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    Default New guy In Washington state for another month then going to be in Maryland

    Good afternoon Gents

    I have switched over to classic shaving as my Dad called it lol. I now shave with a safety razor a mekur Barber's pole 38C model. I have been using that for a month now and been loving the nice close shave. I went to the local barber and got a straight razor shave and thought that was even more interesting. I looked online and fell for one of the Christmas deals without doing much research. I ordered a GB from vintagestraightrazor.com. It looks nice but I think all I have ended up with is a damascus looking utility knife.
    I should have known better and looked up more background on the company and the blades online. I did pick up an Imperial on Ebay that I going to clean up some when it comes in and have it honed, but don't know anyone I can contact to do that in the area of Silversprings Maryland? I will be out there for a few months for some training. If anyone can help please let me know.

    Thanks for any inputs Gents.

    Eric

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    Hi Eric, welcome aboard. I can't help with a honemeister in the Maryland area but did want to say that getting a shave ready straight is critcal to learning to shave properly with a straight razor so you're on the right track. I think this is one of those cases where you can spend a lot of money trying to "save" money and you're probably better off buying a good, shave ready razor. It'll more than likely be cheaper in the long run and you'll enjoy shaving with it. Being new to straight razor shaving there's a lot of technique to learn in order to get a good shave (blade angle, grip, pressure, etc). It's nice to eliminate at least one variable (the razor) by knowing the one you're using is shave ready.

    Good luck!
    Greg

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    I bought an imperial 20507 on ebay and will probably send it to one of the honemeisters on here to get it ready. I will continue with my DE till I have it ready. I have been trying to learn as much as I can on here and that is why I decided to go with a blade that was on the Wiki good blade list, and have it cleaned up and honed by someone that will do it right. Since I have seen the turn around time is pretty quick with the people on here. I hope to be working on technique before to long.

    Thanks for the welcome

    Eric

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    Where are ya in WA...

    We have quite a few Members in the area and if you could meet with one for some hands on Honing instruction before you head East it would put you way ahead of the curve

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    I am stationed at Ft Lewis (JBLM) right now living in Lakewood WA. If there is someone out here that would be great. I was going to contact you gssixgun once the Imperial I bought comes in.


    Eric

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