Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 18
Like Tree14Likes

Thread: Best way to beard line up?

  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2017
    Posts
    11
    Thanked: 0

    Default Best way to beard line up?

    Hello,

    I'm new to straight razors. After a long time of thinking about it (probably years) I finally got myself a razor and strop. I opted for a Ralf Aust 6/8 based on some initial getting familiar with the basics and what pleased my eye.

    However, I keep a beard and will mainly use the razor on cheeks and neck to line the beard up. Part of the reason for finally getting the straight razor was that I figured it would be much easier to be precise than to use a cartridge razor. But now I wonder what the best approach is with a straight razor?

    What's the best razor to use for this purpose? Perhaps 6/8 while perfectly functionale for the purpose (it's worked so far), it's not optimal? Is a 5/8 or even 4/8 better for lining up the beard?

    What about lathering? I haven't bought a kit yet (although it seems to be half the pleasure) as I figure the lather will make it more difficult to actually see the line you want to establish? How should you go about this? Use lather? Or gel or perhaps oil instead?

    Happy to have joined and looking forward to learn more :-)

  2. #2
    Gatling-Gun Jerry Gasman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Location
    Colorado springs
    Posts
    6,676
    Thanked: 1468

    Default

    Welcome to SRP. I use many sizes of razors to edge my heard. My. Hin and upper lip havent seen the light of day in 30+ years. Or something like that. I have no issue using any one of my razors and s8ze doesnt mater at all. Now if you feel your having a hard time, maybe a shorty would help. That would be a razor with a 2 i ch long blade and not 3 inch like standard.

    Enjoy your time here. Lots of good folks so be at ease as you have just picked up a lot of freinds.
    It's just Sharpening, right?
    Jerry...

  3. #3
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2017
    Posts
    11
    Thanked: 0

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Gasman View Post
    Welcome to SRP. I use many sizes of razors to edge my heard. My. Hin and upper lip havent seen the light of day in 30+ years. Or something like that. I have no issue using any one of my razors and s8ze doesnt mater at all. Now if you feel your having a hard time, maybe a shorty would help. That would be a razor with a 2 i ch long blade and not 3 inch like standard.

    Enjoy your time here. Lots of good folks so be at ease as you have just picked up a lot of freinds.
    Thanks, appreciate it! So far it's going fairly well, it's the stropping part I find most challenging. I lose my concentration after a 10+ laps and nick the strap; muscle memory is not there yet.

    What about the lather, do people use lather as any full shave or transparent gel? Or would just oil work as lubricant? I'm worried about investing in a nice badger brush and soap if it defeats the purpose..

  4. #4
    Gatling-Gun Jerry Gasman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Location
    Colorado springs
    Posts
    6,676
    Thanked: 1468

    Default

    I shave my cheeks and neck daily. Trimming the leftovers. Lather covers most everything including the beard. Well, most of it anyway.

    Stropping take time to learn. Just go slow and it will come in time. We all stared out going slow so no need to try and save 1 or 2 minutes. I have many different brushes. Depending on how i feel that day depends on what one i use. Just get a decent brush. No need to start out with 200+ on a brush.
    Xunzi likes this.
    It's just Sharpening, right?
    Jerry...

  5. The Following User Says Thank You to Gasman For This Useful Post:

    Xunzi (12-27-2017)

  6. #5
    Senior Member blabbermouth ejmolitor37's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    Location
    Knoxville,IA
    Posts
    2,368
    Thanked: 762

    Default

    Hello and welcome to the wonderful world of straights!
    I also maintain a beard and use a straight to keep nice tight lines. Usually what I'll do is use an electric trimmer to make the line I want to have them use the razor to keep it.
    I find that starting at my beard and going away from it first is easiest, from there I sneak up on my beard. Usually my final few strokes will be up towards my beard carefully, it's easy to nip into the beard and then you can chase your tail. Alot depends on the direction of growth also how truly shave ready the blade is.
    My lather technique is this, lather my neck don't worry about getting it in your beard because you will be starting close to the beard line not at it. The last little bit I use water only. Reason for water only is so I can see exactly where the beard is to get to it and not into it. Same on my cheeks, lather and shave close to the line then sneak on it with water only.
    Holler if I can help or explain things a bit better. Best of luck.
    gssixgun and Xunzi like this.
    Nothing is fool proof, to a sufficiently talented fool...

  7. The Following User Says Thank You to ejmolitor37 For This Useful Post:

    Xunzi (12-27-2017)

  8. #6
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2017
    Posts
    11
    Thanked: 0

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Gasman View Post
    I shave my cheeks and neck daily. Trimming the leftovers. Lather covers most everything including the beard. Well, most of it anyway.

    Stropping take time to learn. Just go slow and it will come in time. We all stared out going slow so no need to try and save 1 or 2 minutes. I have many different brushes. Depending on how i feel that day depends on what one i use. Just get a decent brush. No need to start out with 200+ on a brush.
    Cool. And yeah, I need to remind myself to go slow with the stropping.

  9. #7
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2017
    Posts
    11
    Thanked: 0

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by ejmolitor37 View Post
    Hello and welcome to the wonderful world of straights!
    I also maintain a beard and use a straight to keep nice tight lines. Usually what I'll do is use an electric trimmer to make the line I want to have them use the razor to keep it.
    I find that starting at my beard and going away from it first is easiest, from there I sneak up on my beard. Usually my final few strokes will be up towards my beard carefully, it's easy to nip into the beard and then you can chase your tail. Alot depends on the direction of growth also how truly shave ready the blade is.
    My lather technique is this, lather my neck don't worry about getting it in your beard because you will be starting close to the beard line not at it. The last little bit I use water only. Reason for water only is so I can see exactly where the beard is to get to it and not into it. Same on my cheeks, lather and shave close to the line then sneak on it with water only.
    Holler if I can help or explain things a bit better. Best of luck.
    Awesome, thanks, great explanation!
    ejmolitor37 likes this.

  10. #8
    At this point in time... gssixgun's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    Sandpoint, Idaho
    Posts
    26,044
    Thanked: 12936
    Blog Entries
    1

    Default

    That is exactly why I started using a SR

    In the words of Dave the Barber that started me down this path in 1981

    "You want straight lines, use a Straight Razor"

    Very few I haven't used over the years, two stand out to me as the best for MY FACE, you have to decide if they are best for yours

    Japanese Kamisori
    NY American steel extreme full hollows Little Valley brands in particular

    Both of these can take and hold a stupidly wicked sharp edge that makes trimming easy


    my 2 cents

    ps: lather slightly wetter then normal, but the second lathering is the real line cutter and it is light and wet barely even a real lather basically a see through coating
    Last edited by gssixgun; 12-23-2017 at 05:53 PM.
    ejmolitor37 and Xunzi like this.
    "No amount of money spent on a Stone can ever replace the value of the time it takes learning to use it properly"
    Very Respectfully - Glen

    Proprietor - GemStar Custom Razors Honing/Restores/Regrinds Website

  11. The Following User Says Thank You to gssixgun For This Useful Post:

    Xunzi (12-27-2017)

  12. #9
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2017
    Posts
    11
    Thanked: 0

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by gssixgun View Post
    That is exactly why I started using a SR

    In the words of Dave the Barber that started me down this path in 1981

    "You want straight lines, use a Straight Razor"

    Very few I haven't used over the years, two stand out to me as the best for MY FACE, you have to decide if they are best for yours

    Japanese Kamisori
    NY American steel extreme full hollows Little Valley brands in particular

    Both of these can take and hold a stupidly wicked sharp edge that makes trimming easy


    my 2 cents

    ps: lather slightly wetter then normal, but the second lathering is the real line cutter and it is light and wet barely even a real lather basically a see through coating
    Thanks for the tip!

    Im waiting for my razor to get back from honing. Canít wait to discard this over engineered, wasteful ugliness that is my Gillette razor.
    ejmolitor37 likes this.

  13. #10
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2017
    Posts
    11
    Thanked: 0

    Default

    Used the straight today for the first time since I got it back from honing.

    I absolutely love it! I can't say the shave is closer than the cartridge razor, but it's as close. More importantly, the line up was perfect; the quote "You want straight lines, use a Straight Razor" definitely rings true.

    As for the shave, two minor nicks. Isn't the "danger" of straights a bit exaggerated? I sometimes get minor nicks from my Gillette too. I thought I might slice up half my face with this.. I even went second pass against the grain and it worked fine. I quickly realized I had to lower the angle to get a smoother shave. Downside, I'm a bit more irritated on my neck than usual, undoubtedly from poor technique. Looking forward to every shave from now on, to improve. Definitely has some work to do, especially when it comes to stropping.

    Anyways, happy holidays to everyone.
    ejmolitor37 likes this.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •