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    For me using alum is also a barometer to tell me how well or poorly I shaved. Little to no tingling means I did well and stinging like hell means I either screwed up the shave royally or I had better take a look at the edge and see if it is buggered.

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    So glad I read this post.

    I thought alum block was ment to sting likes bstard after every shave.
    Seems my technique sucks!

    And my blade is duffed.
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    no your technique and blade are to blame for alum sting. don't know how long you have used a straight, but it takes awhile to get good at it.. plus if you have no basis for knowing what a good edge is its hard to determine which one. but it don't sting if both of those are right Tc
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    I have never gotten the Alum block thing...Should not be needed?
    If AQV sets your face afire, you have an issue.
    Best to correct that instead of alum?

    Now a styptic pencil can be handy from time to time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharptonn View Post
    I have never gotten the Alum block thing...Should not be needed?
    If AQV sets your face afire, you have an issue.
    Best to correct that instead of alum?

    Now a styptic pencil can be handy from time to time!
    Never used alum until I joined the forum. I have had an issue with pimples all my life likely because I have oily skin but that disappeared when I started using alum regularly before my aftershave. Yes, even if you do not use alum but only an AS and that lights your face on fire you have a problem that is likely technique and/or duff blade related. Oth a little tingle is no so bad a thing just lets you know you are alive.

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    Nope it's like the home alone scene . AaaaaaRrrrrrGggggHhhhh.
    Need to get my technique sorted.

    Even stings after using a DE blade in a muhle safety razor.

    So obviously my technique needs work.

    That being said since I started with alum block I no longer get spots, ingrown or bumps .

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    Don’t know if anyone else has tried this, but the alum block can also be used as an anti-perspirant.
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    Mine usually sees action as a finger wetter for grip during the shave
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigwhitetruck View Post
    Nope it's like the home alone scene . AaaaaaRrrrrrGggggHhhhh.
    Need to get my technique sorted.

    Even stings after using a DE blade in a muhle safety razor.

    So obviously my technique needs work.

    That being said since I started with alum block I no longer get spots, ingrown or bumps .

    If you are getting massive tingle/burn with alum after using a DE it could well be down to using a bad angle and too much pressure on the blade. The right angle and no pressure is even more critical with a straight razor and that is assuming a good blade in either case.

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    Yeah it’s a good razor and derby or permasharp blades
    Changed my technique this morning and wow what a difference. Still feel the alum. But more of a tingle than a FULL ON FIRE

    Thanks guys

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