Best way to try a straight razor?

Discussion in 'Straight Razors (SR)' started by GoReds, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. GoReds

    GoReds Über 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 Veteran

    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
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  4. Blademonkey

    Blademonkey Forum GOD!

    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 Über 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 Über Member

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

    Nisse Veteran

    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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  10. Tony

    Tony Forum GOD!

    Location:
    De Meern Holland
    I run a “Try a straight razor” post on the Dutch Shaving Forum for people just like you. If you wish I can help you out, just send me a p.m.
    At the moment I use a GD208 for this purpose

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    Last edited: Apr 19, 2019
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  11. jaro101969

    jaro101969 Regular Member

    i have never tried a straight and am a little bit afraid of them but have been thinking of trying one...thoughts?
     
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  12. Benz3ne

    Benz3ne Legendary Member

    Location:
    S. Wales
    Ensure it's truly 'shave ready'. That is, that it's honed/stropped/sharp enough. There are cheap(er) options available which serve the purpose quite nicely, such as those sold by 'billyji1' on ebay.
    It is more time intensive than other methods of shaving, including practice time, but is a very comfortable way to shave once you get the hang of it.
    Edit: I can see it's been mentioned to you before about the pass-around. That's always a good place to start.
     
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  13. jaro101969

    jaro101969 Regular Member

    yeah but it was also said you cant get a true experience in the short time you have it...........
     
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  14. jaro101969

    jaro101969 Regular Member

    is it true you might have a spare straight laying around???
     
    Last edited: May 17, 2019
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  15. Gasman

    Gasman Über Member

    PM sent.
     
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