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    Hello all,

    After spending far too much time reading about SE shaving, I finally ordered my first razor yesterday. It should be with me in the next day or two.

    I'm a complete beginner, so I'm sure I'll be on here with all sorts of questions whilst getting started.

    I'm looking forward to being part of the straight razor shaving community

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    Welcome to the forum. Ask away as that is what we are here for, to help.

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    Welcome aboard, your in for a treat.

    BTW, Nice looking razor. Should serve u well.
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    Beautiful razor and a great choice for your first. You can never read or research too much before taking an extremely sharp object and moving across your face and neck. Good work and welcome to SRP.
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    Welcome to the forum
    A lot of info here.
    You have a razor.
    What about a strop, brush and soap?
    Oh yeah, a mirror is very handy!

    Have fun and go slow. Figure 100 shaves to START getting a feel for what you are doing.
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    Thanks for the welcome Bob, Outback and Steel

    OK, so I have a razor and a strop, but the next thing I need is a decent shaving brush. I read a few articles, but actually felt a bit overwhelmed by all the choice available.

    Anyhow, I was looking at this one:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Progress-Vu...ugstore&sr=1-1

    It seemed reasonably priced, made by a well known manufacturer and had good reviews. I still don't know what my preference for a brush is, so I figured the mixture of badger and boar would be ok. If I prefer softer, I can buy a softer one in the future.

    Anyhow, what do you more experienced folk think? Any other suggestions?

    I'm in the UK, so it has to be something available over here. Although I read that it's possible to get good deals if buying direct from China - but I'm not sure if this is a good idea.

    Budget - up to 25 or so.....

    Ta

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    Welcome to the family. Ask questions and check the library. Take your timecard be patient., It's worth it. I have had a few razors from your neck of the woods. Great shavers. Hang in there and keep us posted on your progress.
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    Welcome. Make sure to read some posts in the beginner's section. Also bone up on stropping as that is one of the most important things there is in the maintenance of your razor. There is also a wealth of information in the shave library. This should all help you out a lot but in the end there's no substitute for practice. Anyway we're here to help with any questions You can't find answers to. Take your time and have fun with it.
    As far as brushes go I prefer boar myself but it's just a matter of personal preference. You have no way of knowing until you try one. I'm sure some other guys who know more about brushes than I will chime in. I just know I like boar and I use one. That's about the extent of my knowledge except to say I had someone suggest Omega to me and I have been very satisfied with that brand.
    Good luck and happy shaving.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DayCaesar View Post
    Thanks for the welcome Bob, Outback and Steel

    OK, so I have a razor and a strop, but the next thing I need is a decent shaving brush. I read a few articles, but actually felt a bit overwhelmed by all the choice available.

    Anyhow, I was looking at this one:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Progress-Vu...ugstore&sr=1-1

    It seemed reasonably priced, made by a well known manufacturer and had good reviews. I still don't know what my preference for a brush is, so I figured the mixture of badger and boar would be ok. If I prefer softer, I can buy a softer one in the future.

    Anyhow, what do you more experienced folk think? Any other suggestions?

    I'm in the UK, so it has to be something available over here. Although I read that it's possible to get good deals if buying direct from China - but I'm not sure if this is a good idea.

    Budget - up to 25 or so.....

    Ta
    Boar brushes definitely save you some money, so maybe see what’s available from Omega or Semogue. You should be able to Search in the Shaving Brushes area to dig up past “research”/posts regarding these brushes. I bought my Seomogue this year for less than $20.
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    Welcome to SRP. Good to have you in the group. All questions are welcome and you started out right as we love pictures. I just hope your razor comes shave ready as learning with a razor that isn't "REALLY" shave ready makes it hard to get along with. As far as your brush, I don't know that maker, but the reviews look decent along with the price. You don't need to spend a lot of money on a brush until you have played with a few different ones. And even then, a good brush is a personal choice. As long as it doesn't lose hairs, is stiff enough for you and makes lather your good to go.

    The Omega Boar brushes that Paul mentioned are low in cost and work just fine. I have a few of them myself. After a good break in they are very nice brushes.

    Take your time and learn slow. As said, it takes around 100 shaves before you start to really understand what your doing. But after a year you will be wondering why you didn't do this sooner as its no big deal. And most of all....Respect the blade! It will bite when your not expecting it.
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