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    I hope I'll be forgiven, because until I get a cataract taken out of my left eye, I cannot shave with a straight razor anymore--I'm scared.

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    Quote Originally Posted by holli4pirating View Post
    Hm, maybe it's just my combo of blades/razor, but I've never had a problem with a DE and I don't use it frequently by any means (I could probably count on both hands the number of times I've used a DE). If I'm running late in the morning and feel that I need a shave, I whip out my SuperSpeed with a Derby, throw some water on my face and do a quick WTG. Haven't nicked myself with it yet.
    the superspeed is one of the milder shaver for sure, but a great one and very capable of giving a great shave. to compare, it is like leaving an adjustable slim on 1. try it on 9 and see how much blood you get, but it was a close shave i run my Fatboy at 3 or 4 and it works good, my dad does a one pass in the shower with his Fatboy on 9, and really likes it. he thinks my shaving hobby is weird, i think his shaves suck

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    I have not shaved with a straight yet (I don't count today's first bloody foray using the Dovo Shavette) but plan to do so when I get my first straight honed and buy a strop. I am hopeful that things will go better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackstar View Post
    I hope I'll be forgiven, because until I get a cataract taken out of my left eye, I cannot shave with a straight razor anymore--I'm scared.

    Jeff
    Jeff: IIRC there was a member at least at one time, maybe still active that is legally blind and shaves with a straight. Maybe you can work something out technique wise to be able to continue?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris L View Post
    Jeff: IIRC there was a member at least at one time, maybe still active that is legally blind and shaves with a straight. Maybe you can work something out technique wise to be able to continue?

    Chris L
    Interesting Chris, this kind of goes along the lines of the conversation we were having about being able to tell the difference of the two sides o a razor grind with your eyes closed and not being able to tell with your eyes open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chee16 View Post
    the superspeed is one of the milder shaver for sure, but a great one and very capable of giving a great shave. to compare, it is like leaving an adjustable slim on 1. try it on 9 and see how much blood you get, but it was a close shave i run my Fatboy at 3 or 4 and it works good, my dad does a one pass in the shower with his Fatboy on 9, and really likes it. he thinks my shaving hobby is weird, i think his shaves suck
    I don't doubt what you're saying at all with regards to the SS being very mild. What I don't understand is why anything more aggressive would be needed. Maybe it's just me, but a single WTG with my SS/Derby gives me about the same closeness as a single WTG with a straight (at least as far as I remember). And, before you go saying I'm rubbish with a straight, let me just say... well... I'm not.

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    After 12 months of mainly S/E razor shaves,I don't feel a need to rush headlong into straights just yet. They are giving me superb results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by holli4pirating View Post
    I don't doubt what you're saying at all with regards to the SS being very mild. What I don't understand is why anything more aggressive would be needed. Maybe it's just me, but a single WTG with my SS/Derby gives me about the same closeness as a single WTG with a straight (at least as far as I remember). And, before you go saying I'm rubbish with a straight, let me just say... well... I'm not.
    trust me, i have read enough of your posts to know you know what your doing with a SR
    i think the big difference is that with a SS you have to have the angle perfect all the time or it won't be as close, which means practice of technique right. but with a more aggressive razor razor you can be a bit more sloppy with the angle and not lose the closeness, BUT it is easier to nick yourself. so there is a trade off there. i have never been into the more aggressive DEs, i like the medium to non-aggressive. but now a days i don't use any DE. its all SR

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    Quote Originally Posted by chee16 View Post
    trust me, i have read enough of your posts to know you know what your doing with a SR
    i think the big difference is that with a SS you have to have the angle perfect all the time or it won't be as close, which means practice of technique right. but with a more aggressive razor razor you can be a bit more sloppy with the angle and not lose the closeness, BUT it is easier to nick yourself. so there is a trade off there. i have never been into the more aggressive DEs, i like the medium to non-aggressive. but now a days i don't use any DE. its all SR
    Thanks for the info there. I've got to admit, I'm quite ignorant about DE's. I use my SS like your average Joe would use a Mach3; I believe the term that has been used before is "like a Zamboni."

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