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The joys of shaving with a straight razor

A couple of weeks ago I bought myself a new razor, a Bluebeards revenge cut-throat shavette. I didn’t know this either, but a straight razor is a proper blade while a shavette is a straight razor shaped holder for single-use razor blades. But after you put the razor blade in place, it looks, feels and operates exactly like a straight razor, so that’s what I’ll call it.

bluebeards-revenge-shavette-razorI have to admit that I bought this brand partly because of the Jolly Roger. It just looks cool. As you can see, they go for the overly manly manliness kinda thing, but if you look closer it’s more like a joke on itself. But other than that, I did some online research and I concluded this one was pretty good as the handle has a nice balance, something I can confirm.
Now if you have a beard like mine it’s pretty much hell to shave: thick, fast-growing and a  supersensitive skin underneath. I’ve always hated shaving, but at the same time I don’t wanna grow one of them huge hipster beards either. Every time I shaved my skin was red and irritated for a couple of days, enough for a good amount of stubble to grow back, so there didn’t seem to be much point.
Until now, that is. It takes a bit of practice, the technique is pretty hard, but once you got it down, it’s marvellous. It’s comfy, smooth, and completely irritation free. The trick is that you can choose your own angle and pressure. Any youtube video will tell you 30 degrees is the goldilocks zone, but that zone is fairly big. As for the pressure, it seems you only get a smoother shave with less pressure. So after the first couple of times (you will bleed and the bleeding won’t stop), learning the harder parts like the chin and upper lip, it’s nothing short of a joy.

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