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Observing limits to speed growth

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Gordon makes a case in this thread for sticking with a single razor and brand of blade—and, to a lesser extent to a particular shaving cream or soap and a particular brush. As he says:

A while back, on the shaveblog there was a series of entries whereby Corey used the same kit for one week straight, and, guess what? He discovered what I’d always known; that there was a lot to be said for continuity. I’ve always preached this to newcomers, but not followed it myself, for the last number of years. If your selection of kit is basically sound (for you), you are going to get better shaves generally, if you stick with it, getting to know it inside out, then if you switch around all the time, in search of some magic bullet or Holy Grail.

At the core of this though, I think, is the razor and the blade. Really, really getting to know your razor and how it relates to your skin and beard. There’s more then ample evidence on this board, that razors vary in their head geometry and how exactly they cut, even quite similar seeming models. Likewise for the different brands of blades. Every time that I’ve stuck with one razor/blade for any length of time, my overall shaves have always shown improvement ( provided the razor was simpatico in the first place ). Lately, I’ve been using only my 1958 Gillette SS, and either the Swedes or Israeli Personna blades. And, sure enough, unusually good shaves, even using products that sometimes give me trouble. 

As you may have observed, I like to mix it up and use a different combination each morning—not searching for a magic bullet or holy grail, just enjoying the diversity. I’m thinking I might try using the same razor and brand of blade for two weeks, just to see how it goes.

At any rate, the thread inaugurated some good discussion, and I thought you might want to try sticking with one combination for a while and see what it does for your shave.

Written by Leisureguy

10 September 2007 at 10:50 am

Posted in Shaving

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