I have always loved a good strait razor or safety razor shave whenever I would go to the barber. Just always seemed like I could never get a shave that good with my mach 3 or even trying my brother's Fusion(with a new blade). Keep in mind that I'm 25 yrs old and can grow a full out thick grizzly man beard in just a week, being German and Irish. So my quest for a great shave started a couple months ago. I ordered myself a shaving bowl, brush and soap after doing some research on the art of shaving and found that alot that goes into a great shave is the preshave. The brush helps to stimulate your whiskers and get them to stand up more than your conventional throw away can of shaving cream. I have been just using the soap and brush with my mach3 for the past couple months and have noticed a considerably closer shave than just your boring cream or gels. I'll stop right here and say if you are too scared to go with a safety or strait blade just switch to the soap and brush and you wont be disappointed.
So I started to do some more research looking at getting some type of razor that will do the trick. There is tons and tons out there from strait razors, which there isn't as much variations to, and the safety razors, which have alot more options you can get. With my type of beard I ended up ordering a merkur with the open tooth comb. The open tooth is better for thicker heavier beards but it can also allow you to get a closer shave there being no full safety bar. All I can say is that I am very impressed and will never go back to using my mach3(except for shaving my balls, be damned if i'm going to use a safety razor there) I have no more irritation, no more shaving bumps or razor burn and best of all a face that is once again baby butt smooth. Not to mention that a 10 pack of blades on runs you around 6 bucks I suggest that everyone at least try it.
Here in a couple days when i get around to making it I will have a video for you guys.
There is tons more information out there but if this is something you are looking to making the change I suggest you go to these sites because they have tons more information. Or you can ask me any questions.
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