More on the Standard Shave
Optimizing a Standard Shave (That is, the Single-Pass Shave)
- Use adequate water to wet the beard, and combine that with a slick, protective shave soap.
- Use a razor that has at least a neutral blade exposure. You don't have to use a high-risk instrument that is terribly aggressive, but if you use a razor with a negative blade exposure, where the blade edge is within the cove of the top cap and baseplate, it's difficult to get even a moderately close shave -- especially in a single pass.
- Use oblique strokes, in which the blade edge is NOT perpendicular to the stroke direction.
- Use short, slow strokes of the razor. This mindful process allows one to better optimize angles and pressure to get the best hair removal without insult to the skin.
That's it for this morning. Happy shaving!