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Saturday, February 16, 2013

DE (Double Edge) Safety Razor: Part 1.

So after browsing a popular social media site, particularly the part that talks a lot about shaving, I finally ordered a Double Edge Safety Razor from Amazon. I thought I would share my experiences as I use it for the first few days or so.

Let me start by saying that I really don't like shaving. I find it to be tedious and annoying. I wish I could simply stop growing hair on my face below my eyelashes and be done with it forever. Unfortunately, shaving is a necessary thing unless I want to look like some kind of hairy beast of folk lore. I've tried a couple electric razors and found them to be... shit. They did a "meh" job while taking a lot of effort. They pulled and tugged far too much. Multi-blade cartridge razors fared better, but still more tugging and pulling that I would like. Not to mention the price of buying replacement cartridges. Absolute bullshit.

Double edge razors are cheap as hell. I mean in the area of $10 for 100 razors cheap, with each one lasting around 4 -6 shaves. Do the math. Yeah. Awesome. Safety Razors are old, but have started gaining popularity again due to the quality of shave you can get and the low price of replaceable razors. Admittedly, you need a little more skill to get a good shave with a Safety Razor than with an electric or cartridge razor, but adamant users of Safety Razors will tell you it's well worth the effort to practice and learn.

I got my Safety Razor, my brush and my blade sample pack. Because different blades perform differently based on the person, technique and razor it's recommended by pretty much everyone that you buy a sample pack with your new Safety Razor. It includes samples of many different brands so you can find the right one to buy in bulk. My first shave went well, a couple tiny nicks but nothing bad. Even though you're using a razor blade, they're called Safety Razors for a reason. Unless you were drunk/high/extremely careless you aren't going to do any real damage to yourself.

The key is the angle at which you hold the blade, which I found easier than I thought it would be. I could feel when I had the correct angle, which I wasn't expecting but was pleasant surprised by. The other thing to remember is to not use any pressure. Merely touching the razor to your face and letting its own weight press against you is enough, you don't need any more than that. The resulting shave was good, not amazing. I would attribute that to my lack of skill mostly, with another factor possibly being my current choice of razor blades which is the brand the razor came with. I'll try other brands and hone by skills and I'm sure I'll start getting really amazing shaves.

I'll close by saying that I enjoyed shaving which is really rare for me, so that's a huge plus right there. In fact, I'm looking forward to shaving again so I can get more practice. I look forward to getting better and trying different brands of blades from my sample pack. I'll link everything I've discussed here below so you can give it a look and quite possibly a try if you're feeling adventurous. I'll update soon after another shave or two and detail my progress a bit.

  • Edwin Jagger De86bl Faux Ebony Double Edge Safety Razor, Black

  • Van Der Hagen Men's Luxury, Shave Set


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