Ask Aaron Q/A: A Shavette vs Double Edge Safety Razor

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Aaron is asked a question about the merits of using a shavette razor and a double edge safety razor

Mike Bullingham, from the UK, asks:

“Hi, I have been wet shaving all my life. Ranging from once to every three to four days, to once a month. I only shave very irregular due to the soreness after a shave. I have decided to try a shavette and blades. Will this help? Or am I best with a double edged safety razor. For my shave I currently use BIC sensitive single blade razors. My beard is very coarse! Many thanks Mike.”


“Mr. Bullingham,
Let’s definitely help you get those shaves more comfortable. There should be little to no discomfort from your shaves. I’m sorry to hear this has been an issue. In my opinion, starting with a double edge razor will be your best bet. The Bluebeards Revenge ‘Scimitar’, Merkur 34c, Parker 91, or similar razors should do well for you.

I also recommend getting a blade sample pack to see which works best for you. Since your beard is coarse sharper blades such as Feathers may be the best bet. Before shaving, help your beard be as soft and prepped as possible with a good hot shower or hot towel. This will soften the hard keratin coating making them easier to cut. Also, let’s make sure you are using good quality products for the lather. A good quality badger brush and good cream or soap from Bluebeard’s, Taylor of Old Bond Street, Proraso, and other name brand products are a great place to start.

To finish your shave use an aftershave balm to nourish, calm, and heal the skin. Proraso, Bluebeard’s, Musgo Real, Taylor’s and many others have such balms. I hope this helps you, and please write if you have any more questions!

Happy Shaving!


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