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This is NOT the closest shave I have ever had...
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Salmoneye    Posted 11-06-2002 at 08:14:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Anyone here use a straight razor?

And no...I do not mean for taking the hair off a hog-hide...

I mean on your face. Anywhere else for that matter. I just completed my first shave with an old Celluloid handled one that I got at a lawn sale this summer for $5...Excellent shape. I stropped it up (happened to have two other razors and a very good strop in the house when I bought it)...lathered up...and then took 20 minutes to get through my weeks worth of growth...Managed it with only one nick...bout the same as I do with a 5 minute job with a 'safety' razor, so I figure it all came out in the wash except timewise.

I can remember my older relatives being able to do a smooth, clean shave with no nicks in what seemed to be only a few smooth strokes and under 5 minutes...

Guess the point is, can I learn this with time and diligence (don't let it get a weeks growth)?
Should I just forget my delusions of independance from the BIC Corporation?


Tom A -- one more thought    Posted 11-07-2002 at 04:43:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just remembered something else on the drive in to work.

My dad was a barber in the early 30s until he joined the Army for WWII, although he kept cutting hair on the side for years. He always said you needed to sharpen the straight razor periodically (think he did it about once a week, but of course that razor was used a lot) for it to cut well. He insisted you need a "razor stone." I've got his, it is very, very fine--one side is almost like glass and the other is maybe like very fine, smooth marble. I see them occasionally at antique stores, but they're usually in fairly poor shape. He'd use the stone something like weekly, and would strop the edge on the leather after every shave...and he could literally split hairs and gave a great shave!

Tom A


The real question...    Posted 11-06-2002 at 11:30:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
is;

Whutch ya doing shavin so close to deer season?

:>)
Greg VT


Salmoneye...LOL...    Posted 11-06-2002 at 11:42:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ya got me there...

However...it was a request from my 5 year old Daughter...kissed her before she got on the bus this AM and she gave me 'the look'...

Knew I had to stop letting her hang with her mother so much...This just confirms it...

Next thing ya know...she is gonna want me to bathe regular and put on underwear too...

;-)


ger    Posted 11-06-2002 at 10:11:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
the closest shave i ever had was when i came upon two semi.s passin nothin to do , the passin driver pulled over onto the wrong shoulder as far as he could an i drove through the middle now that was a close shave lol. later ger


ol Henry    Posted 11-06-2002 at 09:16:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nope, they won't shave quite as close as a safety razor, Did you use a shaving mug and brush too? That warm lather will make it a little easier to use. Now you got me all inspired, I wonder where I put grandpas old mug and hmmm...


Tom A    Posted 11-06-2002 at 08:56:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I used to shave with a straight razor. A few months ago I discovered it in a box and tried it out just for grins...like you, I had a few days' growth. Took me forever.

I don't remember that it took me much longer to use it than a safety razor, back when I was using the straight razor every day. Maybe slightly longer, but certainly not 20 minutes.

I think 2 factors affected your speed: the weeks' growth is tough to work with, and lack of practice. If you shave with it daily, it'll go much faster. I suspect it won't take youa whole lot longer than with a safety razor.

But, I don't think you'll get as close a shave with a straight razor as you will with a good modern one. There's something about the safety I feel with my Track II or whatever it is that lets me push down hard and scrape away a lot more than I would ever do with the straight razor. So I switched years ago just for that reason.

keep havin' fun though,
Tom


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