Why a Safety Razor?
For 29 years – apart from a brief fling with an awful electric shaver – I used a multi-bladed cartridge razor thinking that was the absolute best device for the job. Each few years I’d purchase the new model with one more blade only to find it finished the job precisely the same – that is – to go away me with a horrible red rash and irritable skin that must be shaved again the next day and rarely allowed to heal.
By likelihood in the future I came across a safety razor. I used to be immediately taken by it’s old fashioned design and high quality appearance. Then I heard that these things have been actually supposed to present you a greater shave than cartridge razors reminiscent of your Gillettes and Wilkinson Swords, and that the blades cost considerably less. I instantly purchased one to give it a go but anticipated to be disappointed.
Getting used to using it was a bit of a learning curve. I would develop into accustomed to having no regard for the angle of the blade and pressing the razor to my face, after three passes with the safety razor my skin still felt slightly irritated and I had a number of tiny weeping cuts.
Nevertheless, I still felt rather a lot less irritation compared to my old cartridge razor so decided to offer the safety razor a month’s trial, keeping the triple bladed razor handy till I’d made my mind up or was in a rush. Nevertheless, I’ve still but to use it.
After doing my research, learning the right blade angle and realising that the weight of the razor applies the pressure reasonably than my hand, the safety razor was providing excellent shaves. I went from skipping a days shaving at any time when I may to let my skin heal to shaving each day with no rash or irritation. I learnt how the hair on my face grows in all totally different directions and the simplest combos of strokes to use to cut them. I learnt about right preparation pre-shave which is something I will go into in a future post. Best of all, shaving turned from a torturous day by day chore to be endured into a relaxing, meditative ritual.
So how can a design that was all but abandoned forty years ago provide a superior expertise to the modern design that replaced it? Why was the design of the safety razor changed in any respect? To answer the first query we must take a look at how the cartridge razor works. In all the adverts we’re told that these products supply the closest shave doable, but how do they try this?
The design is such that the lowest blade within the cartridge either cuts the hair or pulls it. If it cuts the hair it’s going to also pull the hair slightly out of the skin and the second blade will minimize it again earlier than it totally retracts back into the skin. If it pulls the hair it is going to do the identical thing, pulling the follicle forward and letting the second (or third, or forth) blade lower the hair higher up earlier than the hair retreats. This provides a close shave, however can also leave the hair reduce beneath the extent of the skin. This is what was causing my each day discomfort. I wonder what number of males with ‘pseudofolliculitis barbae’ or ‘razor rash’ proceed to shave with these razors that irritate or cause their condition.
As for the query of why the safety razor design was abandoned, my view is that it was a clever marketing trick by a very large razor producer, maybe the inventor of the ‘loss leader’ advertising strategy, but I will go away it there.
With a safety razor, I discovered that I could get a shave that felt as close, i.e I could not feel that hair was current or make that scratchy sound you get if you run your fingers over your 5 O’Clock shadow, but not so close that it caused me irritation.