He pointed out that the steep-angle part of the technique name refers to the blade, not the handle. So the action of the razor blade, for you wood workers, is more like a scraper and less like a plane. For the rest of you non-wood workers, high-angle shaving is more like a paint scraper and less like a potato peeler.
This is not the first time I've done this (that is, made this error in the use of the term, steep-angle shaving); the concept is so basically counter intuitive to my thinking. This is because I seem to much prefer low-angle shaving, where the blade is slicing more than scraping across the face. My skin finds the slicing rather than scraping action of the blade to be less irritating.
I suppose that the larger angle of the blade to the skin will reduce the chance of nicks, scrapes and gouges; I suppose that's the benefit.
Anyway, thanks again to Shawnsel for helping me to get it right