Tutorial Video; What is the "Shave Test"?

Discussion in 'Tutorials' started by gssixgun, Apr 23, 2013.

  1. gssixgun

    gssixgun At this point in time...

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    This is a quick demo of what is meant by the term "Shave Test" the objective is the test the edge of the razor, it is not to test the shaving technique of a new user..
    The razor should cut through the beard from Sideburn to Jawline without hesitation, pulling, tugging, or pain, the results should actually surprise you with how smooth the face is.. There should be virtually no hair left behind.. If you cannot achieve this easily then there is no reason to try the rest of the face, this pass is the easiest on the face, the rest just gets more difficult...
    This is also a good starting point for new Straight Razor shavers, learn the easy flat sides of the face and then finish with your old way of shaving, gradually work your way out into the more difficult areas of the face, as you gain proficiency with the SR..

    (The razor is a Dovo "Best Quality" 6/8 Round point Full Hollow grind, that is the sound they make when cutting a beard)

    Thanks for watching and I hope that helps a bit...

    Now for the rest of the story, the wife had already gone to bed before I did the vid, she has actually never seen me in the 22 years we have been together with a fully clean shaved face... Should be a interesting morning tomorrow [​IMG]
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  2. FacialCarnage

    FacialCarnage Well-Known Member

    Great video, really informative also. I'm not to straights but enjoyed watching this.
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  3. swarden43

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

    Good stuff! Thanks Glen.
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  4. gssixgun

    gssixgun At this point in time...

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    Update: The chances of Glen staying clean shaven as per the wife = Zero, Nada, Zip her words "How fast till it grows back" [​IMG]

    (Shhhhh I think it is because it makes me look younger)
  5. Queen of Blades

    Queen of Blades Mistress of Mischief Staff Member

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    I was gonna watch the video later, but the above got me to watch it now.
    Then I got to the end of the video. :prrr:

    Other than that; great video!
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  6. gssixgun

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    Hehehe Sorry JoAnna I guess I should have done the whole shave on camera just for the fun of it :) but in my head I was thinking there are tons of full shave vids out there, but very few/any that simply define the "Shave Test"
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  7. Queen of Blades

    Queen of Blades Mistress of Mischief Staff Member

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    Sure, but how many of those other videos reveal the uncharted territory which is the legendary gssixgun's chin. :rofl:
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  8. wquiles

    wquiles Active Member

    Thanks for the video Glen!
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  9. emmijack

    emmijack Well-Known Member

    Great video, very informative, many thanks Glen!!
  10. DoughBoy68

    DoughBoy68 Member

    Thanks for the video Glen, glad someone finally explained what a test shave really was. Been doing the whole face per razor when doing a test shave, now I can test at least two razors per shave.
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  11. benjiboy

    benjiboy Member

    Thanks for the video. I'm brand new to this so I need all I can get.
  12. J. Stuhr

    J. Stuhr New Member

    As informative as the example of the definition of 'shave test' this was, I also found your technique for lathering, cleaning off and lathering the face again interesting. I'll have to try that.

    Thanks for the post!
  13. GDCarrington

    GDCarrington Burma Shave

    Excellent video tutorial Glen! :happy096:
  14. KLF

    KLF Doctorin

    Very good video, I have the urge again to try my straight again, maybe I'm more experienced now versus last year.
  15. gssixgun

    gssixgun At this point in time...

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    To be honest, and give credit where it is due, David the Barber in Denver that taught me how to use a SR back in 1981-82, used that technique with the very first SR shave he gave me, the way he explained it to me made sense so I have used it ever since... :D
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  16. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

    I like the wood beams in your bathroom. Looks like a true Idaho cabin
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  17. HolyRollah

    HolyRollah BaconLord Staff Member

    I suspect this whole Idaho mountain man is a ruse by Glen to keep us all on our toes.
    I believe Glen actually lives in a beachfront condo in Malibu, and truth be told, he really shaves with Schick Quattro...:D
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  18. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

    That's funny right there. I hope he lives in Idaho because then I would not have to send some work so far away
  19. Delawhere?

    Delawhere? Active Member

    Great tutorial!
  20. Fred Hill

    Fred Hill Well-Known Member

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