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    Daniel's straight journal

    I'm hoping that taking tomorrow off will be sufficient time for the cuts to heal. I usually recover quickly. I think what you described is exactly what happened this morning. Lesson learned... I hope lol. I can't wait for my turn to roll around on the passaround box. I'm anxious to see what my...
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    Daniel's straight journal

    Shave #5: Woke up somewhat early this morning to get a straight shave in before going to work. I'll emphasize somewhat, because it wasn't quite early enough for me to REALLY take my time like I should be doing at this point. Razor: J.A. Henckels 6/8" Friodur Soap: Barrister and Mann Hallows...
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    First straight is in the mail!

    Thanks for the tips! Since I last posted in this thread I've put together a cheap little honing setup. Several sheets of lapping film of different grits and a piece of balsa glued to a piece of marble tile with Crox. I'd love to get a set of stones, at least an 8k and 12k+, but they're not high...
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    Daniel's straight journal

    I'm sure I will! Today's shave was an encouragement to me. That's interesting about this year's Hallows. I didn't my hands on any in years past, so I have no basis for comparison. I will say that it's pretty forward with the vetiver note IMO. Any more so and I wouldn't care for it as much...
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    Daniel's straight journal

    Shave #4: This morning was certainly a BIG improvement over my previous attempts. Still had a few weepers but none to write home about that required the styptic pencil. I'm beginning to have a better understanding of how to manipulate the angle of the blade and how much pressure to use. I...
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    Daniel's straight journal

    Shave 3 update: First off... Last night I hit the lapping film with my 6/8" Friodur. 15u all the way up to 0.3u with a sheet of copy paper underneath it, then pasted linen strop, clean linen strop, then finally leather strop. The razor is now noticeably sharper than before based on my hopefully...
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    Daniel's straight journal

    Thanks for the opportunity!
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    Daniel's straight journal

    Just signed up! Thanks! That's great to hear. My anal side doesn't like the idea of altering a part of the razor that was not intended to be altered lol.
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    Daniel's straight journal

    Thanks! Got it [emoji106] [emoji106] I'm really anxious to try this method and hope it works as well for me as you and many other guys on here. There's no way I could justify spending the requisite amount of money on stones to my wife OR myself at this point in time. Having two in diapers...
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    Daniel's straight journal

    Thanks for the warm welcome! It would be nice if there weren't such a steep learning curve with straight shaving, but I imagine that's part of what will make it so satisfying in the end. I feel like I've become extremely proficient with my DE razors, so this was the next logical step for me...
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    Daniel's straight journal

    Fantastic info. I'll give those steps a try and see how it goes. How many laps per film should I be doing? I know I've read it in another thread, but it's escaping me now.
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    Daniel's straight journal

    Short update. Went by Lowe's and had them cut a 12"x12" marble tile into 4 long slabs (3"x12") for lapping film. Only cost me $5. The lapping film is out for delivery today, so when I get home I'll have a 9"x13" sheet of 15u, 9u, 3u, 1u, and 0.3u waiting on me. After using what I thought was the...
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    Daniel's straight journal

    I am precisely that! Did some stropping on the Crox, then linen, then leather last night (hopefully properly,) and I'm going to attempt to shave again shortly. Hopefully I'll fare better this time.
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    Daniel's straight journal

    I'm excited to hear that I already have some Crox on the strop! I thought that might be what that was. Also, thanks for the further instruction regarding strop technique. The video helped me better understand what I need to be doing. I had went ahead and ordered some lapping film from a vendor...
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    Daniel's straight journal

    Wow, thanks for the info Pete! I was afraid that might be the case regarding me stropping. I'll attempt to strop on the fabric then leather again tomorrow and see if I can tell a difference. If not I can just use a DE. I THINK the angle that I attempted to use was pretty close to what it...
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