A little background. I’ve been a wet shaver mostly since I started shaving at 17 in the fall of ’89. Shaved with some disposables at first and then, as luck would have it, the Gillette Sensor came out in early 1990. Used that for a few years….moved to the Sensor Excel when it came out and then have been a Mach 3 man since its debut in 1998. I also dabbled with a Remington micro screen during the 90’s as well.
In ’99 I began doing the shaving cream/brush thing….trying different soaps/creams till I settled upon the cream from “The Body Shop.”
Last year stumbled upon this blog and the videos from Mantic, Geofatboy et al and decided to give DE shaving a try with a Merkur HD. Bloodbath resulted and gave up. Of course, the lure of DE shaving, once it takes hold, is hard to resist.
More research, more youtube watching…more purchases of razors (Edwin Jagger DE89L, various ebay Gillette Super Speeds from the late 50’s, creams, razor sampler packs etc…).
In my attempt to get close to a BSS, I’ve had the typical razor burn/nicks/weepers etc and have had an on again/off again DE experience over the past month or so.
Finally, had an epiphany, forget about getting a BSS at this point….hell forget about getting a DFS. Just go with an acceptable look. Thus, until I can really learn blade angle/pressure/lathering etc….I’m going to just do WTG shaves…..i.e north to south.
I have found that with a DE I can do a couple of passes of WTG and get rid of visible hairs from everything above the jaw line. Below is a different matter but even then the hairs are really hard to see unless you are inches from my face….which I would hope my office co-workers are never are!
So here’s the secret to being satisfied with this level of shaving: Don’t touch your face. I found if, after my shave and during the day I rub my face, especially against the grain I will notice I don’t have a close shave. That’s it. MY hands will notice it, my eyes won’t and neither will anyone else….unless they rub my face ATG….which they won’t be doing if I can help it.
So the way I figure it, if I can forget about touching my face and just concentrate on WTG techniques over the next month or two, my DE shaving skills will improve and old cartridge habits will die off. Only then, perhaps this Fall, will I attempt to trying shaving across the grain. If that works out then I’ll trying shaving AGAINST the grain in 2013.
I’m 39 now and hope to be shaving for at least the next 40 years or so I figure I’ve got enough time to be patient and learn how to do this right.