11-16-2014, 12:23 PM
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How do you sue a styptic pencil?

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 11-16-2014, 12:34 PM
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  • kav
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You've cut yourself and there is some blood flow. This will flush any contaminates. Simply press the pencil against the cut.It will sting. After a few seconds, or when the flow is staunched release. You will have a white powder residue that can be washed off.

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 11-26-2014, 09:58 AM
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A styptic pencil is great for staunching those little nicks (like it or not, we all get them from time to time), and is something that I rarely use, but wouldn't like to be without. I'm a daily shaver and I can go weeks without a nick, and then - yipe.
I use an alum block to finish off my shaves, and that takes care of any "weepers", but the infrequent nick responds best to the styptic. It's cheap insurance, and it can sit in your shaving kit for months/years without losing any of its effectiveness.
I find that a common circumstance for nicks is while traveling, or using shaving facilities that are less than ideal. My travel kit contains its own styptic and travel size alum. I've often seen the slimmer styptics sold in pairs, but rarely with any sort of tube for storage. Proraso makes a styptic gel that comes in a small plastic tube — it too can leave a white trace when dry.
I found a broken fragment of an old pencil in that box in the attic that was certainly decades old. If put away wet repeatedly they can become lumpy and mis-shapen, but they work as well as new.
I seem to remember reading somewhere that the compound in the pencils, and also alum blocks may be harmful to metal through contact - especially when wet. I've never noticed any problems.
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 11-28-2014, 02:07 PM
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  • nunhgrader
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(11-16-2014, 12:23 PM)Alex7 Wrote: How do you sue a styptic pencil?

Wet the tip with water - place over nick - stick with surface cuts only.

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 01-06-2015, 08:41 PM
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I use mine pretty sparingly, mostly because I rarely cut myself, but also because I read that we shouldn't get too much of those chemicals into our systems. Probably an overabundance of caution, but hey . . .

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 01-06-2015, 08:44 PM
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The best way to use it for the first time is to dab the end on your tongue to get it wet, then apply to the weeper.

You guys who have done this, must know how well it works. Eusa_whistle

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 01-10-2016, 10:36 AM
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just don't use one over a deep nick.  i got a scar from salting a wound once...

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 01-18-2016, 09:17 PM
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  • SRNewb
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I use it like nunhgrader. Wet the tip, place over the nick or cut, rub it in.

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 01-18-2016, 09:19 PM
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Pick up styptic stick, then rub on cut.

That's basically it lol.

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 02-02-2016, 06:01 PM
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I hardly ever use my styptic stick, but when you need it...........

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 03-25-2016, 05:49 AM
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THIS^^^^^^
Ever get stuck without it (traveling, for instance)?

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 03-25-2016, 07:29 AM
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I prefer an alum block to a styptic pencil... but I wouldn't be caught without one or the other while travelling.

For those who want a clean, simple solution for their travel kit, I have seen a 'matchbook' of single use styptic 'pencils' at bestshave.net - I'm sure other shaving supply shops sells similar items too.

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 04-03-2016, 04:36 PM
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I have been shaving with a DE razor for years and have never used one.

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 09-19-2016, 07:03 AM
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Man I needed one yesterday. Got the brilliant idea to try and shave a bit of hair off the back of the neck with a shavette. I dug that blade right into my neck and and put a cut the entire length of the blade in. Painful and deep and thank god after 5 minutes the styptic pencil stopped it. Still painful but no blood.

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 10-02-2016, 01:25 PM
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(09-19-2016, 07:03 AM)EJaggerMan Wrote: Man I needed one yesterday. Got the brilliant idea to try and shave a bit of hair off the back of the neck with a shavette. I dug that blade right into my neck and and put a cut the entire length of the blade in. Painful and deep and thank god after 5 minutes the styptic pencil stopped it. Still painful but no blood.

Ouch! Those Shavette blades can really slice you good.

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 10-02-2016, 01:47 PM
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(09-19-2016, 07:03 AM)EJaggerMan Wrote: Man I needed one yesterday. Got the brilliant idea to try and shave a bit of hair off the back of the neck with a shavette. I dug that blade right into my neck and and put a cut the entire length of the blade in. Painful and deep and thank god after 5 minutes the styptic pencil stopped it. Still painful but no blood.

OUCH! Once I read shavette and the back of you neck and I began to cringe. I wish I had a stypic pencil 35+ years ago when I first start shaving. Would have been better than TP on my face.

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 10-02-2016, 05:10 PM
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  • garyg
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I still have one of the giant styptic rods that I recall taking off to college in the late 60's.  It has been used upon occasion over the years, and followed me around for so long that, besides being in three pieces, the writing is worn off the container.  However, some years ago my barber turned me onto a different alternative   The Nick Relief is powdered Aluminum Sulfate, and according to my barber and my infrequent usage it works far better than the old style styptics.   I think the powder allows more product to enter the nick than a hard stick.  I'd bin the pencil but having had it so long ..

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 03-04-2017, 01:12 PM
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Roll on, powder, liquid and matches. They all work well for different types of cuts.
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 05-23-2017, 05:09 AM
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(10-02-2016, 01:25 PM)TSNMod Wrote:
(09-19-2016, 07:03 AM)EJaggerMan Wrote: Man I needed one yesterday. Got the brilliant idea to try and shave a bit of hair off the back of the neck with a shavette. I dug that blade right into my neck and and put a cut the entire length of the blade in. Painful and deep and thank god after 5 minutes the styptic pencil stopped it. Still painful but no blood.

Ouch! Those Shavette blades can really slice you good.

New to the art. Wouldn't a straight razor have the capacity to cut you far worse than a shavers? It's one of the reasons I've started with a shavers...

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