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  1. #1
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    Talking A very heartfelt hello from Holland


    First of all, thank all of you for having such an active and informal community. I have been able to find a lot of information helping me decide on my first purchase. Like so many of you, I recently have been getting more and more frustrated with buying the standard disposable razors in the shops for ghastly amounts of money. So thank you for providing a wonderful source of information for all denizens of the interwebs.

    Now, I have made a small shopping list for my first purchase and I was wondering if you could give me the down-low on my selection. My choices are based on reviews, advice and all the other stuff I came across during my search. Please let me know if there is anything in this list you would absolutely advice against.

    RoyalShave Beginner 5 Piece Straight Razor Set (found here):
    Razor: Dovo Best Quality, Full Hollow, Carbon Steel, 6/8"
    Brush: RoyalShave PB2 Best Badger Shaving Brush + RoyalShave Chrome Shaving Brush Stand
    Strop: Illinois Razor Strop Co. Cowhide Razor Strop #206 + Dovo Strop Paste

    Lather: Kiss my face
    Pre-shave: Zihr face wash (non menthol)
    After shave: Old Spice Sensitive (non-alcohol)

    As for the choice of razor, I read at various places you are better off starting with a 5/8, half hollow as its a more 'balanced' blade. However, other advice I found HERE says that, with some dedicated practice, a full hollow razor should be fine as well.

    The lather is said to be a good one for beginners as it is a relative easy lather to apply.
    The pre-shave has anti-septic qualities and is Ph-neuteral
    The aftershave is non-alcoholic as I have a bit of a sensitive skin (but this could be due to improper shaving and it actually turns out I have a normal skin)

    Thank you for taking the time to read my introductory post and thank you for making me a part of the community. If you could give me some indication if I`m on the right track with my selection (and I did my homework correctly) that would be wonderful.

    Thank you!


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    Europe, Paris, Rome
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    Hello, welcome here.
    I see your choices are personal and nothing is wrong.
    I'd just spend few words on a couple of items:
    The strop is OK, I don't know if you have found it in some EU shop otherwise in EU you could probably find the same quality at less shipping cost and without customs fees.
    The razor is a great razor, excellent value for money. Stay with it and learn to use it. Only later you will have the experience to appreciate the different grinds and sizes.

  3. #3
    Senior Member blabbermouth kalerolf's Avatar
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    Amsterdam Holland
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    Welcome to SRP.
    What Sterm say is tru, good choises! but you can short down on shipping cost to buy in th EU.(Do not know whether it is necessary for you but you decide) for instance here
    Bodyshop has great shavingcreme Macra root ect ect
    have fun.

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