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    Question How Long Did It Take You To Get Comfortable Enough For A Full Shave?

    I'm probably just going with the one side burn for the first day. How long did it take you?
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    I'm an idiot - I went all the way on day 1! Had to clean up with my DE, but wasn't stopping until I had a full pass.

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    Well, I'm glad I have internet access. I wouldn't be interested in straight shaving without it. Until very recently, I never considered it. But there's so much information online, I actually feel comfortable learning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorEthanolic View Post
    I'm an idiot - I went all the way on day 1! Had to clean up with my DE, but wasn't stopping until I had a full pass.
    Hahahaha. Yup. Me too. It took me 45 minutes but even though it was far from perfect it was WAY better then any cartridge shave and with no cuts or nicks I was hooked. That was with a shavette too.
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    It took me a few weeks, IIRC, of daily shaving to begin to get some coordination, and to go from 45 minutes to complete a shave at the first, to maybe 15 or so after a month. I put the DE away after the few weeks. Used it to 'mop up' what I wasn't capable of getting with the straight in the beginning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MajorEthanolic View Post
    I'm an idiot - I went all the way on day 1! Had to clean up with my DE, but wasn't stopping until I had a full pass.
    Took a long time to get good (a few months of shaving everyday)but yea, I did a full shave first time and although I needed clean up, I skipped it saying if I can't do it then this is what I look like
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    Depends on your definition of what a full shave is. To do a complete single pass about a week. To do a complete shave, 3 to 4 passes, a couple of months to get things sorted. In the beginning it was agonizingly slow going even for a single pass. Even now it tends to be slow as I enjoy shaving and tend to drag it out to 4 passes. One of the guilty pleasures of being retired.

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    I did everything but my chin on the first shave, I can clearly remember my fear of that blade edge anyways, I finished my chin with a mach4 and went on my way. I tried the chin and failed, again due to fear, on the second shave, by the third shave I had it figured all out.... now pressure... that took me another couple of months to figure out
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    I pushed forward as fast as I could. I was probably less than a week in and I had started full shaves. I was still nervous while shaving until I was about a month in, and started picking up a little time at about the month mark. I was probably three months into it before I started to get really consistent shaves with a reasonable time. I am an evening shaver and lounged and shaved for around an hour for that first month. It is likely around twenty minutes currently. I can shave faster but then the fun factor goes down, likely because I have too many other things on my mind.
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    For me it was 25 shaves to get from 45 min+ / lots of nicks and needing clean up to under 30min, minimal nicks and being able to do the chin.
    Part of the breakout was getting a new to me razor from the classifieds about then. With a fantastic edge and 25 shaves of experience it started to come together.
    I still remember that shave - being able to effortlessly shave my chin...realizing this was doable.
    When you are starting out edge maintenice is one of the many skills that you are developing at the same time you are learning everything else.

    25-100 shaves and the times goes to well under 15 minutes the shaves go from Meh to DFS.

    Before you know it you go from "there is no way I will be able to ATG my neck" to "I can't believe how great that shave was"

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