Rory wants to be better cleanshaven
August 19, 2010 3:59 PM Subscribe
Straight razor vs. safety?
posted by Rory Marinich to clothing, beauty, & fashion (28 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
Right now I'm using crappy orange plastic razors because my Gilette broke. And I figure, hey, why not use this opportunity to learn how to shave better? And I've been reading though Ask MetaFilter, but nobody seems to have asked this before.
I love the idea of shaving straight. I'd like not having to buy constant new razor blades to insert into a safety razor. I also kind of enjoy the thought of having a single good blade that I don't have to constantly replace. But I'm really worried about slashing my face up. I've got steady hands, I'm a quick learner, I'm patient, but it seems like a lot of people warn about cutting yourself severely while shaving the first bunch of times.
So I'd like to hear what proponents of each razor type have to say. What're the best reasons to get either? What are the things to be careful of, speaking to a guy who's got no experience shaving any way other than crappy? Which one is more enjoyable? Which one gives a better shave? Or are the two so similar that it really doesn't matter either way?