Ask Aaron Q/A: Beard shaping – Mach 3 Razor vs Double Edge Safety Razor

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Aaron is asked a question about the best ways to shape a beard using a double edge safety razor

Saby Sambhi, from the UK, asks:

“Hey Aaron, I have recently graduated to a DE safety razor from a Gillette Mach 3. I have a Merkur 34c razor, Edwin Jagger super badger hair brush and Taylor of Old Bond street almond shaving cream.

So far the shaves have been amazingly close but I am having issues with shaping my beard. The razor works great shaving large areas such as my neck but I can’t see where I am shaving for the intricate areas due to the thickness of the cream and this is leading to shaping mistakes.

Can you please advise the best way to address this? Previously with my Mach3 I was able to to cover the areas requiring detail with a thin layer of soap allowing me to see where I am going and due to the relatively benign nature of the blades this provided adequate protection and lubrication but I feel a DE razor will be too aggressive for this approach?

Any help is greatly appreciated! Many thanks, Saby.”

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A double edge razor is a great tool for shaping a beard


“Mr. Saby,

Actually the same approach you used with the Mach 3 you can apply with the Merkur. What I recommend (and I do myself) is to take your finger and gently wipe away the majority of the lather, leaving behind a thin layer. The thin layer will give you the protection and glide you are looking for and still give you good visibility! Another thought would be to use a shavette such as a Dovo to do the fine work. Both methods work equally well and should give you the results you are looking for!

Smooth Shaving!

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