Wet Shaving DE Revival

Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: wsherrick On: Wed Feb 01, 2012 5:32 am

I have been shaving with a straight razor since my early 20's. A good straight razor will last for many years if it is cared for properly. The good ones are expensive, but; a straight razor gives the best shave of all. You don't want to be in a hurry with it.
You don't have to hone it after every shave, that will ruin it. If you don't have the proper hone or know how to hone it, you will ruin the edge. A regular fine hone such as an Arkansas Stone can not be used to hone the razor. The best thing is a thick piece of plate glass. You draw the blade across toward the shaving edge with the razor laid flat on the surface. Once or twice is enough. You know it is sharp enough when you can split a hair with it. Yes, you can really split hairs with a straight razor.
You do need to strop the razor before each shave, not after. Shaving raises the edge of the blade and it must relax before it can be properly stropped.
I use the standard shaving mug and brush. A cake of shaving soap costs around a dollar and lasts for months.

It was very strange but I would often times draw a crowd to watch me shave while I was in College, living in the dorm. I guess they all were hoping I would cut my nose off.
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: grizzly2 On: Wed Feb 01, 2012 7:00 am

I have had my DE longer than I have been shaving. I found it when I was a kid. I have been using it for about 45 years. I have never had to buy a razor, just blades. I have had good luck with several different name brand blades but got a very short usable life out of off brands. I have a beard, but still have to shave my neck and cheeks.

I inherited an old bone handle straight razor, but don't know how to sharpen it properly, so I have never used it. I read Will's sharpening method, but think at this late date I will stick with the DE. :)
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: coalnewbie On: Wed Feb 01, 2012 7:40 am

I have been shaving with a straight razor since my early 20's. A good straight razor will last for many years if it is cared for properly. The good ones are expensive, but; a straight razor gives the best shave of all. You don't want to be in a hurry with it.


William I just realized you invented time travel. With this revelation added to the wonderful stove videos you did and your love of old things (I love His Masters Voice on the film and the bowler hat - what a blast)... of course I should have guessed, you teleported yourself from about 1900 to today. Of course you shave with a straight razor how could I have missed that one. :) :) Just havin' a little fun :) :) I'm bored as I won't even be visiting my coal stoves today, so gotta pass the time somehow.
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:43 am

My Gillette DE (pictured earlier) is the only razor I've ever used, except for a few times when I tried a disposable multi-blade. I've never bought a disposable razor. I also have a Shick Flexamatic electric, but it needs a new foil, not made anymore. I have to look online for a replacement.

As far as the straight razor, I'm always rushing, I'd cause severe bleeding for sure. :shock:

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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: Richard S. On: Sun Jun 02, 2013 7:54 am

Just found this little Gem while going through some of the stuff we had. Probably 50's or 60's if I had to guess and it's brand new, never used. See the little white piece of paper where the razor goes?
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sun Jun 02, 2013 10:51 am

I could see myself getting cuffed and thrown in the back of a cruiser if a cop found that on me ... until they figured out what it really was ... :lol: Nice find!!
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: VigIIPeaBurner On: Sun Jun 02, 2013 12:39 pm

Honing is an entirely different process. What the straight edge needs before each use is stropping.



My 27 year old son has converted to the double edge system. He sports a beard and recently started to use his great grandfather's gold unit. He has an several different soaps and a few bristle brushes and cups. He's working on converting me over but it's been a long time since I used a double edge.
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: franco b On: Sun Jun 02, 2013 1:39 pm

I seem to remember strops coming in two parts, one smooth leather and another a coarse canvas type material.

My father always tested sharpness on the hair on the lower back of the head, a method I still use and found convenient to test a knife. You can instantly tell if it grabs the hair instead of sliding off.
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Jun 02, 2013 4:40 pm

You betcha Richard :)
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: coalnewbie On: Sun Jun 02, 2013 4:54 pm

OH, so that's what it's for. Ours has been hanging over the bed for years now and which side I get depends on my performance.
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Re: Wet Shaving DE Revival

PostBy: stovepipemike On: Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:37 am

When I was a young fellow in High School [1950's] I used to go, at every chance, to the local "well to do" Golf Club and caddy for extra dollars.There was a bunch of us kids lined up on the bench in the caddy shack hopeing to get selected by the caddymaster for a loop.There with us was always Larry,the most senior caddy ever invented ,funny,friendly and an all around good old guy. Larry could not always walk straight and for safety reasons,no one ever would get too close with a lighted cigarette if you understand. Larry shaved with a straight razor only because that is what he had.We were forever asking what happened to his face and kidded him about pet wildcats etc,.One day he came in with a big gash right over the main plumbing lines on his neck.He had a big bunch of toilet paper packed over it and then taped it up with that old fashioned white adhesive tape.Thru all of that the blood was still bright red and not quite stopped off.He wasn't talking and nobody was kidding with him. We all felt terrible for him. Even the caddymaster told him he could not put him out until he healed to a presentable condition. All thoughts I ever had to shave with a straight razor left me forever at that moment.I am sure Larry is no longer having to worry about a nasty slice anymore,so to Larry- Thanks for the memorys,you gave us kids a lot of real life wisdom,probably saved all of us caddys from a visit to the emergency room, and gave us a few laughs too. Mike P.S. DE Gillette or Shick single edge injectable razor works for me,use them both.Thanks to Larry that's the extent of my razor inventory.
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