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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 Can I use regular soap as shaving soap?
26 How do you apply splash-based aftershave?
27 What is a slant razor?
28 Do shaving soaps and creams expire?
29 Why are vintage Gillette razors so popular?
30 How do you travel with a safety razor?
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