Shaving with a Straight Razor.

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    Apr 01, 2013 7:25 AM GMT
    So I've been using the Art of Shaving products for a while & thought, "Why not try a straight razor?" My mom (love her) got my bro & I lots of goodies for Easter & I thought I'd try it out. Didn't too bad for my first time. Only a few nicks, but to my fairy godfathers out there that know the old school way or fellow brothers that practice this art... Any tips? Thanks.
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    Apr 01, 2013 2:36 PM GMT
    I have used a straight razor for the past year from art of shaving and I love it. just make sure you have time to shave, it can be a dangerous thing due to the razors being so sharp and nothing worse than hashing your face cuz you're in a hurry. I dunno if you got the kit with it but if so always use the oil first the shaving cream then lotion after. Shaving with the grain, keeping your skin taught when shaving and let the razors weight do the work. use cold water to rinse off.

    Good luck and it gets easier when you get the hang of it... As with most things of this nature it's all in the wrist.
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    Apr 01, 2013 3:11 PM GMT
    I was about to buy a straight razor from Art of Shaving but settled on the new-old fashion safety razor instead. I absolutely love it but I still hope to upgrade to a straight razor some day.

    How often do you use the leather/strope? every shave? Is it a big inconvenience to do?
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    Apr 01, 2013 3:13 PM GMT
    I've been wanting to invest in the art of shaving for some time as I have extremely coarse facial hair.

    Worth the money? How hard is it to learn how to straight razor? I really don't wish to hack up my face tbh, so that part is concerning...
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    Apr 01, 2013 3:29 PM GMT
    Why do you think beards and moustaches were so popular in the good old days?

    There was a reason the safety razor was invented.

    The "good old days" weren't always so good.
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    Apr 01, 2013 3:32 PM GMT
    running11 saidI've been wanting to invest in the art of shaving for some time as I have extremely coarse facial hair.

    Worth the money? How hard is it to learn how to straight razor? I really don't wish to hack up my face tbh, so that part is concerning...


    I had same issues with not wanting to murderfy myself so I decided to go with Safety Razor. If you haven't tried it yet, you should! It's a far more awesome experience than normal shaving. Make sure you get the shaving oil, brush, cream, after shave, etc.. It takes longer but much smoother & very relaxing.

    Just don't forget the weight of the razor should do the work! All you're doing is guiding where.
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    Apr 01, 2013 3:40 PM GMT
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    running11 saidI've been wanting to invest in the art of shaving for some time as I have extremely coarse facial hair.

    Worth the money? How hard is it to learn how to straight razor? I really don't wish to hack up my face tbh, so that part is concerning...


    I had same issues with not wanting to murderfy myself so I decided to go with Safety Razor. If you haven't tried it yet, you should! It's a far more awesome experience than normal shaving. Make sure you get the shaving oil, brush, cream, after shave, etc.. It takes longer but much smoother & very relaxing.

    Just don't forget the weight of the razor should do the work! All you're doing is guiding where.


    Awesome thanks! Can't wait to see how it helps! Thanks for the tip on getting all of the products.

    Shaving is usually something I dread, so I am hoping this will make it a little bit less stressful
  • thadjock

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    Apr 01, 2013 3:51 PM GMT
    gays can use str8 razors?
  • rnch

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    Apr 01, 2013 4:15 PM GMT
    UndercoverMan saidWhy do you think beards and moustaches were so popular in the good old days?

    There was a reason the safety razor was invented.

    The "good old days" weren't always so good.




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  • Apparition

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    Apr 01, 2013 4:23 PM GMT
    thadjock saidgays can use str8 razors?


    only if you are uncut and str8 acting
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    Apr 01, 2013 4:31 PM GMT
    rnch said
    UndercoverMan saidWhy do you think beards and moustaches were so popular in the good old days?

    There was a reason the safety razor was invented.

    The "good old days" weren't always so good.

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    And Mountain Men shave with a hunting knife, when they shave at all. There were times when I shaved with an Army bayonet in the field. Not pretty, lots of nicks and tissue paper on my face.

    I don't understand the point here. You should shave with the available technology that works best for you, and not according to John Wayne macho cultural expectations or myths.

    Straight razors were the best available in the 1800s. These are not the 1800s. Today's commercial razors, even disposables, are sharper than any straight razor ever was.

    Right now my partner isn't allowed to use any blade, because he's post-op on blood thinners, lest he get a cut, so I shave him with an electric. And electrics are fine for most guys, too, shave close enough for most situations. This is the 21st Century, not the 19th.
  • Destinharbor

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    Apr 01, 2013 6:40 PM GMT
    I think there is a sensuousness to shaving with a straight razor and have used one off and on as well as the rather expensive oils, creams, lotions you can get from Art of Shaving, Zihr, etc. The truth is they really don't do any better than a Gillette Power Fusion or even as good a job. But the time and care makes it feel like a luxury. And the smells of the high end products are great. It's kind of like eating with stirling silver flatware when cheap Walmart cutlery works just as well. And is a lot less bother. Just personal indulgence. Doesn't have to be logical.

    Tips: Shave after your shower. Though you may have to shower after shaving to get all the muck off your face. If your skin has cooled before you get to the shave, wet a towel under hot water and get it on your face at almost a painful hot. Then let it cool down on your face for a few minutes. Hot lather machines help. Shave with the grain but if you want it very close, as I like, then re-lather and re-shave against the grain. Use the badger brush to lather. It raises the hair rather than flattening it down. You've got to use moisterizer and toner after or your face will be leather.
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    Apr 01, 2013 7:17 PM GMT
    Apparition said
    thadjock saidgays can use str8 razors?


    only if you are uncut and str8 acting


    well i got both of those covered, but i'm still not going to shave myself with a str8 razor. i have a mach 3, with glide strips, why would i want to use a single blade i sharpened on a stone and a leather belt? even in a post apocalyptic society i'd just grow a beard b4 i'd resort to a str8 razor.

    a str8 razor is best in the hands of a second party who's using it on you, in a non lethal way.

    i've had a few professional shaves with a str8 razor and it's fun but it still tugs at my coarse beard hairs more than my mach 3 does. and my barber always uses one to sharpen up the edges of my hairline and shaves the back of my neck when i get a haircut, and that feels good, especially the hot towel. and hot foam.
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    Apr 01, 2013 7:24 PM GMT
    I feel misrepresented! I demand a Gay Razor! icon_evil.gif
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    Apr 01, 2013 8:53 PM GMT
    upstart_brophet saidI feel misrepresented! I demand a Gay Razor! icon_evil.gif
    Dammit, you beat me to it. icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 01, 2013 9:32 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    upstart_brophet saidI feel misrepresented! I demand a Gay Razor! icon_evil.gif
    Dammit, you beat me to it. icon_lol.gif

    I'm tapped into the free thought network! I just know!
    #gullible
  • reges198

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    Apr 01, 2013 11:58 PM GMT
    I love when the barber uses it. I am too spastic. Using one would *not* be a good idea.
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    Apr 02, 2013 1:32 AM GMT
    I've been using a straight razor for a few months now. I love it. My neck is so smooth now, and when I shave my skin never feels pulled or tugged.

    I use Geo F. Trumper's Violet Shave Soap. I highly recommend it. Smells wonderful (it is a deep and subtle violet, so it is masculine), it lathers well, and it lasts for a long time.
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    Apr 02, 2013 3:08 AM GMT
    I tried a safety razor for a couple weeks and just couldn't get the hang of it. I liked how close the shave was, but i kept slicing up my neck and along the jawline. I went back to the disposables which I still dislike. I've been considering a straight razor thinking i could finesse that better than the clumsy, heavy safety razor, but don't know. I guess my biggest problem is that I'm always in a hurry in the morning and would rather rush through that task than wake up ten minutes earlier.
  • jo2hotbod

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    Apr 02, 2013 3:37 AM GMT
    DO NOT venture down below with that, stay north my friend
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    Apr 02, 2013 4:41 AM GMT
    I have a couple of inherited ones. Somehow, I never get around to trying them more than an experimental stroke or two. I think they're not meant for guys with moles.
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    Apr 02, 2013 4:50 AM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    ART_DECO saidThere were times when I shaved with an Army bayonet in the field.

    Was that during the Spanish-American war?

    No, during the Vietnam War. And afterwards during peacetime.

    And when did YOU serve? Or did you ever wear a uniform at all? Certainly someone who stayed at home and never served his country under arms wouldn't mock those who did, would he?
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    Apr 03, 2013 2:16 AM GMT
    Trollileo saidThe only acceptable method of completely removing your facial hair.


    Is it every acceptable?

    I say NO!!! icon_mad.gificon_mad.gificon_mad.gificon_mad.gificon_mad.gif