I got the Merkur Classic Safety Razor for Christmas. I’d read about wet shaving on blogs like The Simple Dollar, Zen Habits, and Life Hacker. First of all I stayed away from a straight edge razor after a barber advised me not to when I mentioned I couldn’t find them anywhere, something along the lines of it not being worth the risk and sanitation issues. With nostalgic eagerness I lathered up for my first shave. While I think that hemorrhage might be too strong of a word, I do wonder if certain areas of skin near my chin will ever grow back, not to mention the laceration behind my left ear.
I got a free sample of the Schick Quatro a while back which tore my face up. The worst part about that initial shaving experience was that despite the pain it was a terrible shave, I could have gotten the same effect dry shaving with a disposable single blade. Then it hit me. Why did I need 4 blades? And why did I need 3? I got the Mach 3 because I was hooked after the free sample they sent me on my 18th birthday, but really after shaving everyday for four years I’ve had some bad times with that razor as well. When were we convinced that two blades weren’t enough? And if 4 is as good as 3, and 3 comparable to 2, was it really just marketing that pushed us past the realm of a single blade in the first place?
So after my first encounter with the wet shaving I felt a little discouraged. Luckily I found these two site which have given me the hope that I am essentially learning how to shave all over again and can master it in time.
What I learned:
I think I pressed too hard and my strokes were too long. I will say though that I am already looking forward to shaving tomorrow.
Addendum: Read the continuation of this story here.