My dad and I were discussing switching back to classic shaving due to the prices of cartridges now a days and the way they shave.  Dad switched back to a safety razor, which is what he learned on.  He says he loves it and doesn't know why he ever left it.  We are constantly talking about how we should've been born 150 years ago.  I have always been a fan of both the safety razor and the straight razor.  My problem now is I'm having an internal battle on which on I want to get.  The straight or safety razor?  I am fascinated with the straight razor but I also would like to share the experiance of the safety razor with my dad.  Any opinions?

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Safety razor is cheaper, requires a lot less work in the way of maintenance.
I'm a straight razor fanatic, but it really comes down to what you have time and interest for. I have a strong preference for the ritual and pomp of straight razor shaving, but it's not always convenient, to say the least.
I've been thinking of getting a straight razor, so I'd like you to elaborate on the convenience aspect. Is it just because it takes more time ? Is it really that bad ?

Shaving with a straight razor is turning a chore in to a hobby. I absolutely love it, but it does take time. Take in mind that I am speaking as someone who does all of it myself. My own honing and stropping. If you have a place nearby that will provide that service and you don't mind spending whatever it is that they will charge for it, you can have it professionally honed every so often,  depending on how often you shave. 

 Here is MY routine when I am going to do a full straight razor shave of my face: 

#1. I strop my sword. Usually 25 laps (50 strokes)

#2. Fill the sink with straight hot water. My shave mug, my sword, my brush all go into the steaming hot water. (Shave soap also, if I am using a can.)

#3. I shower

#4. Strop my now hot razor again, just 5 or 6 laps.

#5. Replace razor into hot water, get out hot shave mug and drop shave soap cake into bottom of hot wet mug, use hot shave brush to produce lather.

#5.thoroughly lather face, messaging the hot lather into my face deeply. 

#6. Shave left side of face, and give the razor about 5 more laps on the strop

#7. Shave left side, 5 more laps on the strop. 

#8. clean and dry razor and put it back in its coffin.

#9. let water out of sink, rinse and clean everything up. 

#10. splash face with cold water.

 

 The convenience issue with a straight razor is that it takes a while to prepare, you can't just shave blind standing in the shower, and there is a lot more clean up. 

Why choose?
I use a straight razor when I have the time and a safety razor if I am in a hurry. Sometimes I will shave the sides of my face with a straight and finish up with a safety for my chin and upper lip.

It's your face, do what you want.

For me, the safety razor is convenient but the straight razor is more rewarding and fun.
Yea I was actually just telling the 'ole lady I was probably going to do that.  Stick with the safety during the week and cut throat on weekends until I get the hang of it.  Appreciate ya'lls opinions.  Does anyone know of a store that I can got to to get one or probably better to ebay it?

I would suggest going to a beauty supply stor and asking for a Fromm brand hair shaper. It is a straight razor that uses removable blades "razor sharp" no pun intended that can be reused. This would allow you to get the hang of shaving with one and not having to go through a time crunch for sharpening with a strop. Also these blades reduce the chance (IMO) of getting razor burn because you know they are sharp.

Also for the beginner they are more nimble to use versus a really wide blade traditional straight.

After using the straight razor I remove the blade, dry it off and set it beside the straight razor body to use again the next time. On the weekends I sometimes break out the strop and go through the whole routine with my other traditional straight razor.

Another tip for you: Buy a bottle of green isopropyl alcohol and after you get the razor ready bend it to a 90 degree angle and put the blade down in the neck to hang out until you get lathered up and ready for go time. Its a handy way to hold it and it also kills bacteria that may be on the blade. ------You tube has some good pointers too

 

Straight razor requires more equipment and a bit more skill to use.

 

But it saves more money.

 

Safety requires less skill to use, but you have to buy blades.

 

Straight razor looks awesome and will last forever.

 

Safety razor is more compact.

 

Straight razor is easier to clean.

 

Your father already HAS a safety razor.

 

I say buy a straight razor. Then if you want to use a safety, you can borrow your dad's.

Both Merkur (34C& 38C) and Edwin Jagger (89L) make new inexpensive safety razors. Google "Merkur" or "Edwin Jagger" and you will find lots of stores.

For a new straight razor, Straight Razor Designs always has a Razor set of the month that has everything you need. Dovo is a good brand with a lot of beginner razors. Just google "Dovo straight razor.

To start with a vintage razor, stay away from eBay razors. They are seldom shave ready. Try:
Gem Star Customs
Whipped Dog Razors (devoted to starters)
The Restored Razor
Bobs Razors

Hope this helps.
Does anyone have any ideas about a shaving cream to use and where to get it?  I wear old spice aftershave and would like to use a shaving soap that would compliment it?  Again thanks everyone for their opinions and help.  I have decided to go with both a safety razor and a straight razor to decide what I really like.
Welcome. You have now joined the dark side. :-))
Let us know what you finally get.

Proraso Green is great, inexpensive, and goes well with Old Spice. Just Google to find it on line.

Conair makes a hot lather machine that's awesome for shaving at home.  It's not like the old school laterizers at your local barber shop, but it's still excellent, in my opinion.  

 

First, go buy a can of Barbasol shaving cream (the cream, not gel).  Remove the tip, so the needle is exposed.  Unscrew the bottom of the lather machine.  The Barbasol can should slide up inside the machine.  Screw the bottom of the machine back on.  After you plug the machine in, it only takes about a minute to heat up.  Once you see the green light come on, you know you're good to go.  It feels awesome.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Conair-Chrome-Hot-Lather-Machine/dp/B000ID2Z0... 

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