Ask Aaron Q/A: Palm stropping & corking of razor blades

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Aaron is asked a question about double edge razor blade harshness

Grant Letham, from the UK, asks:

“Hi, I’m enjoying my double edge shaving experience with my Edwin Jagger D89. Currently using routine of shower, King of Shaves shaving oil, lather – proraso or arko, 2 pass shave – 1 with and 1 across grain, cold water rinse and then moisturiser. I’m finding the first shave with a fresh blade can be risky in terms of nicks and cuts. Any clues as to how I can minimise / avoid this?”

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“Mr. Letham,
I too experience new blade harshness occasionally. I have heard this can be due to tiny burrs left over from the manufacturing process. There are two methods I would recommend trying: corking and palm stropping.

For corking, take a natural cork stopper from a wine bottle, and run the blade edge into the cor gently two or three times.

For palm stopping, grasp the blade in the middle and rub the blade away from the edge on the thick of your palm. This can be a little bit tricky, so watch the following video tutorial to see exactly what I mean: This should help with those new blade blues!

Smooth Shaving!


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