questionshas anyone tried shaving with a dovo shavette?

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The first thing you should do is admit to yourself that you're a serial killer. (Whether you've actually started yet isn't important, it's just a matter of time.) Once you've done that, I think you'll find that you no longer need to seek the approval of random strangers in order to justify the purchase of a straight razor.

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You might have some luck with this as far as learning goes. The issue I've had with these, basically, razor-blade holders is that they don't really match up with the shaving style you'll need with a regular straight razor. They usually feel a lot lighter and they're usually pretty flat, so you don't get the feel of the wider-tanged straight razor.
My suggestion would be to look at some of the more reliable straight razor restorers/resellers, such as:
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CE0QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.therestoredrazor.com%2F&ei=0YAuT9v5Oabb0QHnk4X0Cg&usg=AFQjCNFhLLXm5GRzTaXMcHQruDxXspYbsA
That way you'll get a quality razor at a good price that more accurately reflects the weight and dimensions of a straight razor.

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@gewoodworth: It looks like even their budget blades are a bit more than I was looking to spend before I know whether I like it.

When I was putzing around the internet I saw a couple people mention http://www.whippeddog.com/ happen to know if that's a good deal or a scam?

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@panthiest: Whipped Dog seems to be a very reputable site. I knew I had heard of it before so I went to Straight Razor Place and searched their forum.
http://straightrazorplace.com/google.php?cx=016391696672199611198%3Anhyworzr_rs&cof=FORID%3A9&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=whipped+dog&sa.x=0&sa.y=0&siteurl=straightrazorplace.com%2Fmember-introductions%2F
-SRP Search for Whipped Dog

Sorry, I don't know how to hyperlink... :-(

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@stupimlico: thanks :)

and [url=www.link.com]text[/url] is how you usually do it, although I don't think it works on questions/answers for some reason

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@panthiest: no problem, thank you for reminding me about cheap options for a straight. I've got a beard that if in serious need of removal, and I want to give a straight a try.