Failed my first exam at shave school.

Discussion in 'Shave School' started by desdichado, Oct 13, 2019.

  1. desdichado

    desdichado New Member

    There will be blood!!! and there was. oh well live and learn hopefully i can learn ffrom my mistakes on my second attempt
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  2. Edison Carter

    Edison Carter Goo-bloomin' Stankster

    Wow, Sorry to hear.

    Not knowing the specifics, the answer normally would be "too steep of a blade angle" or "too much pressure" or both.

    May I suggest dropping in on the 30DC thread.

    It is lively, and fast moving at times.

    There are plenty of folks available to help you on the journey.
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  3. Enrico

    Enrico Popcorn

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  4. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    There is a learning curve. Once the technique comes together it is all sunshine and unicorns. The secret now is to learn how to use the tool. Don't jump from blade to blade or change up a lot of stuff. Using the same equipment is important. You might want to look into getting a SE razor (a real razor). They tend to be easier when learning proper angle. Proper angle and pressure are the key.
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  5. Edison Carter

    Edison Carter Goo-bloomin' Stankster

    There you go again with the 'real razor' jazz.

    To the original poster @desdichado, all the options are open to you.

    One nice thing about injector or GEM type single edge razors is your blade selection is limited.
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  6. desdichado

    desdichado New Member

    Well Second attempt complete. a lot less pressure. only a few bleeds, but i am chalking up that one as a win for the good guys!!!! i'm still learning my neck
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  7. desdichado

    desdichado New Member

    well i did get a Supply Razor... used off of ebay
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  8. Edison Carter

    Edison Carter Goo-bloomin' Stankster

    Double check your growth pattern.

    I originally thought that a north to south stroke was with the grain (WTG). Turns out that for most of my neck it is against the grain (ATG).

    Early on, WTG strokes help you acquire the feel of the tool that you are using.
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  9. Edison Carter

    Edison Carter Goo-bloomin' Stankster

    I don't have a Supply. People love them. What plate are you using?

    I have an older injector. Great tool.
  10. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    Awesome. Necks are weird sometimes. The hair can grow crazy. All different directions. You might need to be sure which direction your hair grows. It is possible you trying to shave against the grain. That can cause issues.
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  11. BlueShaver

    BlueShaver Premature Latheration Sufferer

    Everybody fails the first day, week, month.....

    And we all have bad days where our shaves are as bad as our first.

    Its the remaining 99.9% of the shaves which are a joy that makes it so worthwhile.

    Wet shaving is the direct opposite of cartridge systems in that it takes some effort, discipline and skill (and patience) but rewards you so much when right. To me, that is a very masculine/paternal ethos and is perhaps why wet shaving resonates with some of us so strongly.

    In biblical terms, Wet shaving is Abel and cartridge shaving is Cain and the shaving God will judge you!
  12. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    We need an AMEN button here!!
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  13. Chuck Naill

    Chuck Naill Well-Known Member

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    YouTube is your friend. Go there and pick up some advice. Not all razors are used the same. Below is an original GEM instruction sheet.

    For their Micromatic they recommended a different angle.

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Oct 14, 2019
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  14. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    First I have seen the instructions from the 1924. Thanks for sharing!
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  15. Paul Turner

    Paul Turner outside the quote(s) now

    Hello....I'm working on my neck too....trying to get the proper angling action. I'd love to be able to cut through this"forest".
  16. PLAla

    PLAla Bit Shy of a Full Puck

    So many incredible resources on YouTube. Here's a good example:

    Watch pressure and angle. Work to reduce stubble instead of removing it.
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  17. Kilgore Trout

    Kilgore Trout The Smart Bunny

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  18. Sara-s

    Sara-s This Pun for Hire

    Tell us a bit more- what is your prep process? What blades do you use? How fine or coarse is your beard?
  19. Lancre

    Lancre Well-Known Member

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  20. Lancre

    Lancre Well-Known Member

    It's a cliche, but you want to map the grain in detail on your neck. My own is predominantly left to right on my neck, but in detail, it looks like a sattelite picture of the Carribbean during hurricane season. That's the level of information you want to have for your own shave.

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