The Safety Razor
If you want to go old-school, but just can’t envision turning the clock all the way back to the days of straight razor and strop, consider a safety razor. It’s a beautiful tool you can hang on to forever, and using it will cut down on the waste and expense associated with disposable razors.
For the ultimate throwback and money-saver, we suggest getting something pre-owned. A used razor? We’ll explain. As Mr. Chris Calabrese of Calabrese’s Barber Shop in Keyport, New Jersey advises: “Check out old antique stores and flea markets. For a couple of bucks you can get a cool old Gillette or something that works just as good as a brand new Merkur. An overnight soak in one part white vinegar, one part water should loosen up any old, gross bits.” And of course it goes without saying that you’ll want to install a new razor blade.If you’re willing to spend a little more, check out eBay for some awesome vintage finds.
Note: It’s important to keep in mind that switching to a safety razor means relearning how to shave to some degree. You’ll want to hold the blade at an angle, ease up on the pressure, and go with the grain. Most important: Take it slow. You can find some excellent pointers here.