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Possible template for a talk about shaving

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Assuming that you’re asked to talk about traditional wet-shaving to a bunch of cartridge-and-canned-foam guys…  Someone asked for thoughts on a talk, and here are mine:

Title and opening question: “Why do so many shavers have sensitive skin?—right where they shave, oddly enough.”

Then the damage of bearing down with blades (set at an angle you cannot control) to stretch out the cartridge life—because cartridges are expensive.

That’s on the one hand. On the other:

a light touch with a single blades shaves more easily—and more closely. I’m saying the ads are lying, and the simplest test is to try DE shaving for a month—the blades alone will run you maybe 50¢, you can get a razor for less than $3—so the total there is less than the cost of one cartridge.

Go over prep and explain that canned foam is poor prep, but again: do the experiment for yourself. Get a brush and a shaving soap or cream, learn to make a good lather (time required depends on how many practice lathers you make), and then do a week of shaves with a good lather, a week of shaves with canned foam, and another week of shaves with true lather. Decide for yourself, and don’t be swayed by the fact that shaving soap and shaving cream can run WAY less than canned foam.

And making lather is enjoyable, and the whole shaving routine is transformed into something you enjoy and look forward to. It’s the sort of thing you’d pay more to get, and yet it costs so much less than what cartridge shavers are paying now. Paying more for a worse experience. Now that‘s something worth investigating: how can a person prefer to pay a premium for an inferior experience? Finding the answer left as an exercise for the audience. (Might prompt some self-examination.)

Written by Leisureguy

30 September 2013 at 11:54 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. Well said as always. My sons at age 36 and 38 migrated to wet shaving for the obvious economic reasons. The migration has evolved to make shaving enjoyable. It has also become a father/sons experience, always constructive conversation on the subject. Gift exchange has become very simple, you can always use your favorites or try something new.


    Michael Napier

    1 October 2013 at 7:33 am

  2. Thank you. In the next edition of the Guide, I’m going to include among the “sources for more information” a new one: you yourself (the reader), who now understands more about shaving than many colleagues who continue to cartridges and canned foam and you (the reader) are now a “source of more information” for those men. And then I’ll include some version of the talk template in case the reader has a chance to give a talk on shaving (e.g., at Toastmasters or the like).



    1 October 2013 at 8:18 am

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