NFR Want To Buy Straight Razor...

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  1. Chad Lewis

    Chad Lewis NEVER wonder what to do with your free time

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    I'm thinking if there's any one group that'll know about straight razors, it'd be a bunch of ecclectic fly anglers. Any of you fellas (I'm assuming the gals don't have much interest in a straight razor) know where to buy a straight razor for shaving? I'd think there's someplace in Seattle that sells them. Any favorites?
     
  2. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    Women with straight razors is never a good thing!
     
  3. Islander

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    Go to an antique shop (or Ebay) and buy a cool looking old one. They can all be sharpened to work well. Then go to a barbershop and learn how to sharpen properly.
     
  4. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    go to Amazon's website and type in straight razor.
     
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  6. steelydan

    steelydan Newb seeking wisdom

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    My wife and neice wield a mean straight razor.
    I believe it's compulsory at hair school.
    Their razors have disposable blades.
     
  7. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I believe that shaving with one of these has gone out of style. My Dad used to shave with one before all the double edge ones came out. He also had a Razor strap. I used to watch him when I was small.

    In my age, when I was a kid I used to get it with the strap when I did something wrong. Now a days you can't even think of spanking a child with one of these things. But it made me walk the straight and narrow.


    I believe that you could pick one up at Freddy's or any other big chain store.
     
  8. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

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    there's plenty online, Atlanta Cutlery carries new ones, just don't go for the stainless, and definitely get a strop. If you reeeeeely want a sharp one, Japanese woodworking shops carry stones up to 18,000 grit... Yes, I wrote: eighteen thousand grit! HA!!! SAMUARI STRAIGHT RAZOR...HI---YAH!!!
     
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    Once you get the razor-let us know how often you cut yourself! There is a shop in one of the casinos in Vegas called the Art of the Shave. I got the works there once. Hot towels over your face, facial massage, straight edge razor shave (did I mention by a rather good looking barber!) and when I was done, my face felt like my 6 month old grandson's butt! A very nice experience! Rick
     
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    http://badgerandblade.com/

    Everything you might ever want to know about shaving, including the wicked edge of death (Straight Razor)
     
  11. Chris Johnson

    Chris Johnson Member: Native Fish Society

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    I used to grow a beard every fall, then in the spring I would go to the barber shop and have them shave it. I loved it, hot towels, the full treatment. Then the aids scare happened and they all quit doing it. Now some shops are doing strait razor shaves again, with the advent of diposable blades. I was skeptical at first, but gave it a try and was pleasantly surprized. V's barber shop in B'am has some fine young ladies who give shaves for around $ 20.00, if you've never had a good shave you should give it a try.
     
  12. Chad Lewis

    Chad Lewis NEVER wonder what to do with your free time

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    Rick, I did the same thing in Philadelphia a couple years ago. Closest shave I've ever had. And I don't intend on cutting myself......

    Old Man, I too have fond memories of a razor strop that was used to make bad kids act better. I used that strop to hone many knives to a razor sharp edge when I was a kid. It hasn't been seen in years and is probably gone forever. Ironically, I'd love to have that strop now so I wouldn't have to buy one.

    Sloan, thanks for the links. I took a look at several and the shaving instructions will probably be important :D
     
  13. Chad Lewis

    Chad Lewis NEVER wonder what to do with your free time

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    Chris, I looked at the disposable blade razors. I just didn't dig 'em too much. One of the bonuses of having a straight razor is that you never buy another blade or cartridge again. More money up front for a razor and strop, but cartridges are so expensive it won't take long to make up the difference.
     
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    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    I may be mistaken, but I think these now require a user permit in WA? In any case, I can't imagine why anyone would want one...once you go 3-track, you'll never go back ;)
     
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    Well, I guess I am one of the few who shaves with a straight edge. Chad, I get all my supplies at All About the Shave located in Bellevue Square main floor.
     
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    I am not even close to being a barber, but my Grandfather had a straight razor that he used to shave almost daily. I do not know what happened to it. But I do caution that you stay away from stainless steel blades. Too tough to hold a good edge, and believe me, you will want a very good edge if you are going to scrape your face. A good leather strop and a good arkansas stone, I believe a hard arkansas. He also had a canvas strap that hung on the door of the bathroom. IIRC he would hit the canvas strap for a few passes on both sides of the blade, and then on the leather for a few.
    As state above a hot towel to soften the beard, a good warm lather with a badger hair brush, and a clean up with some Bay Rhum. The ladies will love you.

    I might also recommend a good life insurance policy for your next of kin, so that when you cut your throat, at least somebody will come out ahead.
     
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    I should have mentioned that if you want the full enjoyment of shaving with a straight razor you will want to purchse a brush, soap and a bowl to mix it in. Google "mantic" and watch his great videos on wet shaving. If you buy a straight razor have it professionally honed. Many manufacturers claim their razors are shave ready but you will be amazed at the difference when it is honed by an expert. Also be aware that shaving with a straight can lead to SRAD, straight razor acquisition disorder. I have been shaving with a straight for about 4 years now and have managed to acquire close to 20 so far.
     
  19. Krusty

    Krusty Krusty Old Effer

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    Jeez, who has time or desire to make his face feel like a baby's butt? A real man enjoys sporting a beard full of gnats and discarded chicken bones. You guys must be aristocrats!:D
     
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    You don't have the name Krusty for nothing..........................:p
     

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