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    Default Faster shaving with a straight or safety razor?

    I always assumed that the safety would be faster, but we tested it out in this video:


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    Faster is going to be whatever your more accustomed to using. But you have to strop? Yes. But you have to change blades too so.its a wash imo.
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    To do my normal 4 pass shave the DE has always been faster for me.
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    I've used a straight for most of my shaving life.

    4 pass shave takes me less time than it takes me to smoke a cigarette. 10-15 minutes

    That's start to finish
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    So I only shave with a straight razor now. Have been for about the past 7 years now. Here's what I found: The faster that I go, the more weepers I get. It takes me about 20 minutes for a nice 2 pass shave without cuts. You just have to know your limitations!
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    I always do 4 passes, it takes me about 20 minutes including post shave balm and beard oil as well as drying my razor etc.

    I don't get weepers, never had any even before straights, I very occasionally nick myself but usually with a razor called a demon thats posesed by evil spirits.

    Thanks for that one Mike
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    Yea, about 20 minutes sounds about right for me to do a 4 pass shave with a straight razor too. OTH I am about 5 minutes faster with a DE. Ultimately absolute speed is not the point but having an enjoyable shave is. Just ask any woman, she'll tell you.

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    I've never timed myself, but I'd guess that it takes about the same amount of time to shave no matter what razor I use. What makes the difference is stropping the straight razor before and after the shave. I also take more time drying the straight razor than a DE or SE. In general, if I just want a quick shave I go for DE or SE, but if I want to relax and have some quality "me" time I go with the straight razor.
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    I’m semi-retired so I can shave when I want, how I want and the way I want. Most times that means a 2 pass straight razor shave about every 2 days. Takes me about 20 minutes after stropping the razor and that includes post shave application of witch hazel or whatever.
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    When I was shaving every two days I had it down to about 7 minutes from stropping to stropping, pre and post shave. I do a two pass shave. The DE is faster but only marginally, about the extra 1.5 minutes I spend stropping and drying the straight. With Covid life and my diminishing desire to impress my wife I shave about once a week. My routine has doubled in time just due to my lack of practice. The DE is still about the same amount of time as it was a year ago. I liken straight razor shaving to shooting a bow or a handgun, it’s a perishable talent.
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