04-11-2017, 12:49 PM
I moved your thread from the section on General Shaving Discussion to the section on Straight Razors. There is a good recent thread on "How long does it take to master a non-dominant hand" which addresses your question. I change hands. Your left hand will learn.
04-11-2017, 01:20 PM
I used my dominant hand for the straight for years. Finally a guy posted that if you take a razor and tape the edge, or use a shavette with no blade, and go through the motions with your non dominant hand while at the computer, or watching TV, the muscle memory will kick in, and you'll be easily shaving with either hand. Not necessary, but it makes life easier if you get the hang of it. IMHO.
04-11-2017, 01:52 PM
My left hand is useless as well, I'm that right hand dominant. I shave with only my right hand and use the left to stretch the skin. I get by just fine; in my mind it is a preference thing and there is no must way to shave with a straight. I have about 400 straight shaves and get BBS shaves without fail.
04-11-2017, 02:51 PM
I am new myself. I only have about 20-25 straight razor shaves. I still get easier, closer, more comfortable shaves with my DEs. At about 15 shaves my results got a lot better. I only use my dominant hand. I do this with no problem. I am right handed and the only issue I have is when I shave my left cheek I lose sight of the blade and I am shaving by feel. It is only for a very small part of my cheek, not the entire cheek. The cheeks are the easiest part to shave and as long as I mind the pressure, I have never nicked myself or had any other problem shaving my left cheek.
04-11-2017, 02:58 PM
(04-11-2017, 02:51 PM)Gabe Wrote: ...and the only issue I have is when I shave my left cheek I lose sight of the blade and I am shaving by feel.
During my brief (30-40 shaves) period with straights, this is exactly why I learned to use my non-dominant hand. Though being left-handed, it came fairly easy since many of us southpaws are pretty ambidextrous, often out of need.
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