A couple of years ago I took up the manly art of shaving with a safety blade using a safety razor. In 2011 I read Leisureguy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving, Fourth Edition: Shaving Made Enjoyable , by Michael Hamm and I was hooked.
I had fun picking a safety razor ( a chrome plated Merkur HD 34C), shaving brush (Edwin Jagger Badger Best), shaving cream (Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Shaving Cream Bowl, 5.3-Ounce) and spetic pencil (a liquid styptic applicator called "My Nik Is Sealed").
I had less fun finding just the right razor blade. Although everyone had strong opinions on the right razor and their perferred shaving cream, recommendations on actual razor blades were all over the ballpark. Fortunately, you can buy variety packs on Amazon.com and easily try out a couple of dozen different brands. Which is what I did.
My plan was to try a particular brand for a week, then try another brand until I came upon a favorite. This was a painful experience because of all the nicks.
Some blades were really dull. Some seemed jaged and really cut my face. Some were too sharp for my skill level, and left a smooth but bloody mess. The styptic pencil got lots of use (and performed admirably).
I was discouraged. I liked all of the equipment except the razor blades themselves. Finally, I found a blade I liked. It is called the "7 a.m. Plus Platinum." It is sharp, but does not nick. It is also cheap. I use a blade for two days and then throw it away. This has dratically cut down on my use of the styptic pencil, and provides a very smooth (and safe) shave. Amazon.com sells these blades. If you take up "gourmet shaving," give these blades a try.
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