Wednesday, September 5, 2012

"Shaving Contrarians" vs. "Big Shave"

An interesting article on the "band of contrarians [who] claim that, for all the change in men’s razors, we’ve made no progress" — Shaving debate hasn’t resolved whether doubled-edged safety razor is best. An excerpt:
    The darling of these shaving contrarians is the double-edged safety razor: a handle attached to a metal guard that exposes just the edge of a simple, two-sided blade. Conspiracy theorists say big companies largely abandoned the model, which dominated men’s shaving throughout the early and mid 20th century, when they realized that making five-cent blades wasn’t a growth industry. Anyone could manufacture them at bargain basement prices. So “big shave” developed a patentable product for which it could command a premium without direct competition.
This blogger has been using the same double-edged safety razor, like the one pictured above, for more than two decades now. The day I bought it I was in a drug store with a bearded friend. When I picked it off the shelf and compared it with modern models, he said, "If you want to get in touch with your ancestors, by that one." That was one of the best purchases in of my life.

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