After a week of using three razors instead of one I feel ready to make some quick observations of my experience. As I wrote in this post, my first shave went well. Using a different razor for each pass resulted in a close, comfortable shave, but most importantly irritation free. That first shave was performed on two days growth, so I was curious and a bit concerned as to how subsequent shaves were going to go, specifically using my Merkur 37C slant razor on a single days growth; a razor I generally reserve for days of two or more days worth of hair growth.
I’m happy to report that using the 37C, at least for a single pass did very little in the way of creating any irritation or pain. The same can be said for using my Edwin Jagger 89lbl for the second, and my Gillette travel tech for my third pass. Just for the hell of it on my final shave of the week I switched razors around and used my Bakelite Slant for my first pass, my Merkur 1904 Classic for my second, and my Wilkinson Sword razor for my final pass and achieved similar results.
I shaved five times this week each with a days growth except for the first shave and never once felt that I received a poor or irritating shave using the three razor method. But I tend to achieve the same results using a single razor, with the exception of perhaps my slant razors which I don’t really use day to day. Those who may benefit most from this method are those with sensitive skin, me not being one of them. What I liked most about this approach is that it allows me to use more of my razors. I have more than a few razors and this method makes for extra justification in my razor collection.
I picked up a puck of Edwin Jagger’s Sea Buckthorn Shave Soap the other day. I ordered a book online and needed to spend a few more dollars for free shipping, so I thought “what the hell – what’s another bar of soap?” I haven’t used any Edwin Jagger soaps prior to this one;I love my Edwin Jagger Razor and I was hoping for the same love to be present with their soap.
My first issue was determining what exactly Sea Buckthorn was. If you are unsure see the picture on the right. If you are interested here is the Wikipedia link. Either way it left me unsure as to what it was meant to smell like. I would have to describe it as pleasant and a bit sweet. To be honest it was a completely new scent to me so comparing it to something else is a bit difficult. The scent remained subtle when built into lather.
As for the lather the Edwin Jagger Sea Buckthorn produced a lovely lather, that was easy to build, provided a nice surface for my razors (day two of the three razor shave), face felt great with no irritation of dryness. I used both my badger brush and boar hair brush with the soap and had better results using my firmer boar hair.
I was really pleased with the Sea Buckthorn soap. It proved a justifiable purchase and addition to the shave soap rotation. As a side note I believe that Edwin Jagger and Muhle share the same soap, it is simply branded differently – so if it ever came up trying both to find a difference may be redundant.
Edwin Jagger 89lbl
Gillette Travel Tech
Omega Boar Brush
A while back I came across this blog post that suggested that using three separate razors when shaving will provide you with the ultimate shave. The idea being that each razor that is used has a specific purpose – much like how a woodworker would not use 60 grit paper to finish a piece of furniture – a wet shaver shouldn’t use an aggressive razor for a final pass. Makes sense. In theory anyways. So I have decided to use the three razor method this week to see if it is the way forward for me; hopefully updating posts on a daily basis as to how that particular days shave went.
For my shave I decided to use, from aggressive to mild, my Merkur 37C slant razor, my Edwin Jagger 89lbl, and my Gillette Travel Tech. For shave cream I will be using my trusty tub of TOBS Avocado. I had two days worth of growth so my razor of choice on a normal day would have been the 37C anyways so made sense to start with that. Loaded with an Astra blade the 37C did a fine job of chopping down the whiskers, leaving my face, at least to the eye, nicely shaved but clearly with some work to do.
My second pass is where the three razor method begins to make some sense. Why would I use my most aggressive razor – a razor I only use when I have multiple days worth of growth – for my second pass when the hair on my face is equivalent of, if not less than a days growth? I lathered again, and with an Astra blade in my 89lbl went to work – debated whether all the passes should be with the grain – then decided to keep the rest of the routine the same and went across the grain as I would have otherwise. The result after my second pass was irritation free, and a face that was nearly rid of all hair except where I normally require a bit more attention (along my jawline, specifically on the left side of my face). Do I normally feel different or have a different result after a couple of passes? Not really.
Pass number three was against the grain, using my Gillette travel tech, which was once again loaded with an Astra blade. Once again the result were quite nice, a really close shave maybe a 9.5/10 (always room for improvement) I would say that I would rate most of my shaves between an 8 to 9.5 so this method may end up being more about skin irritation than closeness of shave. I like to use my Alum stick as a gauge to how poor or rough a shave was on my face, and I will have to say that it was on the low end of the scale – very little stinging from the alum.
After one shave using the three razor method I will have to say that overall the experience was more interesting than life changing. However, I may see a benefit for those who have sensitive skin – I do not. I will have to point out that I generally have better all around shaves with multiple days growth, so tomorrow’s shave will provide a different perspective. Of course if you only own one razor this experiment and article is meaningless – and based on this single experience, I’m not sure anyone should be running out purchasing additional razors just yet.