Shave Like Your Ancestors – Best Way to Save Money on Shaving

All of us know that replaceable razor blades are not cheap these days, mine alone would cost me at least $35.00 every few weeks depending how often I would shave.  Then when I traveled outside of the United States of America, they were even more expensive and most of the time I couldn’t find the right ones to fit my razor.  Of course I could have always bought the disposable razors along the way, but it was bothersome after a while and the money started to add up.  Wanting to rid myself of the financial enslavement from the conventional razor companies, I started looking into getting back to what I like to call the “grandpa days” of shaving.  Not only would it keep a few more dollars in my pocket, I believe it is a necessary skill to learn and prepare me for any given situation that may arise in the future.

I bought my first starter kit from Amazon and it came with everything I needed.  I was excited to try it out. Before blindly mutilating my face, I watched a few instructional videos online and first practiced a little bit on my thigh to make sure I got the angle of the blade correct.  It was like taking an armor piercing sword and slicing through a whole pineapple in one swipe. With little to no effort I could literally shave the entire length of my leg with one stroke, if I wanted to.  It was actually a little intimidating at first, but I eventually worked up enough courage to attempt it on my face.  I had no problems with the sides, but the most heart wrenching moment was when it was time to do my neck.  As I stood there looking in the mirror with the blade to my throat, I was thinking to myself every worst thing you can imagine, and to make matters even worse, I was alone in the house.  So, if anything did go wrong I wouldn’t have anybody there to help me.  Taking every stroke into careful consideration, I persevered through the fear and I successfully completed my first straight razor shave.  Of course I looked like I lost a fight with a cat, but I have never had such a baby soft shaven face in my life.  I was hooked and I knew the more I practiced, the better and faster my shaves would be.

Shavette Option

After continual use and starting to get more efficient with my straight razor shaves, I felt it was time to invest in an actual razor that was built to last.  Weighing my options and taking the time to research different razors that would fit my needs best, I decided to go with the Dovo Shavette Razor. This little Razor is lightweight, easy to clean and never needs to be sharpened because it uses disposable blades.  It only cost me around $35 off amazon and then I bought an additional 100 blades for $6.00.  Now, as I stated earlier that I don’t like the constant hassle of having to buy replacement blades, but comparing this to my safety razor, I saved a huge chunk of change.
The disposable blades for my safety razor are selling on Amazon at $2.25 per blade and if we multiply that by 100, the amount comes to $225 for 100 blades.  Now the disposable razors for my shavette were only $6.00 for 100 blades on Amazon.
Straight Razor Savings
I saved an amazing $219 just on the blades alone and even if we factor in the cost of my shavette, I still saved a huge amount of money, which was shocking.

Straight Razor Option

Another alternative is going with an actual straight razor because you wouldn’t ever have to buy another razor or any type of blades again in your lifetime.  However, the startup costs are not always cheap if you are looking for a quality razor and you will have to purchase a strop to go with it.  The only reason I didn’t go with this option was because I didn’t have the financial flexibility at the time.  I actually prefer this option, but either way you’re going to save big money switching over from safety razors.

Electric Razors

What about electric razors?  The biggest problem is, you will not be able to use them in countries that run higher than 110/120 electricity unless the razor is specifically designed for travel.   Electric RazorIf you don’t plan on traveling with it, then it won’t matter, but you will still have to occasionally buy replacement blades, which again can be very expensive.  You will also never achieve the same amazingly smooth shave as you would with a straight razor.
For further details on traveling with electronic equipment, please refer to my post “Best 10 International Tips and Tricks.”

One Negative

Travel LuggageGetting back to the roots of shaving and being a faithful supporter of the straight razor shaving method, I have found one negative when it comes to your straight razor.  You cannot pack it in your carry-on suitcase when traveling by plane.  It has to go in a checked bag and if you don’t have one, you will not be able to bring it on your trip.  In the event of that one exception, a safety razor would be your only option at that time.

I like to recommend and share this style of shaving to everyone within my circle of family and friends because I have benefited from it in so many different ways.  If you’ve never tried shaving like this or never even thought about it, I challenge you today to mix-up your daily routine, tap into your adventurous side and see if you have what it takes to shave like your ancestors.  You might be surprised and I can assure you that you won’t be disappointed.

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