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Any Fast Straight Razor Shavers?

See for yourself, 15 minute challenge
 
See for yourself, 15 minute challenge

I saw your entry. Nice technique you've got there!
Do you make your lather quite wet?
 
I haven't really timed my shaves, beyond getting out the door on time, but I know that I am getting three passes done in the same amount of time it used to take me to do two. Some of this may be not having to do touch-ups afterwards. The bulk of the whiskers are gone after the second (XTG) pass. My whiskers grow sort of diagonally so it's more of a hybrid XTG/ATG pass. The third pass (south to north) is really fast and light and catches whatever I missed on the second one. I can skip it and have a perfectly serviceable shave.
 
I typically take around 5 minutes for a two pass shave. Not sure if it's fast or not. About the same time as it used to take with a DE. Lather is on the wetter side in that it won't win any lather of the day photo competition, but works well for me.

I don't chase a fast shave, that's asking for trouble in my opinion. Experience is the key I guess. I personally don't understand the reason for half hour or longer shave routines, but as it's none of my business, to each their own.
 
About 5 minutes for me as well for a two pass shave. Just like a DE. Some people are just slower than others. The main factor is is to enjoy the shave regardless of how long it takes. With more practice and experience, it’ll soon become automatic muscle memory.
 
I do a 3 pass shave with water cleanup in about 10 minutes.

I use Trader Joe’s, Honey Mango Shave Cream, (about $6 at store, $18 on line, go figure, it is super slick and works well with most creams and soaps, a tube last about a year.) as Pre shave, a dollop about the size of a dime, rub into a wet face as my water is heating my brush in a double boiler scuttle.

Wipe the strops with a damp microfiber as the brush is soaking and pre-shave is softening the beard.

Strop a razor 20 laps linen, 10 leather.

Shake the brush twice into the empty cup.

Face lather a fairly heavy lather, (usually MDC) add water to the brush by dipping into cup to make a wet, thick lather.

First pass WTG

Use the remaining lather in the brush to make a second thinner lather, WTG.

Use remaining lather in brush, maybe dab the tub to make a thin lather, ATG.

Wash my face with warm water feeling for any rough spots, then water clean-up.

Rinse Brush, razor and cup, dry with microfiber, shake water from brush and tap on folded microfiber, put everything away.

10 minutes, start to finish.



Key is a sharp, Jnat or Ark edge, properly stropped.

A Jnat is an easy stone to learn and will deliver stellar repeatable edges, you only need one stone.
 
I typically take around 5 minutes for a two pass shave. Not sure if it's fast or not. About the same time as it used to take with a DE. Lather is on the wetter side in that it won't win any lather of the day photo competition, but works well for me.

I don't chase a fast shave, that's asking for trouble in my opinion. Experience is the key I guess. I personally don't understand the reason for half hour or longer shave routines, but as it's none of my business, to each their own.

Yeah, I'm with you about the lather... today I shaved with a very wet and thin lather (didn't load much soap at all). The razor was now removing hair much more efficiently, and I had an excellent two-pass shave with some touch ups in about 9 minutes. The chin area proved to be a bit tricky and I spent a good few minutes there. If you've got any tips on how to tackle the lower lip and chin area, please let me know.
 

steveclarkus

Goose Poop Connoisseur
This 'arching' technique, imagining the heel of the blade is pivoting the blade in an arch on the face, I find is a very useful stroke.
Yes, it is done with the wrist and is quite easy around the cheeks and chin bones. It is a sweeping motion. It is a very natural feel and quite effective. Give it a try.
 
If you've got any tips on how to tackle the lower lip and chin area, please let me know.
Everyone's face, hair, growth patterns differ. What works for me, might not work for you and vice versa. The only thing I recommend is practice and find what works for you. Sorry I can't offer more insight. The chin area can be difficult as often hair will sprout in strange patterns. I find it is easier (for me, others may and probably will differ) to use the part of the blade nearer the heel for the chin. Obviously take care with the toe.
 
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