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    Hello! I'm brand new to straight razor shaving. I wanted to give it a try after getting fed up with razor bumps and ingrown hairs. Plus I love the idea of doing something in a more old-fashioned, slow, and thoughtful way. I'm excited that shaving can actually be fun and a skill to learn!

    I've perused the FAQ and the beginner guide, and I just received the Van Der Hagen shave set and a Tweezerman brush, both of which were recommended in the Beginners on a budget guide. I will also be ordering the Filly strop. I'm trying to stay on a budget as much as possible since I'm not even sure I will stick with straight razor shaving, but from playing music, I know that having poor quality equipment can make the whole experience a lot less satisfying.

    The only thing left to do is buy a razor. From my reading, it seems that the Classifieds on this site are a good way to go, and that I may want to get a 6/8, half hollow, round point as a first razor. Ideally I'd like to spend about $60.

    Is there anything else you would keep in mind when looking for a first razor?

    Thanks so much! I'm excited to get started.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rafeblank View Post
    ...Is there anything else you would keep in mind when looking for a first razor?..
    Looks like you are on track. Make sure the razor you get is represented as shave ready.

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    Welcome to SRP. We are glad to have you with us.
    Knowledge is the key in regards to this hobby, and it sounds like you have learned a lot already.
    Remember that straight razors takes a little practice to master, but I'm confident you already know this.
    I predict your experience will be smooth and enjoyable.
    Do let us know how it goes.

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    Welcome aboard. Looks like you've done the basic research and headed in the right direction. If your browsing the classifieds here you'll do allright. If you end up with any questions about any of the razors listed send the seller a p.m. you can usually base your final decision on the info provided as well as what the seller is like to deal/communicate with.

    Good luck,
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    Quote Originally Posted by rafeblank View Post
    Hello! I'm brand new to straight razor shaving. I wanted to give it a try after getting fed up with razor bumps and ingrown hairs. Plus I love the idea of doing something in a more old-fashioned, slow, and thoughtful way. I'm excited that shaving can actually be fun and a skill to learn!
    Rafeblank;

    I started for much the same reasons as you. The quality of shave was important but the old fashioned method appealed to me equally as much. Take all the advice you can from the site and you will do just fine. If the nostalgia of straight shaving appeals to you i am sure you will stick with it and enjoy every pass.

    I may not have the experience of many of the members here but I have learned from my fair share of mistakes in the past month. If you have any questions feel free to ask

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    thanks for all the responses! i'm looking forward to getting started.

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    Welcome to SRP!

    The kit you already have there, and the straight you're planning to buy will do just fine as a starter package. Looks like you've done your homework properly before rushing into it, well done!

    Just make 100% sure that you get a shave ready razor, honed by someone who knows what they are doing.

    Enjoy!
    Burt.

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    thanks for all the tips! while i've been waiting for my razor to arrive, i've been practicing lathering up and shaving with a disposable razor. it's amazing how just the preparation and lather alone makes a huge difference - such a closer, more comfortable and fun shave!

    i have a question about making lather. i'm currently using the Van der Hagen soap and the Tweezerman brush to make my lather. i've been following this guide:

    Making basic soap lather - Straight Razor Place Wiki

    I know it takes a lot of practice to get that beautiful, frothy foam like in the pictures, but I think I'm not understanding something. Do I add a little bit of water to the bowl with the soap, or just use residual water in the bowl and the water on the brush? My lather is still quite thin and bubbly - is this because I'm using too much water?

    Thanks!

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    It sounds like too much water. First thought, are you shaking the brush after soaking? I have to give my brush two firm shakes before I try to build latehr. If that is too dry you can always add a drop or two of water afterwards.

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    After watching some more videos, I realized the problem was I was pushing too hard on the brush as I was forming the lather. This video helped a lot:



    Today I added just a little bit of water to the bowl and tried using only minimal pressure while mixing the lather. I was shocked at the results - a rich, creamy lather I had never dreamed possible :P It used it and shaved with my disposable razor, and had one of the best shaves of my life. I will take a picture tomorrow if it comes out well again.

    I also found this video really helpful too, although he uses a safety razor. The prep seems the same, and I imagine a lot of the basic shaving principles as well?


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