I don’t know what everyone else is going with their tax returns but J. and I decided to save most of it and use the rest to improve our lifestyle and how it affects the earth. Our first step was to purchase new non-plastic razors and we even managed to survive our first shaves.
I (N.) purchased a “vintage style” safety razor and a pack of ten stainless steel double edged blades to start. Apparently I can buy them in bulk on Ebay. I was incredibly leery of using this razor since I’ve been known to nick myself with a regular plastic multi-blade razor. I didn’t make quite the bloody mess that I was expecting (I had a first aid kit handy) but I did manage to nick myself five times, one of which did require a bandaid. I researched tips and tricks beforehand so I made sure to use short LIGHT strokes, being extra extra careful around the knees etc. Overall, the shave was smoother then I am used to and my legs feel nice. I’m certain that with practice I will have a blood free shave. In the meantime we are keeping the first aid kit handy :).
A straight razor is not something for use by the faint of heart. I’m not going to give any advice on the actual use of a straight razor, as I don’t feel competent enough in that regard. I would seriously recommend some professional guidance (i.e. a master barber), and have that professional show you how to use it correctly.
Now, having said that, I would recommend using a straight razor as it is the closest shave I’ve had. It’s not easy or even terribly comfortable at first, but it is very smooth. And, if you only purchased one razor every five to seven years, I’d say that its really an economical choice, not to mention a lost art.