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gash
05-17-2011, 03:57 PM
I'm finding that using a straight is having an effect on how I use a DE. I'm much more aware of blade angle, and the shave is much easier. Anybody else notice this?

professorchaos
05-17-2011, 06:08 PM
I can't say. I haven't used anything but a straight razor since the first time I used one. I imagine it would make you more conscious of what you are doing.

Wid
05-17-2011, 06:45 PM
I used a DE just the other day and found using a straight did indeed make using a DE much easier. It sure wasn't as enjoyable though, reminded me of why like using a straight.

sanfranciscian
05-17-2011, 07:06 PM
what henry says, I have thought about it on a few occasions but so far have not had the need to try. Look forward to hearing some of the responses.

Ian

OckhamsRazor
05-17-2011, 07:25 PM
Absolutely. Shaving with a straight has made me much more aware of pressure and blade angle, resulting in much better shaves with my DE's. I've also started to stretch my skin while shaving with a DE, which has further enhanced the experience.

Kentos
05-17-2011, 07:54 PM
I can't say. I haven't used anything but a straight razor since the first time I used one. I imagine it would make you more conscious of what you are doing.

+1, all my safety razors are safely tucked away on the shelf since picking up straights.

dakotaev
05-17-2011, 08:12 PM
Without a doubt. I don't use DE's often, but most recently I noticed my technique has improved many fold as a result of my straight shaving.

tnsplayer
05-17-2011, 08:37 PM
I'm just a newbie to straights but have noticed an improvement in my technique when I use my DE. Seems to have sped up my DE shaves as well.

dreadpirate
05-17-2011, 09:23 PM
Yes.

QuarkVI
05-17-2011, 10:49 PM
I've also started to stretch my skin while shaving with a DE, which has further enhanced the experience.

+1 noticed I was stretching out of habit while having to use my DE a couple of weeks ago when moving house. Hence smoother shave and less irritation.

Unicorn
05-18-2011, 02:22 AM
Absolutely. I came from using a DE to straights - and still use DE on rare occasions. I find my awareness of angle and pressure has improved my DE shaves a lot. Lather quality is also a lot more important with straights. So using straight quality lather with the DE is giving me great shaves.

Besides the DE being hassle free and uncomplicated I find it boring and uninspiring to use. I also find that a DFS or BBS shave with a DE doesn't last as long as one from a straight. So even though I take the experience I have gotten from using the straights to give me great DE shaves - I still only do it once in a while.

cartisdm
05-18-2011, 07:08 AM
Absolutely. Shaving with a straight has made me much more aware of pressure and blade angle, resulting in much better shaves with my DE's. I've also started to stretch my skin while shaving with a DE, which has further enhanced the experience.

^^This. My DE shaves were about 9 out of 10 for quality. I have started using my straight and my DE for cleanup. Now my DE shaves are 10 out of 10. That could also be a combination of really cleaning up my skin well with the SR first though

chuckr9
05-18-2011, 07:30 AM
^^This. My DE shaves were about 9 out of 10 for quality. I have started using my SE and my DE for cleanup. Now my DE shaves are 10 out of 10. That could also be a combination of really cleaning up my skin well with the SE first though

Same for me - DE shaves improved

taffy
05-18-2011, 10:04 AM
I think it has actually now i think about it, i also found the same the other way around, coming from a de to a straight, good prep, light strokes etc

ekster
05-18-2011, 10:08 AM
I first learned to use a straight, and only recently picked up a DE.

While the straight took me at least 20 shaves to get comfortable, and I'm still learning... I was able to get a very good shave with no nicks, cuts or irritation with a DE after only 2-3 tries.

Joe Edson
05-18-2011, 10:11 AM
I took a DE razor on a vacation with me awhile back after using straights exclusively for 6 months prior. Apparently I had forgot how to shave with a DE and was a bloody mess.

Now it's just straights all the time.

BladeRunner001
05-18-2011, 10:24 AM
Different beast altogether, imo and cannot be compared. The straight has a lot more freedom of movement as far as angle; 180 compared to maybe 90 (45 on either side of a DE, give or take a few). I get much much closer shaves with my straights too. You hone the edges to the sharpness/smoothness you like. With a DE, you are stuck using the manufactured blades/edges, which are often times treated differently for hardness (Cr or other), etc...

I, personally prefer more control over my edges and shaves. That's not to say, I don't enjoy DE shaves. On the contrary, I love it...but, I reach more for my str8s.

tvldatsi
05-18-2011, 10:32 AM
I must be in the minority but I find the opposite. I think it's because when I've picked up the DE I think how much easier it's going to be and I shave too fast. I'll have an old type shave here in a little while and see how it goes.

TinsleytheTerrible
05-20-2011, 09:26 PM
I noticed an improvement in my DE shaves after using straights. My tempo was faster and my angles produced better results. I can still get a closer, longer-lasting shave with the DE, but I'm only about 20-25 shaves into the straight and seeing steady improvement with that as well.

For now, the straight is used for fun and learning. The DE is for those fast morning preps or important morning meetings.

jgkeegan
05-22-2011, 08:37 AM
I can't say. I haven't used anything but a straight razor since the first time I used one. I imagine it would make you more conscious of what you are doing.

This is exactly where I am too. I was wondering about that.

--james

jgkeegan
05-22-2011, 08:42 AM
I took a DE razor on a vacation with me awhile back after using straights exclusively for 6 months prior. Apparently I had forgot how to shave with a DE and was a bloody mess.



uh oh. now you have me a little worried, Joe. I have been going back and forth about what to carry when I go to Taiwan on June 2 for a few weeks. I already have a few Gems over there. After reading your post, I think I'll carry the Kai Captain Excelia (folding) that I have been using for about a month (and loving it).

--james

GibsonSG
05-23-2011, 09:14 AM
I had used nothing but a straight for about 4 months, but finally got to the point where it was pulling and tugging enough that I needed to either send it out to get honed, or buy a stone and figure it out (which is what I did). So while I was waiting on my stone to show up, I used a DE for a few shaves. Definitely noticed a marked improvement over the last time I had used one (Had previously been using DE for a little over a year).