This month’s guest post comes from Brett McKay, who runs Art of Manliness:
I started taking part in the traditional wet shave about three years ago. I grew up watching old movies where men lathered up their faces with brush and a hot mug of lather. I also found the doubled edged razors these men would use much more appealing than the 8 bladed contraptions I was accustomed to. When these men would shave, it looked more like a ritual, rather than a chore. I wanted to take part in that manly ritual, too.
And I’ll be honest, I started shaving with a DE razor and traditional soaps and creams so I could save money. I grew tired of forking over $20 every time I needed to buy new razors. The amount I spend on soaps and creams has gone down compared to what I was spending on the green goo I used to use.
My best shaving tip for a newbie getting into traditional wet shaving with DE is to not press down on the razor at all when passing it across your face. Just let the weight of the razor do the work. My biggest mistake when I first started shaving with a DE was I pressed the blade down on my face like I did when I shaved with my Gillette Fusion blades. Man, did I ever slice my face up. Once I stopped pressing down, the cuts and nicks stopped, and my faces was a smooth as a baby’s behind.