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    Quote Originally Posted by SirStropalot View Post
    Truth is, I've never tried one. Read all the warnings, cautions, bloodletting, and just stayed away.

    But, I'm up for most anything at least once, shaving gear, that is!! I just looked at SRD No Sharpen Straight Razors : and..........those things get expensive. Which one should I get, and blades? I don't really want the entry level, and I'll order from SRD......tomorrow!!

    Here's your chance to convert me, well, maybe.....not convert, but at least see what they're all about!!

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    Not sure if you're being serious, but I still recommend a Parker as a viable option, I've heard Dovo Shavettes inserts can break over time and the double hinge in the Parker is solid and I haven't had to deal with any slippage. It doesn't cost a ton of money, and you can use half a DE blade to extend the use of it.

    As for blades, I'd suggest a sample pack, since all faces aren't created equal.

    Don't believe the hype: It won't cut you any worse than a DE would, just watch your angles. Coming from a straight, you should already have that down, Howie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirStropalot View Post
    I may need more than luck. I was just checking my blood bank card!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rayj37 View Post
    ...Nothing teaches you the complex contours of your face like straight shaving.
    Yeah, I would have to agree with you on that one. Cartridge razors did more harm than good for me. Wet shaving and using my Shavette has changed the world of shaving for me. I hated that I always had stubble left over from my Gillette cartridge razor, no matter how many passes I had. The moment I switched to using my Parker DSE, I started getting BBS shaves and I was hooked. I gave my cartridge razor to my wife now, and stay as far away from the "goop in a can" as humanly possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Natz View Post
    Not sure if you're being serious, but I still recommend a Parker as a viable option, I've heard Dovo Shavettes inserts can break over time and the double hinge in the Parker is solid and I haven't had to deal with any slippage. It doesn't cost a ton of money, and you can use half a DE blade to extend the use of it.

    As for blades, I'd suggest a sample pack, since all faces aren't created equal.

    Don't believe the hype: It won't cut you any worse than a DE would, just watch your angles. Coming from a straight, you should already have that down, Howie.

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    Nate,

    Well, partly serious. I went the cheap way and got the Feather Artist Club DX Stainless Steel Razor Teak Wood Handle.

    I went that way because I'm passing it on to my Grandson (16) when he comes to visit. We're 190 miles apart and teaching him to hone and strop gets logistically difficult. This way, since the above razor has the heft and feel of a regular straight, I can find out if he will take care of it and stick with it or not. If he does I have traditional straights, hones and strops put back for him and my other Grandson, his older brother. If he does OK, then we'll find a way to teach him honing and stropping. If it doesn't suit him/them, then there'll be a FAC DX in the classifieds, probably, or I might just keep it for travel.

    Howie
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    I have been using a shavette for a couple of weeks and starting to get it down pretty good. I am using a cheapie from Sally's Beauty Supply and no, I don't normally shop there LOL! But Google Maps sent me there and so that's where I got my shavette. I hope to not be a shavette user for long, though. I am on the road with my Uncle and I have my two new (to me) straights waiting for me at home, and I will probably be going home in a couple of days. I have a customized modified Gold Dollar and a Dovo Best Quality waiting for me, as my first straight razors. Meanwhile I will make the following observations:

    1. CORK the blade the first time! It really smooths it out. My Uncle used to use a DE razor and he would sometimes draw the blade once or twice through a cork before the first shave on it, depending on the brand. He suggested it to me after seeing my face after my first shave, and it really does help.

    2. STRETCH the skin, making ugly faces or using the fingers. flaps of loose skin are just an invitation to get your face amputated.

    3. KEEP THE RAZOR NEARLY FLAT AGAINST THE SKIN. I was told to use only very light feathery pressure but I have had better results with a little bit more pressure and a flat angle of attack. It is the difference between scraping and shaving.

    The last several shaves I have mostly been cut free, and mostly pretty good shaves, and I am still very much a newbie. These things are supposed to suck but I am making mine work just fine so maybe I am on the right track or something. Hey, even a broke clock is right twice a day, right?

    I am looking forward to being an EX-shavette user, though. But I think this thing has taught me a lot and I am glad I went there. I hope everyone here has the same good results as me.

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    I use and love all the four razor family ... SR, SE, DE, Shavette.
    Shavette are fast, easy ... and in the right hand safe and comfortable!!
    Where there is a great desire there can be no great difficulty - Niccolò Machiavelli & Pierpaolo with Regards

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    I use all of them too.
    A shavette is a very fine way to shave. It was my first wet shave experience, with my Universal...

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    I started with a dovo as a cheap entry to see if I liked the idea of SR shaving. I loved it once I figured out the right razors to use and how often to swap the razors out.

    I also travel often for work about 80-100% of the time. The dovo is a great tool for the road no need to pack a strop or worry about dulling my blades. A small package of replaceables is all I need. Now finding the replaceables has become the challenge.

    I don't know if I will every get around to sharpening or using the straights I bought a year ago. Still need to purchase a strop, learn to hone, and restore the old blades.

    Im a fan of the dovo product.
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    I started off quite a while ago with a Parker disposable straight razor. I absolutely love it! Great quality for what you pay and it is always razor sharp (pun intended). I am able to adjust to many different angles from flat to scraping skin at 90 degrees (if for some reason I wanted to). It's quick, easy, and truly painless once you get it all down. Is it a beautiful collectable piece of steel that I can hone and sharpen to unthinkable sharpness? No! But it is an affordable option that gives consistent DFS shaves in about 20 minutes Not bad for travel either
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    I picked up a shavette earlier this year and I use it during the week, alternating between that and the Parker with the steel handle. However, I learned SR shaving on Dovo straight that I bought from Lynn on SRD. I still love that razor, but in the morning when you're pressed for time, I don't always have time to do the stropping. I use the black holder with the long Dovo blades.

    I have to say, though, that I think it's tougher to shave with a shavette than with the SR. In fact, I would not recommend to anyone that they start off with a shavette because they're so sharp. That's a real machined razor blade in there.

    But I like both the Parker and the shavette.

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