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    Gents, since making the decision to switch to straight razor shaving, I had purchased a Dovo Straight Razor Carbon from Amazon, which I promptly returned after reading about the definition of "shave ready." After receiving my warm welcome from forum members a few days back and learning about SRD I went through their offerings to make my selection. As my first SR, I've narrowed it down to the Dovo Silver Steel, Boker King Cutter (Black), and the Boker King Cutter (White).

    I would appreciate any feedback on the 3 selections (or any other suggestion) before I proceed with my purchase. Since I'm itching to attempt my first shave, I'm planning to put in an order in the next day or two.

    p.s. I did go through the classifieds and attempted a forum search, since my question must be the most asked one by any newbie, but I must have the worst search skills of anyone here...

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    Any would be acceptable razors if properly honed. I ended up with a Ralph Aust 5/8 full hollow round point from SRD as my first SR purchase.

    https://straightrazordesigns.com/col...ngen-5-8-black

    Couldn't have been happier. The most important thing is to get a razor that is truly shave ready from a reputable honemeister. You would get a great shave from a $9.00 Gold Dollar as long as it is properly honed.

    You will also need to get a strop. Stropping before a shave is important to keep the razors edge keen. Stropping after a shave proves beneficial as well. This will be another skill which requires practice and can damage a razor if not done properly.
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    I agree. The Aust is made with much more experience and quality.
    IF you are going new, get that. Pony-up and get a 6/8.
    Lots of great shavers have been going through the BST here.... Just saying!

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    Any razor from SRD will be shipped shave ready. Dovo or The Boker are good razors. I would suggest just order which one looks good to you. As I stated from SRD it'll be shave ready. Since this is your first straight razor I would suggest a round point 5/8 or 6/8 and to watch the shaving videos on the youtube or just order a CD on shaving from SRD. Welcome to the club.

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    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.
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    Awesome choice in blade size and brand! I would suggest you avoid getting one with a thumb notch for stropping purposes. They aren't the end of the world to deal with but it would be one less thing to have to learn when learning to strop properly...
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    Bigleaf, you are welcome! You will love the Aust razor. After using a few different razors, I prefer the 6/8" over the 5/8". I feel it gives a bit more feedback on the angle of the blade while shaving. I have also come to prefer the French and Spanish point which is just personal preference.

    Good luck with your journey!!
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    Personal preference. I own both those types of blade and I do not like the king cutter. the Dovo would be my choice if you absolutely have to go with one of those three. Though personally if you're looking in that price range from those makers i'd probably go with a bismark...
    All of that said, my personal recommendation would be to start with a vintage shave ready blade from b/s/t here or other folks with good reputations.
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    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!

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    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.
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