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    Thank you Peter.

    geofatboy does show various alternate methods of holding the razor.
    I have yet to try them but will in the next day or two and report back.

    Mickey

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickeyobe View Post
    I am 80 years old and have just discovered the pleasure of shaving with a brush and a single edge razor. I am happily using an old Rolls Razor that I reconditioned.

    I would now like to try a straight razor, yes, a cutthroat.
    I have viewed your video numerous times as I have with so many of your other excellent tutorials.

    As I am about to start I run into an obstacle that I do not know how to overcome.
    Lathered up. Razor positioned properly in my hand. I put it on my face.
    I lose sight of where it contacts my face!!!
    Scraping a cutthroat blindly over my face intimidates me.

    What am I doing wrong?

    Please help if there is help.

    Mickey Oberman
    You do need some confidence in your strokes, but it if you keep them short, light and a low degree angle that will get you started without killing yourself - even if it's a little more difficult to see completely due to your angle in the mirror or cream. It's been awhile since your post. How is it going now?

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    RADisorder,

    Thank you for your reply.

    I do indeed lack confidence in my strokes - those that I cannot see.
    Eventually I may build up the courage to try again - perhaps.
    I am really trying.

    I have gone back to my Rolls in which I have complete confidence and a sort of love affair.
    I have devised ways of resuscitating broken and cracked hones and ugly petrified strops.
    The Rolls is one of those creations that was near perfection when it was first introduced and a few minor subsequent
    improvements have created the Stradivarius of shaving instruments.

    When and if I make a successful return to the cutthroat I will let you know.

    Many thanks,

    Mickey

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    Quote Originally Posted by mickeyobe View Post
    RADisorder,

    Thank you for your reply.

    I do indeed lack confidence in my strokes - those that I cannot see.
    Eventually I may build up the courage to try again - perhaps.
    I am really trying.

    I have gone back to my Rolls in which I have complete confidence and a sort of love affair.
    I have devised ways of resuscitating broken and cracked hones and ugly petrified strops.
    The Rolls is one of those creations that was near perfection when it was first introduced and a few minor subsequent
    improvements have created the Stradivarius of shaving instruments.

    When and if I make a successful return to the cutthroat I will let you know.

    Many thanks,

    Mickey
    Mickey,

    I think I may know a little bit about how you feel. I'm only 7 straight shaves in myself. I believe it's going ok considering I'm new to this. But, I'll finish a shave thinking it wasn't so bad and then break out my Muhle R89 I've been using a few months and it puts the straight to shame, for now. Although my shaves are decent with the vintage straight, I do have doubts that the edge is as good as it could be and I have a brand new one on the way.

    If and when you try again you may want to try another edge just to be sure, as I'm doing. I don't know much about the Rolls, but it sounds like a great razor. Enjoy, no matter what you decide to do. Sounds like you have a pretty great shave already and the straight is a neat experiment.

    -Derek

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