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    what Dad calls me nun2sharp's Avatar
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    If you are using more pressure than what it takes to simply put the blade to skin, you are using too much! Something in the equation isn't quite right. Try the stretching and angles and see if that doesnt improve things.
    It is easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled. Twain

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    Probably not much to add that hasn't been already said, but since the chin was my shaving nemesis I'll wade in ! I found that paying close attention to blade angle ( not too steep ), as well as the direction of stroke helped alot. Also, using a very light touch and not trying to shave it all off in one pass. Occasionally, I will even re-strop just before doing my chin.

    Almost forgot, don't be stingy with the lather !

    Good luck

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    For the worst last bits use a second/ fresh razor (or strop the one in hand).

    I save the chin for last and some days the razor just runs low
    on sharp. In part it is my habit of an almost bad angle that gets too high and
    sometimes almost rolls the edge (a visit to canvas then leather cleans it up).

    So try tomorrows razor or a visit to the strop for that last two postage stamp
    size area....

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    I wondered about a mid-shave strop. I think tomorrow I'm going to try the chin first and see if that helps. I think I'll lather only the chin and leave some dry area around to helps withe S T R E T C H.

    --D

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    seems like a great idea to try just the chin because of the sharpness factor. also for my the lather and skin streaching because of the grip has been a real problem. This seems like a good experiment to try, will do this weekend and tell you how it goes for me. please update on your experience as well.

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    Well, I started with the chin today and noticed a little improvement. Not sure if that was due to the blade being fresh(er), my angle being much more shallow, the buffing technique or just overal improvment on my part.

    Good news; bad news.

    The good news: I shaved my chin without a single cut (maybe one weeper). I did a little buffing and tried to pay attention to the grain.

    The bad news: I think I made six passes on my chin, and it's pretty raw and not very close. The blade just seems to hit these whiskers and stop. More pressure leads to cuts, or severe razor burn, and less leads to skipping and failure to trim the intended whiskers.

    So, overall I guess that is improvement. I'm sure there is something I'm not doing right and it will come to me. This is just the start of the second week and first time I forced myself to do the whole chin.

    Slow and steady wins the race.

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    Hello, Rainyday:

    If I may suggest, lay off the shave for a day or so to rest your face, especially the chin.

    Also, even if some stubble remains on your chin, let it go and just keep honing your skills with the razor. For now, don't concentrate so much on getting a good shave; rather, get comfortable with the razor and learn to maneuver it to complement your stretching. Eventually a smooth chin will come your way.

    Regards,
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    Hi Obie,

    Thanks for the advice. I didn't see this until just now and shaved today. I did use the Fusion to do the last of the chin, but made a couple of passes at it anyway. Things are better. I still have a little irritation, but zero cuts. Made 2.5 passes today.

    I may go back to the no-goatee area rule for a few days.

    I'm a little concerned that my beginning technique on the strop may be showing up on the blade, but I don't think I've rolled it or anything. Just may not be 100%. It passes the HHT and shaved my wife's legs beautifully last night. But my beard is a whole other world compared to her legs.

    The learning continues.

    --David

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    Hello, David:

    Keep practicing on the chin. Also, view as many videos as you can on shaving and stropping. Have patience and it'll come yours way.

    Regards,
    Obie

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