Has anyone here successfully transitioned from safety razors to straight blades? How steep was the learning curve?
>>17538572is the single blade safety razor not sufficient?
>>17538572And was it worth it?
>>17538575After being on Saftety razors for 3 years, you kinda want a challenge. And the few times I got a nice straight razor shave from a barber, my face felt a really nice warming buzz afterwards and I miss that feeling but I dont want to pay 30 bucks for it.
>>17538572I did it for about a year. The shaving part is easy, you have to be literally retarded to cut yourself. Maintaining, sharpening, and repairing is the obnoxious part. I gave up on that and switched back to safety (and now I'm back on cartridge). It was fun, I can say I tried it, but I'm done. You should try it too if only because it's educational to see how and why people moved away from that stuff.
>>17538588I get straight razors being a bit annoying but safety razors is pretty much 90 percent of the ease of cartridge but with 10 percent of the cost and better function. Why would you go back to an inferior product peddled by blade corps who want to rip off the common man?
>>17538591I think it was a slow process of disillusionment, but the last straw was I was going on an overseas trip and wasn't sure how much of an annoyance having to check my bags on all the flights would be, so I threw one of those octoblade slime patch pivot head things in my carry on. Turned out to be a godsend especially shaving in cramped third world bathrooms with no hot water while jet lagged, literally nobrains, slap some soap and water on my dry skin, drag it across my face and rinse and I'm good to go, every day, no matter what. And when I came home I was like why am I wasting all this energy on bullshit. I don't even want to smell like Geo F Trumpeter Taylor Bond Street whatever, I have very specific fragrance preferences and I don't want my shave products clashing with it.I also have a much higher income now than when I was doing the DE/straight razor thing and so whatever the cartridges cost (honestly I don't even look at the price anymore), it's not a concern.But it is fun and interesting, and a learning experience, I would encourage you to give it a shot if you have any curiosity about the subject.
I did it for a while. Took a bit of practice. I got lazy and didnt want to do the maintenance for it. But I like the fact that if no one made razors anymore I can use just about any piece of sharp metal to shave
>>17538572Straight blades are a complete meme, don't bother unless you are some kind of dandy hipster that wants to get into collecting vintage straight razors.
>>17538572FACT: The ONLY reason to transition to a straight blade is for aesthetics
>>17538572Why do bugmen get so obsessed with the silliest shit?Cast iron, hot sauce, beards, shaving with straight razors, steaks. They get obsessed with these traditionally masculine things but they turn it into this weird soiboy cult shit
>>17538699What if I told you I was a bisexual and I hate cast iron and hot sauce, and am completely uninterested in steak?Also, beards? What do you think the razor is for? Are you underage perchance?
>>17538572>Has anyone here successfully transitionedYWNBAW
>>17538572I did. Sometimes I use it now, sometimes not. Took me 3-4 tries before getting it right, but you get the jist of it quick. I unironically prefer to use it if Ive grown my facial hair out a bit before deciding to shave. safty razors get all clogged easily if you have longer hair due to not shaving every other day. while a free blade doesnt really care how thick it is.>>17538588>>17538591>Maintaining, sharpening, and repairing thats why you buy one that uses disposable razors instead of falling for the fixed blade classic meme. a box of 100 costs like 4 bucks. I usually use a rzar for 2 shaves before throwing away so thats like 200 shaves.
>>17538748something like this.
>>17538748Those give an inferior shave to an actual straight razor and are ergonomically inferior as well
>>17538749Useless garbage that don't even shave as good as a safety razor, let alone a straight one.>>17538572There's no point to a straight razor unless you do enjoy shaving and can add like 10 minutes to your morning routine. But please do get a quality one as cheaper options are softer and require more maintenance.
>>17538752>Those give an inferior shave to an actual straight razormaybe, but its good enough and practical>ergonomically inferior as wellgit good filthy casual.
>>17538855I like how in 2 posts you did a 180 from "you don't need a real straight razor you tryhard" to "omg I am so hard core because I have a shavette"
>>17538858yes anon, there was absolutely no hyperbole involved. I was definitely NOT implying the difference in ease of use between a hundred something dollar fixed blade and a cheap 7 dollar one is negligible given the price difference. seeing as it takes all of 3 shaves to learn how to do it right.its not a skill that requires months of training, lol.
>>17539347I wouldn't know, I did it right the first time and bought an actual razor. My useless roommate who wanted to be cool went out and bought a shavette and I tried it once and it was the stupidest thing I've ever shaved with. Literally why. Those things are good for one thing and that's trimming the fuzz at the back of your neck at the barber. Sorry you're too broke for $100.
what's a good straight razor brand?
>>17539353Have fun stropping your katana between each cut hair follicle, guy. I personally dont masterbate to shaving myself, but to each their own. Its practical, it works, and im not sunk costing myself with a hamon edged excalibur folded 1000 times for a marginally more premium experience. I buy 1 box of razor blades every 10 months, cuts through a thick beard quick, and that's the extent of my razor needs.Hell, one day I might even get something like pic related. but as a simple entry level thing for straight razor use, I dont see why you would shill out. See if you like it for whatever reason, then maybe pony up for your fru-fru stuff.
>>17538572electric for me
>>17538572my dad was a deadbeat with a beard so i taught myself using a straight razor with an interchangeable safety blade
>>17540735also i can't afford a real straight razor (someone buy one for me)
>>17538572I use both. I use the DE for my neck and the straight razor to make sure the beard lines are clean. I tried the straight razor on my neck and the sink looked like a murder scene when I was done lmao
>>17538572https://youtube.com/watch?v=EHRLh1lRhmg&si=EnSIkaIECMiOmarEBought from this guy too. >>17538579Hm. I like that it cuts everything in one pass, you don't need to repeat it. Taylor of Old Bond sandalwood(and coconut) is the most genuinely luxurious shit when applied with a badger brush. So thick you need to be careful or it'll clog your drain pipes. Stropping is kind of a pain, you need 140 passes overall. I don't do that every time. Getting sideburns straight is tricky, your hand blocks the view. You will cut yourself. Honestly, I haven't shaved with my kit in a while. I just use a beard trimmer lately. It's a bit of a lengthy ritual and I'm not that hairy so I only need a shave once a week
>>17541276Oh and girls absolutely notice when you're freshly shaved after that ritual. Very positive reactions
>>17538579nobought all the shit and genuinely had fun with the pageantry of it all and felt like i was really spoiling myself but it quickly wore of when i was either...1. in a rush to get to work2. shaping facial hair (cutting on angles)both times i cut myself pretty bad on the corner edges of the blade and since then have just been going back to the bag of disposable razors for about a year now.its neat and a better deal for the money but not as practical for a working man in a rush and pretty terrible for cutting edges into my sideburns or goatee or whatever
>>17538572>Has anyone here successfully transitionedI'm sure plenty of /fa/gs have
>>17538752cope, it's piss easy to use if you're not retardedgit gud
>>17539385brand is irrelevant, you're still going to have to mail it off to some forum nerd to get it sharpened correctly.
I did and i feel like a fucking 1890 seaman nowTotally worthyTakes more time and caution to succesfully shave, but its cool and cheaper
>>17538690he: have to pretend she looks goodshe: have to pretend he looks good
>>17542127I gotta keep it a buck fifty with you senpai, I don't see what you're seeing. Both those people are pretty attractive
>>17541983you cant use a fine wetstone and strop?
>>17541850glad to see "Bob" is still on the run
I use a straight razer that uses disposable blades for cleaning up and if theres ever too much hair to where it tugs, I just go at it with my electric razer then go back over it with the straight to clean upHonestly I havent touched my safety razer in months. No real need to, its worse in every way, doesnt get great contact or depth, not very controllable in comparison, and not nearly as easy as an electric razer.In terms of learning curves theres not a whole lot, any shmuck can learn to shave with a straight razer given they have the materials, 30 minutes to learn, and a couple wet paper towels for the first couple cuts that will inevitably happen.