Obviously, learning how to use a cut-throat razor is the first step you should take into the world of “real” shaving. Today I’m going to be giving some simple tips and clear instructions that you can follow.
You should know that shaving with a cut-throat razor is not something that you will master overnight. By checking out the methods on this page, you can minimize the cuts and increase the speed with which you become familiar with shaving.
How To Use A Cut Throat Razor – Step One
First, you are going to need to prep your face. Use a hot towel if you have one, if not, just take a shower immediately before shaving. As long as you get to soak your face for ten minutes in hot water first, the job is done. This is going to help the hairs stand up straight, be easier to cut and make the whole process smoother.
You should prepare your shaving soap. If you are new to all this, you might want to just try using regular shaving foam or cream like you would have with a modern safety razor. Not only is this type of cream more difficult to get a good, even spread with, but it is also bad for the environment. The best way to lather up your face is to use shaving soap and a brush. I recommend using badger hair.
You’ll notice that using a brush is a lot more economical and the whole process is smoother. I personally love the meditative part of making the lather and applying it to my face too.
Your first time, you don’t want to attempt shaving your entire face with the razor. It’s best to work in sections. Start with the side of your face first, and just choose one side. After you’ve done that, use a normal razor to shave the rest of your face. This is for two reasons:
1.) It lets you gradually adjust to using the razor and getting a feel for things
2.) You get a direct comparison between razors, which will really highlight how superior the cutthroat is.
As you get more comfortable and adept at using a straight-edge razor, you can move on to the other side of your face, then the neck, then finally the upper lip. The whole process should take around two to four weeks.
The Three Pass Shave
The best way to shave is the three-pass shave. This involves first shaving with the grain, then shaving across the grain, and finally shaving against the grain. Apart from the upper lip, you can use the three-pass shave for all parts of your face. For the lip, just go with, and across the grain.
Again, you can do this gradually. The first time you put the cutthroat to your face, just shave with the grain. You’ll find that you have to grip the blade a lot differently than with your previous razor, so take your time to get used to it. Day one shave with the grain, day two shave with and across (sideways) and day three or four, shave with, across, then against.
This is just an example. Don’t go against the grain until you are comfortable doing so, because this is where you are most likely to cut yourself.
I’ve written another more detailed post about the three pass shave.