Any of y’all use a straight razor to shave? Recommend carbon steel (easy to sharpen) or stainless steel? I have never shaved with one but would like to try it.What are your recommendations on this subject?
I got the razor and have used it about three times. Not good at it but better than the first try. I think it might be like riding a dirt bike. It won’t really hurt you until you get comfortable with it.
I use a replaceable one as well. Have been for 6 years or so. I had a problem with my neck breaking out with a normal razor. The straight razor has all but eliminated that. Once you get used to them, there is nothing to it. I have a beard and only use it for my neck, so I don't have to change the blades but every few shaves.
I collect razors. Mostly Double Edge. I have a Heavy beard, and cartridge razors just don't cut it. Literally. I stopped buying store razors when Gillette put out the three blade sensor and I was throwing the cartridge away after two shaves.
Only two reasons I never collected straights, was the Price of good ones, and I stink at sharpening anything finer than an axe.
That said I Use straights, just don't collect... A good straight well kept will outlast you. The same with a Double Edge, or even something like my Feather. Clean the blade properly and even the DE, and replacement blades will Way outlast the cartridge razors. I spend Maybe $10 a Year on blades, unless I just want to try something new.
Have fun, enjoy. Watch out for the bug... They're as addictive as buying new guns.