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    by Published on 07-21-2015 10:27 PM
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    We asked Neil a couple of months ago if he'd be willing to do a beginners' tips for us. Unfortunately he couldn't at the time. Neil was an astonishing wealth of information on many topics so it wasn't hard to delve into the archives of his posts and find one that was not only informative but of interest to everyone, beginners and older hands alike. I hope no one minds that I've taken the liberty of using one of Neil's posts as this month's Beginners' Tips. He's left us with so many memorable posts like this one that we could use them for the Tips for the next 10 years.

    - Jimbo




    Cordovan simply means 'of Cordoba' - a place in Spain. Shells are the two ovals found under the skin in a horses butt. As the skin has to be removed to get at the fibrous, muscular shell, it is not really leather at all. That is why it is found in such a small, localised area and why it is so expensive.
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    by Published on 06-16-2015 04:06 AM
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    Beginner's Tips for June 2015

    I've been at this wet shaving activity about 60+ years now and I thought that I would use this opportunity to go over what I learned and found out the hard way. Old sayings seem to be my best method to pass the information onward...In no particular order, here they are:


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    by Published on 05-21-2015 04:46 AM
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    Everyone that has gotten into straight razor shaving inevitably gets involved with razor honing in one way or another. I see a lot of posts asking which hones are good beginner hones to start with. We have plenty of information on SRP regarding hones suitable for razors, however this information can be difficult to navigate sometimes. Letís review some of the popular choices of hones and avenues that beginners should consider when getting into honing straight razors.
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    by Published on 04-15-2015 08:37 PM
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    Learn From My Mistakes

    For my contribution to the beginners tips I thought I would go over some of my bad choices and some of the things I wish that I would have done differently. Maybe hearing of my mistakes and missteps will help you in your wet shaving.
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    by Published on 03-26-2015 01:02 AM
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    Over capitalisation

    A lot of new members seem to dive in to this hobby head first, buying everything they can get their hands on, then try to learn everything at once, shaving, stropping, restoration (I question the use of this word in some circumstances), honing, building lather and then wonder why it isn't going too well.
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    by Published on 01-16-2015 08:57 PM
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    Many of us receive shaving gear as presents over the holiday season. And for the new shaver in this happy position the new year is a time for girding our loins, facing the mirror and putting an unprotected naked blade to our necks. Perhaps the most voiced (and probably the most unvoiced) concern I've seen here over the years from beginners is the one regarding cutting or nicking yourself and, more to the point, how to avoid it.
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    by Published on 12-12-2014 07:22 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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