Straight razor purchasing for newbies

Re: Straight razor purchasing for newbies

Postby RiverValleyTrading » Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:18 pm

dini wrote:Another questions , chaps .

Who can i send razors to for a proper hone ?

I don't have the tools , the skill or the patience to do it myself at this point .
Get hold of ShaveHavenSA. He will he be able to put a nice edge on.

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Re: Straight razor purchasing for newbies

Postby Thug » Tue Jun 04, 2019 9:16 pm

I agree with RVT.


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Re: Straight razor purchasing for newbies

Postby dini » Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:38 am

Thanks guys .
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Re: Straight razor purchasing for newbies

Postby dini » Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:50 am

So an update and to provide a laugh as to how long this is taking me to get going with straight shaving

Read about this on a few places and decided to try it

I actually have been sitting the last few days and practising using my feather SS without a blade , left hand and right hand to build up muscle memory . It is astounding how clumsy my left hand initially was . Would have been a blood bath and probably hack off a ear lobe or something .

The difference is noticeable every day though as I pay more attention to pressure and angle . And they say , you cant teach an old dog new tricks . :mrgreen:
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Re: Straight razor purchasing for newbies

Postby deepsouth » Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:28 pm

I cheat and use my right hand for the entire shave, I can use left but it takes longer. Perhaps try a Proguard blade first, very forgiving and helps to dial in technique, essentially a pro blade with a gaurd, can still bite!

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Re: Straight razor purchasing for newbies

Postby Thug » Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:45 pm

Keep practising Dini, you'll get it right (or left)


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Re: Straight razor purchasing for newbies

Postby RiverValleyTrading » Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:24 pm

dini wrote:So an update and to provide a laugh as to how long this is taking me to get going with straight shaving

Read about this on a few places and decided to try it

I actually have been sitting the last few days and practising using my feather SS without a blade , left hand and right hand to build up muscle memory . It is astounding how clumsy my left hand initially was . Would have been a blood bath and probably hack off a ear lobe or something .

The difference is noticeable every day though as I pay more attention to pressure and angle . And they say , you cant teach an old dog new tricks . :mrgreen:
Don't be discouraged by a few Nick's and scrapes. Stick with it dini.

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Re: Straight razor purchasing for newbies

Postby dini » Sat Jun 22, 2019 8:28 am

So last night , snap a blade into the Feather and get to work . No bloodshed but its very patchy sort of shave , which requires the trusty old R41 to clean up .

It was at that point that I realised Feather Pro Guard blades are not meant for scraping of 5 day growth . :oo
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Re: Straight razor purchasing for newbies

Postby ShaverBBS » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:43 pm

dini wrote:So last night , snap a blade into the Feather and get to work . No bloodshed but its very patchy sort of shave , which requires the trusty old R41 to clean up .

It was at that point that I realised Feather Pro Guard blades are not meant for scraping of 5 day growth . :oo


Hi

How's it going with your straight?
Just pulled trigger on a Feather SS! my first as well!
My RAD was quiet but has reared it's head again.
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Re: Straight razor purchasing for newbies

Postby dini » Mon Sep 16, 2019 9:55 am

ShaverBBS wrote:
dini wrote:So last night , snap a blade into the Feather and get to work . No bloodshed but its very patchy sort of shave , which requires the trusty old R41 to clean up .

It was at that point that I realised Feather Pro Guard blades are not meant for scraping of 5 day growth . :oo


Hi

How's it going with your straight?
Just pulled trigger on a Feather SS! my first as well!
My RAD was quiet but has reared it's head again.


Hi ShaverBBS . I am still on training wheels myself but strangey enough , I have found the actual striaght razor easier to use than the Feather SS .
I am still at the slow and steady stage , as I only pull a straight out when I have more than a few minutes to shave .
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Re: Straight razor purchasing for newbies

Postby ShaverBBS » Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:36 am

dini wrote:
ShaverBBS wrote:
dini wrote:So last night , snap a blade into the Feather and get to work . No bloodshed but its very patchy sort of shave , which requires the trusty old R41 to clean up .

It was at that point that I realised Feather Pro Guard blades are not meant for scraping of 5 day growth . :oo


Hi

How's it going with your straight?
Just pulled trigger on a Feather SS! my first as well!
My RAD was quiet but has reared it's head again.


Hi ShaverBBS . I am still on training wheels myself but strangey enough , I have found the actual striaght razor easier to use than the Feather SS .
I am still at the slow and steady stage , as I only pull a straight out when I have more than a few minutes to shave .

Thanks for your feedback. Had my first shave with the Feather last night and it went okay.
Not sure whether I'll go into straights.
I'm keen to understand what you found challenging on the Feather vs. easier on the SR.
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Re: Straight razor purchasing for newbies

Postby dini » Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:33 pm

I cant exactly pin point what was the tipping point on that but , but i defintiely got the SR easier than the Feather . Not sure if that is still the case but when I next try I will update you .
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Re: Straight razor purchasing for newbies

Postby ShaverBBS » Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:01 pm

dini wrote:I cant exactly pin point what was the tipping point on that but , but i defintiely got the SR easier than the Feather . Not sure if that is still the case but when I next try I will update you .

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Re: Straight razor purchasing for newbies

Postby ShaverBBS » Fri Sep 27, 2019 6:37 pm

Really interested in trying a straight razor... The Feather is really growing on me
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Re: Straight razor purchasing for newbies

Postby Bundubeard » Mon Sep 30, 2019 5:53 pm

I honed up two GD's last week, and shaved with them to test how the edge was. After using safety razors for a few weeks on end, I must say I missed the straights a lot, I certainly get a closer shave with the straight if I do one pass with it compared to one pass with a medium ranged safety razor. I have a few vintage straights in a box, I must really make an effort to hone them up and also a few ZY's and GD's. I think many guys will fall in love with them.
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Re: Straight razor purchasing for newbies

Postby ShaverBBS » Mon Sep 30, 2019 6:18 pm

Might be in for one down the line... At present I must definitely get the hang of the Feather. Six shaves in and it's going well. The intent is keep at it before I switch out to my DE. It definitely has quite an exfoliating effect and I was actually thinking of skipping one shave and doing a DE but I think I'll press on.
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Re: Straight razor purchasing for newbies

Postby Bundubeard » Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:12 pm

ShaverBBS wrote:Might be in for one down the line... At present I must definitely get the hang of the Feather. Six shaves in and it's going well. The intent is keep at it before I switch out to my DE. It definitely has quite an exfoliating effect and I was actually thinking of skipping one shave and doing a DE but I think I'll press on.


Don't stop when on a roll, every shave helps to get the method down to a T. As a rule I run any one blade until its blunt, just don't like wasting blades or have them around half-used, i'd rather change out a soap or brush to add some spice. I love my Feather also, but just as with their double edged blades, just a tad too sharp for my liking/beard.
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Re: Straight razor purchasing for newbies

Postby ShaverBBS » Mon Sep 30, 2019 7:19 pm

Mmmm good point. Maybe I should push through. They say you get minimum 10 shaves per blade or thereabouts
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Re: Straight razor purchasing for newbies

Postby Jock McSwart » Sat Oct 26, 2019 12:26 am

dini wrote:I cant exactly pin point what was the tipping point on that but , but i defintiely got the SR easier than the Feather . Not sure if that is still the case but when I next try I will update you .



There are several reasons why a straight razor is easier to master than a shavette. I have thought about the subject for a while, and here is my conclusions:

1) They are generally not as sharp as a shavette.
2) The blade does not flex so much, so less "jumping" on your skin that can lead to it biting you.
3) The longer blade makes the pressure distribution on your skin easier to control.
4) The straights are usually heavier than a shavette, so my explanation why that makes a difference is that even though they are not as sharp, it feels like it cuts easier because of the momentum.
5) For all the reasons above, the shaving angle is not as critical on a straight as on a shavette.

Saying all that, the quality of your shave with a straight will largely be determined by the quality of the edge. For me, the sharper the better. I sharpen on stones to 12000 grid then on diamond pasted strops to .1 Micron. Maybe it's my lack of technique, but I could never achieve and edge on stones alone that I was happy to shave with.

Some prefer edges that may not be deadly sharp, they will talk about "harsh" edges. Popular finishes are on Coticule or Jnat stones.

I started with shavettes, moved to straights. Now I like both and vary between a Feather SS and my straights depending on the mood and circumstances.
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Re: Straight razor purchasing for newbies

Postby dini » Wed Oct 30, 2019 8:29 am

Thansk for that Jock .

I have also come to the conclusion that the Feather SS is very sensitives to the the slightest changes in angles , while straights arent .

I wonder if the DX is as sensitive to changes in angles ? Can anybdy chime in ?

That being said , I do find myself not having a lot of time to shave with a straight so my practise is very irregular.
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