From March of 2014 till about Mid June of 2017, I strictly used DE, SE & Straight Razors on a daily basis and had some great shaves over those years. But starting in Mid June, my skin started to react very badly and it would get worse after each shave with these specific razors. So I started a process of elimination to find out what was causing it which ended almost as soon as it began.
I used a cartridge razor for a week & noticed a huge change for the better. In 2 days my skin cleared up. The shave itself was extremely close & comfortable and I got ZERO BURN with an alcohol based aftershave after doing a 3 pass shave with a cartridge razor. I very rarely got that experience with my DE’s, SE’s and/or straight razors which is what sold me on going back to them.
There are no travel issues when it comes to carry-on luggage and/or airport security checkpoints which is another good reason. And for those of you who are on medication and/or are having medical issues and can’t risk getting cut, cartridge razors are your best option. The reason is because the chances of getting cut are extremely low due to both design & manufacturing. The blades themselves are already set at the perfect angle at the factory so there’s no guesswork involved when it comes to getting the correct angle. The guards surrounding the blades themselves also significantly lowers the risk of getting cut.
So between the these features along with the lubrication strip(s) and the slickness of an actual shave soap, it’s almost impossible to get cut apart from incorrect and/or misuse. Availability is also not an issue either at this point. The only drawback to SOME cartridge razors is costs but that can easily be resolved by stropping which triples the longevity of the cartridges. To strop the cartridge and/or disposable razor, all you do is go in the opposite direction that you would go when you shave as seen below. And for those whom don’t have a leather strop like you see below, an old pair of blue jeans will be a perfect choice:
For example in 2013 I didn’t know about stropping and I was doing good to get 3 shaves out of a blade. Now that I’ve since learned about stropping and how it effects a blade, here in 2017 I’m averaging around 10 to 12 shaves per cartridge & the most I’ve gotten was 13 shaves out of one which is more than 4 times the longevity so stropping does make a huge difference.
So for those of you who want a better shave and want to keep the razor you have instead of investing in a DE (Double Edge), SE (Single Edge) and/or a cut throat/straight razor, just invest in some shave soaps & brushes. You can invest in a leather strop if you want to but a great alternative is an old pair of blue jeans. After each shave, just simply take the razor and go in the opposite direction than you would when you shave 5 times on these old blue jeans and you are good to go. Happy shaving & Thank you for taking the time to read this article. It’s greatly appreciated & means a lot.
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Stephen Davidson writes his blog at http://knightmare1015.blogspot.com/