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Shaving…your father’s way

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

I used to shave with multi-blade razors and green gel but eventually wanted to feel a stronger connection to the men and style that I knew.  I also grew sick of paying at least $2 for a blade cartridge that would attach to the end of a poorly made plastic handle.  This is a common marketing technique involving selling you a product (the handle) for a low price, and then sell you something that you must keep replacing for much more (blade cartridges).  After looking into it I discovered how cheap blades were for safety razors.  A pack of high quality razors, bought online, including shipping will only cost about $0.70 each.

Next I had to find the right razor and learn how to use it because shaving with a safety razor takes some different skills.  After some research I settled on the Futur by Merkur.  The design is very clean and classic and is available in gold, silver, and brushed steel.    At about $65 it is a bit of a shock for those of us who are used to buying cheap razors at CVS but it should be seen as an investment.  This is not a razor that will last you 1 year or 5 but 30.

Merkur's Futur

Next I had to buy some razors.  I chose to just go with Merkur’s razors which are platinum coated and perform beautifully, but there are other brands out there that are also very nice…. and cheap.

Here are two good resources:

They have a lot of great products at reasonable prices.

I also watched some videos on to get the basics of how I should shave with a safety razor.  I highly recommend the following video, and others by the same author.  They include valuable product reviews, techniques, and tips.

Shaving tips and tricks

Once you are set up and have mastered the techniques of shaving with a safety razor shaving becomes a much more enjoyable part of your day.  For me it is a part of my morning routine that I look forward too.

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