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    I see you are waiting for your first straight. Give yourself a month or two or three of success using your dominant hand before you sweat over the adventure of using the other hand. Down the road you are apt to find your intuitive side thinking ‘Sure would be easier with the other hand’. If it does not shake out that way, lots of guys have success with just the one hand. And, of course, there is the old ‘Just freaking do it until it works’ routine. That’s what I did and now it is second nature to use both. Bottom line is give it time.

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    So many people have success with it, that it's certainly well worth trying. I tried it and decided to just keep using my dominant hand.

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    welcome to srp my .02 patitence, practice and time

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    When I started using a straight I used both hands from day 1. It may or may not work for you. The way I approached it is that I felt I was learning a new motor skill altogether. Because it was a new skill, the off hand was not really that far behind the dominant hand. I do not notice any hand being the better shaver than the other.

    I am not normal when it comes to handedness though. I throw, shoot and with most sports I am dominant with my right hand, however; I write with my left hand and am left eye dominant.

    I think the butter knife idea is a good one to get the idea. I've heard of people making a mock up razor with popcicle sticks joined together with wire through a drilled hole.
    Last edited by Oso; 01-29-2009 at 05:28 AM.

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    I would like to mention, knock on artificial Ikea wood, that the only nicks and cuts I've gotten have been from the dominant hand, go figure. Maybe because I usually (just noticed) hold my whisky in my left hand so am used to being careful (a drop wasted is a sin of course).

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    Hi Slartibartfast,
    First of all welcome to SRP and you sure did a great job on the design of the Fjords in Norway... must have been a hell of a job!

    I used my shavette the first time without a blade in it... but you could use a pencil of about the same size as well...

    now I find that on my chin I use my left hand on the right side of my chin and my righthand on the left hand..

    just make sure you take it slow (but not too slow) ,use a light grip and use the right angle.. and dont forget that you should never move the blade sideways while it is on your skin..

    but then again.. all bleeding stops... eventualy

    Maarten

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    Thanks for all the advice.

    It seems the consensus on this is as split as the pre-shave oil debate.


    USPS tracking says my razor was delivered yesterday but nothing yet...

    Hoping the postman just didnt deliver it yet due to the bad weather.

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    welcome to SRP.
    You'll have to watch to see if your postman has some strange "shaverelated" nicks

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    Personally, I wouldn't bother. I'm extremely righthanded, so it feels like it would just take a lot of time and effort to get the left one to shave well. I'm already shaving okay with just one hand, so I don't feel like it would be worth it.

    That's just me though.

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