About a year and a half ago, I started shaving with a double edge safety razor. I have several vintage razors, most of which I bought on ebay for $10-20. I buy double edge blades online at pennies per blade and each blade lasts me about a week. Compare this to a current Gillette 5 bladed razor at over $3 a piece and you can see you can save some money over time. I shave every weekday (the Navy is fairly adamant about that) and usually skip it on the weekends.
One of my favorite razors is the Gillette “Fat Boy” produced in the late 50s through the early 60s. It is adjustable, changing the angle and how much blade can reach your skin.
I have a couple favorite blades, Feathers which are made in Japan and Gillette Black Platinum, which are made in India. Based on discussions on several shaving sites (www.badgerandblade.com is my favorite) different folks have different favorite blades so YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary).
I find that I enjoy shaving after years of it being a chore. Now I enjoy the different shave soaps, no shave goop for me, soaps and a nice horsehair shaving brush (other options are badger hair and boar). It is a nice experience I enjoy every time I shave. My favorite soaps are made by Mama Bears.
One danger of DE shaving is what some in the hobby refer to as AD or Acquisition Disorder where you end up buying more and more razors, blade, soaps, brushes and other accouterments. I will admit, I suffered from a mild case of AD at first, but now that I have discovered which razors I like, as well as blades and soap, I’m happy with what I have and only buy soaps when I need a replacement.
Now, the reason DE is called a Safety razor is that it replaced a straight razor. I will admit, I haven’t tried straights yet, but many people swear by them.
Any other DE shavers out there? What are your favorite blades/razors/soaps?
Let me know in the comments.
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