Classic double-edge (DE) safety razors have just one, extremely sharp blade that glides micrometers above the skin. The shave is simply amazing and without the irritation and stubble that you get from multiple blades.
Unlike multi-blade cartridge razors, safety razors are infinitely customizable: you can easily adjust your hand position and thus the angle of the blade; change to a sharper or gentler brand of blade; or in the case of adjustable razors, the gap between the guard and the blade.
Nicks and cuts? Once you get comfortable, it is similar to a cartridge razor, in our experience, very rare…it is called a safety razor for a reason! Of course there is a learning curve, but after a few shaves you will be fine.
Replacement safety razor blades are cheap, dirt cheap! 100 high-quality Platinum and Teflon coated blades cost between $5 and $30, or $.05 to $.30 cents each. If you change your blade every three shaves, one hundred blades will last about a year.
Save hundreds of dollars a year over regular multi-blade cartridge (such as the Fusion, Mach 3, Quattro, or disposable razors). Seriously. This is big money over time!
In an economy like ours, every last dime counts, and moving to a safety razor can save you and your family significant money. This is technology from the Great Depression – but with 21st century blades.
Double edge blades are incredibly efficient – just a single strip of metal, wrapped in a small piece of waxed paper, and in a small container the size of a matchbox.
Even with the packaging, they have up to 97% less material than disposables.
According to the EPA, two billion disposable razors are landfilled annually.
Wrap used blades tightly in paper and dispose with your household garbage. As household recycling is often hand sorted, please do not recycle to protect workers.Scrap dealers might accept used razor blades, but by driving, the environment might be worse off. Rest assured you are well ahead of the curve.
Learning Curve – Like many new skills, it takes a bit of time to learn to use a Safety Razor. Usually after the first week, it feels like second nature, but there are always new techniques to learn in pursuit of a Baby Bottom Smooth (BBS) shave.
Time – it takes a bit longer to shave with a safety razor than with multi-blade ExtremeMachHydroFusion cartridges. Between lathering and shaving, it can take five to ten minutes. However, these meditative moments are a great way to start
Upfront Cost – While the savings come from the ten-cent replacement blades, your first safety razor and double-edge blades will cost between $20 and $100, with $50 being the sweet spot.
Since 2007, RetroRazor has made choosing a safety razor kit simple. With thousands of combinations of razor, blade, brush and soap, it is easy to be overwhelmed, but we are here to help you find the best value in old-school shaving for your budget.
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While water is an essential element to Wet Shaving, filling your sink with a bit of hot water is better than running the tap, or shaving in the shower.
Using a large bowl as a basin can further reduce the amount of water used , rather than filling a cold sink.
We installed a hot water circulating pump, and while it likely uses a bit more energy, we save in cold water running down the drain.
Ramshackle Solid featured a post about this awesome WWII-era Razor Sharpener
With many contemporary blades having exotic coatings, I am not sure how the sharpener would affect the performance? But from a consumption angle, this takes the cake. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…
A British ad from 1954 ads some additional perspective….could this be the same sharpener?
I was looking for a holiday gift for the little lady. Jewelry is already a safe gift, and so I was looking for some Retro Jewelry. Rockabilly Jewelry was a fantastic search term, and I ran across this site: Lucky Loo Loo.
Since Rockabilly Girls wear Retro and Rockabilly Clothes, I thought Lucky LooLoo Jewelry was a good choice. They had a pretty great selection of Retro Jewelry, Rockabilly Jewelry, Necklaces, Earrings, Bracelets, Buckles and Accessories. Plus they are based in Portland – love supporting Northwest companies!
King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson highlights the RetroRazor Weishi on KOMO-4 TV
Thanks Tom and Mary for the shout-out!
Here are the other products featured:
Beards have been part of humanity’s hairy history for decades, this tree of beardly bushiness is from Wondermark’s Beard Spotting Guide by David Malki!
Here is an orderable poster
Credit to BoingBoing
“I got this last week and I just LOVE IT! I used to shave twice a week with a 5 bladed razor and had tried 3 and 4 bladed razors in the past and it was a chore…only a little better than having stubble. With the Weishi, it’s a real joy to shave. It took a little getting used to but it was so worth it. After 4 shaves, I had not nicked myself once and my face was baby smooth! Now I look forward to shaving!!!”