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    Oh, and get a styptic pencil!!

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    Pics or It Didn't Happen

    Okay, here is a long ass post chronicling my journey into the art of the straight razor.

    First I would like to say that I drew inspiration from two sources for this endeavor:

    The art of manliness website
    http://artofmanliness.com/2009/10/06...t-razor-shave/

    And the archetypal male image that I have of my maternal grandfather (who I never knew, and realize almost certainly didn't straight razor shave)



    Twenty strops on the leather and I'm ready to begin......

    I began my endeavor with a fairly thick beard (two weeks no shaving)



    I should apologize for the ugly dude in the picture, but I couldn't get a model or find a stock photo so I'm using my real self.

    I actually found that the shave soap made a nice lather (although my beard was a little long for straight up shaving without any trimming). Smelled clean but not really any strong cologne-type scent. Basically reminiscent of being at the barber shop.



    At this stage you can see that I'm planning to keep my stache.

    Anyway shaving the cheeks with the straight razor was actually pretty easy and pleasant. That part probably went as fast or faster than shaving with a shitty mach 3 knock-off.



    However, the chin and under the neck were particularly difficult and took a few passes. I ended up with one goddam patch that took forever to shave down. It helped that I stopped and stropped and then ran over it again.



    Finally I got a fairly close shave. No cuts. Not bad for my first time.



    Man, all of this camera-phoning makes me want to open a myspace account...

    Anyway I like this manly ritual, and I had to use both hands so it helps build up my ambidextrousness I suppose.

    I need to invest in a good aftershave to top it off, and I think it will make for a nice three-times-per-week manly evening ritual.

    Total shaving time: Approx. 30mins.

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    What kind of soap and brush did you use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Middlefinger View Post
    What kind of soap and brush did you use?
    "Pure Badger Hair Brush"




    Random ass shave soap

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    Quote Originally Posted by lordbd View Post
    "Pure Badger Hair Brush"




    Random ass shave soap
    Haven't tried vanderhagen. I might have to give it a go.

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    This whole thing wasn't quite the awful ordeal that I expected. Maybe that's because I was pretty shitty at shaving previously.

    Now I sort of feel like I am part of some kind of manly exclusive club.

    I have a few fencing foils that are Solingen steel. Now I want a DOVO razor. One day......

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    Damn good - you did well/lucky! I was expecting you to have cut yourself first time around.

    Did you just strop the blade before you used it or between strokes when you were using it??

    Other thing - have you thought about using a shave oil before you apply the soap? I know some people use them to soften the bristles (I haven't used them before).

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    Quote Originally Posted by scipio View Post
    Damn good - you did well/lucky! I was expecting you to have cut yourself first time around.

    Did you just strop the blade before you used it or between strokes when you were using it??

    Other thing - have you thought about using a shave oil before you apply the soap? I know some people use them to soften the bristles (I haven't used them before).
    It was a lot easier than I expected (other than under the chin, under the chin was 90% of shave time probably).

    I stropped before I started the shave, and a few times between strokes, pretty much whenever I ran into a patch of hair that was giving me trouble.

    Shave oil is probably a good recommendation, I'm going to add it to my list of supplies.

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    Junk shaving ended up being pretty easy too.

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    Drink lots of coffee first, next time.

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