08-03-2013, 05:04 AM
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Hello All,

Just wanted to check in and say I'm a new guy here and new to Double Edge shaving. I looked for a New Guy forum on SMF but didn't see one so I figured I would post here in the General Forum.

I've been using cartridge razors for about 35 years and I got tired of throwing money away every time I replaced a dull blade. I started getting interested in DE shaving about two months ago when I saw a thread in another forum about how great a shave one can get from DE shaving. I started doing my research on it and after watching many videos and finding the Badger & Blade site I decided to purchase an Edwin Jagger DE89 razor.

After I placed the order for my razor I decided to let my whiskers grow until I received the razor from the mail. When the razor did arrive I was excited to try it out on my 5 day beard. I had already purchased a Van Der Hagen Shaving Set from the department store so I was off to the bath room to see what all the hype was about.

I whipped up a lather and spread it out on the white wire that was covering my face and proceeded to scrape the growth from my manly features. I was impressed with the razor and the Wilkinson Blades that I purchased with the shaving set. I was approximately 95% finished with the first pass when I felt the razor starting to tug at the whiskers so instinctively I loaded a new blade into the razor.

Needless to say I was a bloody mess by the time I couldn't feel any more stubble on my now bleeding manly features. So off I went to do more research on how to properly use a DE razor and this time I studied every detail I could possibly glean from any video or forum I could find. I also practiced with an empty razor (no blade installed) with my eyes closed so I could feel if I was putting excess pressure on my face thru the razor. Little by little I discovered there is quite a knack to this form of self mutilation.

Since those first couple of shaves I have gotten crafty and made myself some different razor handles that I felt more comfortable with. see the photos below

Titanium handle with assorted weight end caps.
[Image: RazorHandle007_zps4fa3bc87.jpg]

Stainless steel, 4" long, heavy handle
[Image: RazorHandle019_zps0a7b565d.jpg]

I had fun with this one, made from aluminum
[Image: RazorHandle018_zpsb4c2b57d.jpg]

Aluminum and brass handles
[Image: RazorHandle013_zpsfe6d2955.jpg]

I think I've spent more time making handles than I have wet shaving these past three weeks since I received my razor in the mail.

I am currently running the Stainless Steel handle in the second picture as I found that the Stainless weighs more than the original chrome plated brass handle.

Take Care Gents and feel free to post any hints or tips that you feel this Newbie could put to good use. Cool



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 08-03-2013, 05:21 AM
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Welcome to TSN. I really like your handles in particular the "corkscrew"

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 08-03-2013, 05:23 AM
  • Fab
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Welcome to the Shave Nook! As you already mentioned, your technique will improve with time.
Those are awesome handles! You are really a gifted craftsman. I wish I was 1/2 as gifted Smile

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 08-03-2013, 05:30 AM
  • Johnny
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Welcome to The Shave Nook.

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 08-03-2013, 06:05 AM
  • Agravic
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Welcome to The Shave Nook! Smile

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 08-03-2013, 07:28 AM
  • Grumpy
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Welcome to TSN.

Handles. Interesting ... I look forward to seeing what else you will be making.

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 08-03-2013, 09:14 AM
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Hello and welcome to the forum.

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 08-03-2013, 09:41 AM
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Welcome to The Shave Nook!

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 08-03-2013, 09:58 AM
  • freddy
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Welcome to The Shave Nook and enjoy your stay. Wink

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 08-03-2013, 10:04 AM
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Welcome to The Shave Nook!

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 08-03-2013, 11:57 AM
  • Howler
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Greetings and welcome to the Nook.
Nice looking handles.

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 08-03-2013, 12:11 PM
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Welcome. Nice looking handles!

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 08-03-2013, 12:53 PM
  • tgutc
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Welcome to the Nook!

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 08-03-2013, 05:30 PM
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Welcome to The Shave Nook! Visit often and enjoy the journey.

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 08-03-2013, 07:34 PM
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 08-03-2013, 09:55 PM
  • savagejoerude
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Hey there and welcome to The Shave Nook. Glad to have you here. This site has a plethora of experienced fellas who would be more than willing to help you along and avoid the bloody shaves. Perhaps you should go into more detail about just what you are doing while shaving. Just by what you posted I would think you need to work on your angle and always remember "NO PRESSURE" Also describe your prep methods. You have to hydrate your beard. Let us know what's up and I'm sure someone will chime in.... ALSO THOSE HANDLES ROCK !!!

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 08-04-2013, 12:53 AM
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Hello, welcome to: " The Shave Nook " Relax & Enjoy.

Charles U.K

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 08-04-2013, 02:54 AM
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Welcome to TSN

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 08-05-2013, 04:32 AM
  • ben74
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Greetings and welcome!

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 08-05-2013, 04:58 AM
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Hello and welcome to The Shave Nook.
Nice handles you got there! Cool

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