On Safety Razors
Everybody should get rid of their multi-blade Gillettes and Harry's razors and pick up a Double Edged Safety Razor.
I got into doubled edged (DE) safety razors because I’m cheap. I balked at the cost of refilling my multi-blade Gillette safety
razor and remembered these old schooley razors that I’ve seen in movies and tv shows. I did some reading and decided to take the plunge.
I bought a Merkur 33-C, which is suggested as a good starter safety razor. I’ve been using it for 6 years now.
Main reasons for using a DE safety razor:
- You'll get a closer shave.
- You'll get a cheaper shave (that's if you don't splurge on some $100+ DE safety razor).
- OLD SCHOOL COOL, like this guy...
I can't prove that he actually used a DE safety razor, but the point being that both he and the safety razor are cool.
I've made some lists below for beginners...
Basic Equipment for Beginners:
- DE Safety Razor: It's the main tool you're going to need for that cleaner (cheaper) shave.
- Shaving soap or cream: Chances are you probably already have shaving cream or gel. It's not the most optimal, but for getting started it's okay.
- Water: You'll always need water if you're wet shaving.
- Shaving Brush: Applies mainly to people using shaving soap, which comes to you dry.
- A bowl or mug: To help lather up the shaving soap/cream.
- Pre-shave oil: Honestly, just started using this once I got into shavettes, which is another topic, but it helps reduce nicks and anything that helps is welcome.
- Aftershave: Hygiene and stuff. Plus it smells good.
- Styptic Pencil AKA Nick Stick: This is what you're supposed to apply if you nick yourself.
There is a certain degree of apprehension when first using these things. You have to go slower, be more methodical with each pass.
You will knick yourself a few times for the first few shaves. Don’t worry, everyone does.
Once you get the hang of it though, the shave is just as clean as a with a multi-bladed one, and you save a heck of a lot more money!
Next up, shavettes and straight razors, also known as the Sweeney Todd barbershop knives!