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Since his invention, razors have seen many modifications to Gillette's basic idea - not to mention electric razors (do any guys use those anymore?).
When the Gillette products got too expensive for my taste, and I couldn't keep track of each new type of razor and the costly blades that went with them, I opted for buying cheap disposable razors in bulk. The one pictured is $10.49 for 100.
Depending on your testosterone level, one is good for a week - at least. Longer if you can put up with minor discomfort.
Added benefit: No problem if a daughter borrows your razor. Who cares?
I use an electric razor during the week. But I think overall, my "beard" is the appropriate density for one. I find it more convenient to shave while reading the paper in the morning rather than leaning over a sink, which puts a strain on my bad back at times. I do use a non-disposable during some weekends and/or other days off but I generally think I get a better shave from either the electric or the few times I use disposables (when my wife hasn't used them all up).
Anyone compared the disposables with non-disposables as far as the number of shaves you get out of either one?
Alcohol and shaving -- a good mix? I use the disposables, which are still linear descendants of Mr. Gillette's work.
I'm so amused by the three-to-five blade systems. As I understand, even two may not help much and three or more is really pretty silly. I could be wrong.
There was an Onion article a few years ago mocking that very thing. Something about the designers skipping over 4 blades and going directly to 5. Then they came out with 5-blade razors. Thus happens when people don't limit their imagination...
I knew what you were talking about before I clicked the link. And yeah... I've been working up the nerve myself, for about 35 years. Ain't there yet.
Thinking back to 'boot camp' and dry shaving with a 'blue blade'... and you better not cut yourself or there'd be hell to pay. Tedious stuff. Especially when you only had five minutes or so to get it done.
I've got one of those Twinworks razors - bought it about 40 years ago. Never could get it sharp enough to suit me. I suspect the answer is I need to use a cutting paste on the strop. I had a barber in Ipswich MA who sharpened his own razors - that's what he did, and his razors were sharper and smoother than the best disposables.
I used those disposables for decades. Didn't think there was much difference. Just a few months ago I had to borrow a razor and someone gave me a Schick Quattro. What a difference! Not only is the shave itself smoother, more comfortable, less pulling and no more nicks, but my skin is better. I've had persistent pimples and ingrown hairs for years, but not a one since with the fancy blade. Yes, the blades are more expensive, but I bought a six-pack for 12 bucks, and I've been getting 4-6 weeks use out of a single blade. I'm as cheap as a miser, but it's worth it. I hope to never shave with a disposable again...
A few months ago I switched from the vibrating 18-blade Gillette razor with blade replacement packs which cost more than filling up an SUV. Got a nice German safety razor by Merkur with some double-edged blades. Been using a brush and shaving soap for years already.
The difference is impressive -- it takes a few shaves to get the knack. But once you've got the knack you'll never go back...
I also returned back to the double edge shaving razor and there are thousands more returning to shaving as your grandfather did (or as how I learned to shave) see badger and blade or shavemyface.com. You will find many others returning to this or even the infamous straight razor.
I now buy double edge blades for around $15 per 100 and and using 2 per week, that is a little over a year!
Started shaving with disposables in the shower during college. Just thought the blades would last longer if your beard is already soaked and lathered from showering. They last several weeks on softened beard. Try it! I confess to being an Engineer also.