Ask Aaron Q/A: Styptic pencils: What are they & how best to use them

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Aaron is asked a question about styptic pencils and the best way to use them

Mike Black, from the UK, asks:

“Having ditching expensive multi-blade disposable razors in favour of a Muhle R89 Double Edged Razor, I found that I managed to nick myself a few times whilst getting used to it. So when I recently bought my son-in-law the same razor I ordered styptic pencils for us both as well, the question is, how do you use these lipstick like devices? Do you wet them, or rub them directly onto the cut or something else? Having bought this for him I feel a bit daft not knowing how to use it. As there are no instructions on the item, your help and advise would be appreciated.”

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The styptic pencil will help stop the flow of blood from shaving cuts.


“Mr. Black,

Using a styptic pencil thankfully is a pretty easy process. I would barely wet the end and then rub the cut area with it until the blood flow stops. The flow should stop pretty quickly, but depending on the severity of the cut you might have to visit it a time or two to make sure it’s properly clotted. Hopefully as you learn quickly you won’t need them! Cheers, and welcome to wet shaving!

Happy Shaving,


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