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New to DE Shaving

  • 03-06-2018 9:36pm
    Registered Users Posts: 76 ✭✭

    Apologies if this is old hat but couldn't find a recent thread..

    I bought the starter kit on last week and so far have shaved twice with the safety razor. I have watched videos on YouTube but tonight i found myself having to "finish off" my shave with a cartridge razor to get as close a shave as I wanted. I tried a Muhle blade for the first shave and tonight used an Astra but still didnt get anywhere near as close a shave as I wanted, with 3 passes....

    Is it a case of trial and error with the blades until I find the right one or just more practice?

    Thanks in advance,


  • Registered Users Posts: 563 ✭✭✭Buddy97mm

    Lots of possibilities as to why you are not getting a close shave, but the main difference for me is the angle of the razor - for carts the razor is more or less parallel to your face, whilst with a DR razor, the razor should be at around 30 degree angle (obviously can differ for razor and blade). I suggest trying differing razor angles until you get that "bite" where razor is cutting bristle perfectly.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,560 ✭✭✭Prenderb

    As well as checking your angles, also let the weight of the razor do the cutting - be gentle moving the razor around the face, and use short short strokes, rinsing regularly. I find this helps a lot.

  • Registered Users Posts: 76 ✭✭crazybaldhead

    Thanks for the replies. I had thought it may have been the angle so I will just have to keep practising I guess! I have watched a lot of videos on the process so think I am doing everything right.

    Thanks again....