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Last Edited by NeoSlick
October 7, 2019
1. DE or Double edge SAFETY razor blade and razor/holder is the best kind of wet shaving. It doesn't mean you can't also use a mix or other ways or grow a beard. DE is NOT a straight razor unguarded shaving! And DE is not grandpa shaving; just because it's not new. All this stuff is a known/unchanging standard and better (time per resuluts) shaving way; just not known by most.
2, Your face does have to acclimate, you have to add to SOME new muscle memory and the point is not instant. Once you realize a fear of DE shaving is silly; new users tend to then get over confident, a little nick, and swear the thing is the devil. Assuming you're are not disabled related to shaving or crazy then all this is a very small thing; that requires a small amount of maturity and patience. My advice is don't go your own way and follow (do see Internet vids) know directions/methods for a few short days. DO NOT experiment here.
3. There's numerous "tools" (creams, blades, holders, brushes and ZERO reason to buy any one of the expensive versions. This stuff is the slick deal and can NOT be beat) So there you can experiment. Not with the actual shaving strokes. SIMPLY angle the DE razor out/up, in the direction where it shave LESS close (within the SAFETY GUARD closeness level gap) for a very patient week or so. The whole point of this is UNBELIEVABLY closer shaves (even on old tough stubble) are possible (due to much less friction than overpriced acne causing cartridges and across the face by closeness levels; from YOUR angle in the range/gap). Very custom, better. HOWEVER; NOT during your first acclimation (week? month?) to shaving this close.
4. So; it you are not willing to shave less close, for a week or so then forget it. You will never get to unfathomable close.
5. Never shave for the available, baby smooth closeness; even after your skin gets used to it. ALWAYS shave for absolutely zero nick or even weepers or even any lasting redness. The point being: You have to let the crazy closeness happen, in it's own time; with YOUR perfect and always improving technique. You will naturally learn minor shaving angle differences; such how to go over tough tiny areas with one side of the blade and to shave rounded areas in sections with a flat blade and LIGHTER buffing stokes closer each one. So while you control the angle of depth (maybe closer on your chin and not so close; but visually clean on any neck areas that would break out with razor bumps).
6. People are different and age matters. However DE is CUSTOM. A new preteen shaver can get a tight/mild less deep holder gap (and other angles) and a dull (but smooth) Derby blade and be absolutely thrilled. You can even set up for the stubble look; with less acne this way. However the old grey, dense copper wire like beard stubble could get a huge gap (less safety so only after practice) and the sharpest Feather blade and be blown away with levels of clean shave (sometimes) the never could even dream were possible.
7. If pressed for time then you can shave faster with much DEEPER RESULTS FOR YOUR LESS TIME. For example: NOT close but looks perfect shaved; before the busy work day. And you can start on your days off. Or with 5 more minutes (after practice technique) otherwise so crazy close, that you only need shave every other day! Yes even tough ones. Of course; also the Goldilocks 'middle of the road' setups too. 30 somethings generally.
8. Some things are (way) different for people and somethings are not. DE fits whoever. Customization. More choices (blade sharpness and razor/holder range dept of cut), numerous styles $2 and up.
There's no way to be a slicker shaving deal than DE blades. The holder cost is insignificant; because you can get one for $2 you use you entire lifetime and pass to your kids and grand-kids for theirs.
Everyone should START with mild; and old tough guys will have to plan on getting a more aggressive (wider deeper cutting gap mainly) AFTER an acclimation period. Else you start pushing to hard to get closer. DO NOT SHAVE HARDER; SHAVE MUCH MORE LIGHTLY than cartridges require (very bad and make the bad habit). Rather and instead: Adjust your holder gap closeness and also blade sharpness, post acclimation.
You can find a bunch of stuff I wrote here on slick-deals such and product recommendations. Mainly there's no reason to buy any expensive parts.
Remember face washing is a necessity anyway. So for the times you want smooth shaven (and DE blades are not for privates; that 's not the shaving I'm writing about. I mean face or legs.) Then you might as well use a synthetic (due to low cost and maintenance alone) shaving brush and so 'kill two bird with one stone'. A brush is better and yet optional for any kind of shaving. So technically not DE specific.
And get a good shave cream. It can be CHEAPER than using non-shave specific soaps. A good one gives slickness, cushion, and staying power to stop redness. As well as cleaning and hydration retention etc...
After shave NON-ALCOHOL lotion matched to you is recommended.
Putting up your rinsed razor blade (4 to 7 shaves each double side blade) with a quick squirt of alcohol along the blade stop rust and keep the sharpness.
Yes you can shave (good) for months with one blade; but that's wrong. Because it ever so slowly encourages you to push to harder and harder and not shave with almost zero friction. And the blades are 7 cents. Come on. You could change it every single day; if you wish.
There is no reason for my to lie about my tests of now going back and giving the best cartridges a FAIR try. There's no freaking way I'd go back to just carts now. I'm like; did I actually use these???? We just can't know until we know. Ya know?
Get a blade sampler. They are that different and you have to try them. Change only one thing at a time and AFTER acclimation. Simply shave after shower (heat hydration for softer stubble). This will vary you optimal post acclimation custom setup choice. Effectively allowing zero errors. If you get ANY errors then please remember, You did something wrong. Don't tolerate ANY kind of even minor error. Such as you likely had with carts.
Way easier to just do than to write about. But with DE you CAN NOT wing it. And I hope I gave you all you need to know FIRST. Technique is king. YOURS.