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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 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 Is a Shavette a good alternative to a traditional straight razor?
11 How do you get a good lather with a shaving soap?
12 What order should I use my blade sampler pack?
13 Why do you use an aftershave?
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 should be in a 'wetshaving starter kit'?
24 Why are vintage Gillette razors so popular?
25 What is the numbering system used on the blades?
26 What is Method Shaving?
27 Why does my new badger brush smell bad?
28 Do shaving soaps and creams expire?
29 Can I use regular soap as shaving soap?
30 What is the best Trumper's shaving cream?
31 How do you strop a straight razor?
32 What is a slant razor?
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 Some shaving soaps are triple milled. What does that mean?
36 How long do you soak your brush before your shave?
37 How do you travel with a safety razor?
38 What size shaving brush should I buy?
39 How long does a puck of shaving soap last?
40 How do you store shaving soap?
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 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 How many shaving passes do you do?
49 Can I melt my shaving soap to use in another container?
50 Do you ever use boar or synthetic shaving brushes?
51 Is it still considered traditional shaving if I use a cartridge razor?
52 What is a safety razor?
53 What does "shave ready" mean?
54 How much should I tighten the head of my razor?
55 Is there anything I can do to get that clean baby-face look?
56 Why should I use a shaving brush?
57 Why doesn't soap lather in hard water?
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 What does DE mean?
68 Why do you own more than one razor?
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 Injector and Gem blades are at the drug store, but how can I find a razor?
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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