01-11-2018, 08:17 AM
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(01-11-2018, 06:48 AM)kingfisher Wrote: A bit of a thread resurrection, but I am about to take the plunge, as well.  

I know somebody earlier in this thread recommended not starting out with an AC-style shavette, but that's exactly what I have done.  This morning was my 13th daily shave with a Feather SS kamisori razor.  Coincidentally, I got my first cut this morning (rushed, overconfident).  It was very superficial and didn't even bleed.  

I am mailing out a straight tomorrow to Larry and Whipped Dog for honing.  It's a straight I bought at an antique store about 3 years ago with no intention of ever using it.  I was going to sell it on e-bay to see if I could make a few bucks profit, but I never got around to it.  So now I get to keep it and give it a try myself.  

My plan is to be proficient by the end of 2018.  So I will take it slow.  WTG on the cheeks only until I am comfortable with that, and then gradually expanding as I go.  I am in no hurry.  I am determined to master it, though, so I feel confident that I will not quit, no matter how steep the learning curve (and I honestly don't think it will be that bad).  

I feel like I learned a lot about shaving just in the 13 days of using the Feather SS, even though I've been DE and SE shaving for almost 9 years.  


I can hardly wait for my razor to return from Larry's shop so I can get started!

Welcome!  I just finished my first year of shaving with a straight razor.  I used my Feather Artist Club razors prior to making the switch and I found they were extremely helpful in transitioning.  A shallow blade angle, light touch and skin stretching are the keys to success with both the Feather systems and real straights.  The straight razor does take quite a bit more maintenance, but once you get stropping and drying techniques on point, it doesn't add more than a few minutes to the morning routine.

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 01-11-2018, 10:10 AM
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Thanks, Dave.

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 01-11-2018, 10:19 AM
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How often does a straight need to get sent away for honing?

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 01-11-2018, 11:50 AM
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(01-11-2018, 10:19 AM)shevek Wrote: How often does a straight need to get sent away for honing?

I'm hardly an expert, but I've been told that it varies but provided you strop it properly it would be probably once every few months.

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 01-11-2018, 12:00 PM
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(01-11-2018, 11:50 AM)kingfisher Wrote:
(01-11-2018, 10:19 AM)shevek Wrote: How often does a straight need to get sent away for honing?

I'm hardly an expert, but I've been told that it varies but provided you strop it properly it would be probably once every few months.

Thanks. A  practical reason to start a razor rotation. Nice Smile

This explains why so many straight shavers dabble in the honing side of things.

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