I always knew that I would never retire. So when I sold my hi-tech company after 14 years, I proved that myself right.
I love wet shaving. It has become quite a hobby and a passion. The resurgence of the safety razor warms my heart. Men are more conscious of grooming than ever before. That’s a good thing!
So I started Global Shave Clubs International with the philosophy of taking products that already exist and improve them. With the concept being…
“If I wouldn’t want to own it, I wouldn’t want to sell it!”
I guess many men like the same things that I do because boy is the company growing.
I sincerely hope that our visitors become as enthusiastic about wet shaving as I am. My main aim is to popularize the wet shaving phenomenon by keeping our prices low, our product lines creative, and our quality high.
AFTER ALL – GROOMING SHOULD BE FUN AND AROUND HERE IT IS!!!
Disclaimer: Men have found more ways to shave than you can shake a stick at. The safety razor, and the myriad of blades that go with it, has stood the test of time. But with an infinite variety of head types, razor blade types, skin types and beard types, your mileage may vary from the opinions expressed here. Your opinion is also important. Disagree? Leave a comment!
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Tip 1 – Apply Your Shave Balm AFTER Your Afterashave.
The purpose of shave balm is two fold. It’s primary purpose is to add moisture to the epidermal skin layer because it has been scraped by a blade. Your skin also needs repair after a shave. That is also accomplished by adding moisture, but also additional additives such as vitamin e, menthol, etc.
Now think of what an aftershave or witch hazel do. They dry out the skin because they are primarily astringents. Their real purpose is to treat cuts, abrasions, and weepers. But that is at cross purposes to what shave balm is supposed to do.
Does it make any sense to moisturize your skin and then use an astringent which by its very nature will dry out your skin?
Use shave balm as the last product of your shave routine and see what a difference it makes.
Tip 2 – Use COLD Water.
Cold water, you ask?? That is rediculous!
Well, it depends who you’re asking.
Ask a barber and he will explain that hot water softens your beard and opens your pores thereby producing a closer shave.
Ask my dermatologist (like many others) and you will get a completely different answer.
You do not want your pores to be open. Let’s look further as to why.
It is true that a great time to shave is right after a shower, as your skin will be warm and moist and free of excess oil and dead skin cells that can clog up your razor blade. BUT your pores are open. This causes the following problems:
Hair from your beard gets trapped in your pores. Skin is oily by nature and the combination of those oils and hairs from your beard that get left behind actually blocks your pores, attracts dirt, and increases drag on your razor. This makes for a less comfortable shave and gives rise to pimples, black heads, and other skin problems.
So start with a hot shower to soften your beard. Then use a COLD WATER RINSE all the way through the shave and especially at the end.
Try it. You will get a better and smoother shave and according to my dermatologist, healthier skin.
TIP 3 – Use SHAVE OIL, Not a PRESHAVE CREAM, & Use It BETWEEN PASSES As Well!
Simple. Oil and water don’t mix.
Shave soap, cream, and gel, get absorbed by the skin. They are lubricants, so you want lather to sit on top of the skin. Using a quality shave oil helps keep your lather on top of the skin and also further lubricates it as you shave.
Tip 4 – NEVER Store Your Razor & Blades In The BATHROOM.
Your bathroom is a warm, humid place, right?
That humidity causes microscopic rust particles on the edge of your blade which dulls the blade and destroys the coating.
Keep ypour razor(s) in a cool place. Your blades will last longer. Your shaves will be smoother and closer.
Tip 5 – For a Closer Shave Use UNCOATED Blades. They ARE Usually Sharper & Less Expensive.
Its true that uncoated blades may be slightly less comfortable to shave with, but in exchange you can get a sharper blade. Actually of note is the fact that when using a coated blade, the second and third pass is always shrper. The blade sharpens up because friction causes the coating to wear off.
Here are a few stainless steel blades that are pretty good and easy to shave with:
ASTRA BLUE– Many shavers use the popular ASTRA SP (Special Platinum) blades. Astra SPs are pretty smooth for the first shave but decline quickly from there. They really are not that sharp. ASTRA BLUE is in fact a much sharper blade. If ASTRA SP is a 2 / 5 in sharpness ASTRA BLUE is a 3.5 / 5 in sharpness, and is very consistant from shave to shave.
RAPIRA SUPER STAINLESS– These are scary sharp, I would say pretty close to Feather. They last forever. The trade off is that they are not as smooth as some other uncoated blades.
SHARK SS– Not as sharp as the two others reviewed above, but if the Astra Blues are a Corvette, the Rapira Stainless are a Ferrari, then the Shark SS blades are certainly a Jeep. They are super forgiving, pretty smooth to shave with, and I get consistent great shaves with them.
Got some do’s and dont’s to add? Well that is what comments are for. I am looking forward to hearing from you.
We have four razors that have been designed to be gentle, yet super efficient, which are both hallmarks of a good beginner razor. They each carry a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects.They are very inexpensive. I am proud of each one!
JAVA SUMATRA – $14.99 JAVA Espresso / Americano – $19.99 Vintage Black Tiger – $10.99
Now that our razors are out of my system,here are my 6 choices. Great beginner razors for under $20.00.
In 6th Place – Baili BD179.
AKA Rockwell R1, and many other brands.
The Baili BD179 is really an excellent and super affordable choice and has earned its place as my 6th pick overall. It is also a “butterfly” or twist to open, one piece razor. Blade loading is fast and easy because of this.
The chrome on the Baili is simply dazzling. Its construction is very solid. I have a few, and have dropped mine a few times with no damage after the fall. The open / close mechanism is a bit squeaky but durable. The shave is gentle, efficient, and comfortable. A great first time razor.
You can purchase it on eBay, or Amazon for $15 to $25. Or better still, buy a Rockwell R1. It is the same razor, but backed by Rockwell – a very customer focused company. The razor can also be purchased in Baili’s store on Ali Express. It will only cost you about $5.00 or so there, but take 6 weeks to arrive.
Baili BD179 Construction: Chrome over Zamac. Country of manufacture: China.Weight: 2.5 ounces. Handle Length:3.25 inches.
Baili BD179 blades to try:
Astra SP (green)
Gillette / Wilkinson Sword (India)
Price $15 to $20.
In 5th Place – LORD L5 – AKA LORD TECH.
The LORD Tech is really a great beginner’s razor. It has slightly more aggressiveness than a Gillette Tech, after which it was designed, but not so much that the LORD Tech should be overlooked by beginners. Best of all it is dirt cheap! The LORD Tech costs about $12.00 or so on eBay or Amazon. That usually includes 1 to 3 packs of LORD manufactured blades!
The LORD Tech is a 3-piece razor.
This razor is very light. But, it is also head heavy which compensates in part for the razor’s weight. The razor is super easy to get a nick free close shave from.
LORD Tech Construction: Chrome over Zamac head, aluminum handle. Country of manufacture:Egypt. Weight: 1.2 ounces. Handle Length: 3.5 inches.
Lord L5 Tech – blades to try:
Astra SP (green)
Gillette / Wilkinson Sword (India)
In 4th Place – The Feather Popular
The feather double-edge safety razor is a efficient butterfly opening safety razor that combines affordability with performance. It is also a “butterfly” or twist to open, one piece razor. Blade loading is fast and easy because of this.
Carefully designed for easy handling and superior grip, and built with quality materials including stainless steel. The butterfly loading mechanism is highly practical when loading or cleaning the razor. A perfect shaving instrument, in the feather tradition of high quality shaving instruments. It uses any modern double-edge blade.
The Feather Popular is a very mild razor. It has been designed to work with sharp blades such as Feather’s own Stainless Steel blades, which are perhaps, the sharpest blades you can get.
Feather Popular Construction: Steel & plastic head, plastic handle.Country of manufacture:Japan. Weight: 1.2 ounces. Handle Length: 4.0 inches.
Feather Popular – blades to try:
Feather Hi Steel
Rapira Super Steel
In 3rd Place – The LORD L6 or L7 (Very similar…)
Lord Premium Safety Razor Model LP1822L (L6) or Model L125 (L7 aka as the LORD Fresh) have a gentle Merkur like Head. This Razor offers the ultimate in double edged affordability and lightweight construction.
The LORD L6 & L7 are both 3 piece razors. They both produce the same shaving experience because they use the same head. The handles are very similar, and are in fact the same length. However, the L7 has a handle that has a slightly greater diameter.
LORD L6 / L7 Construction: Chrome over Zamac head, aluminum handle. Country of manufacture:Egypt. Weight: 1.2 ounces. Handle Length: 4.33 inches.
Lord L6 / L7 – blades to try:
In Second Place – A $10 Razor That I Wish That I Made! The Mac’s 33C.
Found only on Amazon USA & Amazon Canada, the Macs 33C is a gem of a razor. Best of all, it is under $10. It even has a stainless steel handle! It also comes with 20 Derby Extra blades which are worth almost half of the price of the razor.
Its chrome is near perfect. It’s shave is smooth, comfortable and efficient. The razor’s fit and finish is top notch. It has a head that is so similar to an Edwin Jagger DE89 that the shaving experience is identical.
This razor is just a great bargain!
A well-made, easy to love 3-piece razor with a Merkur style head, for under $10 including excellent packaging and a stainless handle. Pinch me. I must be dreaming.
MACS 33C Construction: Chrome over Zamac head, stainless steel handle. Country of manufacture:India. Weight: 3.7 ounces. Handle Length: 3.75 inches.
Macs 33C – blades to try:
Derby Extra (the razor comes with 20….)
Price: $9.99 on Amazon.com or $14.99 on Amazon.ca.
Ok folks here it is… In absolute first place!
The Wet Shaving Products (wetshavingproducts.com) “El Grande.”
Measuring 14mm (about half an inch) in diameter, the El Grande just feels great in your hand. The 85mm long handle (3.35 inches) is lathe turned and a deep knurl pattern is carved into the metal keeping it from slipping when wet.
The 3-piece Edwin Jagger DE89 style head is molded from high quality Zamac. The same as higher priced German & English brands. The head & handle are then polished by hand on a buffing wheel. Plated with copper. Then nickel. Then chrome.
Blade alignment and balance are absolutely spot on!
The razor comes in an attractive, quality, magnetic closure storage box.
You can’t find a better quality razor at a better price. Just a joy to use and a joy to own.
WSP El Grande Construction: Chrome over Zamac head and handle. Country of manufacture:Pakistan Weight:2.75 ounces. Handle Length:3.35 inches.
I Couldn’t Believe It – LORD Is Making Voskhod Blades??!
This is a simple post.
Yesterday I went to shave with our Calypso Deluxe Razor. I opened the wrapper and this is what I found. I couldn’t believe it…. a Voskhod blade in a LORD wrapper. I have always wondered why Voskhods were so much less expensive than other Russian blades.
Apparently they are NOT Russian! They are made by lord in Egypt!
What is this world coming to?
But, if you look at the back of any Voskhod Package here is what you see….
Oh those Russians – always causing trouble huh? LOL!
In an attempt to shed (or more accurately, shave) society’s supposed toxic masculinity issue, Gillette released a powerful new ad urging men to be better by asking them: “Is this the best a man can get?” The reaction by many men (I would say the majority of men, at least the ones I have heard from,) is outrage. Did Gillette accomplished the opposite of what they set out to do since their campaign seems to have created more controversy than dialogue??
I will believe that controversy was the object of the campaign, and definitely not dialogue.
This is Difficult Subject for Me to Discuss. Keep reading. You’ll find out why.
It really took me quite a while to digest the ad in order to properly respond. The response was especially difficult and emotional for me, so forgive my tardiness in responding to the issue sooner.
I truly believe that Gillette intentionally tried to create controversy not dialogue. They wanted to sell more razors to women, but alienating men is not the answer to to accomplish that, is it?? Judging from the comments that I have heard that is exactly what they did.
Painting men with a broad brush is unfortunate and just plain wrong. Gillette obviously do not care much about offending the majority of their loyal male customers whose money built the company.
I want to make clear that I definitely support the #MeToo movement. The statistics speak for themselves.
Sexual Abuse Statistics in the United States
One in five women and one in 71 men will be raped at some point in their lives.
In the U.S., one in three women and one in six men experienced some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime
51.1% of female victims of rape reported being raped by an intimate partner and 40.8% by an acquaintance
52.4% of male victims report being raped by an acquaintance and 15.1% by a stranger.
Almost half (49.5%) of multiracial women and over 45% of American Indian/Alaska Native women were subjected to some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime.
91% of victims of rape and sexual assault are female, and nine percent are male.
In eight out of 10 cases of rape, the victim knew the perpetrator.
Eight percent of rapes occur while the victim is at work.
** Source National Sexual Violence Resource Centre.
I want to share something very personal.
I was a rape victim when I was 12 years old by a “friend” of the family.
I well understand the subject matter and feel quite qualified to share my feelings about it. Actually the fact that I am a sexual assault victim is an extremely difficult admission to make, especially in a public forum.
Now it is 50 years after the fact, and although I have dealt with the assault, and I am not that 12-year old boy who got assaulted any longer, in some ways, I am still the victim of that brutality today. Let’s face it, although it was 50 years ago, I cannot run away from myself!
Rape is the perpetuation of violence. Simple as that. It is the one experience that you cannot outgrow. It never completely goes away. It destroys your self-image and obliterates your self-worth. In fact, there is really no repair. The trauma stays with you for an entire lifetime. That is why I have sympathy for the #MeToo movement, but no empathy for the Gillette advertising campaign.
I DO NOT SUPPORT GILLETTE’S RECENT AD CAMPAIGN, ALTHOUGH I HAVE EVERY REASON TO SUPPORT IT.
If Gillette wants to sincerely help the #MeToo movement, they should keep their opportunistic opinions to themselves, which as I see it, is simply a ploy to build more brand equity, create media attention, and sell more razors to women.
If the ad campaign did start a “discussion” it perhaps is not a productive one. We have enough derision and polarization in society these days as it is. Isn’t it time to “heal” society and not create more of a division between the sexes??
To me the real question is, was Gillette trying to take advantage of a missed opportunity and for their own advantage? What can their true motives be?
The shaving conversation online is 62 percent female, and 75 percent are under the age of 35. Men by and large are perhaps increasingly less important to the company as it tries to expand its market share. Gillette is increasingly facing a lot more competition, especially from shave clubs and other brands, than it used to in selling razors to men. Their profitability and popularity have decreased over the past five years. Also the fact that Schick and other companies are making Mach 3 cartridges and the fact that the Mach 3 patent has expired doesn’t help.
Now consider this…..
Women’s razors are more expensive than men’s razors. Furthermore society expects women to shave everywhere that men do not. Women are frustrated with the whole shaving experience. Engaging women positively in the shaving industry has been a neglected opportunity. I suspect this was Gillette’s real motive.
Gillette’s Motive Obscures The Fact – Most Men are Gentlemen.
I understand that being a gentleman should not get us men special kudos or any sort of special considerations. Women should not have to be grateful to us for behaving properly. As human beings, we should always strive for self-improvement and to observe social conventions. In fact, that goes for BOTH sexes.
So I ask a simple question. Is Gillette really expressing their core values?? Or, is Gillette’s viewpoint an advertising ploy to sell more razors to women? If so, their ad campaign is an exploitation of a situation and not a sincere desire to help to prevent it.
If Gillette wants to help the #MeToo movement, they should take the money spent on the ad campaign, and donate it to women’s shelters and crisis centers and do something constructive with it. There is enough division in America today. Gillette has taken full advantage of it. In fact perhaps Gillette has exploited a situation for their own advantage.
So Gillette, donate money to help women. Encourage women to report abuse with your advertising dollars. Use your advertising budget to support women and proactively help their plight.
In fact Gillette, if you are really sincere in supporting the #MeToo movement, why not set up an endowment to support that movement. Put your money where your mouth is and do some real good with it. But, for heaven sakes Gillette, do not put down the very population that has supported you all of these years! Men built your company. Respect that. Respect us. Don’t exploit us.
The dictionary defines “exploitation” as: “the action of making use of, and benefiting from a situation”. Isn’t that is exactly what Gillette did?
I believe that Gillette’s ad campaign had nothing to do with creating a dialogue. It had everything to do with creating controversy 100% for its own advantage! That my friends is both exploitation and manipulation as well.
So what do you think?? I would like to know. Leave your comments below.
Please note – you can Tweet to #UsToo, if you have any reaction to this post.
about 5 years ago I found a shaving method that won’t irritate my skin and is also ecologically friendly, affordable, and natural. It revolves around a shiny jewel-like safety razor, a blade, a bowl, and a brush. You won’t have to buy aerosol cans of petroleum-based shaving cream, plastic shavers that you keep throwing out, or overpriced multi-blade razors anymore.
If this blade could sing it would probably sing “Don’t Make Me Feel Misunderstood….” (Carlos Santana.)
In fact I had watched various reviews and no reviewer was enthusiastic about it. So in the end I debated whether I should purchase any or not. But curiosity got the better of me.
I have 100+ razors, as you might imagine, being in the wet shaving business I do try out lots of razors and blades. To date some of the blades that I have tried are:
Dorco Prime ST-302
Gillette Silver Blue
Gillette 7 o’ clock (green)
Gillette 7 o’clock (black)
Gillette Wilk1nson Sword (India)
Topaz (big mistake….)
Super Max Platinum
Ming Shi (Chinese)
etc. (they make the best blades of all!)
That is a ton of blades. That is at least 30! That’s 3,000 blade / razor combinations.
I was never fully satisfied with any. But I finally found the best blade for me. Ready? The winner is……
LORD Platinum Class…
After a really great couple of shaves, I decided that we should do a full review. Was I crazy? Were the Lord Platinum Class blades as good as I thought?
We have a really cool new way to test blades. So I had my posse of testers ready to torture the blades and test their mettle. (Pun Intended.)
Disclaimer: Men have found more ways to shave than you can shake a stick at. The safety razor, and the myriad of blades that go with it, have stood the test of time. But with an infinite variety of head types, razor blade types, skin types and beard types, your mileage may vary from the opinions expressed here. Your opinion is also important. Have a comment?? Leave a comment.
How we test blades.
We use a Merkur 33C as our baseline. Three of us test the same blade and razor combination for 5 days to start. The same blade is used for all 5 days. Then we change razors to a razor of each member of the testing panel’s choosing. Again we change blades every 4 – 5 shaves. Then the razor is changed again. Each complete test runs 15 days. We then compile the results as printed below. All three of us have different beard types. Mine is a quick growing wiry beard and very sensitive skin. Mark – Shaves every second day. Fair beard. Normal skin. George – A daily shaver like me. George also has a fast growing curly beard.
Why do I love these blades:
Note: Lord makes two different blades that have similar names. LORD PLATINUM and LORD PLATINUM CLASS. They are not the same.
What did I like?
Very smooth to shave with
Sharp but not too sharp
Inexpensive $.12 to $.20 (depending where you get them.)
Really nicely packaged. Cool wrapping.
Easy to find on Amazon and eBay
What did I not Didn’t like?
The blade could be a bit sharper.
The blade should be marked to distinguish between sides so that if you turn it over, you know what side you are on.
My quote: “I have finally found a blade that works well in 3 very different test razors. The Merkur 33C. The Parker 96r. Muhle R41.”
What did Mark like?
The blade lifespan. In fact Mark could easily get 7 – 8 shaves out of 1 blade.
What Mark did Mark not like?
Mark claims to have found 1 dud blade. George and I never did.
He didn’t think that the blade was as sharp as the Dorco ST-302 that he usually shaves with.
Razors used: Merkur 33C, Gillette New, Parker Variant set on 4.
Mark’s Quote: “Very good blade that is also extremely forgiving. Lasts for 7 – 8 shaves.”
What did George like?
The price. The blade costs between $0.12 and $0.15.
The sharpness. George found the blades to be quite sharp giving him a DFS after only two passes.
The smooth shave that these blades provide.
What did George Not like?
This has become George’s “go to” blade.
The plastic blade packaging did not have place to dispose of used blades.
Razors Used: Merkur 33C, Merkur Progress, Gillette Fat Boy
George’s quote: “I really had a great experience with these blades. They are sharp and smooth. I love ’em!
Please Note: Lord makes two different blades with similar names. Lord Platinum and Lord Platinum Class (reviewed here.)
Summary and Conclusions:
The Lord Platinum Class blades come singly wrapped in a plastic box that does not have an area to dispose of used blades. The wrapping paper is colorful and strong.
Shaves most like: Derby Premium except sharper, Shark SS except smoother.
(Each category is rated on a scale of 1 (the poorest result) to 10 (the best result.)
5 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN PURCHASING SAFETY RAZOR BLADES.
Let’s take a few minutes to discuss some things you should consider before you choose a razor blade After all, like any other product, there’s the good, the bad, and the ugly – although most men who use safety razors are pleased with the kind of shave they get on a daily basis.
You’ll also want to keep in mind a very important point, i.e., every man’s skin and whiskers are different. Just because a brand of blades works perfectly for another man doesn’t mean it’s going to work just as well for you.
Here are some things to think about:
1. IS SHARPER BETTER?
It’s easy to get hung up on a blade’s sharpness because a sharp blade usually means a closer shave, right? In theory perhaps, but sharper also raises your risk of nicks and cuts – especially if you don’t have much experience with a safety razor. It is true, however, that a sharp blade allows you to make fewer passes over your skin during the shave.
However, you’ll also want to consider a blade’s smoothness. By “smooth,” we mean that the cutting angle isn’t as extreme and that you’ll have to apply a bit more pressure during your shave than you would with a sharper blade. There’s less chance of nicks and cuts, but an increased chance of skin irritation – which may spell trouble for men with sensitive skin.
2. WHAT’S YOUR HAIR TYPE?
Your facial hair type is all-important regarding your choice of safety razor blades. Again, everyone’s hair is a bit different – although similarities certainly exist – so what works for one guy may not work for you.
The good news is that double edge safety razor blades make it easier to customize your shave to fit your facial hair type thanks to the number of blade choices that are available.
Generally speaking, the coarser your facial hair, the more aggressive the blade. By “aggressive” we mean the sharpness of the blade. A blade that’s not as sharp will have harder time shaving through coarse hair (with the result being lots of pulling and tugging).
The length of your facial hair is important to your buying consideration, as well. If your hair is longer, then a more aggressive blade is best.
Also, if you have rough, sensitive skin, you’re best served by a less aggressive, smoother blade.
3. SKILL LEVEL
While the learning curve for becoming adept with a safety razor isn’t as steep as with a straight razor, it still takes some getting used to if you’re used to shaving with a cartridge razor, or are new to shaving altogether.
That said, it’s best to start with less aggressive blades while you’re getting the hang of safety razor shaving. It takes time to learn how much pressure you can apply on the razor head without nicking, cutting, or irritating your skin.
4. GO FOR VARIETY
Like most men, you’ll eventually decide to stick with one brand of safety razor blade for one simple reason: it works for you. In the beginning, however, there’s no crime in trying a variety of blades, and you can even find them in variety packs . That way, you’re not spending money on several blades of a certain brand (you can even purchase many blades in packs of 100) that you’ve quickly discovered don’t suit your shaving needs.
5. COST PER SHAVE
This should be the last consideration in your evaluation process, but a good blade should give you 4 – 5 really comfortable and efficient shaves. Some men use one side of the blade and then flip it over for each shave. This can help increase both blade life and shaving comfort. Another tip is to gently tap the blade dry with a soft cloth. Never wipe the blade though. This prevents small rust particles from forming and helps to preserve the blade’s sharpness.
Did you know???
Most often a blade gets sharper the second time it is used, and often the third shave as well. This is because excess coating has worn off of the blade. Its still there, just not in over abundance.
Many people who dispose of their blades after a single shave, really miss out on the second shave, which is usually even better!
In my next post, I will review some popular blade choices and give you my opinions on each one. Stay tuned!
There are so many choices of safety razors, heads, and blades, that it may be confusing for some people. In this post, we will examine the characteristics of the various options available in selecting a razor with a good head on its shoulders - LOL!
I do it, and you can too. I shave for under $3 (CAD) a month.
I get excellent shaves and I even can use a new blade every 3 – 4 days and still come out with a very inexpensive and very enjoyable shave.
Here’s How I Do It. (Remember, your mileage may vary.)
1 – Pre-Shave
One of my secrets is to use good ol’ NOXEMA as a pre-shave. I kid you not NOXEMA is a wonderful pre-shave. It costs me $8 for enough to last me for an entire year.
NOXEMA is chock full of eucalyptus and moisturizers. It not only will soften your beard and clean your face, but also cool your skin and tighten it as well, thereby enabling you to get a cleaner, and closer shave.
Here is How I use NOXEMA as a Preshave
I wet my face with luke-warm water.
I apply the NOXEMA over every area I intend to shave.
After messaging my face with it, I let it sink in for a couple of minutes.
I then wash it off. (This helps further soften my beard….)
Noxema sort of smells and acts like Proraso pre-shave. But you get 3x to 4x as much for the same price. If you really want to economize Walmart has a similar product under the EXACT brand name. It is $5 compared to NOXEMA which costs $8. They both but last an entire year.
Cost: $8 divided by 350 shaves a year = $0.02 cents per shave.
2 – Shave Soap
I actually have 4 that you can use. Each one has its pluses and minuses. But all 3 produce amazing results if you use them properly.
WILLIAMS SHAVE SOAP:
This brand has been around for 100 years. The formula was changed a few years back.
Most people have an issue building a lather with the new formula. WILLIAMS is a tallow soap. It loves to lather. There is a trick to using it. Stay tuned…
WILLIAMS has a nice soapy smell. It is perhaps the least expensive shave soap you can get and for my money, its one of the best. Remember, I own a wet shaving business, I have tried a ton of shave soaps.
Many people do not like WILLIAMS only because they don’t know how to use it.
The trick is to use a synthetic brush like our VINTAGE Series 121 Mirrored Shave Brush. Do NOT use too much water on your brush! Take the brush get it wet (not too wet…) then wring it out so that there is no dripping water from it. The brush should be a little wetter than damp, but not by much!
I use a 6 oz cup as my “shave bowl”.
Next whip a nice pasty lather. Apply it to your face using gentle circular motions so that you work up additional lather on your face.
BTW – I think that WILLIAMS is the slickest of the 3.
If you follow the advice above, it will only cost you about $1 a month. A $2 puck of Williams will last about 2 months if you shave every day.
Cost is $.03 a shave.
ARKO SHAVE STICK.
Derby wins the prize in my opinion as the best of the cheapies. At least for shave soaps….
It has a nice pleasant floral smell. Like ARKO, Derby is made in Turkey. I have found that Derby is a much softer soap than ARKO. Derby also has both a shave stick and soap in a cardboard indestructible bowl.
I usually purchase the soap and not the stick. It works out better. I can get 3 – 4 months usage out of the soap.
Derby lathers up a storm. It is pretty slick. Great protection. Easy to use. Calming scent. I love Turkey, they make great shave soap.
Not being too precise, so don’t hold me to it, I figure that the Derby Soap costs about $0.025 a shave.
I shave with all 3. I get great shaves with each. They all lather as well as anything else, and they all cost no more than $0.03 a shave!
But when I want to splurge and go all out, I pull out the BIG GUNS. It is a bit more expensive and will add about $0.50 a month to my shave bill, but hey I am worth it!
My Absolute Favorite! – Nivea Shave Cream.
At $3.50 a tube (or less) I get about 10 weeks of great shaves out of this superb shave cream.At $0.058 a shave, it does stretch the budget just a bit, but it is certainly worth it.
This has got to be one of the easiest to lather shaving creams you can find; it only needs a small amount of water to explode into a wonderfully thick, creamy and dense lather.
Just a small dab of product the size of an almond is all it takes to make enough lather for three passes. It is absolutely effortless to lather and even the most novice of wet shavers will have no problems with this one.
Even though Nivea is one of the most popular and widely used shaving creams in Europe – you can find it at any grocery or drug store – it’s not that popular in the USA. And that’s a real shame as it really is a great product! I find it as good as Proraso, at one third the cost!
Nivea Shave Cream is a fantastic value for money, and offers excellent performance for close and comfortable shaves. It is also recommended for sensitive skin.
It is the only shave cream I put on the list, and after trying many shave creams at different price points, I can honestly say, Nivea Shave Cream is equal to, or superior to most!
Honorable inexpensive mentions.
Wilkinson Soap in a Bowl. Palmolive Shave Cream, and Van Der Hagan Shave Soap.
3. NOW FOR THE BLADES:
All of these blades can be purchased on Amazon or Ebay easily. If you purchase more than a year’s supply of 100 blades, for under $10. Or to look at it another way, they all can shave me for about $0.025 a shave!
I have listed them from favorite, to good but no cigar. Blades are very subjective. But here are some you may want to try.
Almost all of the blades listed are chromium, or platinum coated, with few exceptions.
1 – Shaver Boy (China) – A Delightful Surprise.
This is a Chinese blade that is better than any other blade I have tried. I was looking to purchase 100 Astra blades on eBay and while searching found Shaver Boy. They had sold 80,000 on eBay alone. The revues were spectacular. By the way, eBay is the only place you can get them. Anyway, they had a 5 star (or perhaps 4.5 star review.) It was from 400 people! They also advertised that they had sold 80,000 blades.
So I tried them!
These are amazing blades. They will cost you $7.99 Canadian + $5 Canadian for Shipping. So $12.99 Canadian which currently is about $8.65 USD.
I can get at least 5 shaves with 1 under $0.09 blade.
2 – Gillette Wilkinson Sword (India) – Very good blade.
Sharper than most. Very smooth shave. Every time I recommend these, I get a huge thank-you, and I have never met anybody who doesn’t like them.
They are my usual “go to” blade.
They are about $7.50, usually are delivered free from India, and they always take 3 to 4 weeks to get.
They can also give me about 5 shaves. Not too shabby, eh?
3 – Voskhod – Smooth, Sharp, Plentiful.
(and you can add most blades called Rapira which are also very good. Note: if you are a beginner, stay away from Rapira Super Stainless, a great blade, but VERY sharp!)
In my opinion. and again YMMV as they way, Voskhod is the sharpest and smoothest of the lot.
Many people love Astra SP and would put it on par with Voskhods. I personally have tried to like Astra SP blades but….. YMMV (your mileage may vary….)
Voskhod is coated with Teflon which helps balance out the sharpness of the blade. They give me a very smooth shave and are a cinch to shave with.
4 – Dorco Prime (ST-302) – Ouch!
This blade is super thin and by far the sharpest blade of the lot! I use it in very mild razors with it only. (Merker 23C, Merkur 34C, Edwin Jagger 89 series, our JAVA Americano and Espresso. Otherwise I get cut.
If you are new to wet shaving, you may want to look elsewhere. I have found however that a mild razor and a sharp blade in many cases are an unbeatable combination!
The ST-302 (also called DORCO PRIME,) can usually be found at around $8.50 or so for 100 blades. They last me about 4 shaves in a mild razor.
5 – DORCO Regular (ST 301) Yawn! – These blades are pretty gentle, They are kind of the “Chevy” of double edge blades. At least to me.
The Dorco ST-301 is somewhat sharp and somewhat smooth. They are very plentiful, good to shave with, and pretty inexpensive. Dorco also makes the ST-300 blades. These have been discontinued, but are the same as the ST-301, except for the packaging. The ST-300 can be found for six or seven cents online.
The cost? About $0.08 a blade (usually under $10 per hundred.) They last me about 4 shaves. Hey, but I used to own a Chevy. I won’t tell you the year though.
HONORABLE MENTIONS – Shark Chrome (sharp and last), Rockwell (not bad and cheap), Super Max Platinum, and Gillette 7 O’clock (Green).
STAY AWAY FROM – Topaz, most Chinese blades, Laser, 7AM, ZsaZsa, Zorick although the platinum ones are not too bad…) or any blade made in Bangladesh.
AFTER SHAVE CARE:
Shhhhhh! this is also a huge secret. So don’t tell anyone. Promise?
Guess the cat is outta the bag!
I sometimes use an aloe after sun gel. This acts as a shave balm and an after shave lotion. It costs me $1 for a tube that lasts me 100 shaves.
That’s it. I sometimes use an alum stick or block, and sometimes I will use Aqua Velva. That’s it.
Okay let’s review what I pay per shave…..
Pre-shave – $0.02
Shave Soap – $0.03
Razor Blade – $0.025
After Shave Gel – $0.015
Total is $0.09 per shave which is $2.70 a month! I get great, amazing and enjoyable shaves. I hope that you do too.