05-24-2017, 02:58 PM
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(05-24-2017, 12:28 PM)richy240 Wrote: Now THAT is a lot of good information.  Sounds like I'm buying an inexpensive Feather to learn with while I find out more about straights in general.  Thanks Doc!

+1 Great overview and detail!

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 05-24-2017, 03:15 PM
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Community spirit indeed!!!
Thanx to Doc47 I'll be attempting my very first Straight Razor shave this long weekend.
Doc sent me the "Instruction Sheet" I'm paying close attention to Razor Care #7 Don't shave naked !
Wish me luck, my fellow plunge takers....
RON

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 05-24-2017, 03:19 PM
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(05-24-2017, 03:15 PM)RetroRon Wrote: Community spirit indeed!!!
Thanx to Doc47 I'll be attempting my very first Straight Razor shave this long weekend.
Doc sent me the "Instruction Sheet" I'm paying close attention to Razor Care #7 Don't shave naked !
Wish me luck, my fellow plunge takers....
RON
Ron, have fun!  I tried several years ago but the draw of my beloved DEs was too much.   But I still respect the craft and the gorgeous hardware found in Straightland.   Cool

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 05-24-2017, 03:43 PM
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(05-24-2017, 01:07 PM)EricM Wrote: Do you guys recommend full hollow for a beginner?


Yes 100%


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 05-24-2017, 07:07 PM
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(05-24-2017, 03:43 PM)carlospppena Wrote:
(05-24-2017, 01:07 PM)EricM Wrote: Do you guys recommend full hollow for a beginner?


Yes 100%


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Thanks!   Thumbsup

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 05-25-2017, 04:03 AM
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(05-24-2017, 01:07 PM)EricM Wrote: Do you guys recommend full hollow for a beginner?

I would say a full hollow is not a bad idea as it tends to be more forgiving as it flexes more which allows it to conform more easily to one's face, I have used full hollows down to a wedge and just prefer a full hollow or close to one, size to me is the biggest challenge for a new shaver so I would suggest a 5/8"-6/8" but preferably stay closer to the 5/8" with a rounded toe or have the corner knocked off a square point, I have done the latter for some guys that start out with a square point and it keeps them from getting cut.

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 05-25-2017, 09:29 AM
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(05-24-2017, 03:15 PM)RetroRon Wrote: Community spirit indeed!!!
Thanx to Doc47 I'll be attempting my very first Straight Razor shave this long weekend.
Doc sent me the "Instruction Sheet" I'm paying close attention to Razor Care #7 Don't shave naked !
Wish me luck, my fellow plunge takers....
RON

I may soon be in the same boat as you.  I'm very excited, and kinda nervous.  I know I'm going to slice a cheek off or something.  Tongue

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 05-30-2017, 11:46 AM
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It isn't as scary as you might think.  It takes practice and it is good to have that fear of losing part of your face, but I doubt many actually lose a cheek Tongue

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 05-30-2017, 04:21 PM
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Have no fear fellow plungers........I survived my first encounter with the fearsome Cutthroat Straight.
Right cheek and right side of neck only. No missing parts but a nasty quarter size razor burn high on the cheekbone. Angle, angle, angle, did I say angle??? I would bet money that the razor burn is entirely from too wide an angle. Wide angle scrapes and narrow angle shaves.
It's awkward I must admit, but I'm going to hang in there.
"Brotherhood of the Naked Blade" I wish you all much success!!

RON

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 05-30-2017, 04:37 PM
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Good to hear Ron!

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 05-31-2017, 04:39 AM
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Keep going brother...!!!


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 06-01-2017, 08:26 AM
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I just received a couple straights in the mail courtesy of Doc47, but I have yet to have them honed.  Thanks Doc!!

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 06-29-2017, 11:02 AM
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(06-01-2017, 08:26 AM)richy240 Wrote: I just received a couple straights in the mail courtesy of Doc47, but I have yet to have them honed.  Thanks Doc!!

Wondering if you have any updates, my buddy is lending me his Gold Dollar! supposedly he bought it honed but has been sitting around!  Shall see if it treetop arm hair!  great info on this thread.

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 06-29-2017, 05:22 PM
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Gentlemen,
Talk to Steve56 about honing. He turned my two around in 48 hours and is returning them Priority Mail. A week from leaving Chicago to back at my door, now that's service!
I can't wait to try them out.
BTW: I received these from Doc47 as well, a very generous gentleman indeed.
Thanx Doc! Thanx Steve!

RON
"Brotherhood of the Naked Blade"

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 06-30-2017, 03:23 PM
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Shaving with a straight is not hard but you do have to learn it, just like riding a bicycle.

The basics for beginners are:

Keep the pressure very light, the blade should just lightly slide across your skin. You can't push on the razor to flatten your skin.

Keep the angle low, the blade nearly flat against your skin.

Get a good stretch which you do with your other hand. Taut skin doesn't cut or nick easily. Loose skin does.

No lateral (slicing) movement at all. This actually requires developing a little muscle memory to do it really well.

Use short strokes, everything is easier to control.

Keep the lather wet. When you're learning and going slow, lather can dry and get sticky which can cause the razor to stick. Our natural impulse, learned all our lives, is to push harder when the blade doesn't cut or hangs. This works well with everything but a straight razor, and you will have to un-learn it for shaving. Lol.

Give it a whirl it isn't hard, at one time everyone who shaved used a straight and humans are still here.

Cheers, Steve

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 07-02-2017, 11:43 AM
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(06-30-2017, 03:23 PM)Steve56 Wrote: Shaving with a straight is not hard but you do have to learn it, just like riding a bicycle.

The basics for beginners are:

Keep the pressure very light, the blade should just lightly slide across your skin. You can't push on the razor to flatten your skin.

Keep the angle low, the blade nearly flat against your skin.

Get a good stretch which you do with your other hand. Taut skin doesn't cut or nick easily. Loose skin does.

No lateral (slicing) movement at all. This actually requires developing a little muscle memory to do it really well.

Use short strokes, everything is easier to control.

Keep the lather wet. When you're learning and going slow, lather can dry and get sticky which can cause the razor to stick. Our natural impulse, learned all our lives, is to push harder when the blade doesn't cut or hangs. This works well with everything but a straight razor, and you will have to un-learn it for shaving. Lol.

Give it a whirl it isn't hard, at one time everyone who shaved used a straight and humans are still here.

Cheers, Steve

+1

Be patient and have enjoy the process.  It can be very satisfying.

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