Well, I finally had a chance to try my new Dovo straight razor.
I managed to get one pass done. Though it was pretty sloppy and did not look like I even cut some areas! It probably did not help that I had 4 days worth of beard to cut off. I decided to stick with just 1 pass this time and I finished with my DE, mainly because I did not want to hurt my face too much. I want to be able to try again sometime in the next 2 days.
I nicked myself in a few places and got some razor burn on my neck but overall not too bad. I definitely enjoyed it and will continue to try to figure out straight razor shaving
A few questions, things I need tips on:
1. Shaving my left side with my left hand. Wow, this is hard! I am going off of the Interactive Straight Razor guide here on B&B. In it, Joel suggests shaving the right side of your face with your right hand and the left side of your face with your left hand. This is really hard, any tips?
2. Stropping. I know this is extremely important. How many times do you recommend on the linen and the leather sides? Also, when I strop on the leather side I am not hearing any sound normally. I am keeping the razors spine and blade as flat as possible. Should I be hearing a sound? Every video I see there seems to be some sort of sound from the blade crossing the leather.
3. Length of beard. Does the length of my beard effect how smoothly the razor will cut? My beard is pretty thick and tough. Should I try to shave more often so that the razor cuts more smoothly? I am sure that the times it was not smooth was also due to my angle and being new to all of this.
4. What tips do you have about shaving under the nose? This was very difficult.
I will continue to post updates and questions. Thanks for any feedback and help you can give!