Why do some shaving tutorials argue to do the opposite of "riding the cap"

Discussion in 'Shave School' started by SlaveShaver, Jul 30, 2017.

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  1. steelheart1948

    steelheart1948 New Member

    Shallow angle, steep angle. There isn't one right way to shave. Through trial and error, you determine what works best for you.
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  2. Redfisher

    Redfisher Doesn't celebrate National Donut Day

    Pretty much what I was going to say!
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  3. Bookworm

    Bookworm Well-Known Member

    There's a wrong way, however. If your skin is oozing blood, it wasn't right. :)
    Oh, yes. Don't use Sweeny Todd as an instruction manual.
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  4. RetLEO-07

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

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  5. Lexicon Devil

    Lexicon Devil the Liberace of shaving

    I got excellent shaves using the old method (more "scrapey" for want of a better word). The only issue I had was occasional irritation from the shave, often I was uncomfortable for 30 minutes to an hour after the shave but my skin recovered nicely after that. When I tried the "cap riding" method, I discovered that I was able to get the same quality of shave with much less irritation. I was also able to get a better shave that I have ever gotten with a mild razor. In addition, it appears early on that I am getting more shaves out of my blades than in the past. (This seems to be the case so far, We shall see if it is borne out over the long run) Maybe it works for you and maybe it doesn't. Maybe you don't want or need to make any adjustments because your shaves are perfect. (I doubt it, we all tend to be tinkerers, but maybe you're the one.) All I'm saying is, it's worth a try. I've been at this a while and it made a difference for me.
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  6. BigMark83

    BigMark83 [...........] this space intentionally left blank

    I would say it depends on the razor a certain extent. Use the wrong angle on a FaTip and tell me angle doesn't matter. But then again all the ones I've ever used had wavy blades.
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  7. Marine68

    Marine68 Well-Known Member

    Fathers actually taught sons to shave don't get me started.....
  8. Bookworm

    Bookworm Well-Known Member

    A guy working at Tandy Leather the other day said that his father handed him a straight razor and told him that he needed to start shaving. I doubt he's more than 55.
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  9. Marine68

    Marine68 Well-Known Member

    Sink or swim ..... Trial by fire LOL
  10. Bama Samurai

    Bama Samurai with Laser-like Focus

    The straight razor was all there was until about 1900. All the beards in old photos make more sense now?
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  11. Bookworm

    Bookworm Well-Known Member

    Possibly more that the muttonchops, goatee, and mustache look makes much more sense? You can trim the hair in those 'hard to shave' areas, rather than risk the wavy 'sharp thingie' pretending to be a razor?
  12. Bama Samurai

    Bama Samurai with Laser-like Focus

    "Forms of beards"

    Learned SR yet?
  13. Eeyore

    Eeyore Well-Known Member

    That's what my dad did indeed. Not with a straight though ;)
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  14. Bookworm

    Bookworm Well-Known Member

    No, but it's time constraints more than anything. I have some good ones that @DaltonGang honed up for me.
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  15. Herm2502

    Herm2502 off to elf practice

    I've always found a steep angle sounds like it's ripping the hair, but it's all noise and no action. I like finding my angle exactly opposite, set the top against my cheek, then tip it down until I feel the blade.
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