Ultralight Shaving

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About: Tim Anderson is the author of the "Heirloom Technology" column in Make Magazine. He is co-founder of www.zcorp.com, manufacturers of "3D Printer" output devices. His detailed drawings of traditional Pacific...

Intro: Ultralight Shaving

Remove Hair from your face with just the disposable blade cartridge part of a razor.
Lighten your spaceship by doing without handles and shaving lotions.

Step 1: The Grip

Some blade cartidges have little hooks on the back you can grip with the nails of your thumb and index finger.
This particular off-brand blade cartridge has no such hooks, so grip it like this.

Step 2: Scraping the Jaw, Scraping the Jaw Aw Aww!

For shaving cream, swish some water in your mouth and rub it on your face.
That will make the process lots less itchy and painful.

Continue til you are RICO SUAVE.
Be sure to check yourself in the mirror, say the rearview mirror of a parked car if you are shaving on the sidewalk.

re: the implications of using saliva and water for shaving cream, Rachel Norman has this to say:

so in saliva you have immunoglobulin A2 which is secreted by B cells but i am not super clear on
B cell location and tranport of IgA2 - something to look into for you. you also have a host of
enzymes in saliva - such as lysozyme - which begin digestion - and this is also bad news bears
for bacteria and other agents of infection that try to enter through the mouth.

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    billfish12

    2 years ago

    are those safety glasses your wearing?

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    webbhost

    10 years ago on Step 2

    I cant honestly say I like this method? Ok so I have never tried a "water saliva" mixture, but I have tried it with water and no cream / gel, and I have tried doing this whilst just holding the blade without a handle.... boy did I get cut up bad. I went biking after, and sweat got in all of the cuts... never again.

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    andiiheweswebbhost

    Reply 10 years ago on Step 2

    Handles FTW lol i ALWAYS shave without cream but I do find that it gets irritating a bit, and sometime you get cuts that feel like paper cuts especially on the chin where no blood comes out and are pure agony... I trys this and got a cut on my cheek and when I ate something my cheaks would bulge when I chew which forced the scab to break and bleed again...

    Be glad you're a dude. You don't have to know the horrible pain of the ankle paper cut. *cringe* Then it rubs up against my chucks all day :( All sorts of things can go wrong when shaving legs.

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    i second that! and guys don't even really have to shave. women do since it's apparently against the law of society to have hairy legs.

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    Ph3nomin0nandiihewes

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    yes,creams,gels,foams, whatever... they all make your hairs stand on end making it easier to shave, if you just shave with water you wont realy be shaving much and you would have to press down harder, therein lies the nicks and cuts

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    Pie NinjaPh3nomin0n

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    If you want something cheap, use soap, just make sure it's nice and pasty with only a little water in it.

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    SecondSun

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Actually the human saliva is host to more bacteria then a dogs saliva. The poverful enzymes in saliva just keep the multitude of bacteria at bay, if the bacteria in the mouth got into a cut, they would be in bacteria heaven. Bad for you, since it means infection, you would be smarter if you used hot water and grease.

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    abnorSecondSun

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    yea. i wonder if people back in the old ages died because of lack of water filters in their rivers and oceans. and because they swapped spit with their lovers, or kissed boo boos without brushing their teeth, because of no toothpaste inventors.

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    SecondSunabnor

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    That makes no sense, none of that includes an open cut You will be pleased to know that even a minor cut in the middle ages resulted in death from infection

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    abnorSecondSun

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Not at a constant rate no, but yes it happened. My point was that human saliva isn't as dangerous as SecondSun pointed it out to be.

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    SecondSunabnor

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Did you forget me saying this?
    "The poverful enzymes in saliva just keep the multitude of bacteria at bay"

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    agis68

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Man this is a huge damage for your skin. Are u in jail or you like the pain???

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    abnor

    10 years ago on Introduction

    i can help but think taking tweezers is a better idea than this. i mean, same painful time consumption, whynot?

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    austin

    12 years ago

    god i hate shaving when i go back packing or other outdoor venture which is the only time i nedd to pack this light then i just dont bother shaving

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    TheBenefactor

    11 years ago on Introduction

    It would not look good in Clint Eastwood cowboy movies or homemade films. The old cut throat razor has far more presence. Very creative though , I am writing a book about thinking. Maybe there's lot of things we could leave behind on holidays. Shorts take less space than trousers, short sleeve shirts, short socks. Cut toothbrush handles down. Break your hair comb in half. Hey! Why take anything?

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    abnorTheBenefactor

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    rofl. you're being too practical now, and everybody would hate you for being smart... but it made my day --

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    TimAnderson

    12 years ago

    My saliva is really great for shaving. Maybe I could be a spit donor to help you people with deficient glands. I could have a siphon in my mouth so drool could run out into a bag taped to my crotch (near my center of gravity, so it wouldn't disrupt my bullfighting career.) When the bag was full it could be airlifted to the place of greatest need. We'd need to recruit rich philathropists to underwrite the effort, so it's not too expensive for those who are suffering. In the future gene-replacement therapy will let people fix their glands with my superior DNA. Then everyone can share the incredible genetic wealth that causes relief from shaving pain to gush from my salivary glands.

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