Angular Shaving

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slackskin
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Angular Shaving

Post by slackskin » Tue Sep 27, 2016 12:36 pm

I may have stumbled upon something -- shaving in an X pattern.

Having tried various passes. and getting OK-but-mediocre shaves, I read a post by Brothers/Gary in which he proposed going against the grain on the first pass. That got me thinking and challenging prior assumptions. Since north, south, east and west produced mediocre results, how about tryin an X shape pattern? Northwest to southeast, then northeast to southwest. I tried it and got a better shave. Perhaps this indicates that my beard growth grain is different than I thought. Let's see how that works over time.

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Re: Angular Shaving

Post by CMur12 » Tue Sep 27, 2016 6:55 pm

I've known a number of members here to do two across-the-grain (XTG) passes on opposing diagonals, often to avoid going against the grain (ATG).

(I'm spelling it out for lurkers who might not know our acronyms.)

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Re: Angular Shaving

Post by jww » Fri Oct 21, 2016 1:46 pm

I do a single pass wtg, xtg, then atg. Works for me. ymmv
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Re: Angular Shaving

Post by Rufus » Fri Oct 21, 2016 3:29 pm

jww wrote:I do a single pass wtg, xtg, then atg. Works for me. ymmv
Works for me too.
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Re: Angular Shaving

Post by John Rose » Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:21 pm

If I did a straight north-to-south pass, it would end up being WTG - XTG - WTG - ATG.
So, I do one complete pass all WTG (changing directions as required), then one complete pass ATG, then a third touch-up half pass of XTG and ATG.

Don't forget the "Gillette Slide" (or "Gillette Glide", or whatever), as in Fig. 2:

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I do this sometimes, but cautiously.
It sorta' simulates the effect of a slant razor head, but I gather there is a difference in results.
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