Having a sharp razor is of utmost importance to this task. If you are using a dull blade, it will be painful, inefficient, and ineffective. - Holding your leather strap taut, run your blade almost lightly up and down the strap lightly. - You want the sharp edge to face you when you're sliding away and to face the wall when you're pulling towards you. - Do this lightly about 40 times to make sure you have an extremely sharp blade.
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Your grandpa probably used high lather shaving cream. That'll work, but a good low lather soap will do just as well. To soften my soap, I soak it in a small jar of hot water. I also soak my brush to soften it up.
The 2 most important things to remember during the shave are the angle of the blade and the the tautness of your skin. Hold your skin completely taut and maintain a steady 25-30 degree angle—and you're on your way to success.
I usually have a towel handy to wipe the blade after I rinse it.
If you're like me, you wish you could look like Magnum P.I. but you end up looking more like a 13-year-old with peach fuzz so let's shave it off. Just go slow and find some way to maneuver the blade while keeping your skin tight.