12-12-2014, 11:29 AM
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If I am holding my razor handle perpendicular to the floor.....with the razor blade at 90 degrees to the skin...is that a steep or shallow angle?

I have the new LASS BBS-1 razor and I have noticed I need to adjust my angle a bit. I am adjusting it so that the handle is more perpendicular to the floor (closer to the skin) than usual. Is this a steeper angle?

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Ron

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 12-12-2014, 11:32 AM
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I would call that a shallow angle but I'm probably wrong.

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 12-12-2014, 11:36 AM
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i would call that a steep angle and i'm probably right Biggrin

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 12-12-2014, 11:46 AM
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(12-12-2014, 11:32 AM)Johnny Wrote: I would call that a shallow angle but I'm probably wrong.

(12-12-2014, 11:36 AM)tonsorius Wrote: i would call that a steep angle and i'm probably right Biggrin

There you go Ron, you have a 50/50 chance. Biggrin

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 12-12-2014, 11:54 AM
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Steep in my book.

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 12-12-2014, 11:57 AM
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I've been out voted. Steep it is.

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 12-12-2014, 12:10 PM
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If you drop your razor perpendicular or any other angle the damage will be steep.
All this angle business reminds me of those dumb instructional DVDs on golf and trap shooting showing proper body poses. We all instinctively find what's comfortable and works.

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 12-13-2014, 12:50 PM
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(12-12-2014, 12:10 PM)kav Wrote: All this angle business reminds me of those dumb instructional DVDs on golf and trap shooting showing proper body poses. We all instinctively find what's comfortable and works.

I agree. I also think my angle is "steep". I just want to make sure I describe it correctly when discussing with other members. I saw a video with GeoFatBoy yesterday shaving with the Muhle R41 and he also "steepened" his angle with that razor, similar to what I do with the BBS-1. In fact, his was almost 90 degrees!

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 12-13-2014, 01:16 PM
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I'd be willing to bet others wanted to know and simply haven't asked.

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 12-13-2014, 01:38 PM
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No question is unworthy of asking. Unless, it's for a date with a lady wearing a ring with 3 kidsA6

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 12-13-2014, 08:49 PM
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It's the blade angle that's shallow or steep (in relation to the skin), not the handle angle. Plain and simple. Some DE razor heads also curve the blade more than others and so the handle appears more perpendicular. Cartridge razor handles have always appeared fairly perpendicular as well, and that may be contributing for the confusion for some. But it's always about the angle between the blade (or the edge of the blade in the case of curved DE blades) and the skin; and different safety razors will appear to have different handle angles for the same blade angle because of the different geometries engineered into the tool itself. Thinking about blade angle in terms of the angle of the handle to either the floor (perpendicular) or the skin can be very misleading and at any rate that handle angle will change from one safety razor to the next. Much better to visualize the blade itself and it's relationship to the skin. Technique aside, straight razors are usually much simpler in this respect as the blade is all there is, and the angle is quite obvious.

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 12-14-2014, 06:07 AM
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I'm with Chris - I interpret 'steep' as meaning a lot of space between the 'spine' of the blade and the skin, with 90 deg. being as steep as you can get.

Whether that 'spine' is the longitudinal center axis of a DE blade or the thick, non-sharpened edge of a straight makes no difference to me. The position of the blade itself is the frame of reference my mind always goes to, just it goes to the seated position of the driver when describing the location/position of any part of a car.

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 12-14-2014, 09:38 PM
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Such confusion, when just letting the razor and your hand determine which angle is best! Biggrin

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 12-15-2014, 09:37 AM
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+1 on the steep diagnosis. If you lay the top of the head flat against your skin (handle more or less straight out for a DE) you have a 0 degree angle and don't cut anything. A functional "shallow angle" would be gradually tilting the blade towards your face till it begins to touch the skin. A shallow angle is more cutting and less scraping. The sweet spot is somewhere in between for most razors and faces.

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