Why Are Some Men Going Back To Shaving With Single-Blades?
Shaving blade companies pride themselves on making those multi-bladed gizmos that purport to give you the closest, most comfortable shave, but some men are returning to single blades for their morning routine.
Why would a man give up his five-bladed, battery-powered, vibrating shaving utensil? It could be a call to return to the simple things in life. It could be that we found ourselves hurrying through the morning ritual that was a time to pause and reflect upon our manhood. Wait…that didn’t come out right.
It could also be that we’re tired of spending over $40 on blades when our grandfathers were just using a leather strap to edge their straight razors. Whatever the reason, more men are realizing that shaving is something worth taking the time to do right.
I’ve been batting around the idea of going back to the ‘old way’ of shaving for several months now, ever since I found my grandfather’s old straight razor in some packing boxes. I was fascinated that I didn’t remember any visible scars around his face of neck from shaving with such an ominous device. When I walked into an ‘Art Of Shaving’ store in San Diego this past weekend, the point was driven home. Not only did they have a huge selection of razors and brushes and soaps (oh my!), they actually took the time to explain HOW is should be done. All these years and I’ve just been hacking away at my beard with everything from a disposable bic, to a 5-bladed monster, and doing it incorrectly. So I invested, and I do mean invested–$60 bucks worth of good German-engineering packed into a heavy little razor. I also picked up the ‘starter-kit’ which included shaving oil, creame and aftershave along with a good brush. Yes, a brush, ’cause this is old-school!
Not to fear guys, if you just can’t give up your multi-bladed hatchet, they have beautiful and manly handles that fit any of the modern razors.
Tonight is the night. I have a date with my single-bladed safety razor. If you don’t hear from me in the morning, call an ambulance and have them bring over a block of alum and a few quarts of AB+.