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    Hi guys,

    I'm from Sydney, Australia and I received a straight razor kit for my birthday (after mentioning to my GF that I enjoy the feel from the shave at the barber) Literally gave it a go last night, and while I get a better shave from a safety razor - I'm pretty it's a technique thing (and possibly equipment, it's a Wahl branded razor)

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    Welcome to SRP !!
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    You're darn right it's a technique thing I still sometimes get better shaves from a safety and I've been at this for 7 years.

    Eventually it all comes together and you start getting good shaves - and enjoying the accomplishment. Watch some of the shave videos available on Youtube and see what is involved. Better still, check out our own mine of information at Shave Library

    As regards the razor itself, it could be good or not so good. I'd recommend you get in touch with one of the Sydney guys who frequent this forum and get some authoritative advice. There's a bloke called Oz who goes by the stage name of Onimaru55. He's forgotten more about straights that most of us know - check out his posts and give him a PM.

    All the best and welcome to SRP
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    Welcome. There is quite a bit of technique involved in both the shave and the maintenance of a straight razor. Is your razor a true straight razor or a disposable blade straight razor. They each have their advantages and disadvantages. I hope you stick with it and get it all dialled in.
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    It's an actual straight edge, but not convinced of the quality. If it's not great, it'll serve as a great way to learn the basics of honing and setting an edge.

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    Hi, and welcome to SRP. Its really takes a while to start getting comfortable shave with a straight razor and even longer to get to the legendary BBS (im not there yet). xD

    Enjoy your time here. Everyone is just pure NICE, and will help you out the best they can.
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    Welcome to SRP!!!

    As you've seen, there's a ton of great folks and info here. Do checkout the library as mentioned, it's full of awesome info
    Keep at it and you'll get it. This takes time and patience.

    Enjoy and have fun!!!
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    Part of the issue may not be the straight but the honing. If you can send it to someone or meet with them to have your edge checked and hand honed that would tell you a lot.
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    Welcome to the Forum, there's a lot of people here that will help guide you to great shave with a straight razor, just ask. Give it some time and take it slow and the pieces will start to come together.
    People wonder where the time goes, I wonder where it comes from.

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    That's an awesome GF btdubs!

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