|Vintage DE razors and boxes of modern blades.|
Razors (clockwise) from 2000s,
1960s, 1940s and 1950s.
Today's hot topic: razors!
Here's a little tidbit that confuses people. The arm that holds the blade is called the razor and the blade, is, well, a razor blade.
A few years ago I broke my right hand...my disability allowed a beard to sprout and flourish. This time allowed me to reassess my shaving regime and kick my high-five habit.
Many years ago I used an electric razor in the car on the way to work. Classy! But the cost of replacing the blades nudged me back to multi-blade disposable razors which are expensive and environmentally unfriendly.
|Environmental bad boy, the|
modern disposable razor
DE safety razors popularised the loss-leader marketing technique: sell cheap razors (for a loss) and recoup the money with perpetual sales of blades. The same works for printers and modern razor blades.
|Badger brush and |
1955 Gillette Razor
Like all things, there are pros and cons to the old. The old razor blades can cut you if you don't handle them correctly, but you have to be pretty incompetent for that to happen. But the durability of the razor (my daily shaver is nearly 60 years old), the cheapness of the blades and the reduced landfill outweigh the slight risk by a wide margin.
|Real shaving creams and |
So, how does it shave? Very well. I no longer swear when I realise I need to shave. My shaving rash has disappeared and my shaves are now much closer.
The downside is that I feel like a sucker for having bought so many disposables and electric shaver parts over the years.
There is a slight learning curve to using DE wetshaving, but the small effort reaps big rewards for this mundane and repetitive chore.
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