Calling All Straight Razor Enthusiasts
The world is awash with cartridge razors and disposables, which have taken the lion's share of the market from safety razors and straight razors over the last 50 years or so. But it's not the only way men are shaving.
There is a growing movement of straight razor enthusiasts, and a site called Straight Razor Place has a great forum filled with advice on methods and purchasing tips for both the newbie and the seasoned shaver. It looks like there are thousands of registered users over there, and I just signed up so that I can glean the wisdom of those straight razor 'pros'.
I have to admit that I've used either an electric razor or cartridge razor for the 25 years of my shaving 'career', but I just ordered a Merkur safety razor for myself. I can foresee buying a straight razor in the near future as well (mostly because I really like rituals, and I think the old school methods of shaving are a great 'manly' thing to bring back).
My questions for all of you readers:
Do you use either a safety razor or straight razor? What converted you?
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Posted by Derek Markham at May 11, 2009 11:21 AM
Great site you have here and I agree that the ritual of shaving has been lost. I just went back to a safety razor after 40+ years. My wife bought me a Bert's Bees shave mug/brush (btw, the brush is the worst, sheds like a sun-dried cat) several years ago and have used it off and on since. What converted me was the high cost of cartridge refills and reading an article about the early development of the cartridge razors and how the companies (Gillette, et al) could make a killing off the continued cost of refill purchases by the consumer. So, here I am after two weeks of safety razor (RetroRazor), mug and brush. Loving it and have also been busy making razor and brush stands out of wire coathangers. Perhaps, one day I'll brave the attempt and try a straight razor. Perhaps, keyword....
Keep up the great job with the website...