03-09-2017, 10:16 AM
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Good Morning Gentlemen--

I had a great shave this morning.  It was enjoyable from start to finish and I ended up BBS/DFS+ with zero irritation even on my very sensitive skin.  It's really great how you feel in the morning when starting the day off with a shave like this.

Wet Shaving seems to me like Golf or Fly-Fishing: there are so many variables that there's always room for improvement.  That's part of what makes it a great hobby.  And the fact that you get the chance to improve every day.

Unlike some, I haven't been systematic in my approach to optimization, so it's taken me a while to reach what for me is almost a repeatable process.  I call it a 2/2/2 shave.

I thought I'd share my formula:

1) Using glycerin soap as a pre-shave.  

A light layer with a splash of water, and only partially rinsed off.  To give credit, I cribbed this from Michael Ham.  I think it both soften/hydrates the hairs and also functions as a bit of an uberlather -- spiking the lather with glycerin for some extra slickness.

2) A two pass/two razor/two blade shave: 

For the first/WTG pass: a more aggressive razor with a less aggressive blade.  For me this is a Wolfman DC standard gap and Gillette Platinum.

For the second/XTG-ATG pass: a milder razor with a more aggressive blade.  For me this is a Muhle/EJ 89 or Razorock BabySmooth and a Feather.

That's it!  Somehow the combo of a very sharp blade with a milder/more forgiving head works really well for my when going ATG, especially on my neck.  For those of you who have neck issues going ATG, I can also wholeheartedly recommend the RR BabySmooth.  Something about its curved head and unique blade angle seems to work really well when making down-up ATG strokes, especially on the concave curves and hollows of the neck and chin.  

In general, I believe the keys to a good shave are technique, good prep/lather and using the sharpest blade possible.  The epiphany for me was finding the right combo of blade sharpness to fit head design.

Hope this can help others on their journey!

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 03-09-2017, 10:20 AM
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Thanks for sharing your method.  You definitely approached it thoughtfully and I continue to be impressed at everyone's personal approaches to that "perfect" shave.   Sbathroom_grooming_shaving_100-100

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