I think I want to try how to shave with a straight razor, but need some help.
First off: what kind of equipment do I need?
Im on a budget here. Where do I buy it? Ebay?
Does anyone have links to videos how to get started?
I've been shaving with a straight since July, so I'm not the most experienced guy here. If I make a misstatement, I invite any of the forum members with more experience to jump in (DwarvenChef, mainaman and Jim, just to name three).i'm kind of in the same boat... want to get a good basic setup... would love to hear from some of you guys.
(thanks oivind for starting this thread)
1) I skipped "Lynn's Collection" on the DVD so I wouldn't get too addicted. I do find myself looking at stuff on ebay every couple days.Lynn's DVD is really the best "insurance" you can get for starting out. Lynn goes over just about everything you need to know when starting out... but watch out for the part about his collection... most people who suffer from RAD caught it at this point in the dvd
That slab of Cocobolo is gonna make some killer scales!Alright, I'm hooked! I have a razor coming, got the soap, figuring out which brush is good for me and I'm already thinking about how to put new scales on a straight razor. Oh yeah, I'm looking at strops too.
When Pierre gets done with my knife you can start that conversation! No need to make a busy man even busier . Although with Pierre's handle work I think a straight from him would be killer.I have a Böker King Cutter coming my way. It was recommended and I've read nothing but great reviews on it. Now I need to talk my boy Pierre into making straights!
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.
That would be a great starter set. Getting a shave ready razor from Lynn will tell you what an edge needs to feel like.
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.