Best way to try a straight razor?

Discussion in 'Straight Razors (SR)' started by GoReds, Apr 15, 2019 at 5:09 PM.

  1. GoReds

    GoReds Senior Member

    Well, I admit, I am still very curios to try a straight razor .

    I have used a large number of razors, from De, gem, injector, mini hair shaper till long Dovo blades. I have two shavettes.

    Yet, I haven't used a straight razor and I would love to try a shave ready one. My goal is to try and give it back, sort of being in a pass around and pay the shipping costs. I live in the Balkan region. I can send one of my razors as sort of loan collateral. :D I thought to buy a razor and sell it back, but in my understanding from the forums, the razors are not shave ready when sold.

    Is there a way to accomplish it? I just want to know if straight razors do shave that well by making people buying a lot of wetstones , strops and more razors. Glad to receive some help.
     
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  2. Nishy

    Nishy Forum GOD! Staff Member

    Yes we should have a pass around for this exact purpose. I will try and find the thread after work, otherwise a quick search may be helpful.
     
  3. Nisse

    Nisse Über Member

    Location:
    Sweden
    It is not the resulting shave that makes me use a straight razor but the blast from the past with honing and stropping a neccesary part of it all.
     
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2019 at 6:04 PM
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  4. Blademonkey

    Blademonkey Legendary Member

    Location:
    Cornwall
    If you can shave with a shavette you will find shaving with a straight razor quite easy and much more forgiving.
    I would just jump in and buy yourself a shave ready straight and a strop and start shaving, if you want to send your razor to someone to be honed or buy some honing stones and learn how to hone a razor is up to you. Good luck. P.
     
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  5. Gasman

    Gasman Senior Member

    If you were anywhere near me I'd be happy to send ya a couple to play with. But shipping across the pond...

    BTW, A pass-around box of straights was how I got into using them. A guy made 5 or 6 boxes, each with 5 razors in it. You had to put your name on a list and buy a strop from somewhere of your choosing as part of the deal. I kept the box for 2 weeks and passed it on. Part of the deal was you got to keep one of the razors if you were going to keep using a straight, and the guy who made the boxes replaced the one you took by shipping it to the next guy in line the replacement. So there was always 5 in the box.

    Guessing the guy had more money than he knew what to do with and he got a lot of guys to convert from the DE to a straight. I thanked him so many times I bet he was tired of hearing from me. They were ordinary 4/8 and 5/8 razors. Nothing fancy. Just stuff he cleaned up and honed.
     
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  6. Nishy

    Nishy Forum GOD! Staff Member

  7. GoReds

    GoReds Senior Member

    Great tips guys. How much is a shave ready razor as a minimum in UK?
     
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  8. Nisse

    Nisse Über Member

    Location:
    Sweden
    I would ask forum member Billyfergie about shave ready newbie razors for sale.
     
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  9. Dr Watson

    Dr Watson The Other James

    Location:
    West Sussex
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