07-19-2018, 08:49 PM
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Hi from beautiful Bavaria!

I am 40 years old, and for the last 25 years, up until June, I did shave by a combination of electric, followed by two rounds of wet shave with a cartridge razor (everything from Gillette to Wilkinson to no names from the drugstore). The reason is I have extremely thick, wiry hair - shaving only with the electric shaver wasn't thorough enough, and shaving only with the system razor ended bloodily, because the blades tore more over the hair than to glide over it cleanly. So, first the rough stuff electrically, then two passages of wet - that did the job quite okay.
 
The other day, out of the blue, I came up with the idea of getting a straight razor, simply because I was curious about this method of shaving. After reading along in a German forum, I decided to go with a DE razor first, and got myself a Merkur 38c with ASP blades. The shaves went really good, so I added an Edwin Jagger 3D Laser Diamond, which I am currently using along with either Feather blades or Personna Platinum.
 
I also got a straight razor from small Austrian manufacturer Koraat this week, which is a beauty. I haven’t had time to use it yet, and have still to get a strop. We‘ll see how that goes.

Looking forward to learning new things here!

Cheers!

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 07-19-2018, 09:38 PM
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  • Johnny
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Welcome to TSN.

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 07-19-2018, 09:48 PM
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Thanks a lot, Johnny!

Seeing you're from WI - I'm a big fan of the Brewers !

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 07-19-2018, 09:55 PM
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  • Johnny
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(07-19-2018, 09:48 PM)LithiumDawn Wrote: Thanks a lot, Johnny!

Seeing you're from, WI - I'm a big fan of the Brewers !

So am I.  They don't do bad for a small market team.  Their stadium is beautiful.

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 07-19-2018, 10:00 PM
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Grüß Gott, welcome aboard, and enjoy the wild ride that is traditional wetshaving Smile

My story echoes yours to some degree; years of disappointing shaves with various electrics and cartridge razors before "seeing the light" with a DE... and I've never looked back, nor have I ever enjoyed my shaves as much Wink

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 07-19-2018, 10:15 PM
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@Wegian Warrior: I, too was somehow "enlightend" by DE shaving, and boy, has my collection grown ever since! I started out with a cheap badger brush from the local drugstore, which was okay for the first tries, but then quickly got two synthies from Stirling Soap, which I love!

Also got a couple soaps from them, as well as after shaves and cream from Proraso Green and Red Line, and almond cream from Taylor of Old Bond Street.

I'm currently switching around with various blades (Astra, Feather, Personna) on my two DE's, just to get the best feel out of my shaves. As much as shaving was annoying me previously, it's become my private half-hour of wellness, when the kids are in bed.

@Johnny: I'm trying hard to persuade my wife of a trip to Miller Park combined with a game at Lambeau, that would be a dream come true!

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 07-19-2018, 10:36 PM
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  • Johnny
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(07-19-2018, 10:15 PM)LithiumDawn Wrote: @Wegian Warrior: I, too was somehow "enlightend" by DE shaving, and boy, has my collection grown ever since! I started out with a cheap badger brush from the local drugstore, which was okay for the first tries, but then quickly got two synthies from Stirling Soap, which I love!

Also got a couple soaps from them, as well as after shaves and cream from Proraso Green and Red Line, and almond cream from Taylor of Old Bond Street.

I'm currently switching around with various blades (Astra, Feather, Personna) on my two DE's, just to get the best feel out of my shaves. As much as shaving was annoying me previously, it's become my private half-hour of wellness, when the kids are in bed.

@Johnny: I'm trying hard to persuade my wife of a trip to Miller Park combined with a game at Lambeau, that would be a dream come true!

If you work that out, let me know.

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 07-19-2018, 10:58 PM
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Quote:If you work that out, let me know.

Will do!

Just a question: I'm thinking about getting an Above The Tie Calypso, as I want something a bit more aggressive than my current DE'S. I'm just not sure if it's either the R2 (mid aggressive, OC), or the H1 (high aggressive, CC). I have read some threads on ATT razors here, but did not find a comparison between the two.

ATT's R-head has less of a blade gap ( .58 mm) than both of my DE's (Merkur .64mm / E. Jagger .76 mm), but I fear the H-head would be too much combined with a Feather blade.

If anyone has suggestions, I'll gladly take them!

Edit: Maybe I should give the Rockwell 6s a try...too many razors, too little money Rolleyes

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 07-19-2018, 11:12 PM
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There is a little more to aggressiveness - if that is even the right word to use - than just blade gap. Blade curvature also plays a significant role in my experience; a flatter blade will feel more aggressive than a more curved one. One of those things that makes direct comparison between razors more difficult Tongue

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 07-20-2018, 08:45 AM
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Welcome to TSN.   We're glad you're here and look forward to having you as a member.

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 07-20-2018, 09:05 AM
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Hello and welcome! I hope you enjoy your stay here!

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 07-20-2018, 03:07 PM
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Grüß Gott lieber LithiumDawn. Willkommen.

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 07-21-2018, 03:27 AM
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  • TheMonk
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Welcome to TSN!

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 07-21-2018, 12:16 PM
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Welcome.  Where abouts in Germany are you from?

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 07-22-2018, 12:49 PM
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Thanks Gentlemen for your kind words. I appreciate it!

@badgerstate I live in a small town between Munich and Rosenheim.

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 07-22-2018, 05:55 PM
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Welcome to the Shave Nook, @lithiumDawn.  


Rosenheim. 

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 08-27-2018, 08:23 AM
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  • Garb
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Found your intro here and thought I'd say hello and glad you joined up. Bavaria is a beautiful area of Deutschland I have been twice visiting family in Heidelberg.

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 08-27-2018, 09:29 AM
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welcome to TSN fellow Bavarian! I live just near Starnberger See. Glad to see fellow enthusiasts from nearby.

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 08-27-2018, 02:34 PM
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  • chazt
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Welcome to TSN!

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 08-27-2018, 07:42 PM
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  • dmshaver
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Welcome to TSN, enjoy! This is a good site with good folks.

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