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    Returning to Fountain Pens

    I picked up a platinum preppy recently. I can't quite believe you can get such a good, solid performer at such a low price. You'd think it would be cheap junk but it's really good. Eye-dropper convertible.
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    One Pass Only. SR vs DE?

    Shavettes which use a half DE blade are very unforgiving but IMO an AC shavette loaded with one of the milder AC blades is much easier to use. There will still be a learning curve, of course, but a much less daunting one.
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    One Pass Only. SR vs DE?

    The straight will have to be sharp. If so, you probably won't see much difference between a mild-to-aggressive DE and a straight. That's my experience anyway.
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    Marble Tile For Touchups?

    I'd finish it with a sheet of lapping film ;) But it's good to experiment. You always learn something.
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    Head Shavers: Wet Shave or Goop?

    Arko. Rub the stick around. Whip up a lather with a wet brush. Maybe add some more water for a nice slick lather (Arko can take quite a bit of water). The brush will hold enough to do a second or third pass.
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    Your Regrettable Purchases?

    It's amazing how much easier it is with a milder edge. You really need to be an expert to use a half-DE shavette!
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    Feather DX first shave...

    Shallow angles help protect you from one type of cut but not another. You might need to increase the angle to get over a mole, for example. I found the Feather blades too sharp out of the pack. Very easy to nick yourself. But after 4 or 5 shaves they lose some of their excessive sharpness. A...
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    Your Regrettable Purchases?

    I have a half-DE shavette which I'll probably never use again. It did serve its purpose though as a crude introduction to straight razor shaving, helping me to discover traditional straights.
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    New Feather Artist Club Super Razor

    Thanks for the review. AC blade straight razors are a fantastic invention :)
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    an irritating discovery

    Yes absolutely. Fully exposed DE blades are used in many shavettes. That's a great way to learn a light touch: your blood is a great teacher ;) Seriously though, you do learn a lot about shaving with straights/shavettes. You develop a feel for how a very sharp blade can glide safely across...
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    DIY Straight Razor Strop - Information Needed

    I made a strop with a piece of veg-tanned cow hide 4mm thick, 3" wide, and 600mm long (two feet). It was advertised specifically for stropping. Don't skimp on the length: one of the best things about making your own is the luxury of a nice long strop.
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    Best DE blades for sensitive neck??

    I'd recommend something sharp and consistent - some blades can vary a lot from shave to shave. Nacet is a good choice. There is a razor blade sharpness study with more information on different types of blade but we're not allowed to link to it.
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    Hand Soap for Shaving?

    Pears can produce a surprisingly good lather. I'd happily use it for head shaves. For face-shaving I like my shaving soaps too much. I've only tried the orange Pears. Not a brilliant scent. But if you were on holiday, or if there was a zombie apocalypse and this is all you could find, you could...
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    Straight razor “simonizing”

    Good points. No more oil from the nose dispenser.
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    Straight razor “simonizing”

    Rinse. Dry on a towel or tissue. Strop on leather. Pinch the bridge of your nose to gather some razor oil on your fingers. Wipe along the blade and over the edge.
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    You fall off the horse... SR go #3. Lessons Learned.

    I actually think you're more likely to cut yourself with a very shallow angle. Think about it. If the movement of the razor is in the same plane as the blade (zero angle - not quite possible when shaving) it will simply slice through any meat which gets in the way - lumps, moles, ears... - like...
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    shaving head with safety razor

    Get a Merkur open-comb (all models use the same head design). Very mild and easy to use (negative blade exposure). The open comb won't clog up with longer hair. The perfect head-shaver.
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    Head Shavers: What Do You Use?

    A mild razor makes the task very easy. An open comb will slice through longer hair with no difficulty (I sometimes go a week without shaving). So the perfect head shaver is... drum roll... a Merkur open-comb. This is one of the mildest designs you can get with negative blade exposure.
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    First blood!!

    How did you cut yourself: (a) a clumsy moment when the blade hit the skin when you didn't mean to (b) a deliberate shaving movement which didn't work out I think the solution for either is to leave the chin & mouth area alone for now. Just shave the easy bits like the cheeks. Maybe the neck...
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    Newbie at age 66

    I'd always assumed "old-fashioned" DE razors had died out because they were hard to use and just not very good...
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