I stumbled on the double edged razor traditional wet shaving by complete accident about a week ago whilst I was reading a blog elsewhere on men’s fashion. It caught my eye as the guy was talking about using shaving cream and a badger brush with a Mach 3. I had been doing the same since being given some Taylor’s cream and one of their basic badgers brushes by a good friend of mine for a birthday present a few years back. The bit that caught my eye was an edit to the post thanking someone for showing him the error of his ways and then proceeded to link to a beginners guide to double edge razor shaving. Instantly fascinated, I then proceeded to order a Merkur 34 HD and some derby blades.
Well, after the longest week of waiting ever, my new razor arrived yesterday. I was instantly in the bathroom prepping myself for my first real shave, and wow, what a completely different experience! I had watched a few videos by mantic59 on youtube as suggested a traditional shaving forums so had a rough idea of the technique to be used. Aprehension was soon replaced by joy by the solid sound and feel of the razor cutting through my facial hair in the smoothest way.
It’s obvious by reading this that I am a convert to double edged safety shaving but my only question is why on earth did we decide that those nasty cheap plastic razors that initialy replaced the traditional razor were a superior option to this?!!
I have a lot to learn about double edged shaving, but I know awake excited by the thought of shaving each morning, which is a little weird I know. For now, as the newbie advice suggests, I am going to stick to the derby blades, which actually work well for me as I have fairly fine facial hair until I have become more adept at shaving before testing other blades, etc.