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    Hello,

    I am looking into getting my dad a straight razor for Christmas. I do not know anything about them, so I was hoping I could get some recommendations on here! He already has a brush, but said he would need a leather strap and the soap. Can you please recommend some affordable options for me? (I do believe he has used them before.. a long time ago though).

    Also, are there any stores that sell straight razors, besides online stores?

    Thanks!
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    Does he use a Str8 now?
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    You should check out the classifieds here for a razor or straightrazorsdesigns.com or any of the other advertisers here on the forum. The important thing to remember is to get a "shave ready" razor. As for for finding a store locally that sells razors, if they're still in business, you could try "The Knife Shop" but the razor would probably only be factory sharp, so it would most likely need to be honed, which many members here offer to do for a small fee. You could also try looking in high end tobacco shops as well. Hope this helps
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    No he does not currently use a straight razor... I don't think he's ever regularly used one.
    I'll have to check out tobacco shops, thanks!

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    yup. dovo's are nice, i doubt you'll fine many opinions to the contrary. was my first... of many.

    good luck. nice on ya

    oh p.s. if your not aware, getting a nice edge on the razors is not a given. especially when you buy them new. so its good to buy it online, cause a lot of places will hone it for you. which unless your pa knows how to do that, is a good idea

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    The Dovo Best Quality razors are their entry-level blades. That means they don't look fancy or have exotic scales, but they're still good quality.

    The best deal out there now is at Straight Razor Designs, The Finest In Gentlemens Shaving And Grooming Needs, where you can get lifetime sharpening for any razor purchased during the holidays. Razors from here will arrive shave ready--that means the from-the-factory edge has been refined by a professional honer. It makes a difference.

    I also recommend the World of Straight Razor Shaving DVD, by Lynn Abrams. It's got great info and video on shaving, honing, stropping, etc. It helped get me up to speed, even after I'd been fumbling around on my own for 3 years. Wish I'd had it sooner.

    There are cheaper razors than the Dovo Best Quality, but I'd say the Dovos are the best starting investment. You can always resell a Dovo if it doesn't work out. But chances are your dad will want a second blade for Father's Day! (That way he has one in house when he sends the other out for sharpening. That's as good an excuse as any).

    Don't splurge on a top of the line strop, but don't be freaked if you have to spend $40 or $50 for one. Beginners often nick up their first strops. The strop is a necessity. You can get razor and strop combos, and it's worth upgrading to the 3" strop. Again, if straight shaving doesn't work out after all, a good strop holds its value for resale.

    For full disclosure, Lynn Abrams (who made the DVD) is also the founder of this site and part owner of Straight Razor Designs. My recommendations are based purely on the fact that he's offering a good product and a great service (the lifetime honing) for a competitive price.

    Happy shopping and good luck! This sounds like a nice gift.
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    The first post in this thread is well worth a read. Point your Dad in the direction of these forums as part of the gift. Wish I'd found it sooner. Good luck.

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    Go to Straight Razor designs. Dovo best quality 5/8 or 6/8. Good all round razor.Love mine to death. Sweet shaves all the time. The Dovo special is their signature razor(Dovos) and just a step up in materials i.e imitation tortise shell.Blade is slightly better as well than the best quality.I have both(only two razors I own actually) They have excellent strops as well .
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    Thanks for all the help! I think I'm going to go for the dovo!

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