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1 Why is one blade better than five?
2 What safety razor is best for sensitive skin?
3 What is a good straight razor for a beginner?
4 How do you choose a safety razor?
5 Is shaving soap better than shaving cream?
6 How do you use pre-shave oil?
7 What is the lifespan of a Merkur safety razor?
8 How many shaves can you get from a DE blade?
9 Do I need a more aggressive razor or a sharper blade?
10 What order should I use my blade sampler pack?
11 How do you get a good lather with a shaving soap?
12 Is a Shavette a good alternative to a traditional straight razor?
13 How do I know when my blade is pulling or becoming dull?
14 What is the difference between aftershave splash and balm?
15 Why do you use an aftershave?
16 How do you store your DE razors?
17 Is a heavier razor better than a lighter one?
18 Is it better to build lather in a bowl?
19 How do you apply splash-based aftershave?
20 What is the safest method of blade disposal?
21 Do I have to buy a brush stand?
22 Why are vintage Gillette razors so popular?
23 What is Method Shaving?
24 Where can I find razors locally to look at them in person?
25 What should be in a 'wetshaving starter kit'?
26 Why does my new badger brush smell bad?
27 What is the numbering system used on the blades?
28 What is the best Trumper's shaving cream?
29 Do shaving soaps and creams expire?
30 Can I use regular soap as shaving soap?
31 How long do you soak your brush before your shave?
32 Some shaving soaps are triple milled. What does that mean?
33 What is the adjustment scale for a safety razor?
34 What is a slant razor?
35 What size shaving brush should I buy?
36 How long does a puck of shaving soap last?
37 Would you suggest the same safety razors for beginner ladies as you would for men?
38 Do I have to use a Feather blade in my Feather safety razor?
39 How do you store shaving soap?
40 How do you strop a straight razor?
41 What supplies do I need to start shaving with a straight razor?
42 How do you travel with a safety razor?
43 Do I need different shaving brushes for soaps and creams?
44 How do you sterilize a vintage safety razor?
45 How do you break in a shaving brush?
46 Can I use shaving soap without a brush?
47 How should I store my double edge blades between shaves?
48 Can I melt my shaving soap to use in another container?
49 How many shaving passes do you do?
50 Is it still considered traditional shaving if I use a cartridge razor?
51 Do you ever use boar or synthetic shaving brushes?
52 What is a safety razor?
53 Is there anything I can do to get that clean baby-face look?
54 What does "shave ready" mean?
55 How much should I tighten the head of my razor?
56 Why doesn't soap lather in hard water?
57 Why should I use a shaving brush?
58 Will shaving oil ruin a badger brush?
59 Do people actually use the Wee Scot?
60 Why is rust on my straight razor?
61 If I use a pre-shave oil, can I use regular shaving cream from the drug store?
62 Can soaps or creams stop razor bumps?
63 Where does badger hair come from?
64 What are the "3 Ts" of shaving?
65 I had a dull blade in a new pack of blades. Is this common?
66 What does DE mean?
67 Why do you own more than one razor?
68 How do you condition a strop?
69 How do you travel with a shaving brush?
70 What is blade buffing?
71 When do you use Skin Food?
72 How do you know when you need a sharper blade?
73 How do you clean a twist-to-open razor?
74 Are there skin types more appropriate for cartridge razors?
75 Why do badger brushes lose hairs?
76 How can I keep a sharp edge on my straight razor other then a basic stropping?
77 How do you know if your razor needs stropping?
78 Injector and Gem blades are at the drug store, but how can I find a razor?
79 After shaving with a straight razor, do you need to strop it?
80 Are expensive products better?
81 What is Wet Shaving?
82 Can a new shaver start with Method Shaving?
83 Can the regular use of a pre-shave oil coat your shaving brush?
84 Is Shaving 101 a commercial site?
85 Can you use Method Shaving with a straight razor?


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