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Update on Safety Razor Shaving

November 23, 2008

Grooming

Silvertip Badger BrushSince I know you are all very concerned with my shaving regimen, I wanted to provide a brief update on my experiences with Safety Razor shaving. Three weeks in now and I’m now beginning to enjoy it. Here’s what I’ve learned so far:

  • Cream is key. While they call it "wet shaving", cream seems more important than water. With a Fusion or Mach III razor, you can take a pass with no cream and do little harm; with the safety razor, it seems to be much more effective with cream. The good news is that I have developed a very serious, emotional bond with my badger brush now.
  • Don’t swallow…or move…or even think while you’re shaving around your Adam’s apple. After a pretty serious "gun shot wound" to the throat on the 3rd day of shaving, I now take the neck much more cautiously.
  • When $#*% happens, alum block works much better than a small piece of tissue paper.
  • I’ve spent $0.45 on blades. Now, I don’t shave every day, but with the blades being "double-edged", I get twice as many shaves out of a single $0.15 blade than I originally expected. With the money I’ve saved, I hope to buy the country of Iceland.    

Learning to master a straight razor may be in my future after all…

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One Response to “Update on Safety Razor Shaving”

  1. Bier Says:

    You really should look into the Schick Injector as a much more maneuverable (and still sufficiently Old-School) alternative to the standard safety. Been using one exclusively for about 18 months now, along with a high-quality badger brush and a cream, and the results are superb. Almost no learning curve from a modern Gilette.
    The only downside is that no one makes the razors themselves these days; I found a 1970s gold-plated Bakelite one on eBay. The blades, curiously, are readily available at your local pharmacy.
    If anyone starts producing the razors again (perhaps with nicer handles), you should lock them in as a supplier post-haste.