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    Having previously posted about not getting a very close shave with a straight, this morning I managed to get a close shave on all areas except a bit on the chin. I used my Wostenholm wedge. All last week I used a vintage with a hollow grind, but I find the wedge much easier to use. I canít believe how quickly muscle memory kicks in. This is only my fifth week with a straight. At first, I had a terrible time shaving the upper lip. This morning, no problem. I just hope my stropping technique is okay. For a while Iíll stick with the Wostenholm.

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    Can't go wrong with uncle George.

    My favorite for sure, and wedges are a plus for me, too.
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    I really enjoy shaving with the old wedges. I do own hollows, but more often find myself using a wedge razor. I like the feel of that soft, smooth edge on my skin. The weight of the thing. And using a razor thats 170 odd years old is kinda cool too. As far as stropping an old wedge razor, just lay it on a taught hanging strop and smoothly run the razor up and down. Windscreen wiper action with a wedge for me. No need to put a heavy twist or tourque to the edge. Just feel through your fingers that the edge has constant, even contact with the strop. At least thats my method
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    Ditto here on the wedges although my favorite is Wade & Butcher especially the FBUs. I shaved with this one yesterday.
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    17/16 FBU wedge with a BBW/Coti natural combo finish. What a buttery smooth shave; like wiping away the whiskers. That great big thing makes me feel like a little boy playing with my Daddy's razor.
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    Good job by the way getting good close shaves this early. That's a good trend. Keep up the good work. I too got close shaves early. My trouble was nicking myself but the closeness was not an issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elnones View Post
    Having previously posted about not getting a very close shave with a straight, this morning I managed to get a close shave on all areas except a bit on the chin. I used my Wostenholm wedge. All last week I used a vintage with a hollow grind, but I find the wedge much easier to use. I canít believe how quickly muscle memory kicks in. This is only my fifth week with a straight. At first, I had a terrible time shaving the upper lip. This morning, no problem. I just hope my stropping technique is okay. For a while Iíll stick with the Wostenholm.
    Happy to hear that everything is falling into place.
    From years ago, I remember how satisfying a (what I considered at that time) good straight shave was and how frustrating it was when my shaves seemed to have reached a plateau and despite all my best efforts I did not seem to make much progress.

    But I wonder though whether you might do yourself a disservice by alternating between (full) hollow grind and wedge.
    When learning something like straight shaving I try to keep the number of variables to a minimum, so that I can easier identify when something does not quite work right.
    There is some difference in between guiding a wedge and a full hollow straight across the skin and it could make polishing your muscle memory harder.

    Just a thought, in the end do what you think works best for you and enjoy your shaves.


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