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Every day we receive questions from readers about their shaving products or techniques. Thank you for writing! We've created this Shaving Q & A section so that we can share the answers with everyone. If you have a question, please feel free to submit it and we will do our best to give you a thoughtful answer.

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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 Why do you use an aftershave?
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 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 Is it better to build lather in a bowl?
17 How do you store your DE razors?
18 Where can I find razors locally to look at them in person?
19 How do you strop a straight razor?
20 Is a heavier razor better than a lighter one?
21 What should be in a 'wetshaving starter kit'?
22 What is the numbering system used on the blades?
23 What is the safest method of blade disposal?
24 Do I have to buy a brush stand?
25 How do you apply splash-based aftershave?
26 Can I use regular soap as shaving soap?
27 What is a slant razor?
28 Do shaving soaps and creams expire?
29 Why are vintage Gillette razors so popular?
30 Why does my new badger brush smell bad?
31 How do you travel with a safety razor?
32 What is the adjustment scale for a safety razor?
33 Would you suggest the same safety razors for beginner ladies as you would for men?
34 What is Method Shaving?
35 What is the best Trumper's shaving cream?
36 Some shaving soaps are triple milled. What does that mean?
37 How do you store shaving soap?
38 What supplies do I need to start shaving with a straight razor?
39 How long do you soak your brush before your shave?
40 What size shaving brush should I buy?
41 How long does a puck of shaving soap last?
42 How do you sterilize a vintage safety razor?
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 Can I use shaving soap without a brush?
46 How do you break in a shaving 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 Is it still considered traditional shaving if I use a cartridge razor?
51 What does "shave ready" mean?
52 Can I melt my shaving soap to use in another container?
53 What is a safety razor?
54 Why should I use a shaving brush?
55 How much should I tighten the head of my razor?
56 Why doesn't soap lather in hard water?
57 Is there anything I can do to get that clean baby-face look?
58 Why is rust on my straight razor?
59 Will shaving oil ruin a badger brush?
60 What are the "3 Ts" of shaving?
61 How do you condition a strop?
62 If I use a pre-shave oil, can I use regular shaving cream from the drug store?
63 Do people actually use the Wee Scot?
64 Can soaps or creams stop razor bumps?
65 Where does badger hair come from?
66 How do you travel with a shaving brush?
67 What is blade buffing?
68 I had a dull blade in a new pack of blades. Is this common?
69 Why do you own more than one razor?
70 What does DE mean?
71 How do you clean a twist-to-open razor?
72 How can I keep a sharp edge on my straight razor other then a basic stropping?
73 When do you use Skin Food?
74 Are there skin types more appropriate for cartridge razors?
75 Injector and Gem blades are at the drug store, but how can I find a razor?
76 Why do badger brushes lose hairs?
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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