I’ve been sporting a bald head for a couple of months. To prepare for it, I had been going progressively shorter and shorter with some electric clippers much to wifey’s chagrin. On the day Timmy was born, I shaved my head for the 1st time. I had reassured wifey she would be too preoccupied with the newborn to want to bother with how I looked. I was right – partly.
I have been doing the deed with a Gillette Fusion, each cartridge lasting me a week or two each time. Let’s face it. With the cost of these things ($18.50 for 4 cartridges), you’d want to make them last. To lubricate, I have a can of Gillette foam. From what I found on the net, I’ve also been experimenting with regular bar soap (Cussons Imperial Leather) and baby oil. Aftershave is accomplished with Nivea Creme from a tub – love that smell.
The Gillette cartridge let me be as ham-fisted as I wanted, and to get used to the sensation and angles. In the spirit of wanting to play with new toys, and not spend too much money on my new look, I decided I wanted to try a double edge (DE) safety razor. I purchased a Merkur long handled safety razor (Model 180), a tub of Proraso shaving soap and a Tweezerman boar brush from Amazon. The razor never arrived, but Amazon was very good with processing the refund.
Looking for alternatives, I visited Mustafa and bought a Shogun (China-made) safety razor for $2.60, and a pack of whatever razors they had. I ended up with some Gillete Super Thin, Gillette 7 o’Clock, and Super-Max razors. Skipped on the Shogun blades. About $0.80 for a pack of 5 blades.
This was what I used for my 1st DE shave.
The ritual of lathering the brush was an interesting one, filling the bathroom with new smells, and a tingly feeling from the eucalyptus oils on my head.
I must say the overall first results weren’t especially encouraging. Although the shave was clean, I suffered burn and irritation. No cuts, fortunately. The brush wasn’t broken in and was prickly. Also, the Shogun piece started to show rust the next morning.
Read some more from the net that proper technique must be learned, and no downward pressure can be applied, that the tools used do play a part in comfort. Couldn’t wait to start shaving again that evening – even if it was day-old stubble.
That night, same setup, fresh blade. Paid attention to technique – no pressure, short strokes. Much better. There was still some burning. Instead of the Nivea, I took some of wifey’s facial toner to my head. Immediate relief. Starting to like this Gillette blade.
Third night, with a fresh Super-Max blade this time. Burning on the back of my head that wasn’t immediately relieved by toner water. I can only conclude that the Super Max is more aggressive than the Gillettes.
I’m taking a break from shaving tonight – and to write this. I’ve just ordered a Edwin Jagger DE89LBL from Amazon. I decided on this one over the mainstay Merkur HD that many people recommend because the Edwin Jagger is apparently very well made. It will come with some Derby razors and is expected to come in a week or two. I guess I’ll have some time to try the 7 o’clock’s.
I’m hoping that blades I can source locally will suit me. If these failed, I’ll probably try a sampler pack of blades, then buy the ones I like best in better quantities. I know, a blade every shave or 2 sounds decadent but these are metal and are completely recyclable. And 29x cheaper than the cartridges.