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Not shaving: no fun

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It’s odd that I miss shaving so much: I wore a beard for about 30 years, and yet now that I enjoy shaving, going several days without having a shave is no fun. It’s not merely lacking a smooth face, it’s that I miss the activity: the ritual of selecting brush, shaving soap, razor, and aftershave; the prep, where I take my time and enjoy the fragrance and feel of lathering; then paying attention to each pass of the razor; and finally splashing on the aftershave. I enjoy all that, and to go without removes a pleasurable morning interlude.

But it’s all for science, and Monday I’ll be shaving with the Stealth to see whether it can handle a 5-day stubble efficiently. (Some have doubts.) For one pass I might also use a 37C on part of my face to test its efficiency, as well.

Written by LeisureGuy

18 July 2014 at 8:11 am

Posted in Shaving

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  1. I feel for you.

    Phil Wilson

    18 July 2014 at 9:22 am

  2. Good luck I feel for you also.Do you think it will take more than three passes, and do you think you’ll need to change blades?


    18 July 2014 at 7:44 pm

  3. No, I think 3 passes will be plenty, and no need to change blades—a blade typically lasts me for 5 or 6 shaves, so one shave won’t be problem. (Although the stubble is longer, it’s no thicker.)


    18 July 2014 at 8:47 pm

  4. I shave a 5 to 7 day stubble almost every week, and DE razors are capable. The Weber ARC is no prob, but the Bakelite slant is great! I do only get 3 shaves from most blades though. I don’t know if that’s normal for me or if it’s about the extra stubble.


    20 July 2014 at 9:45 pm

  5. I don’t think stubble length is particularly an issue (except if very long it can cause clogging): the blade cuts across the stubble, so length is not a factor. The main things affecting blade life are the brand of blade (some brands simply don’t give so many shaves per blade), quality of prep, and the nature of the beard (e.g., coarse and wiry will do in a blade faster than thin and soft).

    You are better at denying yourself pleasure than I am. 🙂 I really missed my morning shave.


    21 July 2014 at 5:46 am

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