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Straight Razor vs DE razor

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by Jabal-Tariq, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Senior member

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    honestly, I don't feel like dealing with a strop. It takes but a few seconds to swap blades and I'm ready to go. Also, I'm doing this at about 6 in the morning, so the more sleep I can get, the better.
     
  2. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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    well i guess you won the internet today.
     
  3. Cuttingboard

    Cuttingboard Senior member

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    This is why I normally only use a straight if I'm not in a hurry and shaving on the weekend. Otherwise, I use a DE razor.
     
  4. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Dude, this is shaving. Calm the fuck down and educate us then Mr. Big Round Balls.
     
  5. bullethead

    bullethead Senior member

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    Honing isn't a big deal. For less than the cost of a packet of cartridges, you can send it out to be done, using a second blade (I have over 30) until it is returned.

    To me, there is a substantial difference in using a blade that can take an edge vs. one that cannot
     
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  6. Shavely Manden

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    I've been trying to get into straight shaving, but honestly I keep going back to my DE. The problems I've been having:

    * Good DE blades are *very* sharp (think Iridiums, Feathers, &c.). My honing technique is pretty shoddy, but even a terrific edge off a super-hard JNAT isn't going to match up to the sharpness of a DE blade. My annoyingly picky face (sensitive skin, tough hair) demands sharpness.
    * Hones theoretically don't cost much over their lifetime, but realistically you're never going to make back the cost of a good JNAT or coticule.
    * Having the handle of the razor stick out to the side is a huge liability with my big hands and pinchable cheeks.
    * The long blades of Western straights make me feel like I don't have control of the blade. (Though Japanese kamisoris are fine.)

    Honestly, I just can't see a straight displacing my Gillette NEW anytime soon.
     
  7. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Senior member

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    Just ordered an Edwin Jagger De89 to use when I don't have time for a straight. looking forward to it. refill of the tabac as well.
     

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