A Wet Shaver's Revelation

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  1. tomnat

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    A Wet Shaver’s Revelation

    I have been at this wet shaving thing for about 20 years, but I have only been using a DE for a little over a year now. In the beginning I joined this forum and read all I could. I didn’t participate much in the beginning because I didn’t feel I had anything to offer, but as time went by I would ask the occasional question, comment on somebody’s post, or cite some personal experience relevant to the thread.

    While soaking up as much as I could I spent every shaving minute putting into practice what I had learned. Things like, how to lather this soap or that cream, how much water to use, which blade to use with this razor or that one, which direction to shave which part of your face and in what order, and things of that nature. After several weeks and then several months had passed, I had some good shaves and some bad shaves, but with this wealth of knowledge I had accumulated, I felt my wet shaving train was on the proverbial right track and my shaves were reflecting the knowledge I had gained. I moved forward feeling more confident and more confident. Then one day a bad shave got it’s hackles up, raised up on it’s haunches, and reared its ugly head, and I felt I was once again relegated to beginner status. Ok, let’s revisit all that knowledge I thought I had. Racking my brain, searching through pages of posts, I had a revelation. Oh yeah……I forgot……I’m not supposed to use any pressure. Problem solved.

    Confidence building one again, I proceeded through my daily shaving routine, applying the little tips and tricks I picked up in this post or in that thread, until………...Once again there is that snarling beast of a bad shave, barring it’s fangs and growling with an almost mocking tone. I beat him before I can beat him again. This time it was my angle, but I corrected it because of somebody’s post telling me to hold the razor flat against my face and then lower it until I hear the whiskers being cut. Once again, problem solved.

    Well, here we are and all this time has passed and I still I find myself reading all I can, participating much more and trying to pass on some of that knowledge I have imbibed over the last 15 months. But still through all that, every time I open this great forum and plunge into it’s dark recesses of shaving wisdom, I am reminded that I have sooooo much more to learn and even some stuff to learn again…………and again............ and again.

    This is as true for the veteran shaver as it is for the newbie. Case in point. I have had my OCMM for about 8 or 9 months and I have used it pretty regularly during that time. I would get decent shaves with it but about half the time I would end up with a couple of weepers and maybe some redness or irritation. Well, today I just had the best shave I’ve ever had from that razor and it was because of something I read yesterday. Nine months after I started using that razor, I read something that made it all come together for me.

    Whether or not you feel like you have something to offer, both newbies and veterans alike, I urge you to throw caution to the wind and don’t be afraid to speak up, because there is a good chance your question or comment will trigger that spark in the tiny recess in the back of someone’s mind that brings everything into focus and provides them with that bit of missing information that gets them over the hurdle and on to shaving bliss.

    So to my brothers and sisters of The Shave Den, I salute you and I beg, with the utmost humility, your continued contributions and dedication to the growth of our great TSD forum and the wet shaving community. We can never stop learning nor can we ever know enough, and if we think we have, the universe has a strange and funny way of letting us know that that, indeed, is not the case.
  2. PLANofMAN

    PLANofMAN Paperboy

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    Great post! We should all be reminded from time to time that the journey isn't easy or the same for everybody. I still learn new stuff every week or so, and I've been wet-shaving for years.

    Let me guess, the helpful thread was the one demonstrating the "three fingered tip grip"?
  3. wknicholas

    wknicholas Well-Known Member

    Terrific post, Tom! Very well said, and spot on for the new guy or old hand! :)
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  4. tomnat

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    BINGO! with the pinky supporting the bottom of the handle
  5. Saliavin

    Saliavin Member

    Well said!
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  6. otherstar

    otherstar Rodney Dangerfield of TSD

    Very nice!
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  7. Slipperyjoe

    Slipperyjoe Rusty Metal Tetanus

    A mighty top tale Tom..:signs107:
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  8. Bird Lives

    Bird Lives Future Root Beer King of Turkey

    Ahhh the ol' 3 finger tip grip.....Much used and talked about little....lol.
    Nice piece Tom....and congrats on a great shave....I bet you're going to be seeing many great shaves in your immediate future...:)
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  9. lindyhopper66

    lindyhopper66 Well-Known Member

    Yes, very good and honest. I've been at this since January and keep thinking "I've got it!" and then "What have I done to my face...again?" or even why not go back to cartridges. I thought I was the only one with the steep learning curve or the remembering and forgetting cycle.
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  10. GDCarrington

    GDCarrington Burma Shave

    Excellent discussion of the continuous learning process.
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  11. swarden43

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

    Well done, sir!
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  12. Smott

    Smott Chew your shave. Slowly.

    Reviewed this lesson first-hand yesterday, Tom. Thanks for the reminder that we're all learners.
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  13. crackstar

    crackstar Israeli Ambassador to TSD

    Tom, congratulations on such a wonderful article. :) :smiley respect:
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  14. fishcrow

    fishcrow Birdman of TSD

    Very well written and expressed your feelings so very well.
    Tom I salute on a great article.
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  15. Martin Porter

    Martin Porter New Member

    Lovely post! I'm bookmarking this one!
  16. Larry Stephenson

    Larry Stephenson Active Member

    I've noticed this post is older, but not to me. Very encouraging post. Thanks for speaking up about this. I've noticed with others, as well as in my experience, that after a few months, where the most rapid progress is made, a point of back-sliding often occurs, again, as with me. Where nicks and weepers were increasingly rare, they raise their heads again. In my case it was due to unrealistic over confidence; started getting sloppy without the same focus I began with. It takes years to develop a second nature with this endeavor and keeping focused with a thirst for knowledge is paramount.
  17. FacialCarnage

    FacialCarnage Well-Known Member

    Great post, I feel like I just watched Braveheart and am about to go into battle! CHARGE!!
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  18. BigT

    BigT Well-Known Member

    Excellent post Tom. I've been wet shaving for 39 years and every once in a while for one reason or another I seem to tear my face to pieces. Not paying attention, hang over, half asleep, who knows but it happens. It's nice to have a forum like this for excellent tips and to learn new techniques. In my opinion due to all of the different razors, supplies and techniques none of us are true pros and there is always something to learn.
  19. LGBLST2013

    LGBLST2013 New Member

    Love it! You folks rock. :transport016:
  20. mickeyobe

    mickeyobe Active Member


    Your excellent article could almost be my autobiography.
    I am still learning and experimenting and, yes, failing too often.
    But I enjoy every moment of the search and find.

    Thank you,
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