03-28-2020, 11:11 AM
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  • dominick
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  • Long Island, NY
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For me the following in order of importance are:
1-Technique
2-Blade
3-Soap
4-Preparation
5-Brush

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 03-28-2020, 12:08 PM
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I primarily use a straight razor.  For me, the single most important element of the shave is that the straight razor be sharp.  Without that, I cannot get a great shave, regardless of the other elements.  The best preparation, soap, brush, and technique cannot compensate for a dull blade.

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 03-28-2020, 12:11 PM
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(03-28-2020, 12:08 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: I primarily use a straight razor.  For me, the single most important element of the shave is that the straight razor be sharp.  Without that, I cannot get a great shave, regardless of the other elements.


+1
Some shave without soap, without a brush, just water, and I've heard they get a great shave.

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 03-29-2020, 05:06 AM
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  • chazt
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1. Practice. Everything else is secondary. As stated by the OP, technique.
2. Knowing the gear I’ve chosen for the shave.

But if you’re looking for this, then in order:

Razor, blade, soap, brush.

I listed blade after razor because I use just a handful of different blade varieties. Each works a bit differently in different razors. Therefore, razor, is more important than blade. In my head.

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 03-29-2020, 08:01 AM
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  • Mouser
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(03-29-2020, 05:06 AM)chazt Wrote: 1. Practice. Everything else is secondary. As stated by the OP, technique.
2. Knowing the gear I’ve chosen for the shave.

But if you’re looking for this, then in order:

Razor, blade, soap, brush.

I listed blade after razor because I use just a handful of different blade varieties. Each works a bit differently in different razors. Therefore, razor, is more important than blade. In my head.

I found when chance and experience led me to using vintage blades and razors exclusively that the certain blades in certain razors no longer held true. Among vintage equipment a great blade is a great blade in every razor and a bad blade,  well, there are no bad blades amongst the big four. Gillette,  Schick,  Personna and Wilkinson.  Just very good to great.
But that's one man's opinion.

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 03-29-2020, 12:00 PM
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For me, 

1) Technique (shaving technique and making a proper lather for the soap/cream being used)
2) Cold water shaving 
3) Preshave
4) Blade
5) Razor
6) Shaving cream
7) Not showering before a shave
8) Brush

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 03-29-2020, 01:06 PM
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Zen. .

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 03-29-2020, 01:17 PM
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Loading enough soap!

Second is skin prep (warm towel, etc), but I rarely follow my own advice in that regard.

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 03-29-2020, 01:35 PM
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(03-29-2020, 01:17 PM)Gig103 Wrote: Loading enough soap!

Second is skin prep (warm towel, etc), but I rarely follow my own advice in that regard.

+1

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 03-29-2020, 06:10 PM
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  • evnpar
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  • Portland, Oregon
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(03-28-2020, 12:08 PM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: I primarily use a straight razor.  For me, the single most important element of the shave is that the straight razor be sharp.  Without that, I cannot get a great shave, regardless of the other elements.  The best preparation, soap, brush, and technique cannot compensate for a dull blade.

A sharp but not harsh blade + a very slick lather.

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 03-29-2020, 08:17 PM
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A great shave emerges from the synergy of its parts.

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 03-30-2020, 06:28 AM
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  • Mouser
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(03-29-2020, 08:17 PM)mike_the_kraken Wrote: A great shave emerges from the synergy of its parts.

Now that's a profound statement worthy of the cowboy commentator " the stranger" from The Big Lebowski ", your avatar.

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 03-30-2020, 07:24 AM
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(03-30-2020, 06:28 AM)Mouser Wrote:
(03-29-2020, 08:17 PM)mike_the_kraken Wrote: A great shave emerges from the synergy of its parts.

Now that's a profound statement worthy of the cowboy commentator " the stranger" from The Big Lebowski ", your avatar.


What is the sound of one blade shaving?

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 03-30-2020, 06:07 PM
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  • chazt
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(03-30-2020, 07:24 AM)jackgoldman123 Wrote:
(03-30-2020, 06:28 AM)Mouser Wrote:
(03-29-2020, 08:17 PM)mike_the_kraken Wrote: A great shave emerges from the synergy of its parts.

Now that's a profound statement worthy of the cowboy commentator " the stranger" from The Big Lebowski ", your avatar.


What is the sound of one blade shaving?

Sounds vaguely like scraping a butter knife across a piece of toast. Thought everybody knew that Wink

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 03-31-2020, 03:38 AM
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The OP's question asks for multiple answers. So here are mine.
1) Sharp blade
2) Razor that holds said blade securely
3) Beard softening, i.e. prep
4) Protective coating between blade and skin.

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 03-31-2020, 05:57 AM
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(03-31-2020, 03:38 AM)primotenore Wrote: The OP's question asks for multiple answers. So here are mine.
1) Sharp blade
2) Razor that holds said blade securely
3) Beard softening, i.e. prep
4) Protective coating between blade and skin.


+1

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 03-31-2020, 09:56 AM
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Curiosity
Attention
Care
Pleasure

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 03-31-2020, 11:22 AM
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Only one:

TIME ! Never shave when in a rush.

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 03-31-2020, 01:05 PM
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  • ischiapp
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  • Forio d'Ischia, Naples, Italy
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For me:
1. Technique
2. Preparation
3. Soap
4. Blade
5. Brush

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 03-31-2020, 06:32 PM
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  • 2Chops
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I'd have to do a ditto on "time".  My way had been to treat shaving more like an Olympic speed event, rather than a grooming process.  And as a result, I often looked like I just got home from a knife fight.

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