12-05-2016, 03:27 AM
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  • beamon
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Seems to be a difference of opinion, though I read more support for short than long. I've watched videos of shavers using little tiny strokes even for the large expansive beard areas. Logic would, I think, dictate long strokes for the large open beard areas and shorter strokes when working in the smaller, tighter areas, which is my technique. In a large area, once the angle is set, isn't it easier to maintain that angle using long strokes? Every time you set the blade to your skin you're increasing the chance of nicks and weepers, thus they occur more often in the tighter places, for me, at least.

What say you, long or short?  (Quit laughing, you guys)

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 12-05-2016, 04:22 AM
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  • eengler
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Iv'e found a combination of both are the most effective. Short and careful under the nose and around chin otherwise long passes to cheeks and neck.

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 12-05-2016, 04:28 AM
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IMO I have found that it changes for me based on the razor. In my DE89 I can do long strokes but in my Fatip Piccolo it tends to be shorter strokes.

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 12-05-2016, 04:45 AM
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  • SRNewb
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Long strokes mostly, excerpt over the chin.

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 12-05-2016, 04:55 AM
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I think it depends on a number of variables including distance to nearest emergency room. I recall in the Bond film Skyfall Bond gets a straight razor shave with one long stroke on his neck...probably not recommended.

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 12-05-2016, 05:06 AM
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Emergency room access is always a consideration, lol.

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 12-05-2016, 05:27 AM
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I use a combo of both with a straight, pretty much long strokes going WTG then I use short ones going ATG especially on my neck.

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 12-05-2016, 05:33 AM
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Different strokes for different folks... or rather, for different beards. I tend to use long stroke on my cheeks where the growth direction is uniform, and shorter strokes on my neck where the growth direction changes every few millimeters.

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 12-05-2016, 06:54 AM
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I do as you do beamon.

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 12-05-2016, 07:03 AM
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Usually short strokes.  It allows me to keep the angle of the razor more steady.  Long strokes require my hand/wrist to adjust, leading to angle changes.  I can also grip the razor more lightly with short strokes.

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 12-05-2016, 08:39 AM
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  • Johnny
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From sideburns to jawline, long strokes (both WTG and ATG).  Jawline to bottom of neck, long strokes (both directions).  Upper and lower lip, and chin, short strokes.

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 12-05-2016, 09:40 AM
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I go medium strokes in large areas and short around the cleft in my chin.

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 12-05-2016, 10:03 AM
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  • DayMan
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I usually do short or medium length strokes.  I read this thread before I shaved this morning and the logic made sense so I decided to try longer strokes on a couple of areas.  I had trouble keeping the angle correct and not adding too much pressure, so I went back to my normal way of shaving.  It was an interesting experiment though.

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 12-05-2016, 02:37 PM
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Definitely I do short strokes as my beard is all over the place. Afterwards I sometimes do a cleanup pass using long strokes. This really is very hard to write while maintaining a straight face.

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 12-05-2016, 05:38 PM
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Due to my ongoing lack of sleep and overall bad sense of humor the title of this thread led to my first answer of it all depends on genetics.  Wink

Makes you wonder what some non wet shavers that accidentally stumble on to our posts think of the thread titles and it's contents. 

Back on topic... I think it depends on area being shaved as well as razor being used. If I'm using my GEM I take take short, buffing strokes no matter where while I can take my Wolfman and go from chin and down my neck in one swipe.

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 12-05-2016, 06:21 PM
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__Yes__

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 12-05-2016, 06:58 PM
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(12-05-2016, 06:21 PM)mike_the_kraken Wrote: __Yes__

I read that "yes" in my mind and it was the voice of Sam Elliott lol.

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 12-06-2016, 06:39 AM
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  • naiyor
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(12-05-2016, 02:37 PM)Spudnut Wrote: Definitely I do short strokes as my beard is all over the place. Afterwards I sometimes do a cleanup pass using long strokes. This really is very hard to write while maintaining a straight face.

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 12-06-2016, 03:03 PM
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(12-05-2016, 03:27 AM)beamon Wrote: Seems to be a difference of opinion, though I read more support for short than long. I've watched videos of shavers using little tiny strokes even for the large expansive beard areas. Logic would, I think, dictate long strokes for the large open beard areas and shorter strokes when working in the smaller, tighter areas, which is my technique. In a large area, once the angle is set, isn't it easier to maintain that angle using long strokes? Every time you set the blade to your skin you're increasing the chance of nicks and weepers, thus they occur more often in the tighter places, for me, at least.

What say you, long or short?  (Quit laughing, you guys)

Cheeks and jawline, long and medium strokes.
Neck, medium and short strokes.
Under nose and around mouth, including the area from my bottom lip to the tip of my chin get short, careful strokes.

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 12-06-2016, 09:39 PM
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I find short strokes work better for me because it lets me adjust the angle more frequently and accurately on my face.

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