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Forum topic by Eric posted 09-01-2008 05:35 AM 1443 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-01-2008 05:35 AM

Topic tags/keywords: shaving shave razor

Hey, how many of you sharpening gurus use a straight-edge razor to shave?

I’ve never done it myself, but figured that since we’re so fond of shaving our arm hairs with razor-sharp plane irons, it would make sense that some of you might shave your facial hair with a straight-edge which you can keep honed to a much sharper edge than you’ll get from a store-bought razor.

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#1 posted 09-01-2008 12:51 PM

I used to use a straight razor to shave all the time. I got cured of that habit when I went into the service. it damn hard to use one when there are 10 other bodies there in front of the mirror with you. I gave up before I cut my own throat. It’s been a safety razor since for me.

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#2 posted 09-01-2008 05:09 PM

Never used the razor but got the razor strap used on my butt plenty when I was a kid. Hurt then but I think I turned out all the better for it.


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#3 posted 09-01-2008 11:20 PM

I used one on-and-off for a couple of years. I enjoyed it. The
razor is an antique that has been in my family for a long time.
With my usage the old plastic handles cracked and broke and
it was hard to use it without them.

I’ve had a mind to pick up another ever since… if you have one
give it a try… you probably won’t do nearly as badly as you are

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#4 posted 09-01-2008 11:50 PM

Not on my face, but my barber uses one on the back of my neck and around my ears. Gives me the he-be-ge-bes and I try not to shudder, afraid I’ll lose an ear.

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#5 posted 09-01-2008 11:53 PM

I used to shave my face and cut hair with a straight razor… But I was lazy so my straight razor had replaceable blades. Now that shaving my face means everything above my neck except my eyebrows, I use a Gilette Fusion. I want to keep both of my ears attached.

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#6 posted 09-02-2008 02:44 AM

Way back when my facial hair started to “show”, I played with my dads straight razor… I just used the ‘end’ section… above my lip…

Later, I got 7734 for dulling the end point…

I stopped using it… it was SCARY sharp! :) :)

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#7 posted 09-02-2008 05:35 AM

I wouldn’t refer to myself as much of a guru of anything but I do use a straight razor from time to time. I inherited an old sheffield hollow ground with an ebony handle plus a strop from my grandfather. The strop comes in handy with the plane irons and chisels. I’m not sure if the razor is as sharp as it should be though, it’ll do the job alright but I can never get as smooth as the safety razor. I’ve heard it’s possible to get a better shave with the straight but I have my doubts.

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#8 posted 09-14-2008 03:23 AM

Never used a straight razor, but I keep my wife’s carving tools “scary” sharp. Yeah, I use my arm to test them. She sure notices if I don’t!

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#9 posted 09-14-2008 04:09 AM

I have never been able to use a blade, either safety razor or straight because if I do a rash soon follows. Tried before showers as well as after shows….same result. I can’t even use an electric razor unless the design is rotary blades for the same reason. I’ve been using my current rotary razor for 20+ years by never using the switch but leaving it switched on & then plugging it in & out at the outlet. It’s on it’s third set of blades. Not a particularily great shave but acceptable.


-- Lee

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#10 posted 09-14-2008 04:39 AM

I don’t shave. Need all what little hair I have left to try to hide the ugly.


-- Go

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