Pro Tips

Discussion in 'General Shaving Talk' started by BigMike, Sep 2, 2018.

  1. BigMike

    BigMike Well-Known Member

    Do you have any interesting shaving tips to share? Here's one of mine...

    Choke the brush.
    Say you've loaded up your brush at the start of your shave but you're now preparing for pass 3 and the the brush is running light on soap. Choke up from the base to drive the soap to the top. DSC_1789-1.jpg
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  2. urrlord

    urrlord Well-Known Member

    never thought about that.
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  3. urrlord

    urrlord Well-Known Member

    How about a cheap bast--err frugal fellow tip.If you are in a situation where you only have one blade and it is starting to feel dull ,open the razor and flip the blade.I have found you can get an extra shave or two out of the blade that way.YMMV of course.
  4. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

    If they were kept sealed and dry, vintage razor blades do not spoil, go bad or magically lose their edge -- not even those dating back to the 1930s (however, whether such blades were sharp to begin with is another matter).
  5. ordinaryshaver

    ordinaryshaver Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure if I am considered a "pro" or not, but here are my 2 pieces of advice.
    1. Keep the same routine and only change one variable at a time . If you want to try a different soap, brush, razor etc, just change one thing at a time.
    2. Technique trumps tools every single time.
    If your technique is solid you can pick up any safety razor and within a few strokes get it dialed in.
  6. gorgo2

    gorgo2 geezerhood

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  7. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    Hog wash.....nothing to do with ymmv either. This ranks right up with pores opening and closing as far as shaving myths go. Nothing other then sharping or maybe honing will make a dull blade sharper. Flipping a blade is's still the same edge.
  8. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    You better throw in undamaged safety razor before the village idiot wakes up. Just trust me on this one....
  9. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    And to actually add a tip...

    If your having trouble shaving under your jawline stretch the skin up. You can pull that skin up to the flat part of your cheek. Makes it much easier to shave.
  10. RyX

    RyX DoH! Staff Member

    Got your throwing arm warmed up, Fuzzy?
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  11. PLANofMAN

    PLANofMAN Paperboy

    Article Team
    Doing a 'half swallow' will retract your Adam's apple some, and will make shaving it easier.

    Puffing out your cheeks can make shaving them easier.

    Ignore anyone who claims doing "something" will close the pores on your face. They likely won't be the best source of advice for shaving.
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  12. PLANofMAN

    PLANofMAN Paperboy

    Article Team
    It works!

    But only in a shake sharp. And just pulling the blade out and switching to the unused edge works even better.
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  13. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    You're my hero for tonight!!
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  14. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

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  15. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    you mean the burr on the blade doesn t move from top to bottom ?
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  16. Sara-s

    Sara-s This Pun for Hire

    For some guys, the face & neck need very different things. If that’s the case, get an adjustable razor.
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  17. DaltonGang

    DaltonGang Ol' Itchy Whiskers

    Or, go with a Straight Razor. The ultimate adjustable.
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  18. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    Or learn solid technique.....
  19. Shaver X

    Shaver X Well-Known Member

    Careful, you can go blind from choking your brush. ;)
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