05-27-2015, 10:31 AM
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For the first time, i have my very first str8 razor from our very own Yohann! I got this beauty and am looking forward to using it very soon. He cleaned it up very well and shipped it out right away to me. Even honed it and got it shave ready. I'll be looking for a strop that's as classic and timeless to match this beauty.


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The razor is an unprinted Wapienca, 5/8, stainless steel. The scales, as you can see, too, are stainless steel and have a great heft to them. This is bothersome to most guys, as I've researched, but i actually love it! I'll be keeping this all original, but will either have something meaningful laser-printed or engraved later on down the road. After all, this and everything else i collect, will go to my children once i pass away, which hopefully, will be a very long time from now.


Thank you Yohann for this beauty! I'm happy i saw this right away and got a great deal as well. You made history in my life, as the first person that i got my own straight razor from.


- Bryan

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 05-27-2015, 10:52 AM
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  • Johnny
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Way to go Bryan.  If Yohann put an edge on it be careful, it's sharp. Smile

Enjoy the experience.

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 05-27-2015, 11:52 AM
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  • Thug
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Congratulations Bryan, just be gentle with it and don't try for a BBS first time around. Wink

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 05-27-2015, 12:15 PM
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It's good to see the razor get the appreciation it deserves, Bryan. I hope you like shaving with it. 

As I mentioned to you, I am one of the guys who doesn't care for the heavy stainless steel scales, but maybe they'll work for you. If not, I'll be in WA soon, and can help you rescale them.

I hope you like the edge, as I'm not a professional at honing -- and while I can get the edges to where I like them, they may not work for everyone. 

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 05-27-2015, 12:57 PM
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(05-27-2015, 10:52 AM)Johnny Wrote: Way to go Bryan.  If Yohann put an edge on it be careful, it's sharp. Smile

Enjoy the experience.
Oh yeah it is! Got bit when i was messing with it!
(05-27-2015, 11:52 AM)Thug Wrote: Congratulations Bryan, just be gentle with it and don't try for a BBS first time around. Wink
Thank you.

(05-27-2015, 12:15 PM)yohannrjm Wrote: It's good to see the razor get the appreciation it deserves, Bryan. I hope you like shaving with it. 

As I mentioned to you, I am one of the guys who doesn't care for the heavy stainless steel scales, but maybe they'll work for you. If not, I'll be in WA soon, and can help you rescale them.

I hope you like the edge, as I'm not a professional at honing -- and while I can get the edges to where I like them, they may not work for everyone. 

Yohann, you did a great job! Can't wait to hook up with you, regardless!

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 05-27-2015, 01:39 PM
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  • Johnny
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Three things you don't mess with; Mother Nature, another man's wife, and a straight razor. Smile

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 05-27-2015, 02:05 PM
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(05-27-2015, 01:39 PM)Johnny Wrote: Three things you don't mess with; Mother Nature, another man's wife, and a straight razor. Smile
Johnny, if you don't mind, I'm going to have to patent this! Lol, so damn true!

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 05-27-2015, 03:37 PM
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Sorry to hear that you already cut yourself with the razor, Bryan. Biggrin

If you find yourself wanting to play with it, try lopping off the tops of some of your arm hair. That shouldn't hurt. Playing with the edge can hurt both you and the razor. Ironically, the edge of a straight razor is pretty delicate. Too much 'testing' can damage the edge (especially if you don't do it right). 

Actually, if you know someone with long, straight hair, just get some of their hair and do the HHT. That's probably the safest 'test'.

Don't hurt yourself too badly. 

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 05-27-2015, 03:42 PM
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(05-27-2015, 03:37 PM)yohannrjm Wrote: Sorry to hear that you already cut yourself with the razor, Bryan. Biggrin

If you find yourself wanting to play with it, try lopping off the tops of some of your arm hair. That shouldn't hurt. Playing with the edge can hurt both you and the razor. Ironically, the edge of a straight razor is pretty delicate. Too much 'testing' can damage the edge (especially if you don't do it right). 

Actually, if you know someone with long, straight hair, just get some of their hair and do the HHT. That's probably the safest 'test'.

Don't hurt yourself too badly. 
Oh, it's all good. It was my fault. I was looking at my daughter, when i touched the blade wrong, and it just barely got the thumb. No blood, just graze.

Yohann, i did actually take off a few hairs on my wrist with it. It's easy breezy.

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 05-27-2015, 03:52 PM
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Congrats Bryan! They are definitely a learning experience! Hard not to get hooked! 

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 05-27-2015, 04:57 PM
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  • gijames
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Yay! Congrats on your first str8rzr!

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 05-27-2015, 05:18 PM
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Congratulations Bryan!

Your first straight razor that's great, and it's good to see another straight razor shaver in Lacey Wa. It's my home also.
As new straight razor shavers we sometimes are a little hard on our edges, sometimes it the stropping or heavy angles or we just get a little too careless so rolled or dinged edges are pretty common.
If this happens don't be overly concerned it's happened to most of us, so if you need that edge re-honed just let me know and I would be happy to help you out with it.

Good luck with this new adventure.

Frank

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 05-27-2015, 05:57 PM
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Remember angle angle angle and no pressure . Everytime I've been bitten by a straight it was from improper angle or pressure. With a DE you kind of feel the nick,with a properly honed straight you'll see blood before you feel it. Nothing to be afraid of ,but respect her and she'll do you right. I have scars to prove my point. All my fault of course, got cocky or distracted and the straight reminded me who's boss. Im not trying to say fear the razor, I'm saying respect it.

For me and this is just me I like a thinner lather that's got more water added with a straight, this is YMMV  101 but a few people I know who shave with DES and straights like different lathers for straights. Enjoy your shaves, also you sport a beard nothing like having super clean crisp lines. For me at least I can line a beard or goatee up with a straight a lot better than with a DE. 

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 05-27-2015, 06:14 PM
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Congrats Bryan. Let us know how it's going. 

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 05-27-2015, 08:37 PM
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Congratulations, Bryan!  Thumbsup

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 05-28-2015, 12:16 AM
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Thanks everyone for the advice.

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 06-05-2015, 05:41 PM
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Great share Bryan, I hope you enjoy yourself and your time with this razor. Straight razor shaving is a beautiful thing and it appears to me you appreciate it very much. Congrats I'm happy for you.

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 06-08-2015, 06:25 PM
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  • geezer
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Congratulations! The Wapi's and all similar usually are of exceptional steels and take ands hold a fine edge. The size is right so you should have no trouble using it after the first tentative strokes.

~Richard

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 06-08-2015, 08:29 PM
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Congratulations! Wapi is a great performer. Good steel and I like how it looks. For a strop I recommend one with linen or canvas component. I like coticules and Thiers Issard white paste on the cloth strop. That is a life long setup. Patience and having fun are key.

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 06-10-2015, 10:50 AM
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  • Steve56
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Congratulations Bryan, shaving with it will be second nature before long. They don't like not having your full and undivided attention though!

Cheers, Steve

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