01-08-2015, 08:54 AM
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I am trying to get into straight razor shaving. I was just wondering how long it has taken some people to finally get used to it and get good shaves from it. One month? Six months? A year?

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 01-08-2015, 08:58 AM
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I don't think my skin is very compatible with straights and, not to deter you, but it has been well over one year for me and still not getting comfortable! I would love to use them, solely, as they are such exquisite shavers to photograph! Biggrin

You may take to them more easily and good luck. Smile

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 01-08-2015, 09:38 AM
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Welcome to The Shave Nook, migs. I too would love to get into straights as well. There will be plenty of gentlemen here on TSN that will be happy to help you out with any info you might have.

Be sure to introduce yourself in the "introductions" section, and you'll have a lot of members reaching back out to you in no time!

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 01-09-2015, 09:50 PM
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Anyone try these disposable blade straights? They cost less than the Feather or Kai.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/CJB-Straight-Kam...19ef079109

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sam-Seong-Kamiso...1199?rt=nc

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 01-09-2015, 10:26 PM
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  • Hanzo
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This is the best video on starting straight use.

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 01-10-2015, 04:09 AM
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  • Karlo
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(01-09-2015, 10:26 PM)Hanzo Wrote: This is the best video on starting straight use.

I would agree. That video soothed my fears, set my expectations and got me going. I'm not where I want to be yet but when I need to review technique, that is one of the videos I keep revisiting.

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 01-10-2015, 04:21 AM
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(01-08-2015, 08:54 AM)migs32 Wrote: I am trying to get into straight razor shaving. I was just wondering how long it has taken some people to finally get used to it and get good shaves from it. One month? Six months? A year?

It took me a few months to be completely comfortable. Next month will be my one year anniversary with straights and I am pleased with where I am now. Good luck.

Frank

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 01-10-2015, 03:49 PM
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  • SRNewb
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+1 on Lynn's video. IMO about 3 months to get truly comfortable. But you will be constantly improving and refining technique for a lot longer than that. MHO.

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 01-10-2015, 04:12 PM
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  • jamesrobson5
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Lynn has some great advice. So do a lot of guys here, your in good hands.
It took me a few months to get comfortable/ good shaves.
Now I have been using straights for almost two years and use DEs for quick shaves only.

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 01-10-2015, 05:33 PM
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Thanks for all of your responses. I've watched a lot of videos on it so I think its time to just go for it. I think it will be worth it in the long run.

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 01-10-2015, 05:34 PM
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Go slow. Start with just your cheeks. Work up to a full pass, and clean up with a DE.

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 01-14-2015, 05:52 AM
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It's really not anywhere near as difficult or 'dangerous' as it may sometimes seem. Remember, man has only had access to safety razors for ~120 years. For the 1200+ years before that man used sharp, single edged objects.

In regard to the original 'time frame' question, for me it was...

~4-6 weeks to get fully comfortable with it (as in it felt 'normal' rather than new).

~6 months more to get consistently good shaves without having to 'think' about what I was doing with the blade

~12 months more to unlock the true potential of a straight and get regular BBS shaves with just one pass (may have been sooner, but by this point half of what I was doing was subconscious/habit so I didn't immediately realize just how smooth and effective my strokes had become)

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 01-14-2015, 06:23 AM
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  • BobH
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Just go slow and take your time. Everyone acquires a new skill at a different rate so don't worry too much about time frames. Whatever you do, do not try to remove all the stubble on your first pass. That is a sure way to irritation/razor burn. Reduction of stubble through multiple passes gets it done. I have never had a BBS shave with a single pass in 45 years of shaving with any razor I have tried be it a DE, SE or straight razor.

Bob

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 01-14-2015, 07:16 AM
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So far so good. Had four shaves but I am taking it slow and only shaving my cheeks.

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 01-14-2015, 06:26 PM
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Good advice in this thread.

It took me a few months to get to where the 'straight' shaves were acceptable.

Bear in mind that you're likely to damage the edge on your straight during this period.....maybe several times. Take it slow, and it will work out.

Also, as Celestino pointed out: it doesn't necessarily work better than safeties for everyone.

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 01-14-2015, 09:18 PM
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(01-14-2015, 07:16 AM)migs32 Wrote: So far so good. Had four shaves but I am taking it slow and only shaving my cheeks.

Congratulations and continued great shaves! Thumbup

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 01-16-2015, 04:10 PM
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I bounce back and forth between straights and safety razors. Start out just shaving your cheeks and go from there

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 02-05-2015, 02:42 PM
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I am also starting out straight razor shaving and I'm having a very difficult time getting comfortable while using my left hand

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 02-14-2015, 05:13 AM
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  • jtmke
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About every 100 shaves or so I had a breakthrough.  By shave 300 I was very confident with both hands.  I did not come over from DE so the whole wet shave sport was new to me. Now, except for the occasional mis-stroke on a strop which I can only attribute to over confidence, shaves are sublime.

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 03-13-2015, 05:48 PM
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(01-09-2015, 10:26 PM)Hanzo Wrote: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDq-2ZRVYXA


This is the best video on starting straight use.
When I started with my Feather DX & SS non folding handle shavettes, I must have watched Geofatboy 100 times.  Really good quality videos and nice and simple.

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