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Old 05-17-2011, 11:24 PM   #261
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Anyone use a straight razor?
would love to... don't want to shell out the money to maintain one...

 
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Old 05-18-2011, 02:21 AM   #262
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Anyone use a straight razor?
i did for years, and if maintained correctly, gives the best shave IMHO. but the DE/SE are a close second. straight razor shaving is a blast, but a little more maintenance is involved. i'm in the process of getting my straights back up to par so i can start using them again.
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Old 05-18-2011, 02:26 AM   #263
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I would love to give a straight a try, I have no idea what all I would need to buy though.
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Old 05-18-2011, 03:52 PM   #264
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I would love to give a straight a try, I have no idea what all I would need to buy though.
They make straight razors that have disposable blades, I go to a barbershop that uses them. It would be a good way to try it out with out investing in a strap and a quality razor.
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Old 05-19-2011, 04:19 AM   #265
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So what If I maybe shaved off my beard
And my electric was ready to be replaced or I could buy something else. Which way would you go? Straight DE or what? How did you learn you technique?
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Old 05-19-2011, 06:32 AM   #266
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technique on a DE isn't too hard but its very similar to sharpening knives... at least thats how i looked at it.

youtube has some videos. badgerandblade.com has a lot of helpful stuff as well.

getting into DE can be super cheap. i got a new razor, sampler pack of blades, brush and soap shipped for $60 going low end. you can ebay/junk shop a lot stuff. your local pharmacy may even surprise you.

on a different note, thumbs up to personna reds and thumbs down to the merkur blade that came with my 1904.

 
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Old 05-19-2011, 01:13 PM   #267
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Nice I will atleast look into it. Using a straight does seem interesting but the learning curve seems steep
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Old 06-02-2011, 03:14 AM   #268
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I blame ya'll.

I now have en route:
A Gillette Fatboy
A Gillette Tech
A sample pack of razors (Feathers, Astra Platinum, Red Personnas, Derby Extras, Crystals)
A Badger Brush from Tweezerman (reviews well and cheap)
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Old 06-02-2011, 03:40 AM   #269
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I blame ya'll.

I now have en route:
A Gillette Fatboy
A Gillette Tech
A sample pack of razors (Feathers, Astra Platinum, Red Personnas, Derby Extras, Crystals)
A Badger Brush from Tweezerman (reviews well and cheap)
Acca Kappa 1869 Almond Shaving Cream
Congrats on the purchases!

I'm not a big fan of Derby's and I can't afford Feathers. Sharks and Personas are my favorites. The Tweezerman is a great first brush that I use every day.
Look into an alum block for the inevitable nicks, can be had on Amazon for reasonable cost and much better than a styptic.

Much like brewing...shaving with a DE is an art.
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I blame ya'll.

I now have en route:
A Gillette Fatboy
A Gillette Tech
A sample pack of razors (Feathers, Astra Platinum, Red Personnas, Derby Extras, Crystals)
A Badger Brush from Tweezerman (reviews well and cheap)
Acca Kappa 1869 Almond Shaving Cream
Nice! a Gillette Tech and an adjustable Fatboy? That is a nice combo indeed!

I love my early model Tech loaded with a Feather. the early Techs have the triangular holes as opposed to the rectangles of the later versions, it is also the most agressive of the Techs, this combined with the silly-sharp Feather results in a baby butt smoothe shave with no irritation.

I have the 8 dollar 'Shea Moisture' badger brush from Target and I am loving it, a proper prep and break-in got the brush shave ready in a day, I soaked it in dishsoap and hot water for 4 hours, rinsed well and repeated for another 4 hours, rinsed well and built some lather in a bowl and let the lather dry on the brush overnight. rinsed the next afternoon and there was NO wet-dog smell to the brush.

I would look into the blades and try them out in order of least to most agressive as far as sharpness. I have a couple feathers for getting a spectacular shave, but for everyday shaving I use the cheapie Walmart Wilkenson Sword blades, under 2 dollars per 10 pack, and I get a great daily shave from them after giving them a strop on a wine cork to smoothe the edge.
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