An year ago or so I gave up plastic cartridges and started shaving by razor blade. And I liked it a lot, despite a couple of nasty cuts at the beginning. But just recently I tried shaving by razor blade. Now I cannot make my mind with what should I stop. Pros et contras:
1. Shaving yourself with true blade in the morning forces to wake up and stay focused. And it is a nice feeling.
2. Shaving is finer due to more precise control on cutting surface blade without any steel or pastic holder around.
3. One blade is promised to work for ages. The one I got, of a cheaper kind, is cutting now as good as it did an year ago. And I am shaving every day.
1. No need to sharpen before every shaving. Makes whole procedure ca. 30% of time shorter. And when traveling, I don't have to carry a piece of leather with me.
2. Despite of improvement in quality of shaving by razor blade after one year, still it appeared to be worse than my first attempt with safety razor.
Was anyone of you, sirs, makingof this choice between safety razor and razor blade? And, if yes, what did you chose?
Thank you for the explanations. If Lynn is in North America, I'm afraid, it is not worth to send the razor from Europe. But there are similar services that can be found here.
I bought my blade from the knife shop, it was new and, I suppose, we'll honed. But it is not as efficient anymore as it used to be. So, honing might be needed.
Personally I prefer the straight razor. I've used both but my Dovo 5/8 SR is my everyday favorite. There is no closer shave. But there are a few points to consider.
1. For now, get it professionally honed. You can learn to hone it yourself as well, but first you need to make sure it's done right.
2. Make sure your face is very moistened with a good lather. This will make a tremendous difference in the effort required with the razor.
3. Strop before every shave.
4. Take your time. This is supposed to be a very enjoyable experience. This is my personal meditation time. If you aren't enjoying it and feeling great, what's the point?
5. Multiple passes. With the grain, against the grain, etc. Take your time and strive for perfection.
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