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    Default Long time DE shaver. (uk)

    Alright,

    I've been DE shaving for about 4 years. I use feather blades exclusively along with a 38c, shaving cream of choice is Trumpers I use nothing else.
    I do a 3 pass shave each day WTG XTG XTG. This provides me with a very nice shave, no cuts or irritation, and when in a rush I have no problem speeding up the shave.

    Besides buying 20 brushes 10 DE razors and enough creams and soaps to last me a lifetime (I'm not into collecting, I have one brush one razor and two creams) I feel I've mastered DE shaving as it were. Not that this is a bad thing, but learning to use a straight razer (and actually be good at using it) is something I'd like to do.

    The only problem with a DE is that ATG is something my beard doesn't really allow in most places. Would I have more luck with a straight? (given proper technique, etc) Or is it a case of simply trying?

    I've been looking at this razor for the past few days. If it is actually a rare razor I'd like that as it would be the only straight I purchase. However any other options would be great. For example i would like a nice vintage razor this is one of the things I find very appealing about straight razor shaving. A 1920-30's razor or earlier if they are available still?

    I'd want a carbon blade, simply because I know from DE's very sharp carbon blades (Treet black beauty) are smoother than coated stainless steel blades, this may or may not be the same for straights however I'm pretty much set on getting a carbon blade. Also a round point is something I'd rather have.

    Scott.

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    Shaving with a straight required requires some skills for both shaving and maintaining the razor. It is an incredibly gratifying experience though. I have a goatee and find shaving with a straight easy but edging the goatee is not straight forward. I am not familiar with the razor that you mentioned but there are others on that site that are very common around and people like a lot. Some of them are even cheaper if that is of some importance to you. There are many razors in the classified section that would do the trick if you decide to embark in the straight razor experience. I think you can find razors that are quite old and in great condition. The choice of carbon vs stainless is also personal for what I understand and both have some pros and cons. I find that for my face and goatee, smaller blades work better but that is a personal choice. You may have to try and find out if shaving with a straight works for you though ;-).

    Al raz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alraz View Post
    Shaving with a straight required requires some skills for both shaving and maintaining the razor. It is an incredibly gratifying experience though. I have a goatee and find shaving with a straight easy but edging the goatee is not straight forward. I am not familiar with the razor that you mentioned but there are others on that site that are very common around and people like a lot. Some of them are even cheaper if that is of some importance to you. There are many razors in the classified section that would do the trick if you decide to embark in the straight razor experience. I think you can find razors that are quite old and in great condition. The choice of carbon vs stainless is also personal for what I understand and both have some pros and cons. I find that for my face and goatee, smaller blades work better but that is a personal choice. You may have to try and find out if shaving with a straight works for you though ;-).

    Al raz.
    Cheers raz, I only really asked about things I've found hard to find information about. I too would find a slightly smaller blade easier.

    Are there a lot of UK / European sealers on the classifieds? I've not yet looked, and do i need x posts because i can use them.

    Cheers.

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    Welcome to SRP.
    Having the amount of experience DE shaving that you have will be a real+ in getting into straight razor shaving. You already have the prep, lathering and gradual stubble removal down. Learning to manipulate the straight and becoming comfortable will come to you with some practice. The Revisor was a well regarded brand back in the old days. Perhaps Dovo is making them with that marque now I don't know if it is any good or not.

    There is a UK website I have seen mentioned on the forums with vintage razors sold shave ready. Someone will no doubt be along who knows of it and will post a link. Check out the Wiki at the toobar above for links to shaving, honing and all things straight razor related.
    Be careful how you treat people on your way up, you may meet them again on your way back down.

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    From what I understand, there are sellers from all over the world, with the majority of them from the US. However, many of them are willing to ship overseas. I also second the suggestions made by JimmyHAD about razors and contacting people that live in the UK. There is a thread now going in the soap forum for people in the UK (there are others too) . I am sure that you will find people there willing to help you answer some of the questions that pertain specifically to the UK.

    Al raz.

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    Cheers, JimmyHAD Shave ready is what i'm after to begin with. So that site sounds very good being UK as well.

    Alraz I'll take a look now, Cheers.

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