• Monthly Beginner's Tips

    by Published on 03-26-2015 01:02 AM
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    Over capitalisation

    A lot of new members seem to dive in to this hobby head first, buying everything they can get their hands on, then try to learn everything at once, shaving, stropping, restoration (I question the use of this word in some circumstances), honing, building lather and then wonder why it isn't going too well.
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    by Published on 02-15-2015 06:35 AM
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    I'm up to bat to furnish the beginner's tip for February 2015. Looking at past tips, thinking of my years on this forum, I'm going to be philosophical rather than concrete.

    There are quite a few acronyms seen in posts on SRP, but one of the most ubiquitous is YMMV. Indeed, in wet shaving, as in all facets of life 'your mileage may vary' from mine, and mine from yours.
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    by Published on 01-16-2015 08:57 PM
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    Many of us receive shaving gear as presents over the holiday season. And for the new shaver in this happy position the new year is a time for girding our loins, facing the mirror and putting an unprotected naked blade to our necks. Perhaps the most voiced (and probably the most unvoiced) concern I've seen here over the years from beginners is the one regarding cutting or nicking yourself and, more to the point, how to avoid it.
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    by Published on 12-12-2014 07:22 PM
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    I wanted to shave with the straight razor in my early twenties, but life got in the way and I did not start until my early sixties. When you start, then, does not matter as long as you do. Once you experience the pleasure of straight razor shaving, I doubt youíll return to your old ways.

    Whatever you do, donít start on the cheap, because your results will reflect that. Every new venture has an initial cost and straight razor shaving is no different. Purchasing a low quality razor and strop to save a few extra dollars most likely will result in a cheap shave. It is also a waste of money, to me, anyway. Spend the money and give yourself a good start.

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    by Published on 11-14-2014 10:11 PM
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    Maintaining or Refreshing Your Straight Razorís Edge.
    What stone should I use to refresh or maintain the edge on my razor? Often this question is asked and just as often, the responses can differ. You will hear everything from a barberís hone to a Japanese Natural; from a pasted strop, to a folded newspaper. Itís no wonder that beginners get discouraged after their shave ready razor begins to pull and their choice of one of the above methods, leaves them worse off than they started.
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    Published on 10-15-2014 08:49 PM
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    I was asked if I might like to provide an article for
    our October Beginners Tips section and I would like to thank
    James for the opportunity.

    I would like to discuss the definition of an acronym and a word that
    are used commonly on our forum. The acronym is NOS or New Old Stock and the word
    is ďlinenĒ. The definitions of both of these have become generic and a bit misleading in a many cases. I think it is important that we understand what this means, in a literal sense, when used on our forum where wet shaving topics are primary.
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    by Published on 09-16-2014 12:35 AM
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    What to do with your new razor ? Here's a few pointers I always suggest.
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