Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Chad Lewis, Mar 29, 2012.
Check out www.straightrazorplace.com. A nice forum and links to where to purchase products.
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.
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.
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!
You don't have the name Krusty for nothing..........................
try the shaving forum "the shave den" good info on the site.
and "whipped dog" for inexpensive straight blades.
The wimmins love a manly man like krusty.....as long as I stays downwind of 'em.
Sounds kinda like a porno thread (not that I'd personally know, but I heeard of 'em)....you guys in the right place?
Why are you feeling your grandsons butt?
I Have used a strait razor since the electric one I had in high school broke, and I got tired of using my belt knife. I paid way too much for it at a mall knife store, but by now, it's paid for itself many times over. It lends itself to good practical jokes too. A little ketchup in my hand gripping my neck and my wife.....no wait a minute, that one didn't turn out so good for me.
Talk to an old barber, their supply houses probably have the best prices you'll find. I just use a leather belt for a strop, probably should buy a real one though, but it's done me well for 30 yrs. You do want a good stone to keep it good and sharp, but it sounds like you already know how to keep a knife sharp.
I've read good things about the razors from this guy. http://whippeddog.com/
Youtube has some instructional videos as well. Have you tried a DE safety razor? They work great and I pay about 12 cents a blade. Each one lasts me about five shaves.
Well Chad, you got me thinkin, I've been using a brush and soap for 20 years or more so maybe I should take the next step.
i know there is a store located in the Bellevue Square mall. they have everything from the new school to the old school.
The 'next step' is to stop shaving.
Is this kinda one a' them new things.....like liposuction? Keeriiist almighty!....next you kids will be getting electrolysis and facials! This can't be to attract wimmin (they're generally pretty satisfied if you just manage to restrain most of yer belches and farts). I'm worried about you young fellers.
First time I come across some young baby-butt shaved flyfisherman sitting on the bank with a couple of cucumbers on his eyes is the day I quit fishin.