Is shaving cream a racket?
If it is, I've gone whole hog the other way, into hipster British shave preparations and fine badger fur shave brushes. Ima Geo F Trumper Limes man. More expensive than Colgate foam, but it smells so GOOD. Sixteen bob a jar.
But I've always been a wet shave man. Never was happy with an electric razor. Military school frowned on them anyway. You couldn't get a close enough shave. I remember when Dad switched to a Trac II cartridge, so that's where I went. When Dad did go to 2 blades instead of the safety razor he had a lot fewer little bits of bloody Kleenex dabs on his face.
But nowadays, the quality of the blades doesn't seem as good, and they only come with that slime strip that I loathe.
So, what to do, if I couldn't find the cartridges I wanted? Switch to those 6 bladed jobbers that cost $12 a week? No, I stepped back. To the safety razor! And good blades that are yet very cheap. This is 2 years worth of blades. One fifth the cost.
The trick to fewer cuts is to get a decent blade holder that works for you. I bet that was Dad's issue. A crappy holder.
But I was always intrigued with stories of my blind grandfather, shaving in his personal darkness with a straight razor in front of a mirror he couldn't even see. So, for one year, every Saturday or Sunday... I finally worked up the nerve to use one of these.
Surprisingly, my trepidation was unfounded. I only shave with the grain, and don't have the skill to get as close a shave as with a safety razor, but it feels good. And I like mastering a new skill.
And yes it is pretentious and hipster. Not stopping me.
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