Saturday, January 9, 2010

Safety Razors

. Saturday, January 9, 2010

Over the past few years I've grown more and more frustrated with the cartridge razors, ie Fusion, Mach 3, etc. I'd seen a few things on the internet about the old style Double Edge Safety Razors and started thinking that I might need to give them a try. Well, I got a little bit of money for Christmas so I figured this was as good a time as any. I ordered a Parker 90R, a cheaper brush, soap, and bowl set all on Amazon. They all got here earlier this week, and Thursday was the night I tried it out. I spent all day watching the videos that Mantic59 has put up on youtube. This helped me alleviate all the fears I had about painting the bathroom red with my blood. I also learned the right way to use this scary looking tool. 

So later that night after my shower I put it to the test. After getting lathered up I put the razor to face, and it shaved. There was no cutting. There was no pulling like what I was used to with the cartridges. There was just the smooth cutting of hair. About five minutes later I was done with my first pass, and nick free. Maybe five minutes after that I had my second pass and any cleaning up done. Rinsed, and felt my face. Wow this really is a lot smoother... I will never go back to the Gillette again. 

One more convert to DE shaving. It really is amazing that we can all be brainwashed into the "This is better" advertising. Although, since there are now a couple of entire generations of us that have grown up watching the "More blades is better" on TV and not even realizing that there was still a choice out there. 

So now I have a tub of Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandlewood shave cream on the way. I also ordered the "LetterK" sample pack of blades from West Coast Shaving. In a few weeks I'll probably order a decent midrange badger brush in the $30 range. I can also bet that within the next few years there will be a multitude of razors, brushes, soaps, creams, stands and other paraphernalia littered around the bathroom.


Razors said...

Great post to read, I can say you are definitely on the right track and I feel you will remain a safety razor user for life.