I purchased the HD from Cheasapeake and got an open comb so I sent it back. I couldn't find ajother good deal on a HD so I bought Merkur's travel razor. The handle is basically the same length as the classic, but it's pretty light - certainly not as balanced as the HD. Anyway...I've been shaving with the travel DE for the last few days. My first few times weren't that great and yesterday's shave was actually bad. Today, I got up 45 mins early, took my time with the prep, and spent 20 mins shaving. I got a good shave - not fantastic, but good.
So here's the problem: I don't have the time to spend 20 minutes shaving. I have a goatee so that's 20 minutes skipping some of the hardest parts. Overseas where we are even more strapped for time, I shave my goatee, so I assume it will take even longer. I'm certainly committed to wet-shaving, but I don't know if I can do the DE thing. Combined with the time shaving, I'm not sure that I have 2 months to learn to do it properly. We're missionaries, so we travel almost constantly. We are in different peoples homes nearly every weekend. I don't think people will appreciate it if I spend 45 minutes in their bathroom.
My main motivation has been disgust at the price of cartridges, and now that I'm into wetshaving I love the relaxation and the ritual of it. The DE may not be for me, but I have a few questions before I bail:
- How much do you think that the travel razor (vs. the HD) is affecting my experience?
- How long does a typical (3-4 pass) experienced DE shave take ?
- How long should it take to learn proper DE technique (is 2 mos. a good estimate)?