Josh here in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. Well, I don't know if anyone ever told ya'll this but up at this elevation shaving takes a little bit longer, as do most things, on account of we're not in much of a hurry to do anything. So I was very attracted to the idea of an old-fashioned safety razor shave with some nice warm lather. My old man used to say that a face full of shaving soap lather was the best a man was going to feel all day. My life has been a little too fast paced for a little too long to take heed to much of what he said, but nowadays his wisdom trickles back to me in spurts and sinks in. Truthfully, I'm very interested in learning to do anything that doesn't require batteries or cartridges or fuel, because all those things just add up to get a man poor and keep him there, not to mention hauling all that garbage out every week is about as unpleasant a chore as I can imagine. Naturally then, I was interested in wet shaving.
Here is my Gillette Super Speed TTO I picked up on a well-known auction site for around $20 with shipping. There was a little bit of gunk under the head when it arrived this morning, but the mechanism worked flawlessly. A few alternate soakings in Kaboom shower/tub cleaner and warm soapy water, and a couple sessions with a toothbrush got it cleaned up real nice.
I rinsed it real good and let it dry out, and then this afternoon I took the plunge and had my first shave. I did not shower beforehand, so my face was dry before lathering, but that only made the results I got that much more impressive. I used a Derby blade I got as part of a sampler pack, a cheap boar hair brush purchased from the big box store, and some Williams Shave Soap from the grocery store. I've been using the brush and soap for about a week with my regular multi-blade razor and I enjoy it, although from my research it seems like Williams' lather is not as rich as some others. The first shave was simple awe-some in a very literal sense. The last time my face was this smooth my mama still had to drive me to school. I got brave and did four passes: one with, two across, and one against the grain. There is a little bit of irritation on my neck which I attribute to this being my first time and not having showered before-hand. It's nothing worse than what I would normally get with my multi-blade cartridge razor.
So, I'm hooked! My old lady was so impressed she even wants her own wet shave razor now!