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    The important thing to remember is that you will NOT be a pro shaver straight out of the gate even with your DE experience. SR shaving is one of many experiences that has a huge learning curve that takes time to overcome, do not be discouraged. Finding a mentor in your area will do wonders for reducing that curve and send you on the right path to successful shaving bliss.
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    Hi and welcome, if you use a DE I assume you understand your growth pattern and how to stretch.
    Perhaps let your stubble grow out for a day or two then try again, start with a very shallow angle and slowly increase it until you feel the blade cutting. Sorry I am in a bit of a rush so if I think of anything else I will post it later.
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    Thanks to all of you for excellent suggestions. I also wrote to Larry and he gave me some great tips to try as well. So for now I think it's back to the drawing board to sort it out and hopefully get the hang of the technique. Thanks for everything.

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    Much of this will be redundant for a DE shaver but you might see something that helps you in here..




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    OK it's been awhile since my post asking for help. I tried whatever I could reasonably try and I was not able to get the first razor to shave. So I took a gamble and ordered a shave ready Gold Dollar for $23 from a user on another forum site just to be sure. My thought was if the new razor wouldn't shave I'd know it was me. However, I'm happy to report that I had my first successful shave with a straight razor (cheeks only) today. It was much easier than I thought. There was obviously something wrong with my first razor. I don't want to blame Larry as it's probably something that I did. I'm sure the first time I tried it I couldn't make it work because of technique, then I'm guessing I somehow ruined the edge by improper stropping. I also noticed that the Gold Dollar is very heavy with a lot of metal and weight to the blade while the "sight unseen" razor from Larry was very very light, small and thin. Maybe I just need a little more mass to plow through my beard.

    In any case, I thank you all again for your suggestions. I'm on my way now and I hope to continue to get better and enjoy this new aspect of my hobby.
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    Good luck with the razor that you bought from the bad list. Maybe you,ll be one of the few with an adequate one
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    Quote Originally Posted by tcrideshd View Post
    Good luck with the razor that you bought from the bad list. Maybe you,ll be one of the few with an adequate one
    I'm sure it's not going to be my heirloom razor. I just wanted to see if I could get one to work (and enjoy it) before I ponied up for something really nice. Now that I know it works, I'm sure I'll be spending way too much money in no time.

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