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Thread: A little story about my straight razor journey

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    Default A little story about my straight razor journey

    It all started when I started growing whiskers on my face. My parents got me an electric razor, but I soon found that the shaves weren't close nor comfortable.
    So I switched to a Gillette Mach 3, actually decent shaves, but still not quite what I wanted.

    So I started looking online and read about the existence of DE razors and blades. While I was browsing, my dad walked by and told me, that's not a real razor, my grandfather had real razors!

    So on my way to my grandparents I was, they live on a farm and I asked my grandmother if she still had her father's gear. She said, yes somewhere but she wasn't sure where.
    So after a couple of weeks, she calls me and told me she found it! Ecstatically I go over there and she handed over a cigar box.

    In it were 2 straight razors with a Mandarin head logo on them stamped by a local store nearby. (Later I found out these are Solingen made Razors from the Goedecke - Mandarin brand)
    And also in there was a natural combo coticule, both the yellow and BBW side were heavily used. I also got his strop, dried out and as hard as a stone of course, but still great to have.

    A year or two later sadly enough one of their friends husband passed away and he still shaved with a straight razor, and they were kind enough to give me the razors, not sure what happened to the rest of his gear alas. It contained 3 razors, a Bartmann, a Gondola and a Hans Reif razor, all Solingen made.

    So I started to put together a "tribute box"
    I bought myself a nice natural combo La Grise from Ardennes Coticules and 2 vintage razors (to start with ) ) I decided upon 2 vintage Henckels razors.
    I bought myself a linen and horsehide strop from Scrupleworks and a Kanayama.

    Later I added 2 more vintage natural combo Coticules (also with the wood grain type surface comparable to a La Grise or La Nouvelle Veine)
    A couple more Henckels were added. I talked to this lovely lady who selling was various things one of which was a vintage Henckels razor, she told me it was her grandfather's and I didn't hesitate and gave it a good home, it's easily one of, if not, my favorite shaver. I treasure it.

    I decided I wanted to learn to hone on Coticules / BBWs for obvious reasons, but found it difficult at best.


    I had an accident and one of my great grandfathers razor was dropped and severely damaged, I still beat myself up to this day for it.
    After that I decided NOT to shave / use his gear anymore and put them away safely and only use my equipment.

    Since then I found other Mandarin razors, but it didn't matter as it wasn't the same.

    Honing wise, I had mixed success with Coticules and decided to buy a Naniwa set. 1k - 5k - 8k - 12k.

    It wasn't until then I finally was able to get consistent good results honing razors. I personally like to set the bevel on a fast Coticule or the 1K, then go through a Naniwa progression and then finish on a Coticule with only water. This never fails me.

    The biggest A-HA moment I got during stropping was when someone told me to not turn my entire hand when flipping the razor, but only your fingers as if you were turning a volume knob on a stereo.

    The big thing I catch myself doing wrong is pressure, too much of it (shaving, honing, stropping). Still something I have to focus on while handling SRs.

    One thing I wish I had done was not to mess with inherited gear, store it away safely and don't use it. Only after years of experience you can start using it, if it only were for special occasions).

    I'm very grateful I found about SR shaving and love shaving with 'em, beats anything out there for me. It took me a while to get there, but once you do it's a fantastic feeling and great pleasure, it's a fun hobby!

    A little sad that the gear belonging to our ancestors might've been thrown away at some point by someone who didn't care about it (as was the case with my grandfather's sister). I think we all feel this way.



    My current gear consists of

    Razors: 3 daily shavers (Henckels, 1 full hollow and 2 1/4 hollows)
    Strop: Scrupleworks linen + Kanayama leather
    Brush: L'Occitane Plisson synthetic brush
    Cream: D.R. Harris
    Hone: La Grise Coticule and La Grise like vintage Coticules (as touch up hone and finisher only on water, otherwise I use a Naniwa progression aforegoing)
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    Thank you for the story and yoyur conclusions! Great to know that prized old gear is going to last for future generations.
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    Great story, thanks for sharing it!!

    What an adventure you've had in your shaving journey
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    Nice journey! Would love to see some pics though...
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    wow man, thanks for taking the time to share your journey, or i must say the begining of it.. cause still years of good shaves to go.. but for afriday reading, this was premium!

    thanks for sharing your findings, tips and advises.. much appreciated!!!
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    These are the pictures I already have lying around

    The first 3 razors are from the late husband friend from my grandparents, I treasure these greatly

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    These are my current daily shavers, some are oiled, so they might look a bit weird; one of the scales is a bit roughed up, that's the one I got from the lovely lady that was her grandfather's, I treasure it greatly as well and love its shaves (actually come to think of it, most razors we use, restore belonged to someone, they're all special and all deserve a good home)

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    And the latest addition to the daily rotation, a pretty old Henckels, I dig these a lot
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    I'm halfway through making a 7-day set, I'd like to start working a little with wood to make my own wooden 7-day set box, and would like to get a couple more older razors like that last Henckels, a couple 19th century, early 20th century era razors would be a sweet addition
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    Lovely collection...!!!
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    Great story and some really nice razors too.

    I know what you mean about too much pressure, it is difficult to get your head round how little pressure is actually required in all aspects of this hobby.

    Thank you for sharing.
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    Geat story, I have my grandfathers straights as well. Think of him every time I use them.

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    Great story, thank you. Welcome to the Forum.
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