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    IMHO for a good starter kit:


    DVD (must buy): http://www.straightrazordesigns.com/...ing-dvd-p-1245
    shipping may show up as expensive on their website..shoot them an email and I'm sure they can bring the price down

    Razor and Strop Kit + Extra strop: http://whippeddog.com/straightrazors...ht-unseen-deal
    If you do want this one - shoot Larry an email that you want it and he'll tell you where to paypal the money

    Brush and Soap from local pharmacy.

    Second razor from classifieds at: straightrazorplace.com (make sure the seller is selling it shave ready and is trusted)

    This is the cheapest safest possible option I can think of.

    More expensive (easy solution):

    Buy a shaving kit from: http://www.straightrazordesigns.com/...t-shaving-sets

    All shave ready - all of them come with everything you need.

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    Straight razor shaving became way easier and much less bloody when I realized that you need to use very very light pressure with the blade on your face. A couple of the first mornings my face was on fire driving to work, now I get a smooth, irritation free shave in a few minutes.

    I also started to get better shaves when I added some glycerin to the shave mug and made sure I was getting enough water into the lather.

    Good luck.

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    That might be a helpful tip. Thanks Jonesy! I have to be honest, I currently don't use after shave, just a glycerin based hand cream. If I go with anything else, my face turns to sandpaper.
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    Fitjar makes some excellent soaps and being in Norway it shipping should be cheap, they also have some shave products mostly rebranded their-issard which is also great. I bought from them before they started dealing with distributers on thus side of the pond and was supremely satisfied by their customer service:
    http://www.fitjarsoapinternational.com/
    this is their international site I believe they have a Norway specific site too.

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    If you're on the fence you have to give straight shaving a try - it's ubermanliness.

    I've never turned back since I started a few years ago. I use DE's as well to mix it up but I'm a straight razor junkie for the most part. I've scored most of mine at flea markets and antique stores. Ebay is a real gamble even for someone who knows what to look for, I'd advise against hunting that ground. Once you get used to the way the profiles look and learn some of the common problems you can really find some great deals if you go looking locally. I happen to like wasting an afternoon in antique shops so for me hunting for straights while I'm there is easy. My favorites are 1860's(ish) razors from Sheffield with Wade & Butcher being my ultimate finds. I like them big and extra hollow ground.

    Yeah straight shaving is the sh*t. Screw that 10 bladed plastic cartridge and goop-in-a-can crap. Take the time to learn it and you'll be much better off forever.

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    i think im going to be making a few 8/8s in xhp might be half wedge and half full hollow but they are not for the beginner

  8. #28
    Quote Originally Posted by JBroida View Post
    so, a set like this would be a good way to start for me?

    http://www.straightrazordesigns.com/...ight-razor-set
    I would upgrade to the 3" strop but yeah thats a great starter. The 3" makes it so you don't need to draw the razor at an angle across the strop which makes it quite a bit easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBroida View Post
    so, a set like this would be a good way to start for me?

    http://www.straightrazordesigns.com/...ight-razor-set
    That would be a great starter set. Getting a shave ready razor from Lynn will tell you what an edge needs to feel like.

    Then you can pick up a second one and try as hard as you might to get the same edge on that.

    I got a similar set and I love it. (+ ordering for the holidays will grant you free honing for life -- which shouldn't be too much of a perk for you, but its always nice.)

    Only upgrades I would make to that set is get a 3in strop rather than 2in. Makes learning a bit easier.

    Make sure to get the DVD too - I can't stress that enough -- Some of it will be more simple for knuts like us (he talks about what type of stones you can buy and powders/sprays you can use) but in terms of shaving and honing information its great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBroida View Post
    so, a set like this would be a good way to start for me?

    http://www.straightrazordesigns.com/...ight-razor-set
    Yes, it would, but I think you have a tough beard, right? If that's the case, I would recommend getting a half-hollow grind. A half-hollow grind should "mow" through those whiskers a bit easier than a full-hollow would.

    In either case, an upgrade to a 3" strop will make stropping easier - you won't have to use an "x" stroke to hit all of the edge as you need to with a narrower strop.

    If you want to try a number of different creams, aftershaves and colognes without buying the full size, here are some links to sampler packs:

    Truefitt & Hill

    https://www.truefittandhill.com/detail_10106__37.html

    Geo F Trumper

    http://www.trumpers.com/product_deta...ctID=111547656
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