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    I am going to use my brand new Merkur 42C closed comb safety razor for the first time tonight. I have a blade sampler pack; so, I have not decided which blade I will use with it. I have used Shark razors, SE, with Dovo Shavette. Now I have only used my shavette twice, and this is going to be my first safety razor shave. I apologize if I did not use the search feature properly, but is there any advice I should take to heart before shaving tonight? I was thinking of starting with the feather DE blades.

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    Feather is the sharpest out there. You might want to start out with another.

    Just watch your angle and don't apply pressure and stretch and you should be OK.
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    Opps hit the wrong button and sent a PM to ya, sorry.

    How do I find the right angle? I know every face is different, but I know that there is a method for finding these things.

    I will save the feather for when I know what I am doing, thanks.

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    Start flat with the handle parallel to your face, and move the handle away only as you need to....more angle = more blade contact (to a point) and more blood. And tighten the head firmly on the handle first.
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    Alright so I go in flat and move slow and gentle with no pressure down to my skin and then let the razor do all the work?

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    I just got done shaving. I must be doing something wrong. It would barely remove hair. I did not try applying tons of pressure to see if that was what I was doing wrong. I ended up grabbing my Dovo Shavette to finish shaving.

    Any ideas what I did wrong? I put the safety razor to my skin. I titled down til the razor would touch. I then would shave.

    I used the Merkur DE razor that came with the 42C.

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    You just did not get the angle right I guess. Go about 2:30 minutes into this video Traditional Shaving: Proper Blade Angle (DE/Safety Razor and /Straight Razor) - YouTube
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    Yeah my angles were all wrong. I will have to practice holding the safety razor properly. I bet my angle drifted as I was shaving causing it to work for a moment and than to fail the next.

    Thanks for the help!

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    That's exactly the opposite of what I do...and what I was taught to do 55 years ago. Whatever works for a person is what works! I wind up at some of the same angles. But work from the guard resting flat on my cheek, handle straight down, and then move it away until I feel the blade grab beard.
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    Many ways to skin a cat Haroldg48?

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