Discussion in 'Shave School' started by Bama Samurai, Dec 31, 2015.
Another great name for this thing we call shaving.
Very interested in that CC Sandlewood. Clove factor????
Jan 13 Focus Shave 10
Today's razor is Wade and Butcher finish with a Shapton 12k, Dovo green/red paste, CrOx then 200,000 grit diamond paste. They blade felt very smooth, the smoothest yet. I really thought I had nailed the shave but the alum produced some stinging and I just missed BBS.
Irritation B+ Closeness A- Smoothness A Keenness A-
Castle Forbes Cedarwood
Gemstars Customs Elk Antler silver tip
Wade and Butcher finish with a Shapton 12k, Dovo green/red paste, CrOx then 200,000 grit diamond paste
Dry Gulch strop
Lucky Tiger AS
L'Occitane Cade ASB
Hermès Terre D' Hermès
I have the same problem. Here is how I improved on this pass.
I use my right hand for the right side and left hand for the left side. I hold the razor upside down, my hand is above the razor. I then use the opposite hand to reach over my head and stretch the skin. First with my jaw closed then I open my jaw and pull the skin even higher. With this method I can get every thing but the bottom inch of my neck. For the bottom inch of my neck I return my normal grip and use a scything motion.
I use Arko when I travel too. Works in any water.
Keith, you have a very nice set up, and I'm glad you're getting some wonderful shaves. I'm convinced from all the straight razor activity this month that I will need a pasted strop. I was hoping to "get by" without one, but time and again, everyone says the shaves are smoother with it. Is a pasted strop messy to use? A bathroom floor of green and red crayon "snow" won't be well received.
By the way, Hermès Terre D' Hermès is my favorite cologne.
Adam, the Chief Cattaraugus is one cool looking straight razor! You must have a high place on the dark side. And you're also demonstrating to me that a pasted strop is necessary for a smooth straight razor shave.
Charlie, it is only a little messy when applying the pastes. When I apply the past to the strop the Dovo red/black is the easiest since they are like a crayon. Once the strop is pasted it is not messy at all. While pasting there is no 'snow' or fall out from the stropping. You just need to carefully wipe the blade with a micro cloth or tissue to remove the paste from the blade.
I high recommend a pasted strop to maintain the edge. I also added a finishing stone and so far I have not have to use more than the finishing stone and pasted strops to maintain my straights.
Doug, your wintertime outdoor photos are great! You guys have had some snow this winter. We still haven't had one inch of snow here in Kentucky yet.
Excellent post. Beautiful razor!
We have had very little snow this year so far. This can change in a blink of an eye. Might happen down your way also.
Thank you, Keith. This is helpful. From what I'm learning here and reading elsewhere, I'm looking at a pasted strop, a 12K Naniwa synthetic stone, and a DMT D8C lapping stone for edge maintenance. Does this sound right to you and the other straight razor experts here? Thanks again for your help!
SOTD January 13, 2016
Focus Day 10
Prep: Warm shower
Blade: Rapira Stainless (3)
Razor: Wet Shave Club 3-piece
Brush: Satin Tip 'The Purest' synthetic
Lather: Proraso White
Post: Witch hazel splash, Nivea sensitive balm
A decent shave this morning. My neck has a little more stubble left on it than some past shaves, but it is certainly acceptable and devoid of redness or irritation.
For you Proraso users.....this morning and yesterday the lather on my neck (which is where I shave last) has dried up a little bit and become pasty or chalky. I shaved with it but the lather I reapply for touch-up is more slick and hydrated. Am I not using enough water in the lathering process? The Proraso White produces a pretty thick lather, but the drying has been unusual.
Otherwise this combination is working quite well. I really enjoy the Proraso and am sure the drying issue can be rectified.
I hope you all have a great Wednesday!
Sounds good to me. I have a Shapton 12k stone but from my research the Naniwa is also highly regarded.
PS: I am enjoying the TdH perfume today. It is a classic for a good reason.
You and I are the chosen ones.
If you use the pasted strop too long you may end up having to go bad to about an 8k to straighten out the bevel again. Stropping even with paste can make the bevel less wedge like and more bullet tip shape and the finishing stone alone may not cut it all the way to a wedge like profile again. If you go to the hone once a month and the pasted strop every week with the normal leather daily then you should be fine with what you have listed.
Good point, I do not use the pasted strop every time. I use it after 2 or 3 shaves because I have a tough beard and then I touch up the razors on finishing stone once a month. It could be just because I am OCD when it comes to shaving.
Thank you, Mark. This is very helpful. I appreciate it!
And I don't need a wood chisel, right? I hope not. I'm not good with wood chisels.
You guys keep me in stitches.
Oh my I've been so busy that I haven't been able to post my progress. Anyway here it goes...MY NECK IS THRASHED...
Why might you ask? Well I normally try to avoid shaving on a daily basis as my neck, and skills are not up to the task. So why did I shave three days in a row??? Well work sadly played a part in.
So thus I post a question.. if you have to shave every day...are there any suggestions to get there?
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