Only the Internet can lead people to talk about their shaves, and come up with terms to describe them :) . But I do believe the quest for very, very close shaves (which is how I define BBS) is new, and a product of forums like this. I started shaving with a DE, in the early 80's, and I never did more than a two pass shave, and that was with a very mild razor. I certainly felt stubble ATG, but I never thought to really shoot for anything much smoother. Yeah, I had five o'clock shadow, but that was just the way it was. I suspect most shaved the same way, but who knows. This forum probably self selects for those looking for better than average shaves (and turns them into BBS craving lunatics like myself).
James - 2011 R41 w/Ikon Handle, Feather, Arko (face lather), TGN Super Silvertip brush, Alum Block, Witch Hazel, Gillette Sun-Up AS
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