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    Hello, my name is Doug and I'm looking to get started with straight razor shaving. I have used a straight razor before in college. I had bought a Pakistani straight razor on ebay (fail), honed it myself, and actually had a couple of great shaves with it. however being from pakistan it soon needed rehoned and i could never get that smooth feel back. I graduated, got married, and time became scarce. I fell back on disposables, hated it, and grew a beard. Now I want to get a new, quality razor. Any suggestions would be greatly appriciated. This is what I'm looking at: Dovo CARPE DIEM multi wood handle 5/8


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    First, welcome to SRP. Glad you decided to come back to the true path. That is a nice looking dovo. do you still have your old strop or were you also getting a new one. you will love the edge lynn puts on those babies and will shortly be enjoying a better shave than you got with that old razor shaped chunk of metal.

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    I didn't have a strop in college (I was a poor college student). I used some paper that I pilfered from the physics department. Thus, I will need to purchase a strop. I honed the blades with a couple of Japanese water stones that my Step-Grandfather-In-Law gave me. He's a friend of Murray Carter, a master knive smith. I'm still running short on cash (that my wife will let me spend) so I need to be frugal in my shaving expenditures. However I don't want to get something that i will not be happy with. That Dovo is basically and ideal razor for me from what I've researched. Yes, it is a square point and I'm a novice, but my wife likes my beard so i will need the point to trim properly. I really like the looks of the razor even though Carpe Diem is not my motto per say. I'm not too concerned with the looks of the razor although I don't mind spending $20-30 more for beautiful real wooden scales rather then some plastic ones (the dovo "best quality").

    My next hurdle is my wife. She says that I can get that razor for Christmas but I'm completely apposed to buying any more disposables. Any suggestions on trying to convince her to let me make the purchases?

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    Ah, SWMBO makes life difficult at times. you can lower your inital costs alot by not buying a brand new razor. instead look through the classifieds for a vintage one or contact the various vendors, many of whom have great starter sets. although i have not bought from him, larry anderson at whipped dog razors is very well respected for his $55 sight unseen deal... the razor may not be the prettiest but it should give you a nice shave and a strop at a price the little woman can hardly complain about... then for your birthday she can buy you that nice dovo from SRD!
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    You sound like a brilliant man. I will check out the classifieds and the whipped dog. BTW my wife is from new york, just off of 86.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grover09 View Post
    You sound like a brilliant man. I will check out the classifieds and the whipped dog. BTW my wife is from new york, just off of 86.
    not hardly, but thanks anyway. aside, 86 what? i live out in farm country, which currently is going Amish, because land here is cheaper than in PA.
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    I-86 I runs East-West just above the PA boarder. About an hour east of Jamestown, NY is Olean, NY. That's where the better half is from.

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