Styptic Pencil Care

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Styptic Pencil Care

Post by chrisisconnorsdad » Mon Dec 14, 2009 9:32 pm

Ok, so I picked up a styptic pencil a while ago and I am clear on how to use it but I don't feel that it is being taken care of very well. After I wet it and apply as needed, the water drips down the whole pencil and makes a mess in my hand. I don't want to take a towel to the thing for fear of staining it but I doubt it will last very long air drying.

Any thoughts?

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Post by bernards66 » Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:09 pm

Chris, No idea. I never use them.
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Post by gil3591 » Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:14 pm

i just dip the tip in a drop of water. the stick never gets wet. but i am sure i don't know the proper way of using one :D
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Post by CMur12 » Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:18 pm

Chris, just dab the tip with a bit of toilet paper (more absorbent than Kleenex) before it drips.

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Post by m3m0ryleak » Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:33 pm

A most humble suggestion would be to switch to an alum bar and be done with the mess (and white stain) of the styptic pencil. My skin thanked me after the switch. :wink:


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Post by CMur12 » Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:39 pm

The alum bar and styptic pencil actually have different purposes.

The alum bar is used more as an astringent, passing it over the entire beard after the shave. (Admittedly, not my thing.)

The styptic pencil does a much more capable job of stanching a bleed.

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Post by King-D » Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:43 pm

If your face is already wet, then there's no need to wet the pencil. And be sure to rinse off any blood that might remain on the pencil. The pencil will eventually get ugly, but what are ya gonna do?
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Post by PACHUCO » Mon Dec 14, 2009 11:12 pm

I agree with the method of simply dipping the tip of the pencil in water. If the issue persists you may consider using styptic matches (never used myself);I assume you use once and throw away.

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Post by Tye » Mon Dec 14, 2009 11:33 pm

Tip in water do I dip, all that is needed that is.

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Post by bernards66 » Mon Dec 14, 2009 11:39 pm

Serg, 'If the issue persists' I'm thinkin' a re-evaluatin of technique might be in order, no?
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Post by PACHUCO » Mon Dec 14, 2009 11:43 pm

Yes, I simply am suggesting a completely alternate route to the same destination :)

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Post by CMur12 » Mon Dec 14, 2009 11:55 pm

bernards66 wrote:Serg, 'If the issue persists' I'm thinkin' a re-evaluatin of technique might be in order, no?
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Post by chrisisconnorsdad » Tue Dec 15, 2009 6:07 am

It would be more stop using a cartridge but the new razor hasnt shown up yet.

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Post by Sarge » Tue Dec 15, 2009 6:12 am

For the occasional cut, styptic pencils are hard to beat. And, like everyone has said, just a dab of water on the tip, or an already wet face, is all you need - the dryer you can keep them the better. The one I have is made by Clubman, I believe, and comes in its own little plastic storage tube with a red cap which keeps it from messing up other surfaces and is great to throw into the Dopp kit. I got mine at Harris Teeter for $2.

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Post by gil3591 » Tue Dec 15, 2009 6:50 am

i once went into the pharmacy at a large grocery store. i asked where the styptic pencils were and the lady told me that they don't have any antique shaving supplies :lol:
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Post by Flash G » Tue Dec 15, 2009 6:53 am

In my experience the technique thing works best, but when that doesn't cut it I find that an alum block works just as well as an styptic pen.
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Post by ateace » Tue Dec 15, 2009 7:16 am

I just moisten the tip, apply and rinse off the evidence. Eventually, the pencil may lose its pristine look, but that's the nature of the beast.

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Post by paperpundit » Tue Dec 15, 2009 7:38 am

For me, alum usually does the job for the once-a-week nick.

For the once-a-year flesh wound, I'll use a styptic pencil with a drop of juice from a nasal inhaler on it. The combination will seal the worst of wounds in a few seconds.

If you don't like using the pencil, Serg, use vaseline instead. Simply put a drop on a que-tip and apply. When the cut is sealed, wipe away the goo.
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Post by swarden43 » Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:13 am

ateace wrote:I just moisten the tip, apply and rinse off the evidence. Eventually, the pencil may lose its pristine look, but that's the nature of the beast.
That's what I do. Then I dry it on a towel, put it back in the package it was sold in, then into the medicine cabinet.
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Post by Barbiere di Figaro » Tue Dec 15, 2009 2:18 pm

Didn't your styptic pencil come in some kind of cover, like on the pic? Ofcourse it get's wet, but after drying like advised on this board, you can really last with a pencil without it getting everything else and your hands messed up.

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