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    Hello Everyone,

    After much deliberation and frustration with the cost and consequenses disposable cartridge razor shaving, I've decided to try out straight razor shaving.

    I do quite enjoy a good shave, and the nostalgic photos of my grandfather shaving with a straight razor make me think it will be right up my alley.

    That being said, I'd greatly apreciate some beginning advice. Most importantly, I'd like to know if it woud be a good idea to buy a nice and expensive razor considering my newbie status. I am more inclined to this option, becuase I do appreciate quality and I'd rather spend my money on a razor that will last a long time than a less quality razor that I'll have to replace after a while. I am a patient and meticulous person, so I'm willing to learn the intricacies of shaving/stropping in a responsible way that wont harm a quality razor. Also, I've recently recieved some birthday money, so finances aren't a big obstacle in choosing a razor. If this option seems wise, can anyone give me some suggestions as to which brands/models are both good for beginners and quality razors? I've been looking at the DOVO models, which are breathtaking--especially the Bismark. Am I out of my league with this one? Any thoughts on whether a new or a vintage/antique razor is best?

    If the first option simply isn't wise, can anyone suggest an introductory razor for a reasonably inexpensive price? I've been seein some Fromm razors for a pretty good price--any thoughts on these?

    I appreciate any feedback and I'm quite excited about embarking on this new adventure. Thanks!

    Leor

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    Default Hello From Seattle

    Hello, Leor:

    Welcome to Straight Razor Place. We are delighted to have you. Also, congratulations for deciding on a straight razor.

    You will find a massive amount of information in SRP's Wiki, everything from what a newcomer needs to various product reviews. Please go over the material carefully. After that, if you have more question, please post them and you'll have your answer in no time.

    You may buy your razor new from the various vendors listed here. Make sure the razor is professionally sharpened by the vendor. What I mean is that most shavers are not satisfied with the factory sharpened blade and prefer to have it sharpened professionally.

    Also, the "Classified" here at SRP will offer you a variety of shave-ready razors from our members at reasonable prices.

    For new razors, yes, the Dovos are a good start. The "Bismarck" is a gorgeous Dovo razor, a 6/8" with a thumb notch. Mine comes in bone handle and I love it. I bought it from Straightrazordesigns.com. (SRD). The razor came honed by Lynn Abrams, SRD owner as well as founder of SRP. He hones all of my razors.

    Many of the vendors listed here also offer pre-sharpened razors, and they are all top line and you will not go wrong with any of them.

    One note of caution: please stay off e-Bay for now, until you get to know your way around the straight razor world.

    Good luck to you. We're all here to help.

    Regards,

    Obie
    Last edited by Obie; 02-25-2010 at 07:18 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leor View Post
    Hello Everyone,

    After much deliberation and frustration with the cost and consequenses disposable cartridge razor shaving, I've decided to try out straight razor shaving.

    I do quite enjoy a good shave, and the nostalgic photos of my grandfather shaving with a straight razor make me think it will be right up my alley.

    That being said, I'd greatly apreciate some beginning advice. Most importantly, I'd like to know if it woud be a good idea to buy a nice and expensive razor considering my newbie status. I am more inclined to this option, becuase I do appreciate quality and I'd rather spend my money on a razor that will last a long time than a less quality razor that I'll have to replace after a while. I am a patient and meticulous person, so I'm willing to learn the intricacies of shaving/stropping in a responsible way that wont harm a quality razor. Also, I've recently recieved some birthday money, so finances aren't a big obstacle in choosing a razor. If this option seems wise, can anyone give me some suggestions as to which brands/models are both good for beginners and quality razors? I've been looking at the DOVO models, which are breathtaking--especially the Bismark. Am I out of my league with this one? Any thoughts on whether a new or a vintage/antique razor is best?

    If the first option simply isn't wise, can anyone suggest an introductory razor for a reasonably inexpensive price? I've been seein some Fromm razors for a pretty good price--any thoughts on these?

    I appreciate any feedback and I'm quite excited about embarking on this new adventure. Thanks!

    Leor
    Hey brotha! I'm from Seattle here too! I prolly can't help you with your queries but just wanted to say HI!

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