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Shaving with straight razors

Discussion in 'Sports, Hobbies & Interests' started by crazyengineer, May 2, 2011.

  1. Feb 15, 2013 at 7:36 PM
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    It's not as bad as you'd think. Watch some YouTube vids on it to get a feel for it and buy a Dovo straight razor that uses DE blades. It's a cheap way to start, and you can learn the process without worrying about stripping or honing.
     
  2. Feb 15, 2013 at 8:51 PM
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    ya...i wouldn't think about shaving my head...If I can't see it, there is no way in hell that I am gonna put a straight razor on my skin.....

    but ut really isn't that hard, yes, there is a learning curve, but it isnt as hard as a lot of other things. I mean even a 12 year old girl can do it....

    So easy a 12 year old girl can do it




    I find it theraputic (in a sense) when I shave, it is calming to me and lets me get my mind off school...and I am really starting to want to shave again...I'm thinking that this is coming off with the frame back razor I just posted within a couple of days...

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    and crap, my eye is looking weird...man, thinking back, that was a rough day...
     
  3. Jul 8, 2013 at 12:49 PM
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    I know it's an old thread but I've been really wanting to get a straight razor. I read through the entire thread and on several of the straight razor forums. I went the other day to a few antique shops looking for a vintage straight razor, but the only one I found was a Geneva Cutlery one which was rusted to hell, had a terrible edge, and just looked beyond repair. It looked like it had spent the last 5 decades in a very humid barn. I have decided I will buy a new one. I want a Dovo, but nothing fancy. I've found some plain jane Dovo's for around $80 (http://www.salonsupplystore.com/dov....html?osCsid=aa15d4c3d918155332c252517bbe8761). I also came across a kit that includes a plain Dovo straight razor, badger brush, soap, strop paste, and a stand (http://www.royalshave.com/p/407-070/straight-razor-shaving-set-for-beginners.html ).

    What I have read is that when you get a razor, it will be sharp, but not shaving spec. It's recommended to have it honed. Well there is nowhere around here that I know of which sharpens blades (I have looked). So I was also wondering what would be a good sharpening/honing stone to add to this? Does this kit seem like a good buy? Also, is there anything else that I would need in addition to this kit?

    I at first was thinking about buying a Dovo shavette to get used to it and start out, but I just felt like it would be better to just not waste money and go for the real deal. I want to try straight razor shaving because I have ridiculously sensitive skin and a very thick beard, with even each follicle being very "thick" itself. I break out/razor burn on my neck every time I try to shave. That is also in part because the hair on my neck grow in big "swirls" on both sides of my Adam's apple. Now I pretty much just always grow a beard, sometimes goatee, but just trim it up on my cheeks and neck as close as I can with some electric clippers. I'm not really nervous about cutting myself with the actual razor (I know I'll mess up and nick myself some, regardless of how slow I go), but am more concerned with sharpening the blade. Like mentioned before, idk what grit stone to get and I was wondering how often you actually have to hone it? I know you are supposed to strop every time you shave. I probably will still grow a beard or goatee and just clean it up with the straight razor; so it won't be like a full blown use of the blade every time.

    Sorry for the long post, just a newb.
     
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  4. Jul 8, 2013 at 1:03 PM
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    tacosupreme54, my advice to you would be to try an old school double edged razor and some quality oil, shaving creams and aftershaves before jumping to a straight razor. Since you said you have very sensitive skin, you should know that shaving with a straight razor takes a lot of getting used to and you could end up with worse razor burn to start with. Personally, I never really got good with a straight but I absolutely love my DE razor. I got a Merkur 34C I believe and bought a second with an open comb for my neck. I use The Art of Shaving pre-shave oils, Jack Black shaving cream and Armani aftershave. Always shave after you get out of the shower or in the shower. Take your time, you should shave with the grain first, then across the grain, then against the grain and finish off with cold water (and an alum block if you knick yourself).

    If you do end up wanting to go with a straight, but want an older one, let me know. I have an old straight that's a full hollow shape and is a French blade (I can't remember exactly what it is). I bought it on Straight Razor Place, the seller honed it and it was shave ready when I got it. I literally used it once, stropped it and it's been in my closet ever since. I ended up buying a wedge that I like better :)
     
  5. Jul 8, 2013 at 1:45 PM
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    I'll build a slightly better setup for you that will be a bit pricier, but will be better for your sensitive skin.

    Razor: http://www.royalshave.com/p/405-001/dovo_straight_bestquality_black_58.html ($80) Pretty tough to beat that price. Only other way to do so, would be to find a vintage razor on Ebay.

    Brush: http://www.classicshaving.com/catalog/item/800550/422194.htm ($55) Amazing quality brush for cheap. I've used one almost daily for 9 years and it is only now starting to shed some hair.

    Strop: http://www.classicshaving.com/catalog/item/522944/7891209.htm ($50) two strops in one, and it's higher quality leather.

    Soap: http://www.classicshaving.com/catalog/item/522960/1165231.htm ($15) This is the best shave cream I've ever used. My favorite scents are Lime, Rose, Avocado, and St James. The grapefruit one seems intriguing too. They also make a "sensitive skin" version you might want to look at. Don't use a bowl to build a lather, use your face, feels great and helps pick the hair up for a better shave.

    Brush Stand: http://www.classicshaving.com/catalog/item/800550/422835.htm ($9) pretty self explanatory.

    Total for this much upgraded package is $209. Only $29 more than what you are looking at for that "beginners kit"

    I would also recommend an aftershave. I love this one: http://usa.loccitane.com/l'occitan-after-shave-balm,82,1,29434,263368.htm ($30)

    If you are hard set on a straight razor, go for it. If you are on the fence, go with a safety razor to start. I made the transition from straight to safety because it takes so much time to hone and strop the straights Then to actually shave takes me extra time because I don't like cutting my face, which happens when I rush. I still cut myself with a safety razor, just not as much.

    Something else to consider, you will have to hone your straight razor every few weeks or so if you are shaving regularly. If not, you might be able to extend out the interval to a month or two. It's really based on feel. And honing is not a simple or easy process and requires an investment in multiple honing stones. This one: http://www.classicshaving.com/catalog/item/522944/196094.htm and this one: http://www.classicshaving.com/catalog/item/522944/5202698.htm will get you well on your way.

    Use the classic shaving website as much as possible, they are great people to work with, have been around for a long time, and are far less commercialized than the AoS. Oh, and their prices are awesome.

    If you have more questions, post them up here and someone will answer them.
     
  6. Jul 19, 2013 at 10:26 AM
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    Figured I'd share these pics .
    My grandfather passed away about 5 years ago and my dad and i are cleaning his house out so he can sell it . We came across a old cigar box with these straight razors .
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    Original paper work in German
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    Damn John, nice find :thumbsup:
     
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    Dude, that's awesome!! I wonder how old they are!
     
  9. Jul 23, 2013 at 3:21 PM
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    that dovo looks great, the green scaled one that you have wold probably benefit from a coat of mineral oil to help stop the rust....actually all of them would couple probably use a light coat of oil.
     
  10. Jul 23, 2013 at 9:08 PM
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    No clue . Grand parents lived in that house for around 70years though . They were in the basement in a filing cabinet .
    Ya my old man took one look and said ill never use those you take them . Ok don't have to tell me twice :D
    Ya I going to try and clean them up . And start reading up on how to use them . Either that or just add them to my collection of old razors .
     
  11. Jul 23, 2013 at 9:27 PM
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    The one with the rust on it....

    Keep it away from the other blades. Rusting where the blade was in close contact with the scales is a sign of cel rot, which happens when celluloid scales offgas corrosive materials that attack the blade.

    If the edge is salvageable, then the corrosion can be cleaned up and the blade mounted into a new set of scales.
     
  12. Jul 23, 2013 at 9:33 PM
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    http://www.badgerandblade.com

    Some of these guys will shave with anything....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwTFYE_FELk
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-B1y3Fr8FVQ
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVHjxRwr_Yk
     
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    Holy crap... I won't be letting even a damascus blade shave my head. If I can't see it in the mirror I'd likely chop half my skull off.

    The only time I've experienced a straight razor is a few weeks ago when I asked for a 'buzz' at a local barbershop and got more than I bargained for. Didn't even realize it was happening until the lady had the back of my head in lather, whipped out a razor and had at it... Deer in the headlights you might say. lol

    When I have a bit of extra cash I'll come back to this thread and get myself some quality gear. Thanks for the info!
     
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    I've done quite a few headshaves with the straight, but it's tough getting in above my ears, so I normally use the Fusion on my head.
    I reserve the straight headshaves for Sunday night after my Friday off when I haven't shaved since Wednesday night. The Fusion clogs too much with that much growth, so I mow down the bulk of it with the Wacker and clean up around my ears with the Fusion.

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  16. Jul 24, 2013 at 4:49 AM
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    I will recommend straightrazorplace.com over badger and blade, badger and blade seemed to be more focused on safety razor when I was on there, there are plenty of vendors on both sites that can hone or rescale those straight razors for you. For a reasonable price too, I recommend mainaman on SRP, I've had some work done by him and have been very pleased...I'll post pics when I can
     
  17. Jul 24, 2013 at 4:56 AM
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    Here they are

    I will post a wade and butcher he did for me when I get off work

     
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    a Late Christmas present to myself. only used it to trim up the beard as of now but I'm going to start practicing more as I get more comfortable with the stropping. I was pretty nervous when I first touched it to my face and went to work haha, but so far no damage so that's a plus!
     
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