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    My father gave me his grandfathers straight razor years ago. I imagine it's at least 70 years old, probably more like 100 since he passed away in the early 50's at 86.

    Ever since, I have been fascinated with it and wanted to use it. I had been using Fusions for years and switched over to a safety razor a few months back. Shaving has gone from an annoying chore to a relatively enjoyable event. Due in no small part to fact that I could cut myself pretty good if I wasn't paying attention.

    I think I'm ready now to make the jump from safety razor to straight razor. Since I don't want to start off using a family heirloom, I could use some recommendations.

    Is it best to purchase a starter kit or buy the razor, honing stone, soap, etc. individually?

    What is a good brand/model for a first razor?

    Where is a good place to purchase shaving supplies online?

    Anything else I didn't ask.

    Thanks a lot.

    Jay

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    I didn't but alot of the members here start out with one of the more basic Dovo's, If you buy from Straight razor designs(Lynn abrams store) or from the classifieds I'm pretty sure you'll get it properly honed.
    Hope it helped.

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    Your grandfather's razor might make a good starter razor, as long as it's in good condition. Love to see some pictures

    Apart from that, a good place to start is usually whippeddog.com, Larry's got some inexpensive kits that include a strop, balsa hone with paste for touchups, and a lot of good information printed out for ease of use. You can also get a good quality shave ready vintage razor for cheap there. You can also check out the Straight Razor Place Classifieds. If you're looking for new razors, I'd say Thesuperiorshave is a great choice, but straightrazordesigns.com is another good one that will have kits available.

    I'd say start off with vintage/inexpensive (and I should add that inexpensive DOES NOT mean poor quality in this case as long as you're not just guessing on ebay), as you won't worry about harming your high quality equipment while you're in the learning stages.

    Read as much as you can on this forum as well as the wiki, and good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrakul View Post
    Since I don't want to start off using a family heirloom, I could use some recommendations.
    Any particular reason why you don't want to use the razor you have? You could get it honed/restored(if necessary). I wish I had the chance to have a razor with some personal significance.

    Good luck whatever you decide to do anyway

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    Thanks a lot. Think I'll give Larry a try. I don't want to use my great grandfathers razor until I know how to strop, hone and care for it properly. I'd like to give it to my son someday.

    Thanks again

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    if you have the money I would get a dovo "best quality" razor to begin with. if you buy it from straightrazordesigns.com it will come shave ready (Lynn's website).
    also I am a big fan of CrO on balsa strop and I think you should get one of those on ebay.Rememer though that YMMV.

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