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    Quote Originally Posted by spinyeel View Post
    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.
    Did you switch from a DE to an SE? I'm thinking about making that switch (actually I'm pretty much committed to it) when I have a little more disposable income. I want to go with a straight but can't find the room in a student's budget for it and a strop.

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    I alternate between d/e and s/e razors,but I prefer the stiffer blades and single edge razors.You can pick up Gem's and Ever Ready's for small change and the blades are readily available in drug dtores in the U.S. I highly recommend trying a single edge. Cheers Phil.
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    it takes patience with both d/e..str8t. but may be faster with d/e.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spinyeel View Post
    I alternate between d/e and s/e razors,but I prefer the stiffer blades and single edge razors.You can pick up Gem's and Ever Ready's for small change and the blades are readily available in drug dtores in the U.S. I highly recommend trying a single edge. Cheers Phil.
    i do like my SE. its a Schick Injector, brass coloured with tan plastic handle. hard to find blades around my area though.

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    I actually prefer a fairly aggressive DE razor. The 40s style SS is great, but I prefer the Red Tip model. I just get a more comfortable shave out of it. Usually with a Derby blade also.

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    I used DE for a few weeks before I decided to go straight. I didn't like the cuts and burning and went for straights because I read on here that they would give me the friendliest shave of all.

    After 6 months or more paying with old sharp things I have gone back to using the DE when traveling and I don't fancy getting my strop out in front of hosts and having to explain that I'm not a psycho.

    I was worried last time, i couldn't help but think that it was so much quicker and eaiser than a straight, and with the correct care gave a closer shave in less passes. I was worried I would quit straights, think of how many extra hours of free time your life would have.

    But this morning I finally had a breakthrough.

    After experiments with slurry on a 12k and playing with my new safety belt strop I managed to shave with a Joseph Allen King george V razor in a great hurry and get a great shave. I only did the second pass for fun.

    Now I know that i can do with a straight what I can do with a DE in the same time.

    I am so happy I can finally justify all the time and money I've spent on this hobby, it really does work!


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    Iknow the feeling. I've mailed my straights ahead and am using an old DE for the move to HI, and I've cut the SH out of myself a few times already.
    Quote Originally Posted by chee16 View Post
    DEs are easier but they still take technique and practice. i for one suck at using them, but i have a Fatboy so if i do for some reason have to use it i set it on 2 instead of 3 and see where i get. i have an injector that i do like for some reason, not to say i shouldn't but i don't use it enough (if ever) to really say why i like it.

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    I get close comfortable shaves with my 4 straights. I get the same with less effort with my Merkur Slantbar. There, I said it.
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    It's all good. You go with what works for you...Even if it's the latest in electronic shaving wizardry...Although that really is an insult to Wizards, but anyway...


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    Yea, no qualms about using a DE especially when traveling as they are a lot less hassle than a straight. If you have good technique with both types of razors the results from each should be more than satisfactory. I try to never insult the shave wizards though.

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