01-01-2016, 12:36 PM
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  • Obie
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Gentlemen,

It is the new year and I'm out of profundities. So today this is the best you're going to get.

I switch hands when shaving with the straight razor — right hand right side and left hand left side, with some improvisation. The practiced has transferred to the safety razor. Which brings me to this question: Do you by chance switch hands when shaving with the safety razor?

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 01-01-2016, 12:54 PM
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I never tried that Obie but I think I will give it a shot. Wish me luck Smile

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 01-01-2016, 01:02 PM
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  • Obie
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(01-01-2016, 12:54 PM)slantman Wrote: I never tried that Obie but I think I will give it a shot. Wish me luck Smile

I am right handed, but have trained my left hand to have almost the same capabilities. Switching hands helps me with some of my physical limitations. For instance, when shaving south to north on the left side, using my left hand eliminates some of these physical limitations I experience using the right hand. Also, switching hands seems logical to me. Of course, there is no right or wrong way of doing this procedure. Whatever works. It takes getting used to, but give it a try.

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 01-01-2016, 01:16 PM
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It is probably a reasonably good idea if you have a sufficiently coordinated off hand.  Unfortunately, I was not granted much coordination in my left hand and it would be a mess.

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 01-01-2016, 02:44 PM
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  • jtmke
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  • milwaukee
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Oddly enough I thought about trying that this morning while taking my new ATT for a shave. I opted not to attempt it. The learning curve for DE razors has been steeper for me than the straight razor was by miles.  I still shave about 95% of the time with straights using both hands. I lack consistency with the DE and using both hands may confuse my already baffling ability or lack of.

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 01-01-2016, 02:51 PM
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I switch hands on my across the grain pass. I get better results from switching hands vs. A back hand type grip for the left side of my face. For me it's far easier to learn to shave with your off hand with a razor with a longer handle . You can even use your dominant hand to find your angle then just use your offhand to move the razor.

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 01-01-2016, 03:01 PM
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I am somewhat ambidextrous and I do switch hands when shaving my right side. I am left handed so I start with my left side and finish my chin and mustache with left hand as well, then switch to right hand to get my right side of face and neck. I cannot for the life of me use my left hand for the entire shave.

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 01-01-2016, 03:13 PM
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  • Devilanche
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(01-01-2016, 02:51 PM)Otis375 Wrote: I switch hands on my across the grain pass. I get better results from switching hands vs. A back hand type grip for the left side of my face. For me it's far easier to learn to shave with your off hand with a razor with a longer handle . You can even use your dominant hand to find your angle then just use your offhand to move the razor.

Same for me. I only switch hand for XTG and ATG. It's probably because on most days, WTG don't really cut though much.

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 01-01-2016, 03:17 PM
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This is great. I was thinking about asking the same question.

I use a variety of DE razors (Razor Rock BBS, Mongoose, Feather AS2, my new Wolfman and assorted others). I switch hands with all of them (right/right left/left) and always have (very natural). Thumbup

I taught myself to be a baseball switch hitter; although, I am a natural rightly. I can write left-handed with legible results. Interesting, my oldest son is a lefty (no other members of the both family trees have this trait). Now, his oldest son is a lefty and my daughter's oldest son is also a lefty. The other five grandchildren (two boys/three girls) are right-handed There must be some fairly strong recessive genes on my side of the family.

As far as shaving, switching works great for me.

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 01-01-2016, 04:07 PM
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I switch hands with both a straight and DE.  I'm right handed, but when it comes to shaving, my left hand is as good as my right.

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 01-01-2016, 04:22 PM
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  • eengler
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I switch hands with straights but all right hand for DE/SE. May be worth trying it outSmile

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 01-01-2016, 04:35 PM
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I was just recently thinking about this.  I am right handed and the right side of my face definitely get the better shave.  Its a tough reach to shave under my left jaw going away from my adam's apple.  I'll give this a try tomorrow.

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 01-01-2016, 05:46 PM
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  • Wrathen
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I use my dominant hand (right) I would say 60-70% of the time but their is just spots my left can get to better I haven't noticed it any harder to do or a difference in shave quality. ..... I guess I'll have to pay attention tomorrow


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 01-01-2016, 07:35 PM
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I use my dominant, right hand for DEs, all of the time. Shy

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 01-01-2016, 07:59 PM
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  • lfs70
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I forced myself to shave with both hands so that when I started shaving with a straight it would be easier.
It did make it easier to learn how to use a straight and I still use both hands with my safety razors.
I think its a good habit to have.

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 01-01-2016, 10:00 PM
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I always new you guys were switch hitters. Lol!!!!!

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 01-02-2016, 02:45 AM
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  • ben74
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I'm not a switcher. 

I don't even switch hands when using a straight (even though I know I probably should).

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 01-02-2016, 06:48 AM
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(01-02-2016, 02:45 AM)ben74 Wrote: I'm not a switcher. 

I don't even switch hands when using a straight (even though I know I probably should).
So you are straight!

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 01-02-2016, 07:07 AM
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  • BobH
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I learned to shave with a DE using only my dominate hand and still do. When learning to shave with a straight razor a few years ago I taught myself to use two either hand. Never saw a reason to break a 45 year old habit when using a DE though.

Bob

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 01-02-2016, 07:39 AM
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I use my right (dominant) hand on both sides, and I can't feel a difference between the two sides of my face when I'm done - DFS on both halves. I do seem to nick myself more often on the left side of my neck though... perhaps time to try using my off hand?

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