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Anyone use on of those old knife type razors?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by 84gmcjimmy, Apr 21, 2006.

  1. 84gmcjimmy

    84gmcjimmy 1 ton status

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    My dad was going to teach me one day, but as most of you know, he never had a chance.

    Anyways, I was wondering if anyone has used one of those old "knife" type straight razors they used a long time ago before the small hand held razors became more common. I have a few my dad kept from his childhood. I wouldn't mind learning just for the heck of it, and to impress my dad.

    Any hits? I won't mind getting a few cuts, as long as I don't cut my head off.

    Is this a bad idea?

    EDIT: opps I didn't see R77K10's thread on a simular topic...


    Anything special I should do?

    TIA
     
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    I bet an old school barber can give you some tips.
     
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    My grandfather (a barber) attempted o teach me. Start with a sharp razor. Soften the beard with a hot towel, Lather up well. Hold the skin tight. Blade angle of 30 degrees. Shave first with ad then against the grain. Lather again in between these steps.
     
  5. 84gmcjimmy

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    Thanks, sounds pretty straight forward.

    I need to get one of those leather things to sharpen them though.
     
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    It's called a strop.
     
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    When I was in the military overseas, used to go to a barber that would give you a shave with a straight razor, I really never liked the idea much, not sure why I had him do it, morbid I guess. I hate shaving, I do not think I would even attempt using one on my own, I think one would be using a few rolls of TP before they got the knack of shaving with one down.
     
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    I would definately start slowly. My grandfather gave me several shaves and he could get closer than a saftey razor, but I never really shaved with the straight razor by myself much.
     
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    He'll need some strop dressing too,Haven't shaved with my straight razors for quite sometime,and Stave make sure to lock the door when you shave, I had my GF at the time walk in and hit me with the door,I damn near cut my head off...:doah:
     
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    Ouch, I will make sure I lock the door!

    Are strops normal to buy, or do I have to have it ordered off the internet? Walmart would have them?
     
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    Try a knife shop.
     
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    I second the old time barber..... it's a different aminal all to gather.... My dad showed me how when I was real young.... When I was older never really wanted to learn..... At church camp we shaved ballons with those shavers.... not as easy as it seams.... may want to try that first....
     
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    Yeah,,,Uh I wasnt diggin the wacky Korean chick with the schissors when I got a haircut today, theres no way in hell I'm gonna trust some old dood I know is hittin the blue juice they keep the combs in with a straight razor in his arthritic , shakey old hands...:doah: :haha: Wow ,nice spelling, good thing I aint drivin...:doah:
     

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