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


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