Cheers Rob, rusty is an understatement. I keep wanting to return to maximum proficiency with the straight, but ease of use in conjunction with very similar results (with DE & SE razors) have pushed me away from these tools. It also has lost it's 'finally achieved' a full face shave with zero irritation appeal. Saying this maybe I was just too tired to shave with the straight yesterday. The poor technique and lack of proper lather probably a good indication of this. Again in retrospect the lather in the video would have been absolutely fine with my other razors. Lets face it I'm getting lazyI’m firmly in the camp that a decent lather is the same for any type of razor and just dont see why a straight razor needs a thinner lather. Having said that Nishy, your lather was crying out for more water and must have been drying out in the time you spent lathering and shaving the first pass. I know it’s personal preference for you, but I think a bowl makes it much easier to get the soap/water ratio in tune.
A couple of observations about the shave:
- your razor seemed to tug - are you convinced that it’s sharp enough?
- the shave angle looks as though you need be a bit steeper - this will also help with the tugging.
Other than that, you looked a bit rusty which is not surprising.
Hi Bob,Now that is interesting. I make my lather the same way for a DE/SE shave as I do for a straight razor. I hate clogged razor heads from too dry a lather.