Total Newb here

Discussion in 'Straight Razors' started by mtnbst, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. mtnbst

    mtnbst New Member

    So I have been reading this forum, and decided it would be a good idea to pick up another expensive hobby:/
    OK, so the idea of shaving with a straight razor pops into my head randomly a few days ago. So I google it. .and that its how I found this forum. And if course its expensive because everything I decide to do seems to have big price tags attached. All I own its an electric cheapo that has been giving me razor burn for 5 years now, but I use it anyway(no idea why). So I just bought my first strait off of eBay. I have no idea if this was a mistake but it was only $35. Here is the description :
    "Samuel Kanner Germany straight razor shave ready"

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  2. Shawna

    Shawna 1000 Music Tag Bonus Points Awarded!

    Welcome to the Den! Enjoy your stay here and Happy Shaving! :signs046:
  3. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    Hi! Welcome to the Den.

    I have no idea about your str8 but we have several folks who, I'm sure, will be more than happy to fill you in with more info than you thought you needed :D
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  4. GDCarrington

    GDCarrington Burma Shave

    Welcome to the Den.

    We know you'll fit right in.

    So grab yourself a comfy chair,

    and give our threads a spin!

    Burma Shave
  5. richgem

    richgem suffering from chronic clicker hand cramps

    Welcome !
  6. Slipperyjoe

    Slipperyjoe Rusty Metal Tetanus

    :)Welcome to the mighty TSD!
  7. mtnbst

    mtnbst New Member

    So would any of you shave with this thing?? I have already ordered some TGQ shave cream...and I am on the search for a moderately priced badger hair brush. Brushes are priced from $3.99-$200+
  8. Smoothy

    Smoothy Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the Den, mtnbst! Not sure if your straight is 'shave-ready'. If the vendor did not indicate this I suggest you strop it and take it for a spin. Alternatively, you could get it honed right away before your first shave.

    Have fun browsing around TSD and enjoy those shaves!
  9. mtnbst

    mtnbst New Member

    Thank you for the reply! The description did indicate that it is "shave ready" I am confused by the price points of razors and brushes. I found a "best badger" brush that retailed for $70 got it for around $38. I have seen similar brushes selling for $168 ish. Same with razors...if this razor is any good, then why did I only pay $35 for it? Sorry for the ignorance I literally just got into this 2 days ago. Thank you and everyone for patience :)
  10. ChemErik

    ChemErik Mr. Personality

    I'll leave the straight to someone who knows more about them. But the brush I can help. No firm standard exists for grades of badger hair, so one company's Best is another's Silvertip. Then you have handle quality and material. Hand turned handles add to cost, hand finished not as much but still more than injection molded handles. Then account for where the brush is made for labor and shipping costs. This is just the completely legit part.

    Then of course you'll have vendors who get a cheap supply and sell at low margin. Another vendor will make really nice website or worse, have a high-end store where overhead is higher and they won't have as cheap a supplier so they need a good margin from a higher starting point.

    You also might have bought a smaller brush than the one selling for ~$70. Not that it's necessarily a bad thing, most people prefer a medium sized brush to the big monsters, and some even like the little brushes.

    You'll want to read reviews and shop around if you continue making purchases. Some items provide much better value than others. Some of us like the much less expensive boar brushes over badgers (at least once they break in). Some find the arko shave stick (shaving soap in a stick form) that sells for about $2 to be a favorite (though I and some others can't get past the scent). A few find the highly refined scents from Castle Forbes to be worth the rather high price tag. You'll just have to read reviews and take a few chances to find what you like.

    As someone around here likes to say: "It's your shave, enjoy it your way"(C)
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  11. Zilla

    Zilla Well-Known Member

    First welcome to the Den. I am a fellow straight razor shavor. I go between Straights, Single Edges and Double Edge razor. You seemed to get your razor for a decent price shave ready. You can get badger brushes for much cheaper!! Try searches for Tweezerman brand or look at or for great prices. Shave tools has horse hair which is also good!! For Cheap straight razors this site sells great straight razor supplies shave ready razors and the supplies. His stuff is priced cheap. hope this helps you out. I'm always here for more questions!
  12. mtnbst

    mtnbst New Member

    This helps tremendously! I have bookmarked these sites, and taken notes.
    Thank you. I just ordered everything I will initially need. Now I wait for it all to arrive and hope I don't bludgeon myself!
  13. IAmTheJody

    IAmTheJody Gillette-i Master

  14. Zilla

    Zilla Well-Known Member

    It's a art! Don't get upset or discouraged if you cut yourself or dont get a good shave right away. It is try, try, tray again. The key to the straight shave is all in the angle. Once you get the hange of it, REWARD!!! The best shaves you will ever have! And you will belong to the elite group of us who can brag that we do it now a days. It was a huge turn on for my girlfriend ;). She watches me shave
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  15. Neolithium

    Neolithium I am Canadian, eh

  16. mtnbst

    mtnbst New Member

    Neolithium, Thank you sir...that was my next question. I was going to give it a whirl out of the box (it said "shave ready") and see what happens. If the edge isn't suitable I will send it off immediately. I do appreciate the resource, it has been on my mind.
  17. newb

    newb Resident Newb

    Welcome to the Den, Your pic looks like a nice blade. There are a fair amount of straight razor users here. Many ebay razors are advertised as shave ready. But in my experience very few are. But it can't hurt to give it a try. Another good forum you may want to consider is . Many of our straight razor user's participate in both. And Glenn from posts many guides for for new straight user's. Of coarse I feel TSD is the Best and most friendly shave forum on the net, but there's some really good straight info and lots of good people on the other site too.
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  18. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    Agreed! But without the girlfriend part. I'm married - just celebrated 30 years!

    As for getting it honed, I've had work done by Glen, gssixgun here at TSD. Several other Den members have had work done by Glen, as well. Haven't heard a discouraging word about him yet!
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  19. oscar11

    oscar11 Well-Known Member

    I'd have no problem using your razor. Get it sharpened. In the meantime do a little research. You'll need a strop for daily maintenance and a few other items. Straight shaving is a very enjoyable experience for me. Keep it as basic as you can for a while. There is a learning curve concerning technique and equipment preferences.
  20. alpla444

    alpla444 That's sweet!

    Hi and welcome,when I started wet shaving it was with straights, now im onto DE's (double edge razors) I will put stragights back in my rotation some time this year

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