Manly Shaving: My Latest Purchase

I was inspired to buy this Merkur 180 double edged safety razor after reading this article on Art of Manliness.com.

Previously, I was shaving with a Gillette Fusion cartridge razor that was costing me 30 bucks for an 8 pack of blades. I felt like I was being ripped off.  The prices for the cartridges are outrageous.  I also dislike the cheaper disposable razors because they seem to cause me too much irritation.

I was a bit hesitant to make the leap to an old school double edged razor because I didn’t want to risk hacking up my face, but after a few shaves with it, I’m so glad I did.  I did give myself a little nick on the first run, but it didn’t really bleed much and it was my fault for not shaving with the grain.  After a few shaves my confidence improved to the point where it seems just as natural as shaving with the cartridges.

The shaving process itself feels phenomenal!  For starters, the razor actually feels like a real machine in your hands. It’s got some heft to it, making it feel substantial instead of like a cheap plastic toy.  I also purchased some mentholated Poraso shaving soap to go with it.  The Poraso gives a tingling feeling that is a thousand times more refreshing than the crap out of a can, and by all appearances, it will last ten times longer.  The soap requires the use of a badger hair brush to apply, which also feels really good on the face.

After reading through lots of reviews on various blades, I decided to go with a 30 pack of Feather brand blades.  The blades are paper thin and platinum coated.  They seem to work quite well, so I’ll probably stick with them.  They only cost $.50 per blade, saving me an epic ton of money over the course of my life.  If you change your cartridge once a week, that’s a savings of $2.75 a week over a top quality cartridge, adding up to a $143 per year in savings.  If you really want to save some money, you can find blades that are half the cost of the Feathers, although I prefer to spend a little more if it means the shave will be cleaner.  I also purchased a razor stand to go with the razor and brush to keep them clean, dry and out of the way.

Shaving itself with this type of razor is a slightly different process.  As the Art of Manliness article explains, you don’t want to put pressure on the blade when you are shaving with it.  I found that a very mild pressure is necessary, but not too much.  After a few tries you’ll see what I mean.  If you apply absolutely no pressure, the blade will still cut, but it will feel like its bouncing off some of your whiskers instead of cutting through them.  With just a touch of pressure, you’ll feel the whiskers slide right off your face.  To start off with, don’t apply any pressure, and adjust from there till it feels right.

Give it a try!

You’ll feel more manly and save a ton of money in the process ;)

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