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    Default Ole man here, kinda, Gillette safety razor user for over 40 years. New to straight ra

    New to straight razor shaving. Have my grandfather's old Superior straight razor and purchased a new Dovo and vintage ERN from Germany. Also a nice strop. Ask me and let me know if I got a decent deal.
    Decent badger brush and synthetic too.
    Sandalwood soap from England, you know the name, mixing it up with Blades Grim, Proraso, Himalaya and others.
    Anyways, I'm a newbie to the straight razor experience.
    I'm looking forward to it.
    Any suggestions would be appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Static77

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    Welcome to the forum! Be sure to check out the Library for excellent advice regarding shaving angles, stropping, etc. There is so much to learn with straight shaving, so be sure to stay patient and enjoy the journey. "Shave the lather" is a great way to picture the amount of pressure used; let the razor do the work. Stropping technique reigns supreme when it comes to keeping your blades shaving longer in between honings.

    Have fun!
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    Welcome to SRP!
    Read the Beginner's section in the Library on the front page. It will answer a lot of questions.
    We are here to help, so feel free to ask us anything.
    Update your profile to show your location, there may be a member nearby that can help you learn in person.

    And enjoy the shave!
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    Welcome to the site. Check the library and ask all the questions you want. Take it slowly. Don't worry about a full face shave first time. Get comfortable doing both cheeks then progress to the rest of face. Have patience. It takes time but it's worth it.

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    Great info given. I will just say welcome to SRP. Take your time. It will take a while before you get a comfortable shave on a regular basis so d9nt get discouraged. Be sure your razors have been properly honed. Not a factory edge. It makes all the difference in the world. Being new to straights, you need to know your edge is right. Then all issues come down to yourself, not the razor.
    It's just Sharpening, right?
    Jerry...

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    Welcome. Expect your soap requirements to change a bit towards the slick side. You will appreciate the Himalaya.

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    Welcome, Here be friends!

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    Welcome from SE Washington State USA

    As has been said, read the library.

    Unless you are in the Witness Protection Program or have someone hunting for you adding your location including the town and state/province/country might be of some help.

    There are members all over the USA/Canada and the rest of the world. You never know when hands on help is just a short distance away. And Hands On is the best way of learning.

    Thanks for considering and again, Welcome.
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    Welcome!

    But please don't give us any Static.....

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    Hello Static, Welcome to SRP. I shaved with the same Gillette FatBoy and Slim for over 50 years, which I purchased new for $1.50 each in 1962, until I discovered this forum and straights five years ago. You have an exciting adventure ahead of you. There is much knowledge on this forum, and a great group of guys who are passionate about straight razor shaving and are willing to share their wit and wisdom with you.
    Richard

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