03-10-2015, 07:50 AM
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My setup for now as this is my first purchase getting into straight razors includes-

Ralf Aust 5/8 Solingen in black scales
SRD Lynn Abrams modular paddle strop
Paladin PK-47 in butterscotch marble
Caties bubbles quatre cent vingt
Barrister and Mann wonderbalm

I had about a weeks growth on my beard and started with just some hot water before my lather, in the future I might add a little more effort into my prep on this type of growth. At first the blade just didn't seem to be cutting like I would have liked. I thought maybe I needed to go back to my strop but as things settled in I found a nice cutting angle and used shorter strokes. As I began my second pass ( atg ) I really began to appreciate just how well the blade was cutting. I enjoy this razor and plan on re scaling to a natural wood or horn type in the near future. Great shave all in all very smooth no irritation , I couldn't be happier. Anyway I just wanted to share my first straight razor shave experience with you all , enjoy your day.


 

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 03-10-2015, 10:21 AM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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The first straight shave is always a memorable experience.  The Ralf Aust 5/8 is an excellent razor for both beginners and advanced shavers.  The SRD paddle strop is another nice addition.

Congratulations on your first.

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 03-10-2015, 10:45 AM
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(03-10-2015, 10:21 AM)Johnny Wrote: The first straight shave is always a memorable experience.  The Ralf Aust 5/8 is an excellent razor for both beginners and advanced shavers.  The SRD paddle strop is another nice addition.

Congratulations on your first.

Thank you, good to know the setup is of a good standard.

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 03-11-2015, 09:43 AM
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  • Java
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  • Warner Robins, Georgia, USA
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That's some first class kit you've got there. The best (and worst) part is, if you have any problems at all, you can't blame it on the gear! Have fun, and have patience. A good straight razor shave is a journey. Just enjoy it, and one day you'll suddenly realize that you've arrived

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 03-11-2015, 10:09 AM
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  • Snuff
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Very nice experience for a first shave, it will only get better.

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 03-11-2015, 03:26 PM
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(03-11-2015, 09:43 AM)Java Wrote: That's some first class kit you've got there. The best (and worst) part is, if you have any problems at all, you can't blame it on the gear! Have fun, and have patience. A good straight razor shave is a journey. Just enjoy it, and one day you'll suddenly realize that you've arrived

Well said , I appreciate your advice.

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 03-11-2015, 03:30 PM
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(03-11-2015, 10:09 AM)Snuff Wrote: Very nice experience for a first shave, it will only get better.

I'm trying to keep everything simple these days , I used to worry about all the LE things coming out and collecting. Switching to straights and scaling down has been a bit relaxing for me and I really appreciate and enjoy the shaves. The day I can get the technique to where the more advanced straight shavers are certainly will be something. I appreciate your encouragement.

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 03-13-2015, 06:13 PM
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congrats and keep it.  it gets better and better

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 03-14-2015, 01:01 AM
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Congratulations on your first straight razor shave.  I just received my first Ralf Aust a couple of weeks ago and very happy with it.

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 03-17-2015, 12:40 PM
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(03-14-2015, 01:01 AM)CanuckShaver Wrote: Congratulations on your first straight razor shave.  I just received my first Ralf Aust a couple of weeks ago and very happy with it.

I really enjoy mine as well, I have limited experience but I'm happy with the blade and find it very easy to use. I enjoy learning to strop as well and this has been my main area of study lately.

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 03-17-2015, 04:50 PM
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you may have some setbacks, but no matter what stick with it.  It's the bomb.

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 03-17-2015, 04:56 PM
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  • jamesrobson5
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Well done!!! It sounds like you picked a fabulous set up. I hope you enjoyed it and will keep it up.  Biggrin

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 03-17-2015, 05:06 PM
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  • evnpar
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  • Portland, Oregon
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Congratulations, and welcome to the world of straight razor shaving.

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 03-18-2015, 02:46 AM
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  • MikekiM
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  • Long Island, NY
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Well done!!  You're on your way...

Tackling a week of growth on your first shave was a big challenge, glad it went well.  I find that that when I have more than a day of growth, the first pass is rarely a killer.  It's more of a rough reduction.  

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 03-18-2015, 09:30 AM
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Thanks for all the postive feedback guys , awesome community here. The decision to go full time straight razor has been a great journey , and I'm happy I finally got around to doing that.

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 03-19-2015, 07:19 PM
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Congratulations and continued success! 

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 03-19-2015, 08:47 PM
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Well done, now you're commencing a very rewarding learning period. Congratulations.

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 03-21-2015, 03:46 AM
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  • jtmke
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Shaving with a straight is fantastic.  You have wonderful tools that will serve for a very long time.  Keep your hands dry and experiment with face stretching including moving your jaw for closer shaves and hard to reach spots.  rubbing alum on your fingers can help stretch slick skin.  Enjoy.

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 03-24-2015, 08:09 AM
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Great advice and thank you all for the encouraging comments, the shaves have been great so far. Lots of new technique and comfort I'm picking up on. I'm going to give an old Dubl Duck lifetime a good clean up and maybe throw some new scales on it to get some experience with these things.

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