this thread about?

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    The cartridge blades have 1 good use, my Wife loves them for shaving her legs. Women's blades are no comparison to the men's Gillette's, apparently they shave way better than the blades designed for women.

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    I had a similar experience recently when I took a trip taking only a carry on onboard the plane. I couldn't take any razor blades with me, so Mach III disposables it was. Those few days were filled with scraping, pulling, and stubble reappearing several hours before I was used to since switching to a DE. It definitely reaffirmed my decision to switch to traditional shaving.

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