How to use a Double-Edged Safety Razor – Part 1

Are you interested in trying a single blade razor?  If you are, you are going to have to re-learn some of the techniques you use to shave.  Here are 3 tips to get you started. 

1st Tip

First,  the best way to get to a single blade, double-edge (DE) razor, or even a straight edge (“cut throat”) razor, might be a shaving brush.  That’s right, making a really good lather can be one of the best shortcuts to learning how to shave with a truly manual razor.  After you make the change and get you’re comfortable with your new gear you can think about cutting some corners, but for now  consider that all lathers are not created equally and spending the time to make a really good one will give you an advantage.

2nd Tip

Second, you’re probably using far too much pressure on the razor.  Its almost second nature to bear down while you’re shaving and if you try it with a single blade you will inevitably get into trouble.  So grasp the razor by the bottom of the handle.  That will force you to use less pressure on the blade.

3rd Tip

Third, lock your wrist and move the razor with your whole arm as you maneuver around the contours of where you’re shaving.  Don’t take advantage of the razor’s pivot feature if you can help it. Taking relatively short strokes will help here as well.

Spend the next month or so re-learning your shave technique and you’ll be ready for the big change, stepping away from the big highway cruiser of a razor to a fun little sports car of a razor.

Next time I’ll show you how to use that DE razor properly.

Mantic59The Shaving Tutor

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