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    Senior Member blabbermouth Substance's Avatar
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    Sorry pay it forward, not pass it on

    3 posts under yours in the beginners forum
    to shave another day.

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    Senior Member blabbermouth eddy79's Avatar
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    Hi and welcome. You will get lots of posts saying 5/8 or 6/8 razors to start but it is personal preference so just choose and start is the best way. As long as it's a quality razor and properly honed you are on your way. SRD do some nic kits where you can get a strop etc as well. Do a bit of reading through the beginner's threads and introduction threads and you will find heaps of options on where to get good equipment. Good luck and any questions feel free to ask.
    My wife calls me......... Can you just use Ed

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    Welcome to Straight Razor Place.

    Start with a 5/8 round point razor that is shave ready. Eventually you can move on to the bigger blades, if you want to. Get a quality brand of razor: Dovo, Thiers-Issard, Ralf Aust and Boker among current production razors.

    Avoid Grimm.

    You also have a choice of razors from the Classified here. Please stay away fro eBay until you know your way around the straight razor world, because photographs are often deceiving and the descriptions lofty. Also remember, that inexpensive razor you buy from a flea market or an antique store costing $20 will cost to have cleaned up, perhaps repaired and restored, and definitely honed. Just be careful with what you buy.

    Also, get a quality strop. No, it does not have to be expensive. On the other hand, remember a cheap strop might be . . . just cheap in quality, too.

    Beyond that, take your time to hone your skill with the straight razor. Remember, this will be a lifelong experience, so allow yourself a good start. You need not learn to hone immediately, for there is plenty of time for that in the future. Now, learn to strop properly, shave properly and take care of your blade properly.

    Do as much research here as you can, and ask questions. We're delighted to have you with us.

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    Thank you all for your help I will read and learn

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