M3: a requiem
So, last night I was cleaning up a little and happened to find an old M3 that had been given to me quite some time ago (before this “classic wetshaving” obsession began) but had not been used. My first thought was to toss it in the trash (where the last M3 I owned went), but I then decided to give it a try – just to see how it would perform now that my technique has improved so markedly. I thought that this mornings shave would be especially suitable, since it was barely 12 hours since I last shaved (late shave on Sunday); you know, I didn’t want to expect too much from the M3. I tried to shave as if everything was normal… I had a nice shower, washed my face, and whipped up a beautiful lather with my newly acquired Taylor’s Avocado (what a heavenly cream!).
To say that I was disappointed with the resulting shave would be an understatement of mammoth proportions. Even with only about 12 hours of growth the M3 couldn’t give me a shave nearly as close and comfortable as my HD regularly delivers (I even used the same number and direction of passes to try to ensure that the M3 was being given a fair trial – actually, I guess that it should have been 3X better, right?). In addition to giving me a notably inferior shave, I found the handle to be too unsubstantial (it doesn’t weigh anything) and the pivoting cartridge drove me to distraction (how can I get the correct blade angle if the damned blades keep moving like that?).
Before I had finished the first pass of this shave I had committed myself to disposing of the ungodly razor as quickly as was possible… I have now done so. To all the cartridge razors in my past (those I have loathed and those I simply disliked) I bid you a fond farewell (fond only because I know that I’ll never have to deal with the likes of them ever again).
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