02-26-2015, 09:47 AM
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Hey all -
I'm a self-taught shaver (Dad passed away when I was young) and have been using mainly disposal blades all my life (Dollar Shave Club). I'm 51, a technologist by trade and a musician by birth. This year has been a big year for changes - earned my black belt in Tae Kwon Do, dropped 70 lbs, conquered the Spartan Race, and now actually enjoy shopping for clothes. Consequently, I think it might be time to extend this transformation and try and change my relationship with shaving... I'll just say it - I HATE SHAVING. I will go days, even a week or more, between shaves because I hate it that much. This drives my wife crazy (not in a good waySmile - so.... I'm here doing some due diligence on straight razor shaving in the hope that it might be just the thing.

I've never tried a straight razor, but have been thinking about it for years. I knew there had to be some technique involved, but didn't realize the process was as involved as I'm reading that it is. I'm also a bit intimidated by the prices of some of the quality products. I have to say that, generally, I HATE shaving and will sometimes go for a week between shaves - has anyone changed their habits and general outlook on shaving just by diving into the straight razor?? Seems that it might prompt me to actually enjoy the process??? Any words of encouragement (or warning) would be helpful - especially around what to spend / purchase just to get started. THANKS!!!

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 02-26-2015, 09:48 AM
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  • Agravic
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Welcome to The Shave Nook, Peter.

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 02-26-2015, 09:49 AM
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You are of to a great start this year with your accomplishments! Welcome to TSN, Peter!

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 02-26-2015, 10:09 AM
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  • TheMonk
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Welcome to TSN, Peter!

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 02-26-2015, 10:36 AM
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Welcome to The Shave Nook, Peter! Smile

I would highly recommend starting with a simple DE razor and then when you are happy with the results and you want a challenge, then get yourself an inexpensive straight and see what you think! Good luck and, by the way, I can't ever imagine not shaving, every day, now! Biggrin

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 02-26-2015, 10:51 AM
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  • clint64
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Welcome to The Shave Nook Peter.  I just turned 50 this past December.  I had truly hated shaving from the moment I started.  However, because of work it was not something I could avoid.  I made the change to a traditional Double Edge Razor about 7 months ago.  Now the daily chore has turned into something I truly enjoy.  As mentioned above, you might consider starting with a a double edge razor.  Most all of the related supplies such as brushes, soaps etc will continue to be used if you go the route of SR.  Good luck and keep us posted.

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 02-26-2015, 10:56 AM
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Welcome to the forum.

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 02-26-2015, 11:32 AM
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Welcome!!

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 02-26-2015, 12:08 PM
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  • okok
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Welcome to the Nook, Peter.  

I agree with celestino's suggestion above.

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 02-26-2015, 12:46 PM
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  • Giorgio
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Welcome to TSN!

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 02-26-2015, 01:02 PM
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  • Jovan
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Welcome Peter to the Shave Nook.

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 02-26-2015, 02:52 PM
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  • jtmke
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I hated shaving. 

I would not shave Friday through Sunday and September through January. I bought a Dovo straight and now look forward to shaving everyday for the past 17 months. My rotation is mostly straights now but I do own the required few safety razors. I often say I would rather be late for work than miss my morning shave. I do not like being late for anything but the lather, strop and razor... Can't be skipped. 

Buy quality. It can be expensive but does not have to be. You will not be disappointed. 

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 02-26-2015, 05:19 PM
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  • freddy
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Welcome to The Shave Nook, Peter, and enjoy your stay. Smile

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 02-26-2015, 06:10 PM
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  • beartrap
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Hello and welcome!

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 02-27-2015, 07:10 AM
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(02-26-2015, 10:36 AM)celestino Wrote: Welcome to The Shave Nook, Peter! Smile

I would highly recommend starting with a simple DE razor and then when you are happy with the results and you want a challenge, then get yourself an inexpensive straight and see what you think! Good luck and, by the way, I can't ever imagine not shaving, every day, now! Biggrin

(02-26-2015, 10:51 AM)clint64 Wrote: Welcome to The Shave Nook Peter.  I just turned 50 this past December.  I had truly hated shaving from the moment I started.  However, because of work it was not something I could avoid.  I made the change to a traditional Double Edge Razor about 7 months ago.  Now the daily chore has turned into something I truly enjoy.  As mentioned above, you might consider starting with a a double edge razor.  Most all of the related supplies such as brushes, soaps etc will continue to be used if you go the route of SR.  Good luck and keep us posted.


Hello Peter! Welcome to TSN. Starting with a DE is a very good idea, as has been suggested. Your feelings about shaving may change. Enjoy! Shy

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 02-28-2015, 04:50 AM
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Welcome to the Nook Biggrin

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 02-28-2015, 07:38 AM
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Welcome. I too started wetshaving at around 50 and it has made shaving fun now. 

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 02-28-2015, 11:01 AM
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Hello, welcome to: " The Shave Nook "  Relax & Enjoy.



Charles  U.K

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 03-01-2015, 09:54 AM
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Welcome to TSN, Peter

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 03-02-2015, 09:38 AM
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Hello and welcome! [Image: smile.gif]

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