Captain Ned wrote:
Oi, you lot are lucky. If I'm on the road (and have to shave every day) that kills a Mach 3 Turbo cart per week. Damn boar bristles sticking outof my face.
I've looked at those safety razors and thought several times about switching. Problem is, there's no "first one free" entrance into that world. It's full buy-in or nothing, and I'd rather try before I buy.
Looks like you can get one plus blades for $20. The only alternative I can think of--which may be important if you don't want to buy from Amazon--is to essentially buy used. I know of at least one person who inherited one from a grandfather.
I can vouch for the Merkur I've had three different ones over the years. My favorite hands down is the Merkur 34c
. You can be a bit more aggressive with it, like against the grain shaves. Normally you'd let the weight of the razor and gravity do the work but sometimes, in some areas, you need to press a bit harder. But if you have a good brush (see below) it helps.
As for blades, honestly it doesn't matter, you only use them two maybe three times and replace them. Just buy the deals, 500 for like 5 bucks.
The brush does make a difference. I like a more stiff brush than a soft one. But stick to anything that's badger hair and you'll be good.
Soaps, are a mixed bag. I stick to all natural ones. Never anything perfumed. My favorite is this
. Its made in the US. And it gives my face a fresh feeling and smells good too.