09-28-2016, 05:25 AM
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First of all, this idea is completely plagiarized from tmarting89 on another forum.  I find it's a great way to learn from others' experiences.  Whether you're an experienced wet shaver or just starting out, there is something to learn from every shave.  

Here is a recent one from me to get started:

Even the most forgiving slant can bite if proper technique is not consistently observed.


- Larry

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 09-28-2016, 07:15 AM
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This my be under the terms of YMMV, but I realize there is a vast difference between a Gillette Slim and a Fat Boy. Thats with a varying settings and the same brand blade; I just get a superior shave with the Fat Boy and zero agitation. That's with carefully watched technique. I think it may be weight or balance. What ever it is; it means I'll be selling my 68 3rd quarter Slim sometime.

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 09-28-2016, 07:57 AM
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  • chazt
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I learned that my pedestal sink has developed a leak.

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 09-28-2016, 08:17 AM
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Don't get complacent with the BBS-1

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 09-28-2016, 08:41 AM
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  • Tokyospike
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Plagiarized it may be, but still awesome. I learned that the lower part of my neck (where the hair grows "up") only needs the first WTG pass. It's DFS at least after that, and including it in the second ATG pass is just an invitation to irritation.

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 09-28-2016, 08:50 AM
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  • racebmx
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  • Charleston, South Carolina
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That my neck area is a complete wuss bag and needs to quit whining and deal with the fact I'm going to shave there.

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 09-28-2016, 09:41 AM
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  • kav
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Lock the damned door. I stepped out to answer a call for Michigan seeking Shawn Queesenberry;defaulted on his student loan with my phone number. After telling the latest collections agent to stop calling or I'd break his legs my mother decided to shower. Cold water, dried Pre de Provence a half hour later and a fogged up mirror.

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 09-28-2016, 09:59 AM
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  • Johnny
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I learned a long time ago to never take anything for granted when it comes to shaving.  When you think you are an expert and think you have it mastered, it will bite.  And the older you get and the thinner your skin gets, the bites get worse.

I only do a two pass shave and sometimes it might take me 30 minutes from beginning to end, and I am fine with that.

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 09-28-2016, 11:36 AM
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  • chazt
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(09-28-2016, 09:59 AM)Johnny Wrote: I learned a long time ago to never take anything for granted when it comes to shaving.  When you think you are an expert and think you have it mastered, it will bite.  And the older you get and the thinner your skin gets, the bites get worse.

I only do a two pass shave and sometimes it might take me 30 minutes from beginning to end, and I am fine with that.

Johnny, your posts are always illuminating. I took your advice about 2 leisurely, attentive passes a year or so ago. It took about two months before it felt "right", but then, Bam! my shaves improved dramatically in regards to razor burn and irritation. I now do 2 1/2 passes, also in 30 minutes, and I'm Loving my daily shaves more than ever! Thanks so much for sharing your experiences and thoughts Smile

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 09-28-2016, 12:01 PM
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  • evnpar
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I learned that I should be listening to Chopin instead of news about the presidential race when using a straight razor.

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 09-28-2016, 12:24 PM
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  • Johnny
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(09-28-2016, 12:01 PM)evnpar Wrote: I learned that I should be listening to Chopin instead of news about the presidential race when using a straight razor.

Well, duh!  Smile  Smile  Smile

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 09-28-2016, 03:14 PM
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  • Steelman
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I learned that I like open comb razors. 

I also learned that ...despite a pitiful first attempt last year....I refuse to quit on learning how to use a straight razor. 

Placed an order yesterday with John Crowley.

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 09-28-2016, 04:13 PM
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Today's lesson;

Despite all my straight razor practice.....I still need more practice  Blush


- Larry

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 09-28-2016, 07:04 PM
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  • Harvey
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That almost any razor and blade combo will work if you give it time....nice to have hundreds of razors but most will be for show and you really can exist with just a few. Lightbulb

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 09-28-2016, 07:06 PM
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I learned that a really fat razor handle (20mm) actually works quite well, and I hold it even more lightly than a smaller one.

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 09-30-2016, 08:47 AM
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I'm liking my slants more and more.  Still have to figure out best approach to under the chin, though.

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 09-30-2016, 09:42 PM
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I learned to wait until the hiccups stop. Completely.

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 10-01-2016, 05:17 AM
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Slant razors are extremely efficient (there is absolutely no need to shave today   Sad )

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 10-01-2016, 03:12 PM
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  • Mouser
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I learned that something has been happening to my mirror. Everything is blurrier in it than they were one or two years ago.

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 10-01-2016, 07:52 PM
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  • chazt
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(09-28-2016, 07:06 PM)mike_the_kraken Wrote: I learned that a really fat razor handle (20mm) actually works quite well, and I hold it even more lightly than a smaller one.

Yes, I agree. I hold fatter handles with less pressure and get better shaves as a result.

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