Alright everyone, well tonight was my first shave with a straight after about 3 months of DE shaving. I decided to let my facial hair grow out for about 2 days since I knew my Sight Unseen Deal from Larry was coming in. I do not think that was a good idea :
I received my razor, strop, and balsa in the mail today. Can be seen here: http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php/269190-Show-me-your-Whippeddog-Sight-Unseen-razors/page6
Here is my before picture:
Nivea Pre Shave Soap
Let the whisker get pleny o wet
Cella (soap I knew I would get great lather from) even let it sink in for about 2 minutes or so
Re applied the Cella
First pass: WTG
This is why I think the 2 days growth was not a good idea. I didn't strop the razor because of the advise sent to me in the instructions from my Whipped Dog deal. Don't know if that was the problem or not. Anyways, the razor did not just glide through and easily cut the hairs. I mostly think that this was due to my inexperience. It was rough going, but I kept plowing through and did the best I could. Still though I didn't manage to get any cuts or wheepers through the whole ordeal. Only problem I had was as stated. I then rinsed off, did a pretty good job I think except for a couple of patches around the chin and under the neck.
Second pass: WTG
Since the first pass was so rough I decided to go WTG again. The reason I think I had so much problem was due to the long beard growth. This time the razor performed better. Still not buttery smooth as I thought it would be switching to a straight, but a 100 times better. I had a lot of problem around the chin, but will work on that the next shave. This time on the cheeks I did manage to cut my self with the tip of the razor. Lesson learned! It's sharp! So I thought, happened again on the chin! Did a little better around the chin.
Third pass: XTG
Started a third pass XTG on the cheeks, not really any problems but needs some work. Since I have funny hair growth and the base of my neck seems to switch directions (WTG is up at the base) I decided to do a third WTG pass there, but had a brain fart and went all the way up to my chin. So actually did ATG on the top half of my neck. Still, it went pretty smooth.
All in all, didn't have a lot of problems except the two cuts (cheek and chin) from the tip of the razor from being careless, and a small pimple at the base of the neck that I decided to remove. Had a little razor burn at the bottom of the neck but it was spotty, not the whole bottom of the neck like I can sometimes get from a DE.
Alum block (was deathly scared to apply)
4711 since it's night time
I know it needs work, but I am willing to put the time in. Really enjoyed the process and looking forward to the journey. Any tips would be appreciated. I do have a few questions:
Should the razor just glide straight through the hairs? Everyone I read about makes it seems like it just glides through effortlessly, I definitly had a drag, and seemed to have to give a good force through some hairs, especially the first pass, which could be due to the extra day of growth.
How awkward does the holding the razor get? I looked up ways to hold the razor and followed them, but some were very awkward and at times seemed to be blind shaving.
Thanks for reading any input will be taking in to consideration. Oh yeah, forgot to add, I really need to make sure I stretch the skin, sometimes I forgot because I was concentrating so hard on not puncturing my face. For the most part, I did stretch the skin.