So-called “advances” in razor science have made buying replacement cartridges both complicated and costly. Instead of stacking your blades, we say opt for a single stubble-buster that’s double-sided: the dad- and grandpa-approved safety razor. It’s an affordable option—replacement blades are about 10 cents apiece—that cuts as close as the competition. Here, Garrett Pike, lead barber at Persons of Interest in Brooklyn, teaches us how to wield one properly.

You can see Garrett for a shave and haircut at Persons of Interest in Brooklyn.

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