A few years ago, I was introduced to wet shaving and I have never looked back. Prior to this discovery, I had tried everything from the cheap disposables to a decent electric shaver and finally had settled on the Mach-3 from Gillette. The Mach-3 would give me a great shave the first couple of times, but quickly degenerated in comfort after that. Never mind the cost of the cartridges, but more on that later.
The reason I am choosing to shave with a safety razor, however, is much more down-to-earth: the multi-blade cartridge uses a tug-and-cut approach that, for a lot of us, causes ingrown whiskers, razor bumps, and skin irritation. A double-edged blade and safety razor removes these problems and is much more comfortable, once you have learned to use them. That usually takes a couple of days to a week at most.
I know that some men express a fear of the safety razor, however, it’s called a safety razor for a reason. Really, you are really only likely to nick yourself once or twice while you’re learning. In the years that I have been wet shaving, I can only think of twice that I have nicked myself.
If you still aren’t convinced, you can begin by simply swapping out your aerosol can of goop for a nice badger-hair brush and a good shaving cream or shaving soap while continuing to use your cartridge razor. The thick, fragrant lather you get from this method is simply amazing.
Sooner or later, though, it will be well worth your time to try a safety razor: a great shave with a blade that can cost as little as 9¢ each when purchased in packs of 100 or so. Since a blade typically lasts for six or seven shaves, the traditional wetshaver will score year’s supply of blades for the cost of one disposable Gillette Fusion cartridge.
Here I have a photo of my shaving kit, though, it is slightly incomplete as I also use an alum bar and I make an aftershave that I use post-shaving. In this post, I have given a general overview of wet shaving and I plan to add future posts that will go into further detail on the various bits that make up my kit and some suggestions on how to find what works for you.