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    I started with a Dove shavette less than a year ago and get a great shave with it. I still have it in my rotation of 7 blades I use on a regular bases. It isn't the prettiest blade in the shave Den, Buy it is functional and a great travel razor.
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    Just started a few weeks ago to shave with a pretty cheap shavette with merkur platinum steel blades.

    I was passing from a gilette 5 blades fusion blah blah blah too expensive shave that got me irritated as hell.

    Weirdly, I got the twist only one or two shaves after. Only made myself a few nicks and slight cuts from the corners of the blade when I went to fast. but no irritation or close to none and a hell of a precise and close shave. Also spared me a lot of ingrown hairs.

    As many people I would love straight, but the time and learning curve for sharpening a str8 have pulled me back from making this choice.

    I have a very sensitive skin with goblin like beard (hard as hell), anyone could convince me to switch to str8 or confort me in continuing with shavette even though it seems to be not that popular among str8 users?

    Just ordered a set of various branded blades from fendrian to see how they affect the experience but for now i'm still pretty impressed.

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    I am a big fan of my dovo shavette. I bought it for travelling and use it frequently. There's nothing wrong with using one. People on here still use DE razors frequently. Use this opportunity to explore some soaps etc. Also, search for members in your area. All you need for a straight is the blade and strop. It's discourged to start out shaving and honing at the same time. I'm sure there are plenty members that don't hone their blades. Just a part of the hobby some of us enjoy.

    Bottom line, continue if you want or buy a straight. You'll have plenty of help. Just be sure to read up on it and the classifieds have good deals.

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    Yep , going on almost 3 years not honing, going to get my Feather out this morning, haven't traveled much since retirement so it doesn't get used much, but it delivers a great shave every time. Tc
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    I'm just starting into straight razors and I chose to start with a shavette as it seemed a better entry than a traditional straight razor. Some good advice on this thread - thanks for sharing...

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    Well done ,i am going to do the same,i dont like the anti hype.

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    I used shavettes for months before I started using straight razors. I wasn't even looking for a transition razor from safety razors, just a challenge.

    I agree there is sort of a "shroud of mystery" that seems to hover around straights and their users, but I don't really see it here like on other forums.

    I have tried most styles, and have ended up with a Feather DX and an Irving Barber as the two I only really use anymore. I travel a lot for work and one of the two is always with me. I personally love the length of the AC blades and even have a Portland Razor Co built to that length. As others have said, you always have a perfect edge, ready to go. I also think they keep you on your toes in terms of technique. The Feather blades really have no forgiveness, and will quickly punish if you get heavy handed.

    I think shavettes of all styles are a fantastic way to get irritation free shaves, especially for those people who aren't interested in the maintenance that straights require. The shaving style alone, once perfected, just lends to such comfortable results.

    My only advice to new users of the 1/2 DE style blades is to mute the corners just a little with a stone. I think that is where most people get bit.




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