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    Quote Originally Posted by Robini View Post
    Wow! SRD is completely out of Aust razors... Call and see if they may have one not listed on the site and/or when will they receive a shipment. If you this is holding up your first SR shave, don't wait! Get one!! Dovo/Aust/Vintage/Gold Dollar. Just get a properly honed one to start to build your skills. You can ALWAYS get another and another and.....

    https://www.griffithshavinggoods.com/ also has some nice options, new and restored. I have heard good things but never purchased/used a razor from them.

    Enjoy!
    I called SRD. I was told that it's not a long wait, so I'll hang on a week or so, else I'll buy from someone else. These razors seem hard to find, but one can find them if one looks hard enough. SRD seems highly referenced on the forum for the quality of their honing, so I'd prefer to buy from them. I discovered that one can buy directly from Aust from their web site. One can mix and match options to get the SR of their dreams. Maybe for my 2nd SR...

    Is a spanish point blade a bad idea for a beginner?

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    You definitely know what your getting from SRD! I do not know what the time from order to delivery would be directly from Aust. Also, I would have to assume that the razor will not come shave ready from them, requiring it to be honed prior to use.

    As for a Spanish point for a beginner, I do not believe it would have been an issue had I gone that way. The majority of guidance you will receive is a round which definitely carries some merit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigleaf View Post
    Thanks guys. Based on the feedback and further web search, I've decided on the Ralph Aust 6/8" round point. There are several models to choose from and every one is unavailable at SRD, so I'll have to see which ones come in before making the final selection. All my accessories are in hand, so this is all that's left for my first SR shave.

    Robini, thanks for introducing me to this SR Brand, and sharptonn for suggesting the 6/8" model.

    Bigleaf, you have made a good choice. I have two Aust razors, a 6/8 Spanish point and a 7/8 French point. They are both great razors.

    I have a 6/8" Boker silver steel. It is extra hollow and is a superb shaver. I also have a vintage H Boker 5/8 round point. It is also a good shaver, but I prefer larger blades. Unfortunately, most Bokers are 5/8".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robini View Post
    Wow! SRD is completely out of Aust razors... Call and see if they may have one not listed on the site and/or when will they receive a shipment. If you this is holding up your first SR shave, don't wait! Get one!! Dovo/Aust/Vintage/Gold Dollar. Just get a properly honed one to start to build your skills. You can ALWAYS get another and another and.....

    https://www.griffithshavinggoods.com/ also has some nice options, new and restored. I have heard good things but never purchased/used a razor from them.

    Enjoy!
    I have made several purchases from Griffith Shaving Goods. That includes two Wacker razors, two hones and a shell cordovan strop. Matt custom designed the strop to my specifications. It arrived just this week.

    Matt is a great guy to work with. I recommend him highly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gasman View Post
    As.far as grind, id go with full hollow or at least 1/2 hollow. A near wedge is a bit harder to learn. This was just my experiance. Others may disagree. If you can wait to buy then go for it, but id just buy a lower cost razor to start with from B/S/T and learn with it. Or two! Two is better. Then if you know this is whar you want to do, then buy a new fancy razor.

    Good luck on wharever you go with and welcome to the club. Just remember that its going to take time and many shaves before it truely works well for you.
    Wanted to also recommend the idea of looking on the B/S/T forum and even getting a couple of razors to see what you like. I tried a few very reasonably priced razors and discovered that what I thought I might like wasn't the case (at least at this early point in my learning curve).

    The other nice thing about a low cost option is that you can learn to strop and maintain the razor at a level that gives you a comfortable shave without worrying as much about it and to have a backup if one is more dull than you want and need to get it touched up. It gives you time to get your stropping dialed in (I think I'm at an OK level on this) and to figure out how you want to touch up the blade when it needs it (I'm not here yet, but it's on my radar next)

    The downside of that is that I've become attached to the low cost ones I got as I really like the shaves I"m getting and love those razors.

    FWIW, I also bought a couple of things from Griffith's and like the others, I was very happy with the products and service.
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    Well, the Ralf Aust's finally came in today at SRD and I made my purchase. I went for the 6/8" Spanish Point with Blackwood Handle (https://straightrazordesigns.com/col...nt=28875976839). Hope I didn't bite off more than I should have by not getting a round tip. Several members seem to have really liked the Spanish Point, so I went for it. I also got the 3" Paddle Strop (https://straightrazordesigns.com/col...nt=28866964935), since I travel quite a bit. If this catches on, I'll probably get a hanging strop as well later on. Feel like a kid in a candy store...

    Many thanks to all for the advice, and I'll post pics when I receive the order.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigleaf View Post
    Well, the Ralf Aust's finally came in today at SRD and I made my purchase. I went for the 6/8" Spanish Point with Blackwood Handle (https://straightrazordesigns.com/col...nt=28875976839). Hope I didn't bite off more than I should have by not getting a round tip. Several members seem to have really liked the Spanish Point, so I went for it. I also got the 3" Paddle Strop (https://straightrazordesigns.com/col...nt=28866964935), since I travel quite a bit. If this catches on, I'll probably get a hanging strop as well later on. Feel like a kid in a candy store...

    Many thanks to all for the advice, and I'll post pics when I receive the order.
    The RA 6/8 Spanish point was one of my first purchases. I have razors with every type of point (round, Spanish, French/Irish, and square/spike). However, Spanish point is my favorite. When you shave, you should always know where the tip of the razor is located, no matter what type of point it has. You do that more by feel than you do by sight. I do not find one type of point to be more "dangerous" than another if you respect the blade. Surprisingly, most of my nicks when shaving occur when I am using a DE razor and not a straight razor. I think the "safety razor" designation is misleading.

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