questionsany tips on straight razor shaving for a noob?

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don't cut yourself....bwahahahaha!!!!

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@elraphbo: thanks for that, I will make sure to stay away from anybody with the first name Sweeney. Seriously though, was hoping for some advice on how to get started for under $200 with everything.

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1. Dont listen to My Chemical Romance while shaving, it'll make your wrists scream for attention.

2. Avoid the arteries, leave 2 patches of hair on your throat.

3. The blood stays on the blade.

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Keep first aid supplies around and phone.

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Couldn't hurt to look around http://www.theartofshaving.com/ for price levels and such. I also think they've sent out coupons for $X off or a free starter kit (shaving bar, brush, face cream) with purchase of a razor. So it might be worth signing up for their email newsletter.

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I'd highly recommend using a safety razor instead of a straight.

I tried a straight briefly ages ago, and while it worked well I quickly found myself frustrated by the amount of time needed to shave every morning, and the maintenance requirements of the razor (I'd try to give you advice, but to be honest I didn't stick with it long enough to be anything more than a beginner).

Now I use a classic Merkur double-edged safety razor (costs $30-$80 depending on size and style you want). In addition to providing a great shave and being far safer, these things will allow you to save a TON on razor blades, since double-edge razor blades are dirt cheap. Plus no need to worry about sharpening.

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check out http://badgerandblade.com/
lots of good information there, including 'approved' vendors and many members willing to give good advice.

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@lxzndr: thanks, havent been there yet, I will definitely check it out.

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@novastarj: I had considered that, and it seems like a good option. I just think I will enjoy the whole blade maintenance aspect, and I'm sure i will get the hang of it eventually, I am pretty tenacious. Plus no waste for the landfill at all, and I get to feel more awesome shaving with a weapon.

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Chances are, you'll be perfectly fine with the straight razor. It gives an almost impossibly close shave which is awesome for a big event. :)
I think the secret is in lubrication. If you can, find an older gent who has done it before to show you.
Chances are you won't hit a major artery either. If you're really concerned, you can ask go through some sort of first aid or emt training and learn how to apply a ton of pressure to a major artery to stop the bleeding while you call 911 and wait. There's more than 1 artery that pumps blood to the brain, so you'd be okay. :P

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