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    Something I read about a long time ago and do this at the end of every shave. The soaps we use are not cheap so at the end of every shave I squeeze the soap out of my brush and return it to the mug to use it next time. This has made the soaps last much longer they they use to.

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    applying alum to your face pre-shave is counterproductive.

    I tried it once as a curiosity and could not get a close shave

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    Wow a lot of good tips and tricks here,

    As a Newbie I am soaking it all in,

    I am going to try to do the chin first, I liked that idea.

    I also liked the rinse of the blade to tell if your shave cream is too dry when it sticks to the blade. I have noticed that numerous times.

    I also liked moving the chin not the razor, tried that last night and it did work.

    I am still experimenting with the chin area. Tricky tricky...

    I wish I had some tips to add but Im still learning.

    THANKS to ALL


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    I generally go XTG just lateral to my mouth and as noted in previous posts I use a yawning motion on the sides of my upper lip. The area just under my lower lip was the most problematic in learning how to shave and I found that a very sharp blade with a more acute angle did the trick.

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    The quality of your shave will be a direct result of the component you are the least adept at; honing, stropping, or shaving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stubear View Post
    I guess my little "quirk" would be that when I shave my cheeks I dont go WTG then XTG, I just go straight to the XTG pass. IE: I start my stroke by my lips and make the pass going back across my face towards my ear on both sides. This results in a BBS finish with only one pass, so I get less irritation!

    This started because I was finding it hard to shave WTG (from sideburn down to jawline) on my left cheek when I started using a straight. I found I got better results on this cheek so I just started doing it on both sides..!
    Gee, I do the same type of passes, except that first pass, toward the ear, it WTG for me. Though I find that the best for me is a 3-pass shave. Then I am BBS for about 8-10 hrs, and I only have to shave every other day, or every third day.

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    The only tip I have to offer, being as new as I am, is this:

    If you find the jaw, right under the ear, to be a difficult spot, I know I have, clear your cheek, dry your hand, and stretch from the cheek, it pulls the skin from the jaw up onto the cheek, giving a much smoother surface to work with.

    If that doesn't work, you can always just drop your jaw, effectively doing the same thing.

    Hope it helps.

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    Instead of shaving the chin first I use two razors if I let my beard grow a lot. I shave my whole face except the goatee, and then use one of my ultra sharp blades from utopian to mow it down. Sometimes I use this technique anyway, but do the first couple of passes with water ever I want and then switch to my current "smoothest" shaver for a nice feeling, smooth final pass.

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    If you want to make shaving the neck / jaw area below your ears a lot easier, and stop any possible nick from happening, lift the toe of the blade ever-so-slightly to shave with the centre of the blade.

    This works in other areas of the face as well, and makes shaving those areas a lot easier with a spike or square point.
    Burt.

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    I find it hard to stretch my face with wet fingertips against wet skin, so I cut a wascloth into ~2" squares and use those for traction between fingertips and face. A whole washcloth is too big and dangles in the way.

    Also, for learning to use your nondominant hand or experimenting with daring new passes, tape the edge of an old blade and practice the motions with that.
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