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    Nice set up. I am considering going the same route for my scalp. When I shave my head now it is with clippers. A straight razor is just cooler.
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    I got tired of buying overpriced disposable cartridge razor blades. So I bought a quality straight razor from "The Art of Shaving" store at Southcenter Shopping Mall near Seattle. The strop and the mug were purchased from a local antique shop. The Williams shaving soap, shaving brush, styptic pencil, and Aqua Velva were purchased cheap from a local drug store.
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    Youtube has a ton of videos on how to shave with a straight razor (or safety razor). I gave it a shot once. They problem being I was so overly cautious, it took forever. No nicks, decent (not great) shave. I guess the great shaves come in time.

    The other issue for me is honing (not stropping) the blade. I have the tools, but lack the skills.

    I decided to stick with safety razors because I can get a great shave in about 10 minutes time.

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    Well didn't do it this am either. But just had my wife in (happy) tears when telling her about my adventures last night... So I tried another run at dry shaving my cheek just to get the feel of how to hold the razor etc. I guess the point caught some of my skin and made a fine slice about an inch long straight down the side of my face. Thing is so sharp I didn't even know it until I saw the blood running down my face. OK time to check out the styptic bar. Wet my hands, rub some on and slap it on my face. That's when I had the Home Alone monument lol. Stung pretty good but stopped the bleeding immediately lol.

    At this point my wife could barely talk but she managed to get out the "you're an idiot" lol. Said why didn't I practice on a peach... There's more but I don't want to bore you...

    So I decided I'm going to hone it to a mirror finish tonight, figure out how this stropping thing works and have at it tomorrow morning. Wish me luck lol...




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    I've been shaving with a straight razor and a safety razor for about 3 years now. I shaved exclusively with the straight for the first year. It takes time.

    I shave my neck and my head...the back side of the head takes getting used to. It takes cohones to wave a 3 inch razor blade around your skin where you can't see it.

    Honing is my weakness....once the blade gets dull I have trouble putting the edge back on it. I've gotten it a few times but nothing reliable. I started with a used blade I found on straightrazorplace.com and I have a strop and a second blade that I bought from straightrazordesigns.com.

    EDIT: Oh, and don't try it dry. Beard prep is so key.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hexidismal View Post
    I was using an old whetstone to sharpen some regular knives yesterday night (just various folding pocket knives) and I started to wonder, "Hmm.. would this be sharp enough to shave with ?". You see it in movies all the time, where some tough guy is shaving with his bowie or something. I had a couple of days growth at this point so.. call me crazy if you must.. but then I had to try it. It didn't work out very well at all. I mean .. I didn't cut myself or anything, but they just weren't doing the job. Maybe I just don't have good enough sharpening skills, I don't know.
    I have a knife that will shave hair with ease. I think it has to do with thickness of the blade and sharpness and probably some other factors that make it easier or harder to get a knife to shave hair.

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    Just be careful C lol. Did you try the balloon with shaving cream on it trick to practice at all?

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    Well gave it a shot this morning. I started feeling faint after losing about a quart of blood and had to switch over to the Gillette, lol.

    It was definitely dragging vs cutting. Probably needs to be honed is my thought...

    Got to drink some OJ and think about this some more, ha, ha!




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    I have been using a set of clippers for my scalp, and a mix of electric and disposal razors for my face and neck. I'm planning to consolidate it all down to just the straight razor, and see how it goes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Phlyan Pan View Post
    I've been shaving with a straight razor and a safety razor for about 3 years now. I shaved exclusively with the straight for the first year. It takes time.

    I shave my neck and my head...the back side of the head takes getting used to. It takes cohones to wave a 3 inch razor blade around your skin where you can't see it.

    Honing is my weakness....once the blade gets dull I have trouble putting the edge back on it. I've gotten it a few times but nothing reliable. I started with a used blade I found on straightrazorplace.com and I have a strop and a second blade that I bought from straightrazordesigns.com.

    EDIT: Oh, and don't try it dry. Beard prep is so key.
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    Been going on 5 days without shaving... It's getting itchy, lol. Found myself trying to shave with the new Wilson Combat tanto knife, lol... Yeah, that's not working so good. Thinking about breaking out the new straight blade for another whirl... Yeah, maybe tomorrow morning would be a better idea, lol...

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    Interesting article here. I might give it a try.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cgrutt View Post
    Well didn't do it this am either. But just had my wife in (happy) tears when telling her about my adventures last night... So I tried another run at dry shaving my cheek just to get the feel of how to hold the razor etc. I guess the point caught some of my skin and made a fine slice about an inch long straight down the side of my face. Thing is so sharp I didn't even know it until I saw the blood running down my face. OK time to check out the styptic bar. Wet my hands, rub some on and slap it on my face. That's when I had the Home Alone monument lol. Stung pretty good but stopped the bleeding immediately lol.

    At this point my wife could barely talk but she managed to get out the "you're an idiot" lol. Said why didn't I practice on a peach... There's more but I don't want to bore you...

    So I decided I'm going to hone it to a mirror finish tonight, figure out how this stropping thing works and have at it tomorrow morning. Wish me luck lol...
    Lol you should be putting these adventures on YouTube.
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    Never got around to honing it and haven't used it since...




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    been on the safety razor for many years now. I bought a large pack of razors from amazon 6 or 7 years ago and still have most of them left. My preferred razor is a Gillette Super speed from 1953 (not pictured), The one on the right is a "fat boy", which many recommend because it's adjustable, but I still prefer the plain super speed.. I tried the red tip a few times but it's too harsh on my skin.


    I never got around to trying the straight razor.. Always wanted to though..
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    For those with vintage safety razors, this website is a good resource for dating your razor.

    http://www.safetyrazors.net/gil_ser2.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by cgrutt View Post
    Never got around to honing it and haven't used it since...
    From what I've seen "shave ready" razors aren't. Most all need to be honed unless the seller actually says it's been honed. Are you still planning on getting it honed and use it? If not, PM me. I'm looking to get into straight shaving. I do hope you decline my offer and get it honed to use though

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    been on the safety razor for many years now. I bought a large pack of razors from amazon 6 or 7 years ago and still have most of them left. My preferred razor is a Gillette Super speed from 1953 (not pictured), The one on the right is a "fat boy", which many recommend because it's adjustable, but I still prefer the plain super speed.. I tried the red tip a few times but it's too harsh on my skin.

    I never got around to trying the straight razor.. Always wanted to though..
    I have the same superspeed. I believe its from about 1950 or so. I went to edit my first post about what I had and I think I'm a bit late to edit (I had incorrectly said it was a GEM). I love the way it shaves although it seems a to be a bit mild. Been using a few different types of blades. So far the Sharp brand has worked the best out of the bunch. I haven't gotten through all of the sampler though.

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    I've been "classic shaving" for about 3 years now. I got annoyed with the price of blades and found a few forums dedicated to this. Started looking around at flea markets and found some mid 60s Gillette safety razors and bought some blades at Walmart along with cheap soap and a brush. Best shave I've ever had and super cheap. I've since bought and sold hundreds of old safety razors with people giving me boxes of them...some worth nearly $200!

    I did splurge on some AOS shaving creme and some Poraso creme (which is also sold in Bath & Body Works under a different name), but I'm not buying into the $100 Boar's scrotum hair brushes and fancy mugs (I'm using my Grandfather's old mugs)

    I'm not interested in a straight razor as the learning curve is high as well as the penalty for failure. You don't get a better shave as compared to a safety razor and you need to learn how to keep the sharp. We had many barbers in our family and they shaved themselves with safety razors, not the SRs they used on clients.

    To each his own, but if you're paying big money for 5 bladed razors you really owe it to yourself to try something like a Feather blade in a 1969 Super Speed or newer Merkur handle. You'll be glad you did!
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    I haven't read through the whole thread to see who's posted but if there's anyone around Rochester, there's a store for shaving goodies in Eastview Mall. I think it is "the art of shaving".

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    [QUOTE=cgrutt;689485]Been going on 5 days without shaving... It's getting itchy, lol. Found myself trying to shave with the new Wilson Combat tanto knife, lol... Yeah, that's not working so good. Thinking about breaking out the new straight blade for another whirl... Yeah, maybe tomorrow morning would be a better idea, lol...

    Cgrutt, if you have to use too much pressure or the blade drags the razor is not sharp enough. Make sure you have a proper hone made for str8 razors (White Belgium coticule) and that you stop the blade correctly afterwards. The sharpness level should be that a hair manually dropped it across the edge will cut it.
    If properly sharpened, the shave should be effortless and smooth.

    It is a good idea to have the razor sharpened first by a pro (online), or have an old timer barber who knows how to do it do it for you, while you practice honing on another blade (cheap one) till you develop the skill.

    Dull blades are the #1 reason for peeps giving up.(dull in str8razor is not equal to dull in knives).

    What razor and size (blade width) do you have?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Camper4lyfe View Post
    I haven't read through the whole thread to see who's posted but if there's anyone around Rochester, there's a store for shaving goodies in Eastview Mall. I think it is "the art of shaving".
    Very expensive stuff there. I would not buy their hardware, but some of the shaving cremes are excellent.
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    [QUOTE=Carabiner;713464]
    Quote Originally Posted by cgrutt View Post
    Been going on 5 days without shaving... It's getting itchy, lol. Found myself trying to shave with the new Wilson Combat tanto knife, lol... Yeah, that's not working so good. Thinking about breaking out the new straight blade for another whirl... Yeah, maybe tomorrow morning would be a better idea, lol...

    Cgrutt, if you have to use too much pressure or the blade drags the razor is not sharp enough. Make sure you have a proper hone made for str8 razors (White Belgium coticule) and that you stop the blade correctly afterwards. The sharpness level should be that a hair manually dropped it across the edge will cut it.
    If properly sharpened, the shave should be effortless and smooth.

    It is a good idea to have the razor sharpened first by a pro (online), or have an old timer barber who knows how to do it do it for you, while you practice honing on another blade (cheap one) till you develop the skill.

    Dull blades are the #1 reason for peeps giving up.(dull in str8razor is not equal to dull in knives).

    What razor and size (blade width) do you have?
    Harner 7/8. I'm pretty sure it's this one...

    Harner 7/8 Stainless Steel, Quarter Hollow Ground, Curly Koa Scales w/ Matching Silvertip Badger Brush

    Haven't tried again. Hopefully soon.

    It is very sharp. The first time I tried it, the point put about a 1" slice down the side of my face. I didn't even realize it saw the blood running down my face, lol. Post above was about a knife I just bought. Wanted to see if it was sharp enough to shave, lol...




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    ah! well the point will cut you no matter how dull if your angle is off. Knife shaving hehe, I've done it, not very comfortable but can be done.

    Stainless is a special kind of honing more difficult than carbon. There is a market for them, but carbon is my preference.

    Pretty upscale razor price wise, you might want to try a carbon steel razor first while you get good at it (to save your investment), and I would suggest a 5/8 wide blade.

    Wide blade are collectible, look cool, and hold a premium - but.. it is more for advanced shavers who have the skill. A 5/8 carbon blade is MUCH easier to shave with and learn on. Preferably a rounded point for beginners.

    Wide blades were used predominantly by barbers as they needed blade longevity shaving so many clients and honing them all the time.
    Gent blades of the highest order in history were usually 5/8 or 11/16 because of ease and weight.
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    This is a razor I recommend for beginners. The Special coiffeur a 1937 stock blade from Thier Issard 5/8 width, is a superlative shaver no matter what blade it is up against. make sure it is honed by the shop. If you want to get fancy with it you can rescale it with a more exotic handle later. Small investment that you can always resell. Hope this helps.

    I own many razors, some very upscale, but this one is a go to razor even for experts.

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    And this thread is back.



    So yeah, I ordered my Merkur DE Safety Razor, Proraso Soap and a few other things.

    I just had my first shave with it. WOW. It is the closest, most comfortable quickest shave I have had in a while. How is this possible? People said safety razor shaving was slow! Well, when you are using dull cartridge blades because they cost an arm and an unmentionable appendage and you don't want to throw them out...it tends to take forever it seems.

    The hardest part was getting the lather the right consistency. Not too wet or dry. Need to work on that some more, but man that was some SMOOTH lather... And the blade felt like it wasn't even cutting. But boy was it ever.

    Welp, I'm a convert.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darthgamer138 View Post
    And this thread is back.



    So yeah, I ordered my Merkur DE Safety Razor, Proraso Soap and a few other things.

    I just had my first shave with it. WOW. It is the closest, most comfortable quickest shave I have had in a while. How is this possible? People said safety razor shaving was slow! Well, when you are using dull cartridge blades because they cost an arm and an unmentionable appendage and you don't want to throw them out...it tends to take forever it seems.

    The hardest part was getting the lather the right consistency. Not too wet or dry. Need to work on that some more, but man that was some SMOOTH lather... And the blade felt like it wasn't even cutting. But boy was it ever.

    Welp, I'm a convert.
    My favorite is Proraso Cream in a metal tube, not sure if they make it any more, and Feather blades. What blades did you use? Sometimes blades are bad, don't write off an entire brand/model until you use 3-4 blades. I bought a sampler pack 4 years ago with about 10 different manufacturers and models. Treet makes some good and some bad, and a commonly found online.

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