These ads are truly fantastic.
I’ve written about how much I hate shaving quite a few times in the past — but for as much as I hate shaving, I hate how I look with a beard just as much. So, I shave. And I get razor burn. And I break out. And I spend a fucking fortune on shitty plastic razors.
Well, I finally have had enough of it! I did all my research, spent way too much time reading about shaving, and decided to make the investment in a double-edged safety razor. After about month or so of shaving with it — I’m a convert.
- It’s the best shave I’ve ever gotten, it’s so close that even my annoyingly fast growing beard is no match.
- With a consistent routine my face loves it. Far, far, far less irritation. Zero razor burn. Zero ingrown hairs. Everything I read about the benefits of switching to a DE blade has been pretty spot on. It took a while to get used to … but the difference between hacking away with those 5 blade monstrosities and the beard reduction of a DE? Basically night and day.
- Saving money! Getting set up was a little more expensive — but the razor blades I ended up settling on (definitely recommend buying a sampler pack and finding out what’s best for your skin) are a fraction of what I was paying for those crappy cartridges.
- I feel like Don Draper. I bet I smell like him now too.
If you’re interested at all I recommend reading this tutorial (and video), as well as spending some time reading through the insanely nerdy and awesome shaving forum BadgerandBlade. There are all kinds of tips, techniques, favorite blades, and other advice worth absorbing.
After a lot of trial and error (all the sites recommend trying out different blades to find the right one for your skin and comfort level), here’s my current shaving set-up:
- Merkur Long Handled Chrome Safety Razor
- Escali 100% Badger Brush
- Taylor of Old Bond Street Shaving Cream for Sensitive Skin
- Feather Hi-Stainless Platinum Blades (Warning: These suckers are sharp!! I recommend starting with a more forgiving blade.)
- Colonel Ichabod Conk Chrome Safety Razor Stand
Zach Sobiech, at the age of 14, found out he had a rare form of terminal cancer. So he became a rock star, and millions of people got to see his music before he passed away on May 20, 2013. This is his beautiful story.
Every man dies, not every man really lives.