My wife jokes that when we were first dating and first married she could tell the day of the week by my beard, I’d shave on Sunday for church and then grew it through the week. While she has been nothing but supportive of this bizarre shaving endeavor, she has at times expressed an interest in me growing something again. For the Christmas vacation I decided to give her what she wanted and on the 19th the beard began its return.
But that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped shaving completely, and for the last two weeks I’ve been working to keep my face from being an uncultivated wild. For the first week or so, due to us traveling for the holidays, I pulled out the Dollar Shave Club razor they sent me a couple months back.
It was terrible, and here’s why:
When I was a kid my dad wisely made me mow the lawn on Saturday. He also wanted me to edge the lawn, but I would usually just go over it with the mower and figure it was good (eventually we worked out a compromise where I would mow and he would edge).
Trying to use the DSC razor to fine trim a beard was like trying to use the mower to edge the lawn, it’s just not the right tool for the job. The razor is great and cutting down lots of hair quickly and without hassle, much like a lawn mower. But the cartridge head is large, the razor is bulky for anything other than simple passes, and the cutting edge is shrouded for safety’s sake so it is hard to see exactly where the shaving begins and ends.
Once we got back I switched to my DE razor, loaded with a Wilkinson Sword blade (which I thought would be good enough, but not so nice that I dislike using it for so small a job). Much, much better. I can see the razor so I can fine tune exactly what is getting shaved, it’s easier to maneuver, and since it shaves closer the line is more defined. Excellent.
As I’ve watched the beard grow slowly back in, and as I find myself increasingly anticipating shaving it off, I’ve taken the time to reflect: in the last year I’ve tried six shaving creams, three aftershaves, three razors, and a dozen different razor blades. I’ve liked most of them to some degree, disliked a few, and really enjoyed a small handful. My top three favorite blades have been Feather, Gillette Silver Blue, and Treet Dura-Sharp, and it’s a close call between them for who’s in first. So close in fact that I really can’t say, I’ll have to put them head-to-head.
With the new year having arrived I find myself wondering what the future holds. I don’t know that this time next year I’ll still be writing about shaving, but then again, I wouldn’t have thought a year ago I would now have written over a hundred pages on the subject.
We shall see what happens. In the mean while, I’ll keep shaving.