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    Just updated profile, Groton, MA
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    Now we should be able to find someone in your area that can assist you.
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    It sounds to me like your angle is too much above 30°. Start with the blade and spine both touching your face and slowly move the spine away while making a short stroke. One spine width or 2 at the most from your face is the 'magic angle' for most of us. That's a lot less than you think, and varies with the width of the razor.

    As to your ear, I can feel my razor on my cheek and know intuitively where my ear is, but there are any number of gimmicks. I can't see the face/beard interface for lots of my face (I have big hands that hide a lot). Turning/twisting and raising up and down compared to the mirror all help. It's an experiment until you hit the right balance for you.

    Go slower. You shouldn't be cutting yourself unless you're using too much pressure or moving razor or face in the wrong direction while in contact.

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    harolds advise is golden ,, slow down and start your blade flat on your face and do small strokes lifting the spine a little at a time till its cutting but not scraping the hair off . no pressure , you did the same thing with a DE, only you started it at 90 degrees and then lowered till you felt it cutting. the majic angle comes with practice and patience, just remember scraping will be irritable to your skin,, it will come to you , and the angle changes with the different parts of your face too tc

    by the way you will find out how to keep your ears ,, I only have one eye and I have just found how to overcome the sight line good luck
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    I wear glasses as well and they certainly get in the way! What I do since I have stiff springs on the arms is angle them up on my head away from my ears. This gives me clearance to properly start my shave. If that doesn't work, there is the option of getting fitted for a single pair of contacts. I have a set I wear when I shave my head since it is hard to shave around the ears with any razor when the arms are in the way!

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    I'm letting the scars heal and not shaving today. Tomorrow is another day!! Thank you all for the advice. I will make sure my angle is correct.

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    Good luck with your next shave. I will be getting a SR soon and keeping an eye on you guys that are just ahead of me. Please keep posting.
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    I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, should I make one pass or two. Now to tell you the truth I'm not too sure in all this excitement. But being this is a freshly honed razor from Solingen Germany and capable of slicing your ear clean off, you've got to ask yourself a question. "Do I feel lucky today?" Well, do ya?!

    Haroldsg48's advice was spot on. I started using a SR a few months ago and remember dealing with what I'll refer to as a blind spot which happened when I would first began the shave. Couldn't see my ear, or too much of where the blade was going as I pulled it down the side of my face. Plus your busy thinking about blade angle and positioning your fingers so you're holding it correctly to maintain control thru each stroke. After the first couple of shaves I figured out how to position myself to see exactly what I'm doing and that was a huge relief which made the entire exercise more relaxing. Keep at it and you will figure it out soon enough.

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    Hey Gill you look familiar You've got it exactly right. Thanks for your support.

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