In other words: modern vs. traditional!
As the world’s technology progresses at blinding speeds, it’s only natural that the world of shaving should follow suit. Electric shavers are a testimony to that fact, and have taken the shaving world by storm!
Despite this acceleration into the future, we wanted to share with you some of the pros and cons regarding the ways of the past in comparison to the ways of the future.
The Electric Shaver
Electric razors made their debut late in the 1920s when Canadian Jacob Schick invented them. The original device did not hit the market with a bang due to its clunky design, and the necessity of using both hands to operate.
However, once the kinks of the razor were smoothed out, Schick really hit success. The re-imagined shaver included a compact motor in an easy-to-handle prototype. By promising a close shave “without the lather,” it quickly became all the rage.
Fast forward nearly 100 years and here’s what we’ve learned:
» Pros: Electric razors positive sides primarily revolve around their efficiency. They are great when in a rush to get in and out as soon as possible. Electric shavers will do the trick sans the water, shaving cream, and sudsy lather, which furthers its marketing appeal for men who prefer less shaving maintenance.
» Along with this, nicks and cuts are less likely to occur. All in all it is very user friendly, and a good introduction into the shaving world for newbies.
» Cons: Unfortunately electric shavers simply do not deliver the close shave that a straight or safety razor will. Not to mention the abundance of maintenance and cleaning involved to keep an electric shaver in working order. Also, many models can be extremely loud, disturbing those in your vicinity.
» Most electric shavers do not require shaving cream/soap/croap (albeit some offer a wet and dry option). Depending on your preference this could either be a positive or negative. Soaps, creams, and croaps offer a protective layer that shields the face from razor burn and rashes.
The Safety Razor
The history of the safety razor begins with its invention in the mid 1800s, when it was patented by William S. Henson. It was later made famous by King Gillette who came up with the idea of a disposable razor blade.
After Word War I, the safety razor really took off in the market, and has provided men with close, clean, and effective shaves for over 100 years.
» Pros: Safety razors provide some of the closest shaves one will ever experience. It’s commonly used among the shaving connoisseurs of the world, who prefer a traditional approach to male grooming.
» Among the modern-gentleman community, it not only provides a clean cut, but a nostalgic and classy addition to pampering. Its blade(s) allow it to access those hard to reach areas with little effort, not to mention its small, compact size makes it easily portable.
» Cons: Unlike electric razors, using safety razors to execute a wet shave takes more time. This is a preference-based con, due to the fact that many men appreciate the time they spend ritualistically wet shaving.
» Other cons include the learning curve involved in mastering the skill. If used improperly, safety razors’ exposed sharp edges can nick or cut you.
Whether you prefer an electric razor or a safety razor is a matter of personal preference. Both options have their pros sand cons. One offers more convenience, while the other offers a higher quality shave and something of a classic shaving experience.
As modern gentleman, it’s easy to understand why one may be preferred over another, but, in the end it is truly up to you.
Stay classy and happy shaving!