02-04-2015, 04:11 PM
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I thought I'd share what I've finally come to rest on after much experimentation -- I just start right in with an against the grain pass (ATG) and do another one.  These are the thoughts behind it:

1.  2 passes are quicker than 3.  I like to save time.
2.  The ATG pass is the only one that really gets close for me -- the WTG pass leaves noticeable stubble.
3.  My face is not vulnerable to irritation -- I almost never get irritated.
4.  My beard is highly directional -- the hairs lay down, growing in the direction of the skin and not out.  (I'm mainly referring to chin, neck, jawline.
5.  It grows in all sorts of directions -- any pass I  do, if I  follow a general direction I'm cutting WTG,  XTG, and ATG depending on the stroke.

I just finally decided that I would benefit from every stroke at least trying to go against the grain -- I  just get right to it and it works.

Try it if you haven't.  You may be able to get a closer shave with less time and less work, and have every stroke be a satisfying one. 

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 02-04-2015, 04:38 PM
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that won't work well for my face, but fascinating your's will take it. good for you! Thumbsup

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 02-05-2015, 03:23 AM
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I finally figured out that I was just assuming it wouldn't work, because it's so common to require reduction from WTG first.  But I can get going ATG.

I little tuggy on the toughest parts, but I  just lighten up pressure and keep the razor moving, knowing I'll be going over the same ground again.

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 02-05-2015, 06:13 AM
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Back in my cart days, I was a first-pass ATG shaver. After making the DE switch, I found that technique to be too irritating for my face. My dirty little secret is that, when I have the time, I LIKE to spend the extra time on my shave. Sisi

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 02-05-2015, 09:35 AM
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(02-04-2015, 04:38 PM)tonsorius Wrote: that won't work well for my face, but fascinating your's will take it. good for you! Thumbsup

+1  Good to hear you have found a method that works for you!

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 02-05-2015, 10:06 AM
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I do this with my head shaves....It's how i get my BBS, all the time. My face will be mad at me though if i ever attempt it on it.

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 02-05-2015, 02:36 PM
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Very nice

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 02-08-2015, 09:35 AM
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So far, Face Bannon's advice has served me well, and I'm gonna try a two pass ATG shave today. My rotation has the slant set to go, and I think that's a good candidate.

My usual first pass starts with south to north strokes below the jawline anyway, so I'll just carry on for the rest of the shave. The combination of facial topography and beard grain is challenging on my face - damn whiskers grow in all directions - it's a flippin' amusement park! Especially the cleft of my chin. In order to get BBS there I actually have to go at it from all eight points of the compass, so I'm not expecting an "uber shave" in two passes, but it would be very useful to have practiced this option for the rare occasion when I'm rushed.

Thanks for the post.
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 02-08-2015, 03:35 PM
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(02-05-2015, 06:13 AM)primotenore Wrote:  My dirty little secret is that, when I have the time, I LIKE to spend the extra time on my shave. Sisi

Lately, when I feel like a third pass, I  still do all three ATG!

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 02-09-2015, 02:18 PM
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i'll give it a go....!

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 02-09-2015, 04:14 PM
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I like to go down the beard reduction route myself so I leave ATG for my last pass.

If i were to attempt ATG on the first pass I would get a fair amount of irritation.

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 02-09-2015, 06:37 PM
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(02-09-2015, 04:14 PM)Carson Wrote: I like to go down the beard reduction route myself so I leave ATG for my last pass.

If i were to attempt ATG on the first pass I would get a fair amount of irritation.

I'm with you.....4 passes for my regular shaves....3 if Im in a rush...I usually go with 2 ATG passes....but not until I've knocked my whiskers down a bit.

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