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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 How do you use pre-shave oil?
6 Is shaving soap better than shaving cream?
7 How many shaves can you get from a DE blade?
8 What is the lifespan of a Merkur safety razor?
9 Do I need a more aggressive razor or a sharper blade?
10 Why do you use an aftershave?
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 What order should I use my blade sampler pack?
14 How do I know when my blade is pulling or becoming dull?
15 What is the difference between aftershave splash and balm?
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 Where can I find razors locally to look at them in person?
20 What is the safest method of blade disposal?
21 How do you apply splash-based aftershave?
22 Do I have to buy a brush stand?
23 What is the numbering system used on the blades?
24 What should be in a 'wetshaving starter kit'?
25 Why are vintage Gillette razors so popular?
26 What is a slant razor?
27 How do you strop a straight razor?
28 What is Method Shaving?
29 Can I use regular soap as shaving soap?
30 Do shaving soaps and creams expire?
31 Why does my new badger brush smell bad?
32 What is the best Trumper's shaving cream?
33 What is the adjustment scale for a safety razor?
34 Would you suggest the same safety razors for beginner ladies as you would for men?
35 How do you travel with a safety razor?
36 Some shaving soaps are triple milled. What does that mean?
37 How long do you soak your brush before your shave?
38 What size shaving brush should I buy?
39 How do you store shaving soap?
40 How long does a puck of shaving soap last?
41 What supplies do I need to start shaving with a straight razor?
42 Do I have to use a Feather blade in my Feather safety razor?
43 How do you sterilize a vintage safety razor?
44 Do I need different shaving brushes for soaps and creams?
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 Do you ever use boar or synthetic shaving brushes?
49 How many shaving passes do you do?
50 Can I melt my shaving soap to use in another container?
51 Is it still considered traditional shaving if I use a cartridge razor?
52 What does "shave ready" mean?
53 What is a safety razor?
54 How much should I tighten the head of my razor?
55 Why should I use a shaving brush?
56 Why doesn't soap lather in hard water?
57 Is there anything I can do to get that clean baby-face look?
58 Will shaving oil ruin a badger brush?
59 Why is rust on my straight razor?
60 Do people actually use the Wee Scot?
61 If I use a pre-shave oil, can I use regular shaving cream from the drug store?
62 What are the "3 Ts" of shaving?
63 Can soaps or creams stop razor bumps?
64 Where does badger hair come from?
65 How do you condition a strop?
66 I had a dull blade in a new pack of blades. Is this common?
67 How do you travel with a shaving brush?
68 What does DE mean?
69 Why do you own more than one razor?
70 What is blade buffing?
71 When do you use Skin Food?
72 How do you clean a twist-to-open razor?
73 How do you know when you need a sharper blade?
74 Injector and Gem blades are at the drug store, but how can I find a razor?
75 Are there skin types more appropriate for cartridge razors?
76 Why do badger brushes lose hairs?
77 How can I keep a sharp edge on my straight razor other then a basic stropping?
78 How do you know if your razor needs stropping?
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 the regular use of a pre-shave oil coat your shaving brush?
83 Can a new shaver start with Method Shaving?
84 Is Shaving 101 a commercial site?
85 Can you use Method Shaving with a straight razor?
 

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