03-14-2012, 11:45 AM
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  • Obie
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  • Glendale, Wisconsin
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Gentlemen,

I split my shaves between the straight razor and the double edge. Nothing wrong with enjoying too much of a good thing, is what I say. Recently, because of my banged up hands, I have had to limit my straight shave to one pass, two the most, and clean up with the double edge. Some days it's strictly the double edge.

With the straight razor, I switch hands. I am a switch-hitter. That started with my first straight shave. I do the same thing with the double edge. I find my field of vision improves and, also, I don't have to do acrobatics with my dominant hand. This has been going on for a number of years so that now my left hand fairly adept.

Are you a switch hitter with the double edge?

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 03-14-2012, 12:10 PM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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I use both a DE and an Schick Injector. Now don't ask me why, but I can and sometimes use both hands when shaving with the Schick, but I use only my left hand when shaving with my DE.

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 03-14-2012, 12:22 PM
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I'm left-handed, and I'm not coordinated enough with my right to do anything with the DE except the XTG pass from center to ear.

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 03-14-2012, 12:33 PM
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  • slantman
  • Expert Shaver
  • Leesburg, Florida
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I am also a southpaw but when it comes to handling a razor I strictly use my left hand. I use my right hand when using a mouse and my right hand is my glove hand when I play baseball.

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 03-14-2012, 01:43 PM
#5
  • Songwind
  • Soap Slinger & Scuttle Pusher
  • Burnsville, MN
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I've only been using one hand thus far.

What's more, my shaves seem to be better on the far side of my face. Huh

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 03-14-2012, 02:35 PM
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I definitely use both hands. But it comes from alternating with the straight razor just as you explained. Something I didn't notice until recently either.

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 03-14-2012, 03:38 PM
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  • Sully
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  • Cedar Park, Texas
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I'm a limited switch hitter. I do switch hands but my left hand doesn't do as much as my right hand. That goes for DE's or straights.

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 03-14-2012, 05:48 PM
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I use DE razors and I'm and only use my right hand. I'm too uncoordinated and fear the blood loss that could occur with the left hand to attempt a switch.

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 03-14-2012, 10:21 PM
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  • freddy
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  • San Diego, California, U.S.A.
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Right handed only for me, whether a DE or an SE.

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 03-14-2012, 11:06 PM
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I sure hope I can make this brief.

Over a decade ago I had damage to my right wrist that prevents full use of it. I shattered it in a most impressive way. But I have far more use of it than "they" predicted, but they never figure the human spirit into the equation. I'm a shooter and I was never going to give that up. I'd die first, or chop off the offending limb if it would help. I wound up firing my therapist and looking for another. If I had followed her advice I'd have been a cripple for the remainder of my life. Idiots!

Anyway, as soon as I could handle a gun to dry fire I began teaching myself to shoot left handed. Of course other more basic bodily operations also had to be learned. So basically I taught myself to be ambidexterous just to be ready for any possible contingency. I pushed myself just as hard as I could and much harder than the "book" said I could or should.

The result of all this is that I can now use my left hand as nimbly as my right for a great many things. That includes shaving as a spin off. Since my right hand can't do what it needs to do on the opposite side of the face with certain strokes, the left can handle it.

Oh, and the shooting? Never better. Weak hand shooting is a piece of cake now, and shooting rifle lefty? Better than righty. So the lemon has definitely been turned into lemonade.

But str8s? Better you than me gents. I know my limitations.

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 03-14-2012, 11:30 PM
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  • iKon
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  • NYC
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I've been having loads of fun shaving lately.


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 03-15-2012, 03:21 AM
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I too switch hit with most razors. I suppose like the OP it comes from straight shaving with both hands and then just followed into all my shaving. Poor Ikon, that looks uncomfortable.

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 03-15-2012, 04:16 AM
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  • Sully
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  • Cedar Park, Texas
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(03-14-2012, 11:30 PM)iKon Wrote: I've been having loads of fun shaving lately.

Ouch! What happened?

I cut part of my thumb off with a French mandoline at work several years ago and that resulted in some less then fun shaves.

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 03-15-2012, 04:55 AM
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I switch hands as well, in fact I've always used both hands at a lot of things. Writing isn't one of them though.

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 03-15-2012, 05:36 AM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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(03-14-2012, 11:30 PM)iKon Wrote: I've been having loads of fun shaving lately.

Oh my.Shok

I guess it could be worse. Better those two fingers than the first two.

Hope that heals up soon.

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 03-15-2012, 10:28 AM
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i usually only use my right hand for DEs, but both hands for straights.

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 03-18-2012, 05:07 PM
#17
  • Brent
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  • Columbus, OH
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I went from carts to straights and have been switch hitter. Since then, I've tried using a DE a few times and naturally used my left and right.

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 03-18-2012, 07:08 PM
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I'm lefty when shaving. Trying to use my right hand just feels weird. That isn't surprising to me though considering that I write and eat left handed. I'm right handed for everything else.


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 03-18-2012, 08:45 PM
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  • CMur12
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  • Moses Lake, Washington State, USA
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I'm right-handed, but for the last outward strokes just under the back of my jaw on the left side, I've found that I have to switch to my left hand.

- Murray

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 03-19-2012, 05:34 PM
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(03-14-2012, 11:45 AM)Obie Wrote: Are you a switch hitter with the double edge?

Yes. I have been shaving ambidextrously since my Trac II days. Hey, I have two hands; why under-employ the one?


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