I have been on and off about buying a straight razor for sometime while researching as much as I can, started DE shaving in February so its been quite a journey already especially with AD. I was able to buy a package from Rickboone included a honed razor/strop/and some lapping film. Anxiously waiting for it to arrive I have been googling how to hold the razor to stropping. Nothing really prepared me for the first time I laid my eyes on that green/yellow Geneva straight razor. I found a king cutter at an antique show for a decent price but it definitely wasnít shave ready.
Having 2 day growth I finally took the dive to straight shave that night. Using nancy boy replenishing cream I made a nice thick and stable lather, staring at the blade as it looked back at me and mocked me for waiting so long. I eventually gathered up the new and slowly put it towards my face. I thought to myself this is pretty easy, taking off all the lather in a few short strokes. I didnít hear any noise as this was a hollow grind but continued down my face and the rest of my cheek. I felt so accomplished at this moment that I was able to do this effortlessly until I felt the result and it was exactly the same as if I didnít shave at all.
I have placed the blade on my face at too sharp of an angle causing the blade to slightly lift up. I relathered my face, by this time the other side of my face lather has completely dried and was flaking off my face like bad dandruff. I put the blade to my face and push it flat, slowly increasing the angle ever so minimally before I hear the signature cutting song. This was music to my ears and kept going slowly while trying to maintain this angle. By now itís been about 20 minutes to do just one cheek. I switch my hands to try my left side, this was even worse. I am very uncoordinated with my left hand so it caused some problems but no cuts at all not even a weeper. I was actually able to shave closer with my left hand than my right, it has to do something with my pressure and angle because it flowed so effortlessly. I finished the rest of my face up with a DE.
I am also very thankful that Rick dulled the point of the spike point or else I would of clipped my ear. All in all I think it was a rather successful first attempt at shaving with a straight. What a rush and zen moment it was to finally have my first shave. This forum has been nothing but helpful and continues on to help me.