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    We used to have a member who was totally blind and used a straight.

    I wonder what happened to him.
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    Want to impress me? Straight shave on a moving train blind folded.
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    I remember a time in the distant past where I would have said (with sight) you shave with what? Are you crazy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulFLUS View Post
    Want to impress me? Straight shave on a moving train blind folded.
    I don't tink the blindfold would be necessary.
    Shaving with a straight on a moving train would be an impessive enough feat even if a person could see in the mirror.
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    Quote Originally Posted by STF View Post
    I don't tink the blindfold would be necessary.
    Shaving with a straight on a moving train would be an impessive enough feat even if a person could see in the mirror.
    According to my wife her mother told her that her father used to shave with a straight razor while on a train. Didn't say if it was moving or not though.

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    I don't think I would recommend that though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulFLUS View Post
    I don't think I would recommend that though.
    It is not a recommendation only that it has been done likely 70 or more years ago when trains were what most people used to travel on. I'd also not recommend shaving with a straight razor onboard a ship at sea. Spent too much time holding on to the sink rail with one hand and trying to shave with a cart razor with the other on a destroyer escort, DDE/DDH, to even consider that.

    You really need to use common sense for things like this. Then again you'd think there would be no need to have warnings on paper coffee cups that coffee is hot or to use the right ammo in a firearm either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobH View Post
    It is not a recommendation only that it has been done likely 70 or more years ago when trains were what most people used to travel on. I'd also not recommend shaving with a straight razor onboard a ship at sea. Spent too much time holding on to the sink rail with one hand and trying to shave with a cart razor with the other on a destroyer escort, DDE/DDH, to even consider that.

    You really need to use common sense for things like this. Then again you'd think there would be no need to have warnings on paper coffee cups that coffee is hot or to use the right ammo in a firearm either.

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    Funny you should mention shaving on ships. My dad was in the Navy in WWII, a Deck Seaman on the LST6. On a trip back to Portland from Rouen she struck a mine and was sunk. Anyway he was shaving when they struck and he hit his head on the bulwark and got a broken nose and a split brow. He was lucky, no major injuries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobH View Post
    It is not a recommendation only that it has been done likely 70 or more years ago when trains were what most people used to travel on. I'd also not recommend shaving with a straight razor onboard a ship at sea. Spent too much time holding on to the sink rail with one hand and trying to shave with a cart razor with the other on a destroyer escort, DDE/DDH, to even consider that.

    You really need to use common sense for things like this. Then again you'd think there would be no need to have warnings on paper coffee cups that coffee is hot or to use the right ammo in a firearm either.

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    Until I retired, I shaved every working day on a ship at sea, and for 7 years I shaved at home every day on my boat until I married my current wife and she insisted that I move onto the hard with her. It really isn't a big deal at all, even the first time you shave with a straight razor. You just shave. If you can walk and eat and work, you can certainly shave. If you can go aloft and handle power tools and heavy equipment and not manage to kill anyone, you can shave. If you can stand up and steer a ship, you can shave. A complete landlubber would probably require a few days to acclimatize, if the weather was bad, but then, he should be able to shave. I doubt that a train would be much worse.

    <EDIT> Oh, my bad. I didn't scroll down and see the next paragraph where you said you had been on a navy ship. They do roll around a lot more than a regular ship. But I have also shaved on dinky little tugs and crew boats and supply boats in the oil patch, and they feel the motion of the ocean quite a bit when the weather kicks up.
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