Using A Safety Razor vs Straight Blade
What’s the manliest thing you can think of?
If you said fighting a bear, eating a steak, or growing a beard, you’re not wrong…
But, the next manliest thing is using a straight blade razor to shave that manly (or hipster) beard. As far as we’re concerned, the only shaving tool that out-mans a straight blade is an ax. But, those are hard to store in bathroom vanities, so…
Without further ado, here’s to all the trimming enthusiasts, traditional-shaving aficionados, sophisticated classy men, and the elderly curmudgeon stuck in the 1800s – this post is for you!
In a world of metro-sexual, we commend your unashamed testosterone.
Chances are, you’ve seen a straight blade razor at some point in your life, whether it was in a Western flick, or “that one cannibalistic Tim Burton musical.”
Either way, these nostalgic vignettes, reminiscent of past male grooming practices, are making a comeback–and with good reason. Their sharper, smoother shaves are second-to-none and offer a seriously enjoyable life-style choice and hobby.
The art of straight razor shaving is truly a skill that takes a bit of time to develop. While their initial cost may be pricey, one quality straight blade can last a lifetime and a half, definitely making it a worthwhile investment. And, simply put, you look cutthroat and badass while you’re shaving. What more could a man want?
Of course, “for every up there is a down,” and straight blade razors are no exception. Shaving with a straight blade on a daily basis can be time-consuming and even dangerous if you’re not careful. There’s a reason they’re nicknamed the “cutthroat razor.” Not to mention the finesse needed to sharpen the blade – a process called honing and stropping – which requires certain proficiencies in and of itself.
If you’re a man constantly on the run, this option may not be suited for you.
Safety razors on the other hand, happen to be much less time-consuming. Their constantly sharp blades are cheap to replace and require less skill to use effectively. Additionally, the shaving time itself is significantly more efficient. Oh, and they are less likely to kill you if you “slip-up.” How’s that for a bonus?
Now, you won’t look quite as badass holding a safety razor. But, “Ya give some, ya get some,” right? Either way you’re still kicking ass over those cheap plastic razors.
Ever used a straight blade? Share your thoughts in the comments below.