First time Straight user

#6
I shave daily using either a straight razor or a shavette enjoying both but a straight razor especially with a thick blade like a 1/4 grind is easier to handle than a shavette with a razor blade so a shavette it is not at all like a straight razor with training wheels. I have found a good shavette to start with is Dovo because tip is protected by plastic blade holder.
 
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My current set up: a Dovo Shavette and a Böker Barberette (shavette is a registered trade mark of Dovo). After failing giving a straight razor a proper edge, got a problem especially with smiling blades, or cutting strop, my normal respons is shavette all the way for a week or two.
 
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I think the general consensus is that shavettes are generally more aggressive less refined, the disposable blades are run off the factory line very very sharp and rough, whereas proper straights are carefully ( hopefully) honed by hand then stropped on things like chromium oxide & linen/leather which results in a smoother more gentle shave ( more forgiving),
But shavettes are great for learning angles and technique and are also great for people who like things easy, no stropping no honing no maintenance so are a great start, every barber in the country uses a shavette for their " straight razor shave" as the strict hygiene rules dictate this.
Give the shavette a go but just use a very light touch, but you really owe yourself the chance to shave with a nice straight down the line and before you know it you will have many!.
 
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strict hygienic rule, well, then I take it for granted that they also disinfect the whole razor before inserting a new blade but then again not sure why disinfecting a normal straight razor after each shave would not work?
 
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I will be using a shavette tomorrow for the first time. Any advice, hints/tips.
I have been using a de razor for about 3 years now
It depends on the shavette type.

If it is a DE/ half DE style, then shorter strokes work better in my experience. Watch the corners of the blades.

If it is a Feather AC or similar then it depends on whether it is a lipped type or not. The lipped type work best with a low angle as if you a riding the cap on a DE. You can develop a more natural stroke with the AC style shavettes.

With shavettes you can get away with a one handed shave, but I would strongly suggest you swap hands : backhand to same side, forehand to opposite. The reason for this is that single handed shaving generally requires a keener edge because the angles are more limited. Ambidextrous shaving allows you to work with a more pedestrian edge and this will stand you in good stead for when you use an actual cutthroat.
 
#18
Why do you say that?
Is there a noticeable difference between the two? I am using a shavette as a step before ordering a decent straight
Simples.
A straight, good sheffield steel, with weight and feeling.
A shavette, is light unweilding it bounces and above all sharp.
A straight is like, enjoying life.
A shavette is like enjoying it while sitting cross legged on a railway line, good but could get shitty if you need to move fast.
Personally id start with a forgiving real straight and move onto a shavette, jmho you understand.

Colin
 
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strict hygienic rule, well, then I take it for granted that they also disinfect the whole razor before inserting a new blade but then again not sure why disinfecting a normal straight razor after each shave would not work?
I asked a barber about this today.

They are in almost constant use on a busy day, so require regular stropping. There's no real practical method of keeping the strop disinfected throughout the working day and there might not be enough time between uses for the barbicide or whatever to fully disinfect the blade between uses, so there are multiple pathways for infection.

So a fresh DE blade per customer is much safer than a possibly very briefly disinfected straight blade.
 
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My take on regular straight razor: disinfect between customers, then strop

My take on shavette: fresh blade fine, but please also disinfect rest of razor

My take on gloves: use them

as a dilettante home user of both straight razors and shavettes I find the former much easier to keep clean as the blade holder of shavettes are notorious gunk magnets
 
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