09-28-2021, 08:12 AM
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  • Chappy
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I thought about straight razors before but due to the cost for a good one, learning curve on how to use it, and doing the upkeep (honing mostly) I didn't do it.  Oh and the thought of having that throat cutter that close to mine scared me.   Shok   Well guess what, I'm now thinking of a shavette so I can use the DE blades I already have.  I'm sure I will eventually try to shave my face with it but what I'm really needing right now is an easier way to clean up the inside of my goatee.  I don't necessarily have a "soul patch" but I do have a line of hair going up the center of the goatee to my lower lip just to be different from everyone else (no offense intended guys).  DEs work but are very hard to know exactly where you are cutting to get the trim look I want and thought maybe a shavette can do it easier and better.

I've tried looking at videos with various kinds of shavettes but just like DEs it is a very personal decision of what you like.  I like the protected ends of the Vanta to help prevent nicking yourself but also understand it is quite light and somewhat flimsy.  Found one on the giant sales website that seems to sell everything called Equinox which appears to be very well rated but what do I know so I'll ask my expert friends here.....

Which shavette would you recommend for a beginner?  Lower the price the better as I don't even know if I will like it but I could go up to about $50 if necessary.

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 09-28-2021, 08:47 AM
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I'm definitely not an expert, I only used mine a couple times as I struggle with an arthritic hand and I have much less difficulty with the DE razors. I have a Parker SR1 which runs $20. I know Parker makes decent stuff and I liked the look of it. I'm sure there's other people out there that can make better recommendations and have more experience and knowledge of the shavettes, but I definitely think this one is worth looking into, especially with the same thought I had about not wanting to spend too much money if it doesn't work out. If you really want to go all out, the next model up as the SRX. It's supposed to be a bit heavier, better made and it supposedly has a better mechanism, and it only runs $25.

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 09-28-2021, 05:25 PM
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Mike, but you are one of my friends...   Cheers

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 09-28-2021, 06:09 PM
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  • chazt
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One word. In ject er Smile

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 09-29-2021, 03:59 AM
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Hadn't thought of that, Charlie.  Hmmmmmm.....

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 09-29-2021, 08:29 AM
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Some shavettes use a regular razor blade snapped in half. Other shavetts use a really long skinny blade that's more of a special purpose thing. Is there an advantage of one over the other? I should think the shorter shavette that uses the modified double-edged blade would provide a greater variety of blade choices, and might be easier to maneuver for a beginner...
-Bax

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 09-29-2021, 01:08 PM
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  • Chappy
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(09-29-2021, 08:29 AM)tend Bax Wrote: Some shavettes use a regular razor blade snapped in half. Other shavetts use a really long skinny blade that's more of a special purpose thing. Is there an advantage of one over the other? I should think the shorter shavette that uses the modified double-edged blade would provide a greater variety of blade choices, and might be easier to maneuver for a beginner...
-Bax

I understand the longer blades tend to be thicker and don't flex as much as a DE blade so they will not cut skin as easily as a DE blade.

Still contemplating Charlie's suggestion above as I believe it would be a lot safer for the trimming I'm wanting to do and be easier to shave with if I want to do that.

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 09-29-2021, 03:29 PM
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Sure, you could use something that makes sense and is perfectly logical. But where's the fun in THAT?
I'm kind of a "hold my beer and watch this" kinda guy...
:-)
- Bax

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 09-29-2021, 06:51 PM
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Shavettes:  You get what you pay for.  Usually. 

The closest to real straights are the Feather / KAI models.  They also cost about double what you are looking to spend.  But read on. 

1.  Feather/KAI ~ 100 USD for the Feather SS and use the Feather/Kai/Schick long SE blades.  These have somewhat of a 'tang' with 'jimps' to provide control. 
2.  Focus R28 ~ 70 USD.  Use 1/2 a de blade.  All aluminum with a rectangular tang (where your thumb goes) and spine that actually provides control.  Very light and maneuverable. Built in angle 'finder' to help avoid cuts.  But you can still cut yourself if you don't pay attention.  Short edge  - very close to the length of a de blade, because they are built to use 1/2 a de blade only. 
3.  Dovo Shavettes ~ 40 USD.  Use 1/2 a de blade.  Thumb notch for control.  Plastic blade holder may eventually wear out, but replacements are available.  Sounds like you wouldn't need to to that often. Also very light and maneuverable.  Long edge, so a de blade takes up maybe 1/2 of that length.  More 'freehand' than the Focus, but some folks enjoy these.  Why such a long edge?  Dovo sells their own 'supersize' DE blades that can be snapped in half and used in these, but 1/2 a de directed toward the front will work too. 

I would avoid:
1.  Any with a scissor mechanism.  
2.  Any that are very narrow in the tang and spine (these are typically also the scissor mechanism).  This is where your fingers go for control.  If it's flat or nearly flat, you have less control.  This is OK for barbers who are shaving someone else. It's less convenient if you are shaving yourself and/or are a beginner.

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 09-29-2021, 07:28 PM
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(09-29-2021, 01:08 PM)Chappy Wrote: I understand the longer blades tend to be thicker and don't flex as much as a DE blade so they will not cut skin as easily as a DE blade.

That is an often repeated myth. Unless the shavette is damaged or defective the blade is held firmly and does not flex. You can test it yourself. Your skin is what flexes.

Half DE shavettes are typically lighter. You need to hold them properly and not let them chatter. The blades are short too. The toe and heel will contact your skin at the same time. You need to balance that contact to keep either end from digging in and giving you a little slice. With a safety razor balance is automatic. You have to control it with a shavette.

JD

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 09-29-2021, 09:00 PM
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This is the shavette I learned on. Parker SRW, $18.00 US. Was very happy with it and still am.[Image: 35cfb3f4ce9234d2f4fb5aebeda02e90.jpg]

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