I decided to minimize maintenance and use a shavette instead of a straight razor.
There are 10~20 USD ones that have 4.5 stars on amazon. There is also feather shavette which costs 68 USD.
I'm quite confused with regard to which one to buy.
Ideally, I want a shavette that is well built, lasts...
I just thoroughly wipe it with toilet paper and a towel after each shave.
There are youtube videos about cleaning a double-edged safety razor, but those videos don't really care about cleaning nooks and crannies.
When I cleaned mine, I used alcohol and a cotton swab to clean nooks and crannies...
Hard pasted strop (balsa or something else)
If someone sells a prebuilt balsa strop, I may buy one.
Unpasted leather strop + lapping film
Unpasted leather strop + sharpening stone + lapping stone
Pasted fabric strop?
I ended up using a personna double-edged razor blade for 2 weeks.
I usually use one blade for 1 week.
I didn't notice any substantial performance degradation, but it looked slightly rusted after 2 weeks although I wipe razor and razor blade thoroughly with a towel after every shave.
For the first time, I was able to achieve a close shave with a straight razor alone.
However, I had to pay in blood and flesh.
I got a shallow cut an inch wide under my chin. The razor drew some blood from my chin through razor burn. However, the shave was closer than a usual shave I can get...
The package @Dick peck sent me arrived home today.
My first stropping on the strop left a few shallow scratches on the surface. I was glad that my first stropping wasn't on an expensive new strop. After watching a few videos about stropping, I learned how not to leave scratches on it. The razor...
I've seen naniwa 12k mentioned on several youtube videos. It seems to be the standard for maintaining a straight razor.
@Dick peck mentioned it should be enough for me to hone a straight razor on a 12k water stone every month if I just wanted to maintain it and shaved with it everyday.
I shaved with Gold Dollar 66 straight razor three times without stropping.
My first shave was only on the cheek.
On my second shave, I shaved more areas. I watched some videos on straight razor shaving before the third shave. I practiced grips and tiny strokes with the razor on my bare face as I...
I got a shave ready gold dollar razor from @steveclarkus.
I got Victorinox Spartan swiss army knife from my father. The knife is in a bad shape. He scorched it too much for sterilization. The knives are burnt. The edges are duller than a cutter knife from a stationery store. While I tried to...
steveclarkus sent a used one to me for free. It shows signs of wear and has a slight rust mark, but it is free, and it can last many years.
In the picture below, I see a little mark which looks like rust, but I'm not sure. Can I remove the mark?
Anyway, it definitely is sharp. At first...
I have shaved with a double edge safety razor for about 3 years.
I can shave with minimal abrasion and wihout nicks.
I want to change things a bit and try a straight razor.
Am I ready to shave with a straight razor? Am I going to get cuts?
I decided to buy shaving supply from any place other than amazon this time. However, I forgot and bought shaving supply from amazon.com. Is anything suspicious in my order? What other websites can I buy from?
I live in asia, so the shipping is not cheap. But, I don't know any local vendor...
I use a large 4" shaving bowl to store soaps and load soaps from.
When I load a soap from the bowl, the soap spins, and small soap fragments split off.
This feels wasteful.
How can I prevent small soap fragments from splitting off from the main body?
I ran out of shaving soaps, but shaving soaps were still in transit.
Thus, I went to a nearby convenience store and bought a can of nivea men cool kick shaving foam.
Shaving foam is usually used with cartridge razors.
Although shaving foam doesn't lather nearly as well as shaving soaps, if I...
I bought my latest batch of shaving supplies from amazon. Amazon delayed delivery for one week because I'm not an amazon prime member. Because I am not a US citizen and live far from USA, it took exactly two weeks for products to arrive my home. Next time, I won't order from amazon.