11-11-2014, 12:51 AM
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Shaving made easy is a book from 1904 that I have mentioned before in my posts... it's an interesting read and it's free (as in beer), so why not download it and give it a read? Even if it's 110 years since the book was printed, the advice given is just as valid.

On my latest read through of it, I spotted the following sage advice:
Quote:If a man cuts himself while shaving, it is usually due to certain causes that are easily avoidable. The principal causes are six in number:
* First—Attempting to shave with a dull razor.
* Second—Using a sharp pointed razor.
* Third—Shaving with a razor that is too hollow ground, so that the edge springs and bends on the face.
* Fourth—Holding the razor improperly.
* Fifth—Shaving upward against the growth of the beard.
* Sixth—Shaving in too great a hurry.
If you will avoid these mistakes and exercise proper care, you will seldom cut yourself. But when you do, it will be well to know how to treat the wound. If it be slight, the bleeding may sometimes be checked by using pressure. Covering the fingers with a towel, simply press the cut together. If this does not stop the flow, use an astringent. The styptic pencils, made especially for this purpose, are the best, and may be obtained at any store where barbers’ supplies are kept. In case you should not have the pencils, alum may be used. In any event do not be discouraged, for such accidents sometimes happen to the best barbers
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I suspect the second and third reasons don't quite apply to those of us using a DE or SE, but the other four holds true.

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 11-11-2014, 05:45 AM
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Very good points. Too much pressure is another one, but that may be tied to #4 - Holding the razor improperly.

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 11-11-2014, 08:47 AM
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#7 Forgetting to clean the catbox before shaving. Pyewacket jumped onto the counter this A.M. and gave me a dirty look mid strokeBlush

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 11-11-2014, 10:04 AM
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Interesting read, and some very valid points. I find I only nick myself when I have a little bump on my skin. Either a nick that didn't heal all the way from the day before, or an ingrown hair , etc. I've learned to give myself a quick inspection before shaving and finding any spots where I may nick myself. Then I just pay close attention to that spot.

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 11-11-2014, 10:58 AM
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Thanks for sharing, Hans! Smile

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 11-11-2014, 12:23 PM
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Thanks for sharing but he forgot the "day dreaming" cuts...

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 11-11-2014, 02:08 PM
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How about shaving a few strokes too long. Going for the terrific BBS when you should have stopped sooner

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 11-11-2014, 02:35 PM
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(11-11-2014, 08:47 AM)kav Wrote: #7 Forgetting to clean the catbox before shaving. Pyewacket jumped onto the counter this A.M. and gave me a dirty look mid strokeBlush

Wonderful name for a cat...LOL...

Thanks for the link, I'm gonna download the book.

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 11-11-2014, 04:19 PM
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I usually get myself near my nostrils. There's a bit of a bump there that I will nick unless I'm super careful.

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 11-11-2014, 05:10 PM
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The DVM got upset when I insisted his full name appear on their files. Pyewacket Kavanaugh even receives junk mail and credit card offers.

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 11-14-2014, 09:16 AM
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what about sensitive skin and barbed wire for whiskers? probably would help if i slowed down a bit . maybe i need to prep it more. time to check the prep thread!

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 11-14-2014, 10:11 AM
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(11-11-2014, 05:45 AM)lowjax Wrote: Very good points. Too much pressure is another one, but that may be tied to #4 - Holding the razor improperly.
Yes Too much pressure was my problem when i first changed over.

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 11-17-2014, 10:27 PM
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#7 BAD PREP !!

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