Adios, coarse beard hair. It’s safety razor time.
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To gift yourself with a classic wet shave courtesy of a traditional real 3 piece safety razor as opposed to a cheap, disposable, and janky piece of junk from Dollar Shave Club, Harrys, or Gillette is not only a real man’s man move, it’s a Gallantry Man’s man move.
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WHAT IS A SAFETY RAZOR?
First conceived way back when in 1903, the incredible tool known as the “safety razor” is in fact a 3-piece razor in which the single double-sided blade is kept in place by 2 pieces that are firmly connected to the base of your safety razor.
From its reduced price point (replacement safety razor blades are much cheaper than your typical cartridge, so the lifetime savings are anything but insignificant considering that you’ll be replacing its blade after every single use), to its reliability when it comes to delivering a better, less irritating (less dragging means less of a likelihood that the top layer of your skin will come off), and more consistently close shave (thanks to that sharp blade that is flush against your skin), and, finally, to its ability to make just about any Gallantry Man feel awesome (and then some), the power of the safety razor is quite simply, well, undeniable.
Don’t call it a comeback. For the Gallantry Man, the notion of mastering the fine art of safe, healthy, precise, and attentive shaving with a safety razor never really left.
Your Great Gallantry Man Grandpappy would be proud.
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WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN YOUR SAFETY RAZOR
The best safety razors all contain the same sturdy main ingredients. These include a short handle (as it is more maneuverable, it is also easier to grip), a heavier weight class (when you’re gripping something substantial in your hand, you’re much less likely to cut yourself), a straightforward screw-off or butterfly top (for when you need to swap out your safety razor’s blade), and, finally, either a closed (ideal for the Gallantry Man just starting out with his safety razor) or an open comb (ideal for the Gallantry Man with thicker stubble and more advanced safety razor prowess).
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SHAVING WITH A SAFETY RAZOR: THE STEPS
Now that we’ve established that you’re ready to hit the town like a true Gallantry Man with some brand new safety razors, you’re definitely going to need to know all the steps involved as it pertains to mastering the craft. Having said that, be sure to take your time and be extra patient if you’re just starting out, because ultimately shaving with a safety razor is a lot like life - it’s the journey that counts, not the destination.
STEP 1: INVEST IN A STURDY RAZOR
When it comes to your safety razor, the handle is kind of the end all be all. That’s why you’re going to want to invest in a safety razor with a weighted razor handle, as doing so will give you the right amount of force and balance that you need to execute the perfect shave each time you get to work.
With the right safety razor handle, you’ll be as good as gold.
STEP 2: GET INTO THE GROOVE (I.E. A PROPER BLADE HYGIENE REGIMEN)
As James Clear writes in Atomic Habits (a book that every Gallantry Man should own), “Every action you take is a vote for the person you wish to become”. In other words, every time you replace your old safety blade with a new one (making sure that it’s straight and not crooked each and every time, of course), you’re re-affirming the fact that you’re the kind of Gallantry Man that only lets crisp, fresh blades near his mug.
STEP 3: PREP YOUR BEARD
Getting into a solid pre-shave routine is a non-negotiable for the Gallantry Man seeking a consistently clean shave. This means scheduling your shaves for when you step out of the shower. The hot water and steam from said shower will hydrate and soften those whiskers of yours, and, in turn, you’ll not only benefit from an easier shave, but also a shave that is less likely to cause unnecessary irritation.
STEP 4: LATHER UP!
Blast your skin with your favorite pre-shave oil or shaving cream (a small dollop’s worth) for even more nourishment and conditioning. If you’re going the shaving cream route as opposed to the pre-shave oil route, be sure to use a high-quality brush to get your lather on, as hitting your mug with some nice swirling motions will undoubtedly give you that excellent coverage that you seek and deserve.
STEP 5: PULL THAT SKIN NICE & TAUT
You’re almost there, brother. You’re almost there.
Turn your face just so, angle your neck 45 degrees from the handle of your safety razor, and make sure that the skin on your face is pulling back real nice and tight. If you can maintain this smooth, steady surface throughout your shave, you won’t lose your grip, drag your razor, or accidentally apply pressure and cut yourself.
In other words, you’ll get an absolutely brilliant shave.
STEP 6: SHAVE!
Yes. It’s time for that point in your shave where you actually, you know, shave.
As you begin to make those passes, be sure to be very gentle on your skin with slow, short strokes that are perpendicular to the edge of your blade. Then, once you’re a few strokes deep, switch to the other side of your blade (never forgetting to rinse it after using each side along the way) and keep the party going.
During this step, remember to always shave in the direction that your facial hair grows as shaving with a safety razor is one such circumstance wherein going against the grain never pays off.
Study your growth patterns. Shave with the grain. Prevent ingrown hairs. Be a champion.
Yeah. That’s what we’re talking about.
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STEP 7: POSTGAME RINSE
After you’ve done a beautiful job at reducing that beard of yours, close your pores with a nice, refreshing splash of cold water. Your face will appreciate it (we promise).
STEP 8: BALM TIME
Apply a cleansing and protective layer of post-shave balm to any shaved area as doing so will help not only cool and soothe your skin (in turn keeping it as healthy as ever), but also prevent any sort of infection from incurring.
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Now that you are a practically an expert on safety razors, it’s time to choose from the best of the best. So, without further adieu, check out our new incredible new line of safety razors for the Gallantry Man that insists on a shave above the rest.
THE DE SAFETY TRAVEL RAZOR 933C STRAIGHT GUARD FROM MERKUR
This extremely compact, corrosion-resistant, chrome-finished, closed comb straight travel shaver, which comes packed in a sleek black leather case with a super blade and a detachable brass handle (which ensures a comfortable weight distribution), is absolutely essential for the Gallantry Man safety razor connoisseur that simply refuses to interrupt his luxurious and proper wet shave routine while traveling. With its anything but insignificant blade gap, which protects the razor while simultaneously allowing for a generous soap flow, this safety razor is the definition of “classic”.
Gift your mug with the kind of precise shave that winds up in the history books.
Gift yourself this short screw, three-piece safety razor TODAY!
- Zinc die-casted razor head
- Short screw, three-piece safety razor
- Corrosion-resistant chrome finish
- Dimensions: 2.2” x 1” x 2.4”
- Brass Handle Diameter: 1.1”
Merkur DE Safety Travel Razor 933C Straight Guard
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“Nothing but a safety razor from Gallantry touches this skin, you understand?”
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THE DE SAFETY RAZOR 25C OPEN COMB GUARD FROM MERKUR
Stop getting annoyed that your cartridge razor immediately clogs up with longer hairs and grab this killer double-edged safety razor with a straight open tooth comb. Why? Well, because it promises to painlessly trim your longest hairs, both on your face and your body, of course.
Yeah. We know. It’s a big deal.
The head of this remarkable safety razor is manufactured using the zinc die-casting process and its brass handle ensures comfortable weight distribution. Meanwhile, its chrome finish protects it from corrosion while underlining this work of beauty’s high-quality design.
The rumors are true. The three-piece safety razor of your dreams has finally arrived.
- Open comb, straight, short screw three-piece safety razor
- Brass handle
- Die-casted zinc and brass razor head
- Galvanized surfaces
- Bright chrome-plated
- Handle Diameter: 1”
- Dimensions: 1.65 in x 1 in x 4.25 in
Merkur DE Safety Razor 25C Open Comb Guard
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THE RAZOLUTION 4EDGE SAFETY RAZOR FROM SIMBA TEC
With the ergonomically shaped Razolution 4Edge safety razor from Simba Tec, it’s safe to say that innovation has finally met tradition in a real, concrete, and meaningful way.
This wet and double sharp brushed stainless gem is constructed with top of the line drop-edge cutting technology that puts double the number of razor edges at a better, downward angle in order to alleviate skin stress while maximizing cutting efficiency for even the most stubborn facial hair. Then, for that inevitable moment when you’re in dire need of a blade refresh, this razor also includes a package of stainless replacements.
Get the smooth and cleave shave you deserve.
Get the Razolution 4Edge safety razor from Simba Tec.
- Both sides standard double-blade with automatic position adjustment perfect before and after cut
- 3-piece metal head
- Overall Length: 4.5"
- Material: 3-Piece Stainless Steel
- Handle Material: Grooved Stainless Steel
- Includes 10 Replacement Blades
Simbatec Razolution 4EDGE Evolution
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Another day, another incredible safety razor shave. All in a day’s work for The Gallantry Man.
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