- Apr 11, 2007
I'm starting to rethink what you said here about long vs short passes. Since i don't do long i can only speak about short. Mantic's metaphor is think of the face as a diamond then work on the facets one at a time. More effort but also easier to do a through job.Maybe I am doing something wrong. You guys do long deep swipes? Or shorter multiple swipes. For or against the grain?
But long is more efficient. If you consider in terms of time and effort. One long swipe covers more area so you don't have to go over it again until the next pass. Also get away with one less pass as with the grain and across the grain passes are combined in a J shaped pass.
So we're clear long for me means start from about ear level and go right down to bottom of throat in one continuous swipe. By short i stop at the end of the jaw line. Passes are straight and don't curve. People do J shaped passes but i do not. I tend to work on smaller areas rather than the longer swipes. Angle changes less with shorter passes than a longer one. Longer is harder to pull off and requires more skill as contour as well as angle is constantly changing. Like going down a winding road with many bends.
It's conceivable you need a sharper blade for a longer continuous swipe than a short one. If you were going over grain that grows in a different direction say. It would not have been gone over before so will put up more resistance that only a sharper blade could handle. I expect you notice the resistance more in the first pass than subsequent ones.
I guess i've adapted to shorter passes as they're safer albeit more effort is required. It's been a long time since i used a cartridge razor with a pivoting blade.