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    Greetings Gents,

    As most of you know, I use a straight razor the majority of the time. When I do use a DE I stick to the same shaving routine, including using water-only for my final touch-up pass. Has anyone else tried this?

    I should mention that beginners still learning proper form shouldn't try this.
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    You str8 guys have skin like leather . I can do a couple of areas for touch up without hitting the lather, but an entire pass? No way - my skin would be hating life.
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    I don't do an entire pass with just water, but I do find that it is easier to touch up with just water and a straight vs water and a DE!

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    I do it sometimes at the end of my routine.

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    I'll do final touch up on a few tough spots like that, not an entire pass. Like you said, not for beginners.

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    When you say "water only", do you really mean "water only"?

    If I wet my face after a pass, I usually still have quite a lot of slickness from my previous pass and could theoretically do it.

    Do you thoroughly wash all lather from your face before doing the "water only" pass?
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    I usually do my final, light touch up with water only, but I still have a bit of lather slickness remaining on my face (so it is not really water only).

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    I do this when shaving my head. I will rinse my head off then run my hand around looking for the touch up spots, then wet my hand and razor and then buff it a little.
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    Water only for touch-ups. I don't really have much lather slickness left, so it really is pretty much water only.

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    I spoke to a barber a few months ago..and asked him why his face was soo red..his reply "for the last 50 years..been shaving with my straights and water ONLY..no aftershave"..when I was a teenager growing up during the depression, shaving cream wasnt cheap..straights would last forever when well taken care of..so..thats what I still do to this day...man I was speechless...

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    Since I started to face lather only, I do my final pass + touch ups with water only, since I generally create a thicker more dense lather, when I face lather compared to when I bowl lathered.

    I have a lot of cream left on my skin before the final pass - so I actually prefer this instead of relathering.
    It also saves on the time I have to spend on cleaning my face after the shave, since I have almost no shaving cream residue left after doing the final pass with only water.

    If I use a cream with little to no slickness and I feel I have no cream left on my skin for the final water-only pass, I will relather for my final pass...... YMMV

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    Wow, I can't believe the revival time on this thread. I just use the soap left in my brush for any touch-ups, and a full lather for the final pass.
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