3pc DE Aggressive Razor Fundamentals - "Riding the cap"

Discussion in 'Shave School' started by Bama Samurai, Apr 27, 2016.

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How do you like your razor?

  1. Mild and smooth

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  2. Aggressive and efficient

    42 vote(s)
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  3. With two lumps and a biscuit...

    2 vote(s)
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  4. Doesn't matter, Techniques Trump Tools!!!

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  1. Cody Gearhart

    Cody Gearhart Member

    I understand now. I tested on my arm. It really is when the blade touches the skin that IS the proper angle.
     
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  2. Bama Samurai

    Bama Samurai with Laser-like Focus Staff Member

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    Very good! Good luck with it.
     
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  3. Cody Gearhart

    Cody Gearhart Member

    Thank you. I did have good luck because I did a 2 pass BBS with my Gillette Aristocrat with very little irritation.
     
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  4. Bama Samurai

    Bama Samurai with Laser-like Focus Staff Member

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    Very nice!
     
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  5. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    More fun then a buct full of rubber toad frogs eh?
     
  6. Cody Gearhart

    Cody Gearhart Member

    Yup. Used a Big Ben Super Stainless. I don't think my skin likes stainless uncoated blades as much as coated stainless blades. Exceptions: Personna GEM Super Stainless & Gillette 7 o clock super stainless (Russia).
     
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  7. Cody Gearhart

    Cody Gearhart Member

    Do what??
     
  8. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    Bucket I meant.
     
  9. Eeyore

    Eeyore Well-Known Member

    My dad taught it to me, and never used a picture. He would be amused by the idea

    Go by feel; rotate the razor until you just feel the blade gliding over your skin. That's your angle.
     
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  10. RetLEO-07

    RetLEO-07 likes his penguin deep fried, with pink sparkles

    :signs011:
     
  11. Drygulch

    Drygulch Snowballs

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    Remember that the angle you are looking for is the angle of the blade to your face. The geometry of the head will make the angle of the handle vary from razor to razor, or between settings on an adjustable.
     
  12. Eeyore

    Eeyore Well-Known Member

    That's why you need to go by feel, in my opinion. Memorising a fixed angle doesn't work as well.
     
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  13. Beardbgone

    Beardbgone Active Member

    Great explanation! I've always tried describing it as shaving with the blade and cap touching the skin. And not the blade and guard touching.
    But I think you have a better way for others to understand

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  14. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    Exactly.
     
  15. RazorMackham

    RazorMackham Member

    Hi @Bama Samurai -- thanks for all your help! A request... could you drop links to your P2 & P3 posts into your P1 post for quicker reference?
     
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  16. Bama Samurai

    Bama Samurai with Laser-like Focus Staff Member

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    sure!

    Links added to end of post one.
     
    Last edited: May 22, 2017
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  17. RazorMackham

    RazorMackham Member

    Thanks! Hey, anyone have a YouTube video I could recommend to a friend I've just gotten interested in DE shaving? I've seen plenty of videos, but not ones that specifically refer to riding the cap. English isn't his first language, so I think a video might be a better option.

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  18. RetLEO-07

    RetLEO-07 likes his penguin deep fried, with pink sparkles

    The videos I started with were by Geofatboy from ShaveNation. com. Good info and very entertaining.
     
  19. Kypros Christodoulides

    Kypros Christodoulides Well-Known Member

    Geofatboy and also Mantic59 is a good source of info.
     
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  20. RetLEO-07

    RetLEO-07 likes his penguin deep fried, with pink sparkles

    About to embark on a journey with my newly acquired 1911 OLD, so I reread this to get my mind right. I'm thinking that if things go as well as I think they are, I may be down to a two razor rotation, my NEW & this OLD. Of course there will be guest appearances by my other babies as the spirit moves me :)
     

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