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    Default Italian "Daune" fantastic transition razor from safety to straight

    Hello, shavers...

    I have finally bought a "freehand" razor that I've been curious about for a while, and after testing it I am extremely satisfied. This is the Italian-made Daune razor, with a straight shape and safety head that takes regular double-edge blades.

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    I've seen it only once on SRP, on a shave of the day pic--but no comments. I've been shaving with it for a few weeks now, and I must say it's fantastic for many reasons, including the fact that that it gives you the grip and angles of a straight while being very forgiving thanks to its safety design.

    To me, it would therefore be the perfect transition razor for those moving from a safety (or even a disposable) to a Feather or straight. Amazingly, balance is also quite similar to a regular straight. Using it definitely feels like a top-notch wet-shave ritual.

    Anyway, I wanted to see if anyone else knew about this particular brand and design. Comments or ideas? (PS: I posted to the SR forum because, although not quite a straight, I see it as a "training-wheel" towards one.)

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    I've never seen that before. I guess it works for you though. I think that most people here haven't seen one of those either and have just transitioned from a safety razor to a straight. I'm thinking that it looks like it is made of a plastic type of material and would feel too light for me.


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    I've seen that razor used on you tube. One gent mentioned it was popular with Italian Barbers. It definitely looks cool but I'm curious how it shaves. Seems like it would feel closer to a DE than a Straight. Look forward to how you find it after you try a straight also.

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    I have never seen that razor, either. It seems that it would be light in weight. How is the weight compared to a normal straight razor?
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    It is not noticeably lighter, especially not much lighter than a 6/8 hollow ground. To me the most important assets of the Daune are that 1) it is balanced right, 2) it encourages using the correct angle while shaving, 3) it is forgiving and 4) it can be used to bridge the gap with confidence between disposable or safety to straight. Oh, and in a pinch, there is the other edge of the blade that may be used...
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    I have one.They are great fun,easy to use.But they are easier to use on some one else.To me it is something to use for a quick shave.Great conversation starter.I have the black one.

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    Uh, I didn't know they came in anything other than white! Wow. I'd like to see a pic, if you'd be so kind to post one, and to know where you got it! I love it!

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    Hope this works i am not the best tech with the computer.I originally saw this on the Italian barber sight.They were out of stock and i am inpatient so i got this from amazon they had the black handle for the same price so i got that one.Very happy with it although i don't use it very often.These days i rotate Name:  Pics 523.jpg
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    Not very attractive, is it?

    Except for saving some money on the first try before committing to a straight razor, I don't see much point in this type of shavette.
    Many of them were designed as hair sharpeners and adopted as razors by wet-shavers looking for a low-cost alternative to a traditional straight razor.

    Even though they may be easier to find; for me using DE blades removes one of the main attractions of a classic straight razor - the long edge - and shavette weight and balance are all different.
    I did try the DOVO shavette that can take longer blades, but even that did not appeal to me despite getting reasonably good shaves.


    What works well for me is the Feather AC system, but that comes at a price that one can buy a decent straight razor for - hence any money aspect disappears and only the convenience of a (travel) straight razor that doesn't need stropping or honing remains.

    My apologies for raining in on the parade; this is only my opinion and I wish everyone well who truly likes shavettes.



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    Don't worry, Beluga, you're not raining. :-) I have had a Feather long before the Daune. I like and get EXCELLENT shaves with both, although the Daune is forgiving even if I get a little hurried and distracted. It's not an either-or proposition to me, I have most razor styles (except for contemporary-style straights and, curiously, double-edged safety). I use and rotate most of them, and the Daune with a good blade is as good as any other. Sure, not the feel of fancy wood and naked steel, but it shaves darned well and has been around for decades--probably for that reason. :-)

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