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 Post subject: Learning curve?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:26 pm 

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I am thinking of switching from safety razor to straight razor but was concerned with the learning curve as well as the time required? Is there a huge difference going from one to the other? Should I think of the straight razor as a weekend drive in the country car and the safety as the daily commuter?


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 Post subject: Re: Learning curve?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:59 pm 
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it takes time to master. nothing you should start doing half hearted imo.



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 Post subject: Re: Learning curve?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:43 pm 

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Mr.Magnus wrote:it takes time to master. nothing you should start doing half hearted imo.


I agree. Commit yourself to it. You will learn and master it much faster if you make the commitment. It will be slow going if you only try it once a week on the weekend.


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 Post subject: Re: Learning curve?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 12:47 pm 

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I've had my straight razor for 3 days. My first shave was ok, but I left some rough spots. The second day was a little better, and the 3rd day was actually a pretty good shave. To tell the truth, I haven't had many bloody spots.


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 Post subject: Re: Learning curve?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:17 pm 
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I agree with everyone above. Learn to use both hands and take it slow. Once you get that first 'perfect' shave, you'll never go back!! I also recommend to try the straight on the sideburn/cheek area first. Finish with the DE. From there, add areas as you get more comfortable and figure out the proper angles and such.

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 Post subject: Re: Learning curve?
PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:24 pm 
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XO <> I've found matching razor design (i.e., hollow/half-hollow/wedge) to skin type is paramount. I have an Über coarse beard & particularly sensitive skin... I'm a full wedge kinda guy.. hollows get closer, but burn like a bee sting on me.

I also suggest practicing ad nauseum on a blunted tester. My first straight was from WhippedDog, and as it was absolute garbage frowning from ear to ear, instead of tossing it where it belonged into the circle file - I blunted it & used it as a practice tool.

You must stick with it to perfect your craft. I'm guessing I'm two years in, and I can only shave on days off... :lol: when they come. No way can I blast through a perfect shave closer than any straight shave I've had yet w/o even a hint of burn in 2 minutes like I can with a disposable racing to work. It's a total luxury activity to me.



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