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What I have learned- If I was starting over what would I do differently?

Advise I wish I'd gotten is skip the regular suggested razors like the EJ DE89 and just buy a Rockwell 6s (6c if on a tighter budget). Also, tubs of soap last a long time so don't be afraid to do multiple practice lathers. Seriously, do them for different lengths of time with different amounts of water. my lathers have gotten A LOT better and my shaves are much better because of it.

Also, Proraso was decent to start with but my advise is to go with Sterling soaps. You can get 3-5 very generous sample pucks with several different scents for the price of 1 tub of soap.
 
I have to say that if I were to do it all over again, I'd do exactly as I have done and wouldn't change a thing. First, it would be impossible for me to know what I know now without trying out lots of different things. I didn't buy lots of expensive things. But I did buy lots of things and by doing so I was able to find what worked and what didn't. At some point I'll probably start selling some razors that are either duplicates or that I don't really use. But the software will get used. I'm fine with how I approached my learning curve and huge thanks to the fine members of B&B.
 

Ridpath

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i would’ve:

Skipped the Rockwell 6S and gone for the 6C instead. Ended up giving my 6S away anyway.

I would’ve skipped getting a silvertip brush too, if I had known what they were like.

Lastly, I would’ve started experimenting with blades a lot earlier.

The first two are classic hindsight improvements, but I think the third came from me not really knowing how many types of blades there were out there!
 
In hindsight, I would have stopped chasing the perfect DE and SE razor in vintage and new and worked more on my technique. I also wish I had started with soaps instead of creams as I find I get a better shave with soaps and enjoy them more.

Since my technique has improved and continues to improve I now can shave with almost any razor or blade and get a DFS or BBS shave. My collection is up to over 35 razors and now I should thin the den to only the ones I use often. I have 10 razors that I truly enjoy shaving with. Am I becoming a minimalist? Oh no!! :rolleyes:
 
I have to say that if I were to do it all over again, I'd do exactly as I have done and wouldn't change a thing. First, it would be impossible for me to know what I know now without trying out lots of different things. I didn't buy lots of expensive things. But I did buy lots of things and by doing so I was able to find what worked and what didn't. At some point I'll probably start selling some razors that are either duplicates or that I don't really use. But the software will get used. I'm fine with how I approached my learning curve and huge thanks to the fine members of B&B.

Well said. This to an extent for me too. I branched out and tried a lot in the early days, then I stuck to a few razors and soaps/creams for years. Found what worked for me and what didn't within a variety. All the while built up my technique. Now I'm branching out again. But it certainly isn't starting over. That variety over the years has helped me nail down what I want. Not sure I'd change a thing. Except maybe that first shave I had with a Micromatic. Whoa boy! I can weild it now, but I still don't like it much lol.
 
Well said. This to an extent for me too. I branched out and tried a lot in the early days, then I stuck to a few razors and soaps/creams for years. Found what worked for me and what didn't within a variety. All the while built up my technique. Now I'm branching out again. But it certainly isn't starting over. That variety over the years has helped me nail down what I want. Not sure I'd change a thing. Except maybe that first shave I had with a Micromatic. Whoa boy! I can weild it now, but I still don't like it much lol.
I hear you. I've only recently settled down to a small rotation after buying over 30 razors. I primarily go back and forth between two and then every so often will use one of three others, but my primary rotation is two razors. I can definitely see my technique improving and can also see myself going back to some of those razors stashed in a bin just for the fun of it. They may never become my daily drivers but I bet the shave I get from them would be far different than the last time I used them. And that's what it's all about. Variety.
 
I think the biggest takeaway from this we can all agree on is technique is the most important. There's a learning curve with every razor. Focus on one or two, get it down. Each subsequent razor and shave becomes easier than it would have been without that practice. But trying lots of stuff is the only way to know what works best for you. Imho
 

JCarr

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One of the best things that a few folks put me on to was tryablade.com. If you pick out 5 to 8 different kinds of razor blades you think you might be interested in and buy two of each off of tryablade.com and then test them, then you will be able to buy the 50+ pack of those blades with confidence and not clutter your medicine cabinet with a ton of razor blades.
 
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