[Disclaimer: Lest you think I'm setting myself apart and above as some sort of expert on men's health, wealth, fashion and hygiene, those who know me well can quickly set the record straight. I'm no Sean Connery. Although a guy can pretend right? This post is just me telling whomever is listening what I like, not offering up advice. But if you choose to take it as such, it's probably worth what you're paying for it.]
Speaking for this guy and maybe a few others, I have a love/hate relationship with shaving. And let me qualify right away that this post is about facial hair shaving; specifically "wet" shaving--shaving with water, shave cream and a blade razor.
How many blades does our razor need? We're up to five now in razors and you wonder if five is better than four, why not TEN? Multiple blades is just part of the new and improved technologies. As a matter of fact one company has taken it above regular old shaving. Here's their promise about the latest:
The Gillette® Fusion® ProGlide™ Power Razor is Gillette’s most advanced blade ever. Thinner, finer blades with a low-resistance coating glide effortlessly through hair for less tug and pull, providing incredible comfort, even if you shave every day.
Try Gillette Fusion ProGlide today; after one shave, you’ll stop shaving and start gliding.
This "glider" will cost you $10.97 at Wal Mart. A 12-pack of replacement cartridges is $39.47. Gliding is not cheap.
One day, not too long ago, I was waxing nostalgic about the days as a prepubescent boy when I would watch Dad shave and long for the day when I could start. Occasionally he would take the blade out of his safety razor, let me lather up and pretend. Shaving back then seemed more real, more dangerous, less glidey.
I decided to roll back the clock and invest in a good old razor and blades. I looked at several and decided on an Edwin Jagger® De89bl Double Edge Safety Razor. When it arrived, I was as excited as I was as a thirteen year-old, getting to shave the peach fuzz with a real blade that very first time. I also learned that a small piece of tissue will stop the bleeding.
I was not disappointed with my decision. I love this razor and real shaving. It turns out if you have a really good blade and a beautifully balanced razor, one blade is all you need. You can buy this beauty at Amazon® (see link below) for about the price of a pack of ProGlide replacement cartridges and it will last longer than you will. Of course you'll have to buy blades for it. You can buy 100 for about ten bucks. So you save money, get a wonderful shave, and feel more manly. What more could you ask for?
This photo at the top of this post is my actual razor and my choice of shave cream and blades. Don't be afraid of the cost of the Jack Black Beard Lube. It is well worth it.
I'm planning soon to ramp up the authenticity and buy myself a real badger shave brush. With the money I'm saving on disposable razors, I can afford it.
So as it turns out, maybe different doesn't always equate to "new and improved." Maybe, at least when it comes to shaving, we had the right tools years ago.
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