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Straight Razor Shave

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by Crown Royal, May 27, 2007.

  1. Crown Royal

    Crown Royal Insulin Beware

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    I just tried to do it for the second time - only 2 cuts this time (like 4-5 last time). I used one of those antiseptic pencils on them.

    Any one do this? I had it done by a barber several times, then decided to learn myself. It's pretty tough, and right now I am still no getting much closer than I would with a mach 3 or something.
  2. DallasCowpoke

    DallasCowpoke Fierce Allegiance

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    I've used 1 a few times my granddaddy had, he even had the razor strap (that he claimed he used liberally on my mom and uncle) that he sharpened it on for me. I found if I had like a 3-6 day growth, it worked great. But I've shaved in the shower for about 20 years now, and there's just no way I can tell the difference between even the cheapest disposables and a straight razor, all things being considered.
  3. calico

    calico Well-Known Member

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    I thought about trying it out a few years ago when I experimented with different shaving techniques, but it seemed like too much of a pain in the *** to upkeep the blade. I just bought a nice shave brush and bowl to go with my mach3 instead.
  4. DallasCowpoke

    DallasCowpoke Fierce Allegiance

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    If you really want a good shave, get one of these. Then read this article, paying special attention to the part about letting the weight of the razor do the majority of the work for you.
  5. Yeagermeister

    Yeagermeister Active Member

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    I hate shaving and would grow a ZZ Top beard before using a single blade razor.
  6. DallasCowpoke

    DallasCowpoke Fierce Allegiance

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    I'm with you and I have the luxury of not having to shave for sometimes 3-7 days or more at a stretch. But I have found that if I try and shave on a back-2-back basis, I don't get nearly as close as if I have a good 3 day growth. Plus, it leaves my skin feeling less "abused".

    P.S. REAL men ain't a skeered a no "single" blades!
  7. calico

    calico Well-Known Member

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    I don't mind shaving, but sometimes I am just too lazy to do it...

    I am in my late 20's and my whiskers have gotten much thicker and rougher and it is starting to mess with my skin.

    I mixed together a preshave oil consisting of aloe oil, olive oil, and eucalyptus oil and it has worked wonders in soothing my skin and easing some pain. I then have to use a shave cream like Zirh or American Crew to get a nice shave...the gels and cheap creams are worthless on my face.
  8. silverbear

    silverbear Semi-Official Loose Cannon

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    Grow a beard, solves all your problems...

    One thing it does NOT do is save time, though... a good beard needs daily attention to look good... it may take more time to hand-trim my beard on a daily basis (I use my beard trimmer twice a week) than it would to shave...

    I grew my beard 30 years ago, and the only time I ever shaved it off was for my Dad's funeral... he wasn't that wild about it (though he never gave me any grief for wearing it), so I figured that would be a nice gesture of respect, and I felt the need to make some kind of gesture... I started growing it back the next day...

    What's kind of funny about my Dad's 'tude about beards is when I first grew a mustache, he DID like that, and went out and grew one of his own, that he wore until he passed away...
  9. jackrussell

    jackrussell Last of the Duke Street Kings

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    Strop.
  10. AbeBeta

    AbeBeta Well-Known Member

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    My barber uses a straight edge and usually does 3-4 shaves on folks each day. I came in one day for a hair cut. I had shaved at home with my Sensor. He remarked that I had an extremely close shave. When I asked if he got that close with the straight edge, he laughed and told me that the straight edge would never get that close without removing skin.
  11. phillycard

    phillycard Member

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    I'm scared of a straight edge. :(

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