The day came my package arrived with my new shaver. But its not just a shaver. Preparation is vital to a shaving experience. I’m using a Rooney badger Silvertip brush and Col. Conk soap. I find the soap is key. It makes your skin slick unlike shaving cream I’ve used before. Once you have a lather you apply as needed. The brush is the only one I have used so I don’t have any comparison. Only that the brush works very well. I was impressed with the shaver itself. Not just good looking but feels in your hand very comfortable. I was surprised how easy it seem using this shaver. Oh I mean Rooney safety razor with a ebony finish. Looking at the shape where the blade is secured you can see it bends. The contour of the top combined with the blade at an angle makes it very easy to shave. Another thing to remember before and during shaving I use slightly warm water to warm up the blade. To me using a safety razor is as easy as a Gillette Mack 3 and took about the same time.
So you might be thinking whats the point. Some friends think I spent too much money and don’t get it. I don’t have the numbers but after the initial cost, ah well just under $200.00 Now the blades like Feather that I bought cost $5.99 for ten. You can buy a case and save a little more. A new Gillette cartridge of five refills cost almost $20 dollars. Before I used Edge shaving gel about $5.99 I think. Col. Conk soap about $3.29 it looks like it will last a lot longer than the shaving gel. Been using this soap since December just before Christmas. Before I never gave it much thought buy for less and move on. I belief over time say a year I will spend less but not a huge amount but every bit counts. The value is huge considering I look forward to the next shave. Never thought that before. I look forward trying different soaps and after shaves in the near future. The Rooney shaver at $69.99 was an excellent buy very happy with it. There are more expensive shavers out there but I doubt the shaving experience would be any better. Some shavers were less money but I can’t say. My feeling about vintagebladesllc.com is that their products are all of quality and its a matter of choice.
The actual shaving I’ll try to describe the experience. Men like tools mostly this is no different. Seeing my shaver and brush in the stand is just cool. You get your brush rinsed in warm water then make a lather with soap in a cup. It feels kind of nostalgic maybe from a movie. Applying the lather it’s warm working it in kind of tingles just a little. The shaver in your hand feels very comfortable. It’s a good feeling using such a nice looking shaver. The blade glides very easy against the skin. The brand of blades Feather I noticed are very thin also a factor when shaving. Using warm water to rinse off keeps the shaver warm to the touch. Usually shaving the first pass I shave down with the air. I lather a second time shaving sideways or on the neck I shave up for the final close shave. The whole process was pretty quick. The feeling after shaving feels like a fresh start, bring on the day. Like women bathing mens shaving is a time for yourself. Grooming can be more than a chore. You find yourself a little more confident when your taking care of yourself. The biggest change is myself. Doing the things you love brings satisfaction in the moment. I remember my friends wife asked my advice on refinishing a bookcase. I didn’t want to do it for her. I explained how I would do it. A couple weeks later we spoke she finished it maybe not as easy as she thought. I could tell a certain satisfaction in her being able to do it herself. Once I used my shaver for me at least There was a very little learning curve. I thought this is something I will enjoy every time shaving. I should add I have been using a straight razor first but that’s another post. I hope men discover at least shaving like I have. Who knows what other discoveries are out there if we just wonder and try.
Men shave just about everyday. How many men put any thought as to how and what to shave with? Back in the day as a teen starting to shave I didn’t think much about it. I remember not having much money but didn’t want to make a bad impression and not shave. I would buy a single blade Bic shaver. I can’t recall what shaving cream I would use. I remember using regular soap. Those Bic shavers didn’t feel very good pulling hair sometimes. Back then shaving was the last thing on my mind. Really shaving was a chore needed to be done. Over the years razors advanced with twin blades to current blades. For many years I used a Gillette Mack 3 (three blades). At work most express similar views about shaving. Something of a chore with not much more thought. I mentioned thinking about buying a double edge razor. Guys had stories of some one in their childhood shavings with a safety razor. Seems back when ago a safety razor was the norm. You didn’t have to go to the barber, shave at home and still have a good shave.
Every day life is usually quick and easy. I mean fast food, half off clothes, quick shaving and always on the go. Somewhere along the way fast became the norm. Fast means progress and useful at least thats what we belief. Pretty typical so far but you may know that a small event can set you off to a different direction. It may seem unlikely but read on it just might make sense. From time to time I would smoke a cigar. I thought it was cool being different old school. One day shortly after Christmas at a friends house. He got some cigars as a gift. Lucky for me he was in a generous mood. Smoking the cigar open my eyes to a whole new world. As I got into cigars more, I started to think differently. Caring for cigars requires patience and definitely smoking cigars is time enjoyed not to rush through and off to something else. I started thinking quality of time not how much I can do in a day. This attitude spilled over to other areas in my life. Buying and grinding coffee I belief makes a better cup. There is a down side having coffee at a diner or the like can be very disappointing. I believe food can be good and it doesn’t mean expensive. Of course the company with the meal means a great deal. Another thing I got into was watches. I’m not talking a Rolex to show people look at me. I mean quality staying within your means. My recent watch last year for my birthday was a Nixon watch. Currently I have five very different styles. The thing that ties it all together is a perspective of appreciation.
In comparison lets look at women and their time taking a bath. Now this is my view I didn’t ask any women so this is only one point. We all clean up usually, some people I would questions. A bath is not needed. They say a bath cost more than just taking a shower. Yet woman love to take a bath. Some candles and endless selection of bath soaps and fragrance. I mean there is a whole industry for a bath. Now women are quick to point out how smoking a cigar is a waste of time. Yet a bath takes longer than a shower and it’s not cost effective. Woman love baths because its a pause from everything. A time to relax and re-energize oneself. With this time a person feels better to tackle task that every day brings. Slowing us down to make better decisions. Everybody has that friend that makes life more difficult because they are going a hundred miles a second. One mishap overlapping the next. If you don’t have such a friend that means your that person. Relax I’m not saying be a monk. Just saying we can enjoy life at a pace for you that allows you to see and appreciate your surroundings. If your a busy body thats fine but really you wouldn’t benefit more with some kind of a pause think about it, better yet give it a try. So it’s a touch more than shaving. At least shaving with a different outlook.
Not sure why I thought about shaving with a safety razor. Recalling using my uncle’s razor it seem long ago. He had a double edge safety razor, with a gold finish. Shaving with it there was no real thought about it. There was a small nick I proceeded carefully and finished shaving. Once done the feeling of a close shave was nice. I was intimidated because of the cut and figured too much work. Present day and with a new outlook. The wonderful world of the Internet I read about safety razors. Still on the back of my mind of the past I was reluctant and undecided. Once I was careful I didn’t have any problems and the nick was pretty small. Still thinking about it I made a purchase online. The web site I chose was Vintagebladesllc.com and I have to add they have been very good to buy from. The website has a lot of information. I could hardly wait till I received my package.
To be continued..