Silly hobby 
Tuesday, 19 February, 2013, 19:04
Posted by Administrator
Shaving can be a hobby.

No, really, hear me out. I know some folks think it's a chore. You have to waste valuable time trimming the excess hair off your face with tools and consumables that are expensive, lest you be perceived as a lumberjack/mountain man/grizzly bear/hobo. Hell, I used to think it was a chore. I hated monitoring that green strip on my Gillette Fusion to make sure it was still green, and I hated throwing the blade out and clicking another one on because, damn, those things are expensive.

Several years ago some guy posted a thread about wet shaving on a forum that I still frequent. I thought "man, how can this possibly be a good thing? That razor has one blade, mine has 5. Obviously mine's better." But the hype kept growing ... so, at the beginning of Movember 2012, I bought myself a small safety razor. I knew nothing about it, other than the vendor calls it a "heavyweight." It's definitely heavy for its size -- you'd expect it to weigh nothing, but here it is, heavier than its larger counterparts in the display case. I read up on the proper procedures and went to work.

Immediately, I noticed a difference. Yes, I had to do more than one pass with this new device, but my face was smooth, and I didn't nick myself more than usual.

As the weeks went by, I started experimenting with blades from other manufacturers. I heard that slant-bar safety razors were more aggressive, but the cut was smoother, so I went and got one of those.

...and, suddenly, I look forward to shaving. I look forward to seeing the difference between a particular manufacturer's blade in a straight-bar versus slant-bar safety razor. I look forward to seeing how many passes (and what types of passes) it takes to clear all the hair off, whether or not my mental map of my face is accurate based on the number of nicks I end up seeing, and then refining my technique to reduce/eliminate them.

So, there it is. I like to shave. How silly is that?
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