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Old 04-26-2011, 12:22 AM   #51
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I just last week took delivery of this Merkur Classic 1904:



I was a little shocked at how short the handle really is in your hand but it's been a dream. No nicks so far and nice and close. Nice little unit for $25 shipped.

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Old 04-26-2011, 12:35 AM   #52
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Bobby, that is a nice looking open comb, I never thought of picking up a replica razor but I might pop for one of those from west coast shaving, I need some other things anyway. how would you rate the quality of it? it doesnt look like a cheap unit in the pic.

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Old 04-26-2011, 12:36 AM   #53
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It is odd when you get it in your hand and you immitiately think it is way too tiny in person.

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It certainly doesn't feel cheap. I mean, I can see the attraction to getting a real antique but it skeeves me out a bit.

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Old 04-26-2011, 01:19 AM   #55
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I, like many guys on here apparently, got started in DE shaving from reading articles about it on The Art Of Manliness website. I bought a Schick Krona used from a flea market for a couple bucks and cleaned it according to AOM's descriptions. I have been using it with the cheap drugstore blades, boarhair brush, and shaving soap. I have noticed a much better shaving experience and much less irritation. Lately AOM has been touting the use of straight razors and my curiosity and sense of adventure has led me to buy a compromise razor that uses a replaceable single edge razor blade but is built and used like a regular straight razor. My plan is try to get the feel for shaving with this till I see a real SE show up at my local flea market that is worth restoring and then use that.

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Old 04-26-2011, 02:44 AM   #56
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I cleaned my vintage razor with a good oxyclean soak, some elbow grease with a cheapie toothbrush, then finished it on the polishing wheel in the garage.

On the straight razor front, check out this incredible craftsman!

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Old 04-26-2011, 03:01 AM   #57
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One question I have of the "experts"
Do you need to do any prep work if you wanted to get rid of say 3-4 weeks of growth? I have been planning on getting a DE razor this payday (29th) and due to doing long shifts at work this month I have been slack on shaving (under the guise of I have decided to grow a beard). Am I going to need to pull out the clippers to take of most of the "beard" first or can I go straight to the DE?

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Personally I would clipper it down first, take a hot shower to try to get the stubble as soft as possible, get a good lather going and lather your face with the brush for a good minute or so, steam your face for a couple minutes with some hot washcloth applications, wipe the lather off and re-lather, knock the stubble down with a few passes, do not try to get a smoothe shave on the first pass, instead go with a couple very light passes.

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Am I going to need to pull out the clippers to take of most of the "beard" first or can I go straight to the DE?
I have seen some vids of fellows go all in DE against weeks of growth to make an example of a razors ability.

Not for me.

Trimmers then shave.
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Personally I would clipper it down first, take a hot shower to try to get the stubble as soft as possible, get a good lather going and lather your face with the brush for a good minute or so, steam your face for a couple minutes with some hot washcloth applications, wipe the lather off and re-lather, knock the stubble down with a few passes, do not try to get a smoothe shave on the first pass, instead go with a couple very light passes.
Thanks, looking forward to getting the razor. Anyone suggest a good online store to get a basic starters kit from. Looking at some of the $13 ebay ones to get started but all of them seem to included shipping in the price and if I'm getting a brush and soap as well I don't want to pay 3 times for the "shipping"
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