Flight to Safety

safety-razorUnless you’ve been living in a cave palling around with terrorists, you’ve no doubt learned a lot more about economics than you ever thought you would. TED spreads, credit-default swaps, collateralized debt obligations, auction-rate securities and so much more. In fact, we almost considered making Das Kapital our Book-of-the-Month selection for October! The turmoil in the stock market has prompted a "flight to safety" to things like Treasury bonds and safety razors, and I’m jumping on the bandwagon too.

Like many men, I’m always looking for a better shave. I’ve actually been very pleased with my current regimen which involves Pre-Shave Oil, a badger brush, Truefitt & Hill shave cream, and the Gillette Fusion razor (the 5-blade one). The only problem is that the Fusion blades are something like $4/cartridge. Because I have a tough beard, I’m lucky if I get 3 good shaves out of a cartridge before the moisturizing strip loses its color. Using a blade after the strip has lost its color is a lot like drinking milk the day after the expiration date — it might be good, but do you really want to risk it?

Truefitt & Hill’s CEO, Todd Fisher, has been very keen on safety razor shaving for the past few months, but I have not had the time to learn the technique properly. Yesterday, I received a gift from Truefitt & Hill — my very own Safety Razor! Aside from providing a closer shave, the blades are something worth considering in times like these as they cost something like 15 cents rather than $4.

I’ll be spending the new few weeks mastering my technique, but promise to check back in to tell you the results. If you’re interested in seeing how it’s done, user mantic59 has a series of videos on YouTube that will teach you just about everything you wanted to know about safety razor shaving. And for that, my face and our nation are ever grateful.

Be Sociable, Share!


Wingtip Founder & CEO, Ami Arad is the quintessential modern gentleman. He has distinctive taste, an eclectic style, and dresses for every occasion. Ami developed his vision for Wingtip at a young age; even back in high school where four years of speech and debate meant weekends wearing a coat and tie, he was in his element. Years of working in upscale men’s clothing stores and socializing in cigar shops, coupled with his entrepreneurial spirit, inspired Ami to develop Wingtip, a men’s specialty store and private social club.


Comments are closed.