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Thread: Greetings from the Chicago Suberbs

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    Junior Member patdmcm's Avatar
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    Default Greetings from the Chicago Suberbs

    Hi everyone,

    I'm a 17 year old Double Edge user for about eleven months now. originally started to clear up my acne. For the most part, this has been the case and I'm happy with the results. I'm now interested in moving on to straight edge shaving as I ready for college, but I have no knowledge of what or where to buy, and I would love some recommendations. I've saved $250 to spend for a razor, and would love some options for sensitive skin. I like black but am not a huge fan of plastic. Vintage or not, doesn't matter, so long as the razor shaves well.

    I'm excited to talk with you all, thanks for establishing a community that has already been very helpful!
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    If your looking for something kinda special in a razor you can look at the Henckel in the Movember auctions here on the site. Its going to a decent price and the money goes to a great cause. But remember your going to be in need to a strop and brush and soap before you have the basics together for a shave.

    Now if your looking to go cheap, dont care too much how it looks, there is the Site Unseen razor at He also sells everything else you need to get started. He also sells nicer razors too. But why blow a lot of funds if you dont know for sure its going to work for ya. This type of shaving takes time to do so you cant be in a hurry. Also takes months to learn. The main thing in picking a razor is a REAL shave ready razor. Straight Razor Designs, the founder of this site, sell quality stuff also.
    Or wait for something to come along on the B/S/T thread here on SRP. You can get a Shave ready razor done by one of the members and it will be shave ready. And sometimes you can pick them up for as low as 30 bucks. Just depending on what someone want to part with. It happens often so keep an eye on the thread.

    So there you go, A way to start. I'll let others chime in to give you more info.

    Welcome to SRP and learn slowly. Its the only way to go.
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    Welcome to the forum.
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    Welcome to SRP!!!

    There's a ton of great folks and info here. Check out the library.
    As to getting a good razor on the inexpensive side, check out the B/S/T area of the forum. The link is at the top of the page. Also look into the Movember auctions. There are some great ones there as well.
    We're here to help, so keep asking questions. Also there are members, Mentors and a Moderator in your area. Getting with them for some one on one time will help you immensely!!!

    Most of all, enjoy and have fun!!!!
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    Welcome to the forum.

    Here is a link to find people near you.
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    Hello and welcome to SRP.
    Have fun learning and enjoy the forum.

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    Welcome! Use the forum library and lean on the expertise of the many knowledgeable users.

    At a minimum, you will need a strop to maintain the razor you buy. Learning how to use the strop properly is an essential skill you will need to acquire.
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    Welcome to the forum, I wish I had started at your age.

    I don't think that a razor will make any difference in terms of how one performs over another for sensitive skin. You might find that once you get the hang of it a straight is less aggressive than your DE.

    Taking a straight razor to college could be asking for trouble, but you will certainly look cool!

    Good luck with your education and I hope you find something nice that will last you the rest of your life.
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    Welcome. I too spent my late childhood and adolescent years in the Chicago suburbs. As far as sensitive skin goes, I have noticed that many of the 20th century French razors are either marked pour barbes dures (for tough beards) or pour peau sensible (for sensitive skin) with the former being half-hollow or near-wedge grinds and the latter being full-hollow grinds. Nowadays, it seems a commonplace to say that the grind of the razor does not determine the quality shave, but you might keep the older distinction in mind all the same.
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    Hi and welcome aboard. Hopefully coming from a de you already use a good brush and soap and have got lathering sorted. That just leaves stropping and sr technique to get right. As said bst is a great place to start or one of the site vendors. Good luck and any questions feel free to ask
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