Find the Proper Angle With Any Razor!

Find the Proper Angle With Any Razor!

Greetings! I’m Geofatboy for You’re getting ready to shave, and it’s “The Moment Of Truth” Time to place the razor on your skin, and
find the proper angle. Right now I’ll do a quick video demonstration
demonstrating how to apply the blade and the razor head to your face or your skin
so that you achieve the proper angle and maintain it throughout your shave. And
I’ll show it to you on various razors this being a standard flat bar type
safety razor, and also an open comb type razor, and a slant bar type razor, also a
traditional folding straight razor, and lastly a Japanese style razor like this one. I’ll show you how to achieve and maintain the proper angle so that you can enjoy a
baby smooth shave. Alright, “Let’s do it!” I’m just getting ready to get my shave
on, I’m all lathered up, but before I get started, I just want to go over the
proper blade angle, the angle that you apply the razor to your face. Most people if you do any reading or research, you’re going to hear that it’s 30 degrees, but it’s something that you need to apply the blade to your skin and then achieve that angle, and keep it throughout your shave. So I’ll give you a side view
right here, when you first start with the safety razor you want to, from this side I’ll show you. You want to apply it so it’s perpendicular to your face like this, you see how this is flat
and you just apply it like that, and then you just want to tilt upward slightly, like that, slightly not too much, just a little bit, and you’ll feel when it’s removing the hairs cleanly, instead of scraping. So you just want to tilt it, come in flat like this, and then tilt it up slightly, and then and then it will remove the hairs easily. Just like that. That’s the angle. I’ll show you from this side. I’ll use the left hand on this side, so here, you come in from the side, and it’s flat like that tilt it upward slightly, tilt it slightly, and that’s it. There you go. Again, you can talk about it all day long and people will call me on the phone and say: “What is the proper angle, how do I get the proper angle?” Well, it is something where you need to apply it, tilt upward slightly, and then you’ll get a feel for it. On your neck area, if you’re going against the grain, you just need to apply it like so, and this is something that’s tricky because the razor is upside down and your neck is going the other direction it’s not a flat surface
like your cheek, so you need to again, just find that angle from the side and that’s the angle that you’ll feel it removing the hairs cleanly, and it won’t be scraping, and you won’t get irritation. once you get that proper angle. After a while you won’t even have to think about it or pay attention, it’s your Zen-Like muscle memory will kick in and you’ll just be able to get it done easily without, without
much thought whatsoever… Again, like that… That was a standard flat bar safety
razor, if you’re using an open comb razor you’ll do the same angle, it’ll be the same
way. Here’s an example this is an iKon this is a slant bar razor it’s got the twisted or the skewed head on it. With this one you will forget the fact that it’s twisted, and you
will just hold it flat to your skin. The skew is in the head itself, you don’t have to do anything to make that happen you just shave with it like a normal
razor, and you don’t need to twist or turn anything, just find your angle, come
in flat like so, find your angle slightly up like this… and then work your way down… and on the right side, same way. I’ll rinse that off. You can come in flat like so, come in flat like this, and tilt slightly upwards, and then you’ve found your angle… That’s it. With the straight razor, you can lay it flat, on your skin, and then tilt slightly outwards, not too much or you’ll be scraping, it’s just a slight 30 degrees and you want to stretch your skin, and go downward like so. That’s it, it’s very simple. Now on the left side, you can just do the same with your left hand. Lay the razor flat on your skin and just roll it slightly outward, stretch… and work your way down… just like that… On the neck area when you’re coming against the grain, you can lay it flat, tilt it slightly out If you’re using a Japanese style razor, the non folding type, you will do the same, just grip it, lay it flat, stretch your skin lay it flat, just roll the spine out a little bit, slightly work your way down stretch the skin, lay it flat like so, roll it outward slightly, and work your way down. Same thing in the chin area, lay it flat, roll it out slightly Just like that… Some people may complain with a straight razor that you can’t see your sideburn when you’re trying to trim it Because your hand gets in the way. If you are using a standard straight razor like this you need to, there is an angle where if you turn far enough in front of your mirror you can actually see, but it’s a very minute little window that you can see. So another way to go about it is do the best you can under your sideburns, start below it, and then when you come in and you want to trim it perfectly, what you
can do is, turn the razor upside down like this lay it flat turn upward slightly, and then stretch…
There you go! That’s how you can line up your sideburn perfectly. If you’re using the japanese-style razor same way, grip it like this upside down, now with the Japanese you can actually see a little better because
you can hold it out like this, and your hand isn’t really in the way. If you grip
it towards the bottom. Or, you also will do the same thing. Flip it upside down, lay it flat, find your angle now when I’m shaving, I don’t have to lay it flat and find the angle because I just can apply it to my
cheek and just get going with it, but you will lay it flat, find the angle, upward slightly, stretch a little and you can use your shaving cream to give you a straight line, like that. Thanks very much for watching! I hope this video helps you achieve and
maintain the proper angle so that you can enjoy a “Baby Smooth Shave” Please
visit for all your shaving supplies. And don’t forget to
click that subscribe button subscribe to my YouTube channel. I’m
Geofatboy. Have a Great Shave, Have a Great Day!


  • Syafiq says:

    Sexy brows though

  • Stephen Davidson says:

    Awesome video Geo, thanks.

  • Dan Lutter says:

    You didn't CLEAR THE RUNWAYS!?!?!

  • Jammin GI James says:

    Another great video geo!  Thank you for sharing brother :)… you have beautiful eyes bro!  you should consider modeling for Visine!!!

  • TheAdmiral1976 says:

    Dear Geo,

    "Increase a few degrees to rid of the hairy debris"

    Best wishes
    The Admiral

  • geofatboy says:

    Pedro Bear,
    Since there is no option for me to reply to your comment, I'll do it here:
    Didn't even notice it till you mentioned it.
    Are you insinuating something?

  • MGShogun says:

    Thank you for helpful video. Much appreciated it! Keep up good work.

  • Thad Launderville says:

    Pitching up from the safety bar side, the first angle that cuts hair is likely to take more skin than necessary. I think what you're trying to get at, is that one can feel when the pitch is right. Unfortunately, some of us will need to access lower angles, and hold skin back behind every stroke. If you found cartridges painful, in particular: start from the cap side, pretend it's the straight razor.

  • Goldy987 says:

    Thanks for the video, Geo. I always find them informative.

  • Omar El-Madhoun says:

    did you get razor burn after this video? haha

  • James Blake says:

    Hello Geo Congratulations on your channel
    I always follow your own videos and suggestions … very interesting
    Thank you very much
    You have many varieties of razors
    but I've never seen you try the best of Italian razor "Mastro Livi"
    It is constructed of stainless steel + carbon damascus
    Razor Snake… You know? Look at how it is made:

  • Tom Botting says:

    geo, great video as always! I notice you been using the 38c a lot more in your videos. How do you like that razor? I only have 2 safety razors the 38c and a '78 super speed (my birth year razor). I love the 38c such a forgiving razor. In my opinion the 38c is best paired with a Personna med prep, Wilkinson sword, or a Gillette 7 O'Clock super stainless. Thanks for the great videos! If it wasn't for your videos I would not be shaving with a safety razor.

  • Rich Slaney says:

    Your videos are awesome and I'm finally getting the shave I always wanted with no soreness. I'm 44yrs old and been shaving since I was about 15yrs old and I've struggled with razor burn on my neck for years and years.
    I used to shave with a very expensive rechargeable Braun Electric Razor which made my neck sore, I think due to the friction. Then I started to wet shave with shaving foam and multiblade razors, from Gillette 3 blade to 5 blades and more recently the Wilkinson Sword Fusion 5. Still, I had a sore red neck which meant I could only shave no more than twice a week as the day after I could hardly touch my neck due to soreness and that also using Shaving Balms etc.

    Well, In less than a week of shaving with my new Merker Futur DE safety razor the soreness and redness has just about gone. After the 1st shave, I used blade position 1 – 2 and now for the second shave I'm on 3. Awesome.
    I use the Proraso White Pre-shave, Proraso Green or Red shaving foam (with a Muhle Synthetic Silver Tip Badger Brush). I do 3 passes, finishing off with a Warm and then cold rinse, then a rub with an Alum Block and then the Proraso white aftershave balm.

    Wow, stunning. Baby soft and smooth, no soreness at all (even straight after and during the shave) and the results are good for about 1.5days for me.

    So at last, i'm shaving every other day with no soreness and razor burn. I can't believe the difference and makes me puzzled why the cartridge shave was ever invented as the blades are silly expensive and the results were never good for me and left me sore.

    Oh, and incredibly I've not cut myself yet either.

    Thanks so much for sharing all your advice in the amazing and informative way you do.
    Shaving has gone from being a painful chore to a pleasant experience. I lost my dad a couple of years ago and I know he has an old safety razor he used to use still in his old bedside cabinet. I'm going to ask my mother if I can have it, so I can clean it up and involve a bit of my father's spirit in my shaving routine.

    Guys, if you haven't tried it yet and suffer…… Give it a go, it's so nice.

    PS. I before starting I also bought and used a bottle of PFB Vanish and used it on my Razor burn neck area for a few days before I started. It's doing a great job and I use a little on my neck an hour or so after my shave and it seems to be reducing it brilliantly.

    Sorry for the long comment, but I had to share my experience.

    Take care and keep em coming.

  • Hanworth Homebrew says:

    Have to say a huge Thank you from the uk been watching for a while now and enjoying the best shave ever … Shame the shipping would be a joke from the US to the UK

  • FarP321 says:

    great video

  • schwarzblatt says:

    I love that Japanese razor. It's the first one I bought after using a safety razor for a few years. Gives a great shave. Still manage to cut myself around the moustache area most of the time though, haha.

  • Andrew Golland says:

    great video as always. ..thanks for all the info..keep up the great work!

  • Ahmed Jaber says:

    Well done Geo must say. I have been shaving with Des for about 6 years but until recently had challenges especially with the R41. So, when I checked this video I went ahead and tried it. Man does it work! I love it now even the R41 became almost as comfortable as the progress.

  • Ramon Homjak says:

    hey geo. it's been a long time i last watched your videos. i learend a lot from you and found my own prefferences. basicaly all i know about shaving is thanks to you. i just wanted to say that all wet shavers preffer to shave with hot water. what i discovered while learning how to shave (and i still do) is that because i have sensistive skin and wire like hard beard i reduce skin irritation like this: during the winter when is cold i use cold water, and during the summer i use hot water. my skin gets less irritated and i see that when i use alum block. almost no burning. if someone has the same problem you can try this. it works for me and my skin feels good when i'm done shaving

  • Shyster112 says:

    Hey Geo, I was wondering if you could do a review of a shave set that I tend to see in a few pharmacies. It's from a company called Van Der Hagen. It comes with a brush, a shave bowl and a shave puck. I'm wondering how you would feel about it. Just a request! 🙂 ( I tend to see them in CVS, Kroger, and a few Wal Marts here and there.)

  • William M Trexler says:

    Avoid Sterling soaps…customer service is bad…two weeks to ship…

  • Werner S says:

    Hi Geo, how about an new video as a Christmas gift for your fans?

    Merry Christmas and a Happy new year 🙂


  • Malachi Armstrong says:

    Paul Rudd's crazy shaving twin… do you have a video on when it is time to resharpen a straight razor

  • Giorgi Georgian says:

    Hello, I am 18 years old boy, I have a problem with shaving my beard, I need your advice, when i am shaving, i get bumps around my chin, can you solve my problem? help me

  • SSCarpathia_159 says:

    Thanks for this, the part with the safety razor going against the grain on the neck was particularly useful for me.

  • JonBonesJones84 says:

    Could you do a video on after shaves or moisturizers and the best ones for the money?

  • Dismont DeSire says:

    Happy new year to you)

  • ucsb chillin says:

    Geo! Shave review for the Fatip Piccolo please.

  • JiggyJinjo says:

    Hello, I just got into De razors and got my first one (De89) along with an arko soap and a semogue 1250 (boar brush) and I would like some help.I'm struggling getting a nice lather:
    I usually dip the brush in water while I shower, then I squeeze it once to remove some water and then I proceed to load the brush. It loads really well but then, when I apply it to my face, I can't get a nice lather. I tried different motions or adding more water but I get a really thin lather everytime ( I can almost see my skin underneath ). I feel like the more I use the brush, the more it scraps off the lather off my face. To counter this I just use it as a painting brush. What am I doing wrong ?

  • Kobe Bryant24 says:

    +geofatboy do you send your products to europe?

  • Enigma1990ad says:

    Thanks for this. Going to be trying the DE89BL as I was really impressed by your review on it. It's going to be my first time using a non cartridge razor and was a bit concerned that I would damage my face. Watching this video gave me the idea on how to achieve the 30 degree angle. Wish me luck 🙂

  • Bryan Peeler says:

    Great video Geo! Always wondered about how you found angles with straight razors. I stick to that fine Merkur you sold me. Maybe some time you can do a video on the spacing differences in adjustable razors?

  • Luke w says:

    hey geo thanks to your videos I got a wet shaving kit and had my first shave I love it and it's helped my skin right off the bat thank you

  • Shane Odekirk says:

    what is your go to safety razer and why?

  • Cj Iscool says:

    so it's actually 60 degrees not 30

  • Петр Меркадер says:

    Обожаю твой канал! Супер! Сам бреюсь только безопасными бритвенными станками! Ты молодец!

    А теперь американец ответь на мой вопрос!

    Кто победит на выборах: Трамп или Клинтон?

  • Cj Iscool says:

    looks more like a 60º angle

  • David C says:

    which razor(s) gives the most sound feedback, i find those very satisfying…

  • Adam Tamulski says:

    Polsilver is from Poland NOT from Russia!

  • Antonio Cocco says:

    Hi Jim Happy Easter! You still the BEST!

  • Paul Bennett says:

    I've seen other videos where you put the top of the razor against your face, then rotate down until the safety bar makes contact with your skin to achieve the right angle.. is that a viable technique also?

  • Kingping says:

    This helped abit for me personally regarding the sideburns, i owe a Mühle R-89 so it wasent too easy seeing what i was doing.

  • Vernon Jenewein says:

    Perhaps make the video without speaking and then re-dub back in the directions and explanations. Would be easier and faster.

  • ACoustaDC says:

    good info but bandana = douchebag…..and should only be worn by pirates

  • Dominik Gans says:

    this hat looks stupid and gay

  • Nick K says:

    I already know how to wet shave. Why am I still watching guys shave!?

  • Anthony Macaluso says:

    My beard is so thick and course and dark no matter what I do wtg xtg then atg I can never get very close shave it’s little smoother with cart but still rough in some places barber couldn’t even get me bbs he told me to just grow a beard lol

  • cugamer says:

    Just tried the angles you recommended with my basic safety razor. I can't even count how many bleeders I have, at least thirty, probably more.

  • Sophia B. Williams says:

    I like how the blade so Sharp clean shave. Perfect!

  • MrZocor says:

    What about a disposable blade. That is what the majority of men shave with? I don't know of anyone who shaves with one of those.

  • Dev9172 says:

    I am only on shave 5 . His is what I really need to learn . Thanks .

  • Jim Tom says:

    Great videos thanks. you make everything look so easy.

  • Dev9172 says:

    I shave my girlfriends private part , but she will not let me use my safety razer . I don't blame her . I am just happy I can help out. Lol

  • Pete Allen says:

    Hi can you shave with a cut throat razor one handed I have pins in left arm n wrist an can't hold my hand to stretch the skin. Cheers for any advice Pete

  • Wes M. says:

    Did my first full shave with a shavette tonight, it was just a cheap Parker black handle shavette. Used a Gillette Nacet blade, (I gotta try this in my safety razor it may be close to the silver blue),I did 2 pass using B&M spice soap. Turned out a closer shave than I thought it was at first. Only a couple nicks that alum block stopped. Next shave I test my homemade soap, with my safety razor I got less alum feedback of my soap than the B&M,(don't get me wrong I love that soap, the reserve spice smells and works great). But I think my omitting some things they use my be the factor, gotta test my own soap against it and see lol. But you give great info on this shaving style, I've definitely left cartridges, not sure if I'll be a safety razor guy, straight razor guy or both yet though. So far either way I go is good, I find the ritual relaxing, and it inspired me to try my hand at soap making, now just need a few besides me testing my soaps, I even render my own tallow to make the soaps, have to buy stearic though.. Lol.

  • SEB says:

    Thanks. Good video

  • Peter V says:

    Excellent job – thank you!

  • Roberto Lipani says:

    Thanks for the video, it is very useful. I subscribed to your channel few days ago. Wish you all the best. Greetings from Italy

  • Brian Asbury says:

    Thanks Geo. Much of my DE shaving technique I learned from your videos. And since I've learned the sweet spots on the razors I have, I don't get nicks and cuts nearly as often, almost never on my neck. And not as much irritation.

  • Satish Naranje says:

    Kindly arrange to dispatch the 1# Proraso Red Shaving cream & 1# Pre Shave cream to me….

  • Albert Corales says:

    You make it look so easy. I guess it will take me time. Just had my first DE shave on Monday.

  • Justin Painter says:

    I see all those Proraso products on that back shelf. Love me some Proraso.

  • SilentBob420BMFJ says:

    So it's not 30° to 45°, it's like 70°?! That's crazy, I'll have to try it but never heard of anything higher than 45°.

    I did at 30-45°, first time DE shave, and it was quite painful. I can dry shave with a cartridge and it barely hurts. But using soap and hot water in the shower was definitely not enough for DE I guess.

  • David Posadas says:

    Excelente cátedra de afeitado.Gracias.

  • Thor Christiansen says:

    Great tip about the angles! I could see immediate improvement with two first passes. No irritation. I am new to a safety razor and with having in mind only the theory about 30 degree angle, first two shaves were terrible a lot of nicks and irritation. Now it's getting better right away.

  • Cat Suvorov says:

    Thanks a lot! Now I'm baby smooth:)

  • Glenn T. says:

    Hey geofatboy you could make a good Elvis Impersonator !!!,,,, If you dressed up in one of the jump suit he used to ware with a long sideburn wigs and the aviator glasses you would look just like him.

  • Dalton Wade says:

    Which shaving method do you prefer?

  • Cool Breeze says:

    For a DE… Do you have any opinions on going from razor handle perpendicular to face and then slowly bringing it down (i.e. Riding the top cap)?

  • TheRobby1971 says:

    Brilliant many thanks

  • Adam Kelly says:

    I do a much steeper angle to get the blade more parallel with the skin

  • Clayton Zemke says:

    at 3:22 it looks like he stabbed his neck kind of haha if i would have done that my skin would have been cut lmfao. great video!

  • Jason Previlon says:

    Not going to lie, this has saved my face. I bought a safety razor because I get ingrows with every other razor, but I had no idea exactly how to go about it. Thanks for the clarification, now i just need some really good shaving cream. The one i have isn't cutting it.

  • Magnulus76 says:

    Good video, thank you. I have been shaving with Bic's and Shick SE's for some time, but find DE's a bit perplexing. I think because my angle is scraping too much. It would be great to be able to master a DE, the blades are cheaper and more readily available. So I'm going to try this out tomorrow with my Tech.

  • Tim Berghoff says:

    Thanks for making these videos and introducing new shavers to the old ways of lather and blade. 😃❤️

    Personally, I started shaving at about 14 or 15. Initially I had a Philipps electric shaver. Try as I might, that thing always gave me a razor burn straight out of hell. That horrible machine went in the bin pretty quickly. I then went to a cheap plasticky safety razor (I was 15 and had little money, ok?) and it was absolute heaven compared to this nasty noisy POC from before. I have since also used a folding straight razor and upgraded the cheap safety razor to a shiny, nice and heavy Merkur razor and never ever looked back.
    Yes, I have also used cartridge razors. IMO they produced a good enough result, but the refill prices are just ridiculous and their use is out of the question for that reason. The added convenience is just not worth the extra cost. Not to mention the extra waste.

    Guys/Gals, if you are new to shaving, do yourselves a favor and get a good safety razor, a 100 pack of blades and a really good shaving cream/soap and you’re set for a very, very long time. A good razor will last a lifetime if taken care of properly. Also, you will only need to buy a new pack of blades every other year (if that). You can thank geofatboy (and me, possibly) later.

  • newsvideoguy says:

    I feel like I'm learning to shave all over again since switching to a safety razor. Nick's and cuts everywhere, it's a blood bath lol. I'll get it eventually.

  • MrGeoffois says:

    Thanks for explaining angle. None of the many videos I watch actually covered it. They just kept saying 30 degrees but didn't say it was 30 degrees from perpendicular. I was thinking it was when the blade was parallel then I moved in 30 degrees which was not good.

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