The primary reasons for people switching to a safety razor are the quality of shave and shave experience, and the ever rising cost of buying into the latest fad in multi-blade marketing. A good quality double-edge razor blade costs under 40 pence, compared to the multi-blade cartridge coming in at around £2.50. Not only is there less waste generated in these climate-concious times, but double-edge blades being more cost effective means you’re likely to change it (we recommend weekly) and get a better shave than squeeze a few more shaves out.
Did you know: Multi-blade razors are nothing new – in 1933 an Italian called M Pelizzola filed a patent for a 5 blade razor – the Mvltiplex.
KNOW YOUR RAZOR
Shaving with a Double-Edge Safety Razor will take some practice. If you’ve previously wet shaved with a multi-blade razor you’ll immediately be aware of the extra weight a safety razor carries. A well made razor will exert enough pressure through it’s own weight to allow the razor to glide across your face and give a close shave. Applying too much pressure will remove skin layers and irritate leading to razor burn.
When picking up your DE razor for the first time, place it horizontally against the face with the handle pointing out sideways. Bring the handle down to approximate an angle of 30 degrees between the blade and skin. This is a good starting point and should be maintained where possible. For areas such as the chin and jaw, use shorter strokes to maintain the angle.
Did you know: The average man will use 150 to 200 strokes when shaving – as a rule, the thicker the beard the shorter the stroke.
As you move around the face, stretch the skin either with a series of embarrassing gurns or your spare hand. Stretching the skin exposes more of the hair shaft by opening the hair follicle, allowing for a closer shave.
With time you won’t need to think about the angle you hold your safety razor, it will come naturally and your shave will become quicker, closer and more enjoyable.