July 14, 2010
Old Fasioned Safety Razor
My next adventure in shaving involved an Old Fashioned Gillette safety razor using a Wilkinson Sword Blade.
I must say shaving with this type of razor is very different than the usual razors that I am used to. I was impressed with the very first shave or at least part of it.
It shaved the sides of my face (cheeks) very close and smooth. The rest of the areas of my face were not so good. I tired various angles and directions, but none seemed to help very much. I was constantly cutting my face.
I think the problem was more the razor than the blade. The head was too big and it didn't seem to want to get into all those tight spots and groves without hacking away chunks of my skin.
Needless to say it wasn't a fun experience, so after 7 days of that I had to move on. It was like torture.
The blades are about $5 for 10. The razor was given to me, but from what I can tell it is about a 1930's model that currently sells for about $25.
The razor also had an "old metal" smell that I didn't particularly like.
So my grade is: 50% - it just couldn't pass my rigorous testing methods.
Up next is a Schick Injector razor - SPOILER - after only 3 days it doesn't look good either.