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Comment by Gregory Pittman on July 17, 2014 at 3:29pm

Thanks, Clinton. Not chasing the Baby Butt Smooth shave will be hard for me. I'm used to getting one with the Mach 3 blades and I'm a bit OCD, so it might be hard to give up. Then again, that may be why I get bumps on my neck. Face is a piece of cake; the neck has been my troublesome area. I'll ease up and see how that works out.

Thanks again.

Comment by Clinton R. Ausmus on July 16, 2014 at 10:44pm

Welcome Gregory.  Piece of advice.  Don't chase the Baby Butt Smooth shave.  It will only lead to irritation.  Eventually your technique will get good enough that you will get just as close a shave, without any irritation what so ever.  I only go against the grain in one place during my shave, and I've gotten my shaves perfect to two passes and done.  I consistently get Damn Fine Shaves, and when the stars align I do get a Baby Butt Smooth one.

Have fun.  If you have questions, we are here.

Comment by Gregory Pittman on July 16, 2014 at 9:06pm

Evening, gentlemen. I picked up and used a safety razor for the very first time today. I have to say, it went more smoothly than I expected it to. I think I'm going to like it far more than the multi-blade razors I've used all my life. A little burn under the chin, but that's where my beard grows in erratic patterns. The against-the-grain part of the shave was a little difficult. Managing the curves was a little challenging, too. I'm sure I'll get used to it. I had let my beard grow for a couple of days while I acquired the safety razor (Art of Shaving opened in Charleston just today).

Here's to a tradition I can hand down to my sons.

Comment by Dave Kunze on June 11, 2014 at 1:49am

This comment is directed @ Larry Boettcher concerning the pre-shave oils and or creams. I just joined AOM recently, but have been wet shaving for a while. My opinion of a pre-shave will be dependent on what you use to shave. For example: Using like a Proraso Cream wouldn't make me get out any sort of pre-shave. This is assuming that there has been a shower prior to the shave. Now if one uses a shaving soap, you might want to consider a pre-shave oil or cream. The Proraso pre-shave cream is a popular choice but I have also used an oil. The advantage is that the oil or the cream surrounds the whisker and makes it easier to knock down. I like to try different shave soaps. The soap will tell you if you should use a pre-shave or not. Example: Williams Mug Soap. This stuff needs some help. Infact you could also try adding glycerin to the soap as you are whipping up a lather. It does help and you can get the glycerin at places like Walmart. When I use the Proraso shave cream, I find that I do not need to add anything or even use a pre-shave because of its rich moisturizing lather.

Comment by Ryan Sirmeyer on May 23, 2014 at 10:08am

I'm sure this has been asked before, but I was wondering what a good entry blade for a straight razor would be. Something that is affordable. I already have been using a double edged safety razor for a few years and have always been interested in using a straight razor.

Comment by Brian Splash on May 14, 2014 at 9:08pm

has anyone got a link to price their vintage straight razors , would like to sell off a few generics l have and buy a few iconic brands and would like to go in preped .

Comment by Matthew Patton on April 21, 2014 at 4:26pm

Gents: 

I just recently joined the AoM community and this group. I offer straight and safety razor restoration and repair services. Take a look at my profile and my classifieds listing for more info! If anyone has questions or needs some help don't hesitate to let me know. 

Comment by Michael Pascoe on April 14, 2014 at 12:31pm

Hello, men.  I'm new to this board.  I've only been using a DE blade since January, but I will NEVER go back to cartridges.  Currently using a Edwin Jagger DE89 handle and Derby Extra blades, an Omega badger hair brush, and Prorasso White shaving soap. 

Comment by Niles on April 10, 2014 at 10:22pm

Larry, I've never used a pre-shave product. Only hot water for me, and I've never had any problems.

Comment by Dennis Boyd on April 10, 2014 at 1:36pm

Larry, I've just been using Proraso shaving soap, but I'm also new to the safety razor and this is the first thing I've tried.

 

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