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    Default Ever gotten a truly gnarly scar from a safety razor?

    After a fairly decent shave this afternoon, I was feeling my face and ran my fingers over this deep oval scar on my chin from about 5 years ago when I first started to use a DE. I remember I was in a hurry that morning and was using quite a lot of pressure with my razor for some reason. By the way, it was a Gillette slim adjustable set to 9! As i was taking a quite swipe at my jaw line, the blade dug in and carved out what looked like a tic tac cut lengthwise out of my face. I could not believe how much skin this blade had just taken out of my face , it was tremendous! Dont even ask me how the aftershave felt....I think sliding down a cheese grater covered in lemon juice might be a good way to put it. Needless to say, I have been much, much more careful since that incident.

    I'm curious if anyone else here has learned razor respect the hard way like I did. It would be nice to know that I'm not the only guy dumb enough to gouge myself with a "safety razor". The irony never gets old
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    To tell you the truth though I mainly use a straight from the earlier days when I used a DE all the time and now when I use it on and off I have never cut myself with a DE. I always thought it would be hard to do.
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    I shave with a spoon on a stick. Slartibartfast's Avatar
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    I took a chunk out of my finger with a DE last year.

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    I vividly remember the first time I used a DE. Talking like 47 years ago thereabouts. I was a kid shaving peach fuzz and was really digging it with a Gillette of some sort. I got a nick on my cheek and I was shocked. I still remember the feeling. I have nicked myself with a DE a hundred times if I've done it once. I don't have any scars, gnarly or otherwise, though.

    I collect slant head DE razors. I got a 'no name' vintage German slant with a heck of a blade exposure a few years ago. I couldn't wait to shave with it and dropped a new Feather into it. I started my WTG at my sideburn and you wouldn't have believed the cut I put in my face. I have shaved with a straight exclusivly for the last couple of years and I rarely nick myself.
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    I think i've never nicked myself with DE, but it is possible to do so if no familiar with DE shaving.
    I work at the ship and we have to keep ourselves shaved. Once some officer had forgotten his shaving gear back home, so i said that sir i can give you one DE blade and borrow my DE. With these you should get along about a week.
    About hour later he returned my DE. There was few bloodstains in it and the man had his face full of bandaid. Never asked it again
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    Apart from cuts on my hands from cleaning straight razors, the worst cut I got whilst shaving was with a DE again..!

    I wasnt used to having a blade on either side when I first got it and I sliced my nose when I was shaving my top lip. That must have bled for about an hour, and there simply wasnt enough tissue in the world to stop it..!

    Clearly if you are a straight razor user you should never go anywhere near a DE..!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stubear View Post
    Apart from cuts on my hands from cleaning straight razors, the worst cut I got whilst shaving was with a DE again..!

    I wasnt used to having a blade on either side when I first got it and I sliced my nose when I was shaving my top lip. That must have bled for about an hour, and there simply wasnt enough tissue in the world to stop it..!

    Clearly if you are a straight razor user you should never go anywhere near a DE..!
    Don't be so sure about that one
    I of course like a lot of guys my age (23) started with and electric, then after realizing how worthless it was moved to wet shaving with a cartridge and sometimes disposables. From there instead of following that trend and taking the next step up I went straight to straight razors. After a few months of straight shaving I got my hands on a Gillette Tech DE and have yet to give myself any real good nicks when I use it (right now it is my main razor because I've managed to dull my straights after only about 4 months so I need to get them honed).

    By the way this is totally off topic, but I ran up to the store real quick yesterday and saw the stupidest thing ever, I mean this thing looked RIDICULOUS! As I approached the shaving aisle figuring I would pick up a puck or two of Williams to wash out my newly acquired boar brush I looked up from my Williams puck (of course bottom shelf, nobody buys em) and I see this huge 5 blade monstrosity cartridge razor that also has a sixth trimmer blade on the back side of the cartridge. Then I died a little inside as I realized it's made by Personna...

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    I nicked myself twice a couple of nights ago with a safety razor and felt an utter fool. I've been shaving with them for two and a half decades, but just recently I've been using a straight unless I'm in a real hurry. So yes, using an open razor probably does make one careless when using a DE: another lesson learned. No scars from either type of razor so far, touch wood.

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    Yes, with a slant + feather. Took a patch of skin off the base of my neck at the start of an ATG pass. Worse than any cut I have gotten with a straight.

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    It's not a DE, but does a Feather AC count with a Pro Super blade? It was longer than a tic tac but not as deep. It was still nasty and the scar took about a year to fade.

    Don't try doing a scything motion incorrectly with a Feather AC.

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