I have, for the most part, loathed shaving ever since I felt required to do it. It just always seemed like a thankless & repetitive job. There was nothing there that I could rally behind. Add razor-burn to that, and I have looked like an unshaven slacker for my entire adult life.
I have shaved every day for the last week. I have looked forward to it. I have even enjoyed it. What?
Enter the Retro Razor and the world of wet shaving with a double-edged razor. This is, most likely, how your grandfather shaved. It is cheaper. It is more earth-friendly. It obliterates razor burn. Interested? I certainly was.
Chadd Bennett, proprietor of Retro Razor, was kind enough to send me a starter kit to review, as well as answer a lot of questions:
- Will I cut myself to pieces?
- Is it hard to find this stuff?
- How long does one blade last?
- Do I need special soap or shaving cream?
- Will this really help with razor-burn?
After a week of shaving with the Retro, I have some answers:
- The first few times I got a few nicks – nothing more than usual. By the end of the week, I was only getting 1 nick at the most. The trick is to not press down very much with the razor. The blade is sharp – let it do it’s thing.
- It is easy to find stuff on the internet – check out the Retro Razor Store for razors and accoutrements.
- One blade seems to last for 3 shaves – you can get a 5 pack of blades for around $2. Do the math – this is MUCH cheaper than buying those insanely expensive cartridge blades at the grocery store.
- You can use regular shaving cream, but why not try something new? There are a lot of soaps and creams out there that are a lot better for your face. Why not have a little fun with this?
- The coup de grace? No razor-burn. Period.
Added bonus – these blades are 100% recyclable, as opposed to cartridge blades. Even the razor is recyclable, as it is only metal – no batteries, lights, plastic, etc.
Check out this starter kit, with everything you need to get going.
No sexism here – women use them too!