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    by Published on 12-12-2014 08:22 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 11:11 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 09:49 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 01:35 AM
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    What to do with your new razor ? Here's a few pointers I always suggest.
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    by Published on 08-19-2014 05:11 AM
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    When we discover straight razor shaving, or wet shaving, most of us are quite curious and very excited. The new world comes with a lot of questions such as:

    Where to start? What do I need? How dangerous is it? Who is right and who is wrong?

    Finding answers is easy ...
    by Published on 07-16-2014 03:32 AM
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    This months Beginners Tips is about finishing stones and reasonable expectations.



    During the past few years I have had a number of new guys come to my home for help with honing, stropping, restoration, beard prep etc. They are almost always fascinated by the ...
    by Published on 06-14-2014 01:24 AM
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    Strops and Stropping

    Thereíve been a few threads recently on the topic of strops and stropping so I thought Iíd address those issues in this monthís Beginners Tips. Stropping can be a big topic, and I am wordy, so apologies in advance for the length of this monthís tips. ...