When you purchase a blade from me, your razor has been honed, true and sharp, and should deliver an excellent shave.
Before you use your razor, carefully remove the protective oil coating from the blade with a tissue, being cautious to not touch the sharp edge.
Do not strop the blade prior to your first use.
It ships professionally stropped, and will deliver a smooth shave at arrival.
Be aware that your initial shaves with a straight razor may be tricky. Over time, you will acquire the necessary skills to deliver comfortable and artful shaves.
The following routines may help you develop a better straight razor shave. It is highly recommend that you apply a pre-shave oil prior to shaving. For some, this provides protection against nicks, and aids smoothness to razor movement.
A light application of olive oil on the skin is adequate if commercial options are unavailable.
Straight shaving is done in “passes.” One with the grain of your beard, one across the beard grain, and one against. In between each of these passes, close the razor into its protective scales, and hold it in your non-dominate hand as you relather and apply shaving cream. This simple, and often overlooked, procedure ensures you don’t drop, bump, or damage the razor/yourself.
Being unaware of the razors whereabouts, even if for only a moment, is dangerous.