How do I get a closer shave with the Single Edge?

If you're not getting a close shave with the Single Edge (or it's just not cutting hair at all), it's probably due to one of three reasons that are easily corrected. In order of most common, these reasons are:

1. Shaving with a damaged blade.

Before you begin shaving, you'll want to make sure that your blade and razor are properly prepared and shave ready. So listen up -  this part is important.

Make sure you don't damage your blade when loading it. It's not rocket science, but you do need to pay attention to ensure you're not dragging the cutting edge of the blade against the blade stops:

If the blade accidentally drags against the stops, put a new one in! It's definitely going to be a bad day if you shave with a damaged blade - it's not worth risking it. If you're having a really rough shave (or the razor is not shaving at all), a damaged blade is usually the culprit. Use a new one - they're only 45 cents! Plus, we'll send you a new pack if you're really having a hard time getting the hang of it. Really. 

For a quick video tutorial, check out the video below.

2. Holding the razor at the wrong angle.

The angle at which you hold the razor is very important to a close shave. If you've used cartridge razors your whole life, you've just swiped your face with that 12 bladed paddle and let the pivot do the work. With the Single Edge, you'll need to find the optimum angle of the blade against your skin. Don't worry - it's easy.

SUPPLY Single Edge Shave Angle

The correct angle to hold the razor is about 10-15 degrees rotated from your skin. But even if you're not good at math, it's dead simple to find this angle with The Single Edge. Just do the following:

  1. Place the head of the razor flat against your cheek.
  2. Take a few short, light downward strokes. 
  3. As you take these strokes, begin slowly rotating the handle downward until you find that the razor begins to cut hair. 
  4. You found it!

Once you find the sweet spot, make sure to maintain this angle of the razor around the curves and contours of your face. It will take a few shaves to train your muscle memory, but it will become second nature in no time.

3. Using the Mild or Classic Setting

If you opted to receive the extra settings that are available, you may have noticed that the mild setting does not shave very closely. No, you're not crazy - that's the whole point!

The mild setting is made for those that have sensitive skin - or don't want a particularly close shave. It's not meant to give a super close shave. If you need closer, bump it up to the Classic (or aggressive) setting!

4. Shaving With the Grain

When you shave with-the-grain (or, in the direction of your hair growth, you'll get a close shave - but never a "baby butt" smooth shave. If you'd like to get a super close shave, you'll need to come back for a final pass against the grain. An against the grain pass will shave closely, but if you're prone to ingrown hairs it may cause them to appear. Be careful when using this approach and adjust accordingly.

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