Shaving In A Short Time?

Eric writes:

“I have a bit of a ‘shaving dilemma’ and wanted to ask Mantic for some advice. I have about 20 minutes to shave in the mornings and I usually shave 3 times a week (Mon/Wed/Fri). I find that I have time for a few minutes of hot water splashed on the face, a 2- pass shave and post shave cool water/aftershave balm.

“I have been using a Merkur safety razor for my shaves but find that it’s not particularly close, especially on the neck area, I actually switched to a Gillette Fusion a few weeks ago and get a much better shave given my constraints above (20 mintes/2-pass shave).

“I’d really like to go back to safety razor shaving for a number of reasons but was wondering if there are any changes I can make to get just as good a shave as I get with the Fusion.


Have you seen my 10 minute wetshaving video?

That might give you some ideas.  Also, have you considered shaving before going to bed at night instead of when you get up in the morning?

Have a time-saving traditional shaving idea?  Post ‘em here!

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  1. I am not ashamed to say it takes me around 30 minutes to shave that includes preparation. I can complete the job in 10 minutes with one pass if I really need to (wife: “hurry up or we’ll be late!”). Basically I’m a morning shaver but occasionally I shave at night depending on the schedule. Not to sound off kilter, but my shaving arena is my sanctuary. I consider my Merkur 180 and Edwin Jagger DE89lbl nothing short of jewelry, seriously. I started de wet shaving I guess 2 months ago after seeing a commercial for the Micro One razor. Several lessons later I now have a routine that works best for me, much thanks to Mark H and others. Who would ever think shaving is so much more of a passion and gratifying experience than swiping a plastic, overpriced multi-blade razor just to get the job done? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going wah wah here but it’s great to have what amounts to a new hobby like de shaving with precision instruments rather than plastic over marketed stuff. Last I checked too, multi blades run about $3 per blade!!

  2. Doug Cullen says:

    When I need a no-fuss, easy, quick shave, I fall back on my Schick Injector and a nice cream like proraso or TBS Maca Root. The rigid blade delivers a close smooth shave and the smaller head makes it easy to trim around the nose and throat.


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