Pinky or ring finger on tang

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Pinky or ring finger on tang

Post by jojo » Tue Jan 22, 2008 1:02 pm

When holding a straight, do folks rest their ring finger on the tang, or pinky. I've seen it both ways in photos, and wanted to get a sense of whether there's a preferred technique.

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Post by Scrapyard Ape » Tue Jan 22, 2008 1:15 pm

Actually I do both. No real reason why, though. It is just how I've been doing it since the beginning.
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Post by rustyblade » Tue Jan 22, 2008 1:26 pm

I may be the odd one out here but I rest my ring finger on the tang and my pinkie underneath. Just feels comfortable and gives me the sense of more control (don't know if it actually does though).
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Post by kaptain_zero » Tue Jan 22, 2008 2:36 pm

For me it depends a bit on the razor but I'm fond of pinching the blade itself with my thumb and forefinger (kinda how a chef holds a chefs knife), allowing the rest of the fingers to find a spot where they are comfy. I have however worked at using the gimps when possible and seem to have just as good a control but this leaves my pinky hanging....

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Post by sebell » Tue Jan 22, 2008 2:47 pm

Pinky for me!

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Post by EverSharp » Sun Jan 27, 2008 5:01 pm

Ring finger with pinky underneath.

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Post by notthesharpest » Sun Jan 27, 2008 6:28 pm

I think it might depend to some extent on the size of your hands. I have small-to-medium hands, and my little finger is on the top of the tang. But if your hands are very large, you might find the ring finger more comfortable.

I don't think there's a "wrong" way, but I'm ready to be corrected.

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Post by SirCur » Sun Jan 27, 2008 6:39 pm

Although I am clearly NOT an expert on straights - I use my ring finger on the tang not my pinkie. If you review the pictures in the Moss "handbook", I believe he shows using the pinkie on the tang - this is just not natural for me.

Not sure one or the other is "correct" - perhaps more experienced opinions are needed on this subject.

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Post by dada » Sun Jan 27, 2008 7:42 pm

I remember doing both. Usually it's whatever feels comfortable and solid, most often ring finger. Can't remember the barber textbooks, but I say it does depend on razor geometry and your hands, obviously. And I'd rather feel comfortable and confident than do it by the book :lol:

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Post by Churchill » Sun Jan 27, 2008 8:52 pm

Ring finger on the tang,pinky hanging...that sounds nasty. :o
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Post by rustyblade » Mon Jan 28, 2008 6:31 am

When going against the grain I hold the shank between my thumb and forefinger. As others have mentioned, whatever is most comfortable, gives you a good shave and no blood.
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Post by kaptain_zero » Mon Jan 28, 2008 3:53 pm

Churchill wrote:Ring finger on the tang,pinky hanging...that sounds nasty. :o
Well... I suppose you could always hold it up in the air such as when drinking tea. :P


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Post by samovar » Sat Feb 02, 2008 6:06 pm

I'm new to straight shaving and I've been using my ring finger so far and tried the pinkie.

Whatever gets me shaved without a nick is the way to go :)

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Post by Dave_D » Sun Feb 03, 2008 5:44 pm

Probably one of those ymmv things, but this is what has worked for me.


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Post by Occam » Sun Feb 03, 2008 9:13 pm

Pinky. I have medium to large hands and I find the ring finger resting on the handle/pin area is a nice stabilising point.
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Post by rustyblade » Mon Feb 04, 2008 6:29 am

Occam wrote:Pinky. I have medium to large hands and I find the ring finger resting on the handle/pin area is a nice stabilising point.
That's something I never thought of, I have small hands so more of my fingers fit on the razor than in the picture above.
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Post by rtaylor61 » Tue Feb 05, 2008 10:13 pm

rustyblade wrote:I may be the odd one out here but I rest my ring finger on the tang and my pinkie underneath. Just feels comfortable and gives me the sense of more control (don't know if it actually does though).
I think that is the key! Do what feels comfortable. You know, the old saying, "if it feels good, do it!" For me it depends on the size of the razor.

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