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TomFox
06-16-2009, 12:35 PM
How much longer does it really take to use a straight razor vs a DE?
For me, I cannot stretch my skin at all when using a DE or a forest of ingrowns will result. In addition, I have a very sharp jawline, so if I want a decent shave around the jaw line, it takes some serious time and risk of razor burn.

The ability to stretch the skin so that you don't even have to worry about the jawline seems like it could actually [B]save[B] me some time. Can you just strop the razor the night before so you don't even have to worry about that in the morning?

Oxi
06-16-2009, 01:14 PM
Shaving with a staight takes a long time the first few months. It'll speed up with added experience, but after about 6 months mine still take alot of time. Results are good and I like it though.

Hawkeye5
06-16-2009, 01:45 PM
Depends on your experience. Frankly, I don't care about the time involved.

I don't like to rush my shaves so I shave in the evening. Hot towel and the whole nine yards. It might take a total of thirty minutes for a three pass shave from start to finish. A three pass DE shave will take less than half that time, but I am unwilling to compromise. Shave time is my time and I'm damn well going to enjoy myself as contrasted to just lopping off whiskers.

Slartibartfast
06-16-2009, 01:46 PM
It depends on how close i want to get.

Luc
06-16-2009, 02:48 PM
When I used a shavette, it was taking be 15 mins per pass. I usually did one as I was usually cutting myself by accident. I think with a real straight, it would around the same time. Like a DE, with experience I would gain speed. The above times seems reasonnable.

ozzy_scl
06-16-2009, 02:52 PM
I agree with all the other comments.

speed develops with technique, one thing to add (at least in my case) is no matter how quicker you shave with a DE, you'll get a closer and longer lasting shave with a straight.

In my case my Dovo Special 5/8 is my wife, and my DE's are the misstresses...

I just love the feeling of shaving with a straight, the honing, stroping, and sharp testing makes it a whole different experience.

I started using DE's because the time it took me to shave with a straight, but I have to say; even though I like shaving with a DE, I have to do it at least 3 times a week with my straight.

RetroGrouch
06-16-2009, 03:27 PM
Yes, you can save time by stropping the evening before. I often do this. (I also do a few passes in the morning, just to ensure the edge is fresh. Probably not necessary, but it can't hurt.)

I shave right after my shower. Three passes takes less than 15 minutes, not much longer than a DE.

Fnord5
06-16-2009, 03:30 PM
Yes, you can save time by stropping the evening before. I often do this. (I also do a few passes in the morning, just to ensure the edge is fresh. Probably not necessary, but it can't hurt.)

I shave right after my shower. Three passes takes less than 15 minutes, not much longer than a DE.

Two passes, 15-20 minutes.
I strop before I shower, then I lather up, do a couple more passes on the strop, then have at it.
DE I can get done in about 5-10, and it is a DFS, but not as enjoyable.

ambrose
06-16-2009, 03:40 PM
Two passes, 15-20 minutes.
I strop before I shower, then I lather up, do a couple more passes on the strop, then have at it.
DE I can get done in about 5-10, and it is a DFS, but not as enjoyable.

Likewise

Blackstangal
06-16-2009, 03:40 PM
+1 It takes as long as you want.:biggrin:
Depends on your experience. Frankly, I don't care about the time involved.

I don't like to rush my shaves so I shave in the evening. Hot towel and the whole nine yards. It might take a total of thirty minutes for a three pass shave from start to finish. A three pass DE shave will take less than half that time, but I am unwilling to compromise. Shave time is my time and I'm damn well going to enjoy myself as contrasted to just lopping off whiskers.

Deputy Unicorn
06-16-2009, 03:47 PM
Last night was my first straight shave, with tonights to follow in just a little while.

It took me about 25-30 minutes, but I was taking my sweet time. Something I strongly recommend, the whole reason you are using a straight to begin with is because you want to enjoy the experience. If time is of the essence and you don't enjoy the experience I would stick with the DE.

Rushing things when you have a few inches of razor sharp steet against your neck seems foolish to me.

Blackstangal
06-16-2009, 03:49 PM
Well said!:wink:
Last night was my first straight shave, with tonights to follow in just a little while.

It took me about 25-30 minutes, but I was taking my sweet time. Something I strongly recommend, the whole reason you are using a straight to begin with is because you want to enjoy the experience. If time is of the essence and you don't enjoy the experience I would stick with the DE.

Rushing things when you have a few inches of razor sharp steet against your neck seems foolish to me.

mdunn
06-16-2009, 06:47 PM
normally 30mins, but I can get a CCS in about 15

TomFox
06-16-2009, 08:04 PM
Thanks for the input everyone. Next question will of course have to be how many straight razor shavers out there are left with huge ass pirate scars on there cheeks from their razors.

Luc
06-16-2009, 08:10 PM
Thanks for the input everyone. Next question will of course have to be how many straight razor shavers out there are left with huge ass pirate scars on there cheeks from their razors.

I wouldn't worry too much about that...

Remember the great Shane Falco in the replacements:



Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory... lasts forever.

CraigJ
06-17-2009, 02:11 AM
I did a speed run a few months back just to see how fast I could go... one minute and fifty seconds. This included lathering and cleanup. This excluded stropping and a second pass.

Typicaly I do two passes right after my morning shower. I do no beard prep other than washing my face in the shower. I also don't include time for stropping because I strop while the shower water is warming up. My normal time for two passes is 5-7 minutes.

If I want to go crazy and do the hot towel prep and cold towel post shave along with a third pass, I will take up to 30 minutes. I do this about once a month on a non work day.

mdunn
06-17-2009, 02:23 AM
Thanks for the input everyone. Next question will of course have to be how many straight razor shavers out there are left with huge ass pirate scars on there cheeks from their razors.

ive got pirate scars, but not from shaving

or piracy, for that matter

scottish steve
06-17-2009, 04:56 AM
I'm getting able to get good results in about the same time I'd take using a DE...maybe a couple of mins more. My first straight "shave" took about an hour and was xly bad.

sickz284u
06-17-2009, 06:09 AM
I can tell you from experience you dont want to get in a hurry. Straights can be very unforgiving, but give a shave like now other. Personally I love using my straight but unfortunatly have to use my DE sometimes because of time restrictions. Take your time and enjoy the shave. :cool:

Hawkeye5
06-17-2009, 06:36 AM
I have more scars on my face from barbed wire than straight razors. Other than a closed one, the safest straight razor is the one on your face.

Tolduonce
06-17-2009, 06:55 AM
First straight shave took almost an hour. Thought I'd go for it and did countless passes until everything was as smooth as glass. Must add I have a goatee and mustache. Trimmed off about 5 mins on each subsequent shave. Down to about 35 mins now and that time span is fine with me. Regarding your second question, I've never cut myself. Just a few weepers. No real ingrowns either and I do skin stretching.

lax1mxr
06-17-2009, 07:01 AM
10 minutes. 2 passes - WTG and ATG. I strop the night before, and shave right out of the shower.

Just remember, it's not a race. It's personal ZEN time for me. Meant to be savored.

scottish steve
06-17-2009, 07:19 AM
Yeah, I must admit that I hate stropping before or during my shave. I tend to wait until night-time, when I'm at a bit of a loose end and then I'll do a few therapeutic passes while watching TV. Got all my straights as sharp as I could over the last couple of nights, then stored my vintages. A great hour or so spent!

Seraphim
06-17-2009, 07:52 AM
I take about 7-10 minutes per pass.

Sullybob
06-17-2009, 08:13 AM
Thanks for the input everyone. Next question will of course have to be how many straight razor shavers out there are left with huge ass pirate scars on there cheeks from their razors.

I don't have a pirate scar. Yet...


Start to finish is 15-30 minutes including cleanup.

ozzy_scl
06-17-2009, 10:02 AM
Thanks for the input everyone. Next question will of course have to be how many straight razor shavers out there are left with huge ass pirate scars on there cheeks from their razors.


I've only cut myself once, under my chin, but it was because I stupidly put the razor straight rather than in angle (I wasn't looking).

It didn't leave a huge scar (actually you can't see it from the front).

If you're careful you'll be fine.

studioguy
06-17-2009, 10:22 AM
It takes me 10-15 mins not counting stropping or face prep. No pirate scars yet just a few nicks that happened when I was rushing.
If I'm in a hurry I use a SE or DE or REALLY in a hurry a cartridge.

tg16
06-17-2009, 11:50 AM
I've found the time can vary. If I don't have at least 20 minutes to devote to shaving in the morning, I'll wait till the evening where it normally takes about 30 minutes. I have found that if I get a new soap or cream, I'll take longer and relish the experience a little more.

I had to buy a dry box and some dessicant to store the DE's since they get no use now.

syzygy
06-17-2009, 11:08 PM
Yes, you can save time by stropping the evening before. I often do this. (I also do a few passes in the morning, just to ensure the edge is fresh. Probably not necessary, but it can't hurt.)

I shave right after my shower. Three passes takes less than 15 minutes, not much longer than a DE.

I agree with this. 15 minutes is about right. I tend to skip the XTG and go WTG, ATG, ATG and then some detail work. The straight shave is so superior in every way.

adonnellyr
06-18-2009, 12:04 AM
15 minutes on average. 30 minutes if I want to really unwind and enjoy myself. 5 minutes if I'm in a hurry and just do one pass (which actually gives me a presentable shave for the entire workday).

ZethLent
06-18-2009, 12:45 AM
I ussally take about 3~4 minutes per pass.

Depending on the shave it may take a total of 20~30 for all of the bathroom ablutions (shower shave hair) to come to an end.

Kema
06-18-2009, 02:13 AM
My morning ritual is usually very short.

1. Put brush to hot water and some water to the soap.
2. Splash some warm water to face.
3. Brush teeth
4. Splash some warm water to face
5. Strop 20 linen -> 20 leather
6. Brush face with warm water and dry brush
7. Make lather
8. WTG
9. ATG
10. Clean and dry everything
11. Shower
12. Some face balm or Hydrocortisone cream

Takes 10-15 min. if I am not too tired. Stropping in the morning feels very slow :P

Cheech
06-18-2009, 02:19 AM
15 minutes on average. 30 minutes if I want to really unwind and enjoy myself. 5 minutes if I'm in a hurry and just do one pass (which actually gives me a presentable shave for the entire workday).

Same here. Reassuring how most of us are in the same ballpark. Expect the first bit to take longer. But, it will speed up soon enough.

SavantStrike
06-18-2009, 07:31 AM
30 seconds for a two pass WTG XTG shave with bowl lathering and a hot towel treatment, and clean up time included. Please don't ask for proof.

In all seriousness though, I take 20-30 minutes, but I always use a hot towel prep and two passes. Shaving straight out of the shower and skipping the hot towel, as well as maybe only doing one pass should put me in the 10-20 minute bracket. Not too far off from a DE.

mparker762
06-18-2009, 08:40 AM
7-12 minutes. It gradually gets faster with experience. My first year probably averaged around 20 minutes.

Magruder
06-18-2009, 05:22 PM
30 seconds for a two pass WTG XTG shave with bowl lathering and a hot towel treatment, and clean up time included. Please don't ask for proof.


Check your watch, you're probably late for work!

BEAR DEN
06-19-2009, 03:07 AM
25 minutes would be a quickie for me! :biggrin:

gregs656
06-19-2009, 05:51 AM
I think about 20 mins, these days I take my sweet time, a bit of music, plenty of lather, plenty of stropping.

As a loose rule I shave in the evenings, and I can always find the time.

Clockwork John
06-19-2009, 07:54 AM
I'm less than a month in, but I already have my shave time down to 15-20 minutes for 2-3 passes. It probably helps that I've been DE shaving for over a year, so I have the prep down. The only thing I'm having to learn at this point is technique. I'm sure that has put me a little ahead of the curve.

tg16
06-19-2009, 09:36 AM
My "two pass don't be late for work" shave takes 15-20 minutes. My weekend luxury shave, which involves sipping coffee between passes while listening to music is a 45 minute experience. Five minutes of that involves selection of razor, soap and AS. The GF says I look like a debutante selecting her clothes for the evening.

Leche
06-19-2009, 09:59 AM
I've been at it about two months and while my time hasn't improved (30-35 minutes) but my shaves have come a very long way and still improving.

Disburden
06-20-2009, 07:25 AM
After you get experienced enough to shave quickly and hone to a very sharp edge, a good shave can take as little as 10 minutes.