The Craftsmanship of the Perfect Shave

Although a perfect shave is possible, the definition of perfect is going to vary from one man to the next. It's important to try out various razors and different products and to take your time. In addition, pre- and post-shaving products are essential when crafting the perfect shave.


Does Your Shave Need a Tune-Up?

Maybe it's something you don't ever think about. You've probably been doing it exactly the same way since adolescence. There is a good chance you're shaving exactly the same way your father, brother, or grandfather taught you.
But is there room for improvement? Maybe. Ask yourself these questions:
  • Is your shave as close as you'd like?
  • Do you nick yourself from time to time?
  • Do you get red bumps or patches of irritation?
Perhaps you're just scraping by with a barely adequate shave as you mindlessly trudge through yet another act of daily drudgery. We suggest you take another look at your shaving routine. But instead of viewing shaving as a chore, think of it as an act of craftsmanship.

Rule 1: Use the Right Tools

Every craftsman knows that using the right tools is infinitely superior to using the almost right tools. Ever try using the wrong screwdriver (for instance, a flat screwdriver when you really needed a Phillips, or maybe a Phillips screwdriver that's just a tad too small)? At best, you'll get the job done, but will have expended much more effort than necessary, or at worst, you may have ruined your project.
The same is true for shaving. Having the right shaving implement is at least half the battle in the quest for the perfect shave.
Now, you're probably waiting for us to tell you what perfect shaving implement you need to buy. Sorry, but it's not that easy. Just like there isn't just one perfect tool for all jobs, there isn't one perfect razor that will work wonderfully for all men. Why? Think of all the different skin types, all the different types and thicknesses of hair, and all the face shapes and structures. Add to that personal preferences (for instance, close shave vs. zero irritation) and other factors such as skin conditions like acne, and you can easily see why what works for your best friend might not be what works for you.
How do you know what will work for you? Unfortunately, it will likely take a bit of trial and error. You may need to try a variety of different razors to find what you like the best. We know, razors can be expensive. But, if you do the math, you'll notice that usually the "starter" pack (which typically includes the razor and one or two blade cartridges) usually isn't much more expensive than the blades cartridges themselves. In actuality, even though a new razor might cost you $10 (give or take), it might really only be costing you a dollar or two more than the cost of just the blades. In that light, a little trial and error looks quite a bit more affordable.
Be sure to think outside the box, too. There is a whole world of shaving tools out there beyond the standard drugstore models. From straight razors to safety razors (and more), there are other options, if you are feeling adventuresome.
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