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  •  I consider the return to old razors just another.. (13+ / 0-)

    ...macho wanna-be yuppie affectation.  Everyone I know is now shaving with a straight razor, and bragging about how much they spend on it.   They go on and on about how "if it was good enough for my grandpa -- a real man -- it's good enough for me."  

    It's basically the Hummer H2 of the personal hygiene industry.  Or the Harley-Davidson.   As though shaving with a straight razor you paid $400 for makes you John Wayne.  

    I have a Braun electric made in Germany like 20 years ago.   It works just fine.  It cost me like $50 back then.  And you know what?  If my great grandfather had one, he would have used it, too.  

    •  The matter does interest me... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...because I rarely have a shave that satisfies me (though, like AdamSelene, I find that 4-blade razors do make a difference).  OTOH, I'm also interested in it because it's a sort of bellwether for Masculinity Today.  Old Masculinity Redux is essentially the cherry on top of the Big Hippie-Bash that everyone, even liberals, is taking part in, and it's very much an enabler of conservatism of all sorts (why liberals don't understand that I can only ascribe to the idea that they think they need to repudiate the '60s, too, maybe for their own reasons, maybe as a way of "adapting", maybe because they're so open-minded their brains have fallen out).  And since we've had the '60s, it lets everyone feel bold, rebellious, and open-minded without actually having to be any of those things.

      The '60s were simply an attempt to get the 21st Century started early....Well, what are we waiting for? There's no deadline on a dream!

      by Panurge on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 04:43:32 PM PDT

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    •  Maybe. (2+ / 0-)
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      But I switched to DE shaving awhile ago and i really enjoy it!

      I can't remember the last time I actually enjoyed shaving.

      So, there's that.

      "The disturbing footage depicts piglets being drop kicked and swung by their hind legs. Sows are seen being kicked and shoved as they resist leaving their piglets."

      by Bush Bites on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 08:50:54 PM PDT

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    •  tried the electric shaver route and absolutely did (0+ / 0-)

      not work for me.  my grandfather used one though.

      big badda boom : GRB 080913

      by squarewheel on Mon Jul 16, 2012 at 08:57:19 PM PDT

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