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    G'day all Straight Razors and Shavettes,

    I'm asking to all wet shavers who used either a straight razor or shavette, how long does it take you to master your non-dominant hand while using either a straight razor or a shavette be honest with me while I'm learning to used a IBC shavette.

    FYI. click here for Irving Barber Company (IBC) shavette topic.

    Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpeedyPC View Post
    G'day all Straight Razors and Shavettes,

    I'm asking to all wet shavers who used either a straight razor or shavette, how long does it take you to master your non-dominant hand while using either a straight razor or a shavette be honest with me while I'm learning to used a IBC shavette.

    FYI. click here for Irving Barber Company (IBC) shavette topic.

    Cheers.
    It took me a couple of weeks of daily shaves to get comfortable. Probably 30 shaves to get proficient. Now it's no problem at all.
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    About the same length of time it takes to learn to shave if you start with both hands. 100 shaves in, it will all seem natural. Well worth the effort IMHO.
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    It probably took me close to 50 shaves to get proficient with my non-dominant hand.
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    My guess is about 3 dozen shaves, but I have a bit of ambidexterity that I didn't recognize until after I started straight shaving. I've even considered re-training myself to learn honing left-handed which might help me resist the urge to overpressure the blade...and help avoid RAD (specifically getting into JNats).

    However, I am not certain I would say I've "mastered" my left hand technique quite yet. I still sweat a little going ATG under my nose using the left hand. I'm hoping I get this down by summer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grazor View Post
    About the same length of time it takes to learn to shave if you start with both hands. 100 shaves in, it will all seem natural. Well worth the effort IMHO.
    I agree, having used both hands from the start. When you start to move from dominant hand to non-dominant hand without thinking about it, you'll know that you've arrived.
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    About 30 shaves to feel comfortable and 100 to feel proficient.
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    It was within the first few shaves but I have always been a bit ambidextrous.
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    I also am ambidextrous so it only took me about 5-6 to feel quite comfortable and then got proficient
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    I am a lefty living in a righthanded world so I had a bit of an advantage leaening to use my non dominate hand. Still it took several months before I became comfortable with a sharp razor on my face. Breathe, do not rush and stop if it isn't comfortable for you.
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