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    Stropping is not a worry, it's actually a pleasure.

    I don't do disposable straights Hawk.

    When I'm swimming, I enjoy a cool deep pool; not a warm shallow one.

    Just my thoughts.

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    Thanks! How long do the disposables last? Are they true shave ready? And do I not have to worry about stropping? Can I use them to practice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hirlau View Post

    When I'm swimming, I enjoy a cool deep pool; not a warm shallow one.

    Just my thoughts.
    Makes sense. I was trying to keep cost down. I'll maybe wait for whipped dog to be back in service.

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    I don't know why you should wait for a company, if you want to start wet shaving. WAL Mart has all the items you need to start, other than the vintage DE. Take an afternoon or day to hit a few antique/thrift stores for your De or even Ebay. I saw,last night, several beautiful condition Gillette DE razors for $25 to $29 on a simple search. I sold items I had of value, to get me started in honing. I'm glad I sacrificed things I was not using, to make my daily routine better.

    Make the jump, Hawk.
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    Made my order with straight razor designs. They are in Ohio and not too far from me, just don't want to drive 2+ hours in this weather. Should be here by Friday though and I can give it a shot this weekend. Thanks for the help and I'm sure ill be back with more questions.
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    I would be careful on getting a straight razor as to what the regulations on your current unit/branch. I have heard the navy is a bit strict on their personal using straight razors. I am not sure if its just on ships or in general though. I know army side there is just about no issues with using them but it would still be something to look into before you spend the money to find out that a over zelous commander puts the nix on it. DE wise though I have never heard of any issues. Just my 2 cents and experience with this issue

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    Default Newbie Around Here Looking For A Better Shave!!!

    I'm military as well and just got into the straight razor shaving. I bought from SRD as well and couldn't be happier with my purchase. I went with a dovo 1/2 hollow kit. True, there is a learning curve with a straight...but it'll come. I've been shaving with the straight in the evenings to get the technique and good shaves down, then shaving regular in the morning to go on duty. In just a weeks time of this routine, the shaves with the straight are getting good enough to go to work in, but the time it takes to get them is still quite a bit.

    My first shave (of course being nervous) took about an hour. After a weeks practice now though, I'm down to about 30 min for a full shave...and I'm sure a week from now ill have it down to 20 or so. Either way, there is a time commitment and not something that can be relied on from day one, but in the long run, it'll be worth it.

    Good luck with your new razor.
    Classic, traditional Barber at Gents Barbershop in Ogden, Utah.

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    I recently started shaving with a straight and it's awesome. Recently I was given my grandfather old DE safety razor and after a little clean up it still works like a charm. I don't think you can go wrong with either, and you'll enjoy the shave much more! Enjoy.

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