New STR8 Users Declining?

Discussion in 'Straight Razors' started by Spyder, Dec 26, 2018.

  1. mrchick

    mrchick Odd, Terrible Avatar

    Come over to the dark side. You could be like me and have 300-400 vintage safety razors collecting dust
     
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  2. Edison Carter

    Edison Carter Goo-bloomin' Stankster

    This thread has been a great read, yet saddening to me in some ways.

    Though I have been involved in traditional shaving for just over a year and experienced a great satisfaction, it is troublesome to see a decline.

    In my zeal, I spent enough $ to accumulate enough stuff to probably last my lifetime. Why? Because I wanted to, and because I can. While my 'stuff' could easily be considered either modest or eccentric depending on your perspective, I'd find it difficult to see the average youngster do the same. Nor could I have seen myself dedicate the learning curve time in my youth. It is unlikely that I will see another year spending the same on shaving gear. Many could be in the same position.

    I am acquainted with a young man whose vocation requires a daily shave. My daughter tells me that he uses modern equipment, is irritated, and hates it. As a gift, I bought him some really nice stuff that would surely be a game changer for him. I'm not sure why, but it did not seem to get his interest... Yet.

    Having observed what 'Big', 'Volume' and 'Lowest Price' do to everything they touch in marketing, I'd hate to have to wade into the wonderful waters of a straight razor shave without the individuals to trust. I have found many of them right here.

    A decline in potential consumers always leads to fewer choices for them.

    It would be sad to not be able to buy that next special strop, razor, brush, etc., from someone you can trust. You can't just ask Amazon to sell you what 'they' would buy.

    A special thanks to those who contribute. You may not even know who you are, but I appreciate you.
     
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  3. lightcs1776

    lightcs1776 Well-Known Member

    Take heart, Sir. While SR shaving may not be accepted with youth, the safety razor is gaining a foot hold around those in my circles. A lady friend of one of my kids now shaves her legs with a lady Gillette, as does my wife. Two of my three sons, and one of their friends also shave with a safety razor. Perhaps they will find an interest in Straights, perhaps not. But they have the opportunity.

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  4. lightcs1776

    lightcs1776 Well-Known Member

    I have a question for @gssixgun. What do you mean by honing for a smile? I am still figuring out the details of honing. I have been trying to avoid smiles and frowns. Thanks!

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  5. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    Smiles good, Frowns bad. Nuff said.
     
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  6. lightcs1776

    lightcs1776 Well-Known Member

    So, smile is where the middle of the razor is slightly indented? This is where terminology gets a bit confusing.

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  7. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    @lightcs1776
    Smile, thicker in the middle and thinner at the ends. This aides in an efficient, and smooth shave. Frowns, are the result of poor honing, and can cause bites, and blood. Smiles are especially useful around the neck.
     
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  8. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    Smile: :)
    Frown::(
     
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  9. BaylorGator

    BaylorGator MISTER Fancypants

    Simple, but not easy, or quick. Lots of practice involved.
     
  10. lightcs1776

    lightcs1776 Well-Known Member

    So, this seems to be fairly straight. I will try to get a smile in the next hone, once the new lapping film comes in. [​IMG]

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  11. BaylorGator

    BaylorGator MISTER Fancypants

    If you are just starting, it may be challenging enough just to get it sharp. Don’t worry about a smile. Worry about the blade pushing water, as glen said.
     
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  12. Briscoe

    Briscoe Well-Known Member

    I am only at 90

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  13. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    only at 38 so far,few more to go..
     
  14. gssixgun

    gssixgun At this point in time...

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    This is a nice typical Smile

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    Note how it matches the line of the spine

    You should hone to follow that and keep it that way

    Another angle

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    Again by using a stroke that keeps the ripple of water moving from heel to toe as you move evenly and equally across the hones
     
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  15. lightcs1776

    lightcs1776 Well-Known Member

    I will try this when the new lapping film comes in. Gssixgun has a good video on this that I will follow. Thanks everyone for the help. Sorry, to the OP, for the diversion.

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  16. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    Just hone it nkrmally, dont concentrate on making it smile. Just be aware if you are spending too much time, trying to set a bevel, and not paying attention to the heel, a frown might develop. Same with the toe, but i havent seen that often.
     
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  17. Rkep01

    Rkep01 Well-Known Member

    To each his own. If you find something that works better for you, go with it and be happy. At least you tried it.
     
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  18. Preacher

    Preacher Well-Known Member

    That is the beauty of this thing we call shaving. Nothing is wrong. We are free to form our own opinions and do what we enjoy.
     
  19. lightcs1776

    lightcs1776 Well-Known Member

    Now I really want one. Oh well, in due time. Who ever knew SRs could be addictive?

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  20. Primotenore

    Primotenore missed opera tunity

    :signs011:
     

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