In my last article on the subject, I gave you six very good reasons why you should you throw away your multi-bladed cartridge razor and exchange it for technology that’s been around since 1904.

Today, I thought I’d give you another six reasons as to why you should try out this shaving classic at least once in your lifetime…

7. Custom Shaving

As Henry Ford’s classic (mis)quote went, “You can have it in any color, so long as it’s black”. Modern cartridge razors provide a “one-size-fits-all” methodology; if you happen to meet the stringent test subject model, your shave will be perfect.

If, however, you’re not ‘Joe Everyman’, you’ll be quick to note not everyone has the same skin, hair, face shape or grip. Wet-shaving gives you a truly customizable experience; you can pick and choose the exact product you need from a wide selection of merchandise.

You’re not restricted to one of two cartridges (either with or without a hydrating strip), and instead can enjoy potentially hundreds of blades, each giving you a unique result. And let’s not even talk about the selection of creams and soaps on offer…

8. Quality of the product

A couple of years ago, I wrote a review commenting on a (then new) disposable razor. In it, I noted the product revealed some heavy manufacturing stresses around the edges and seemed like it was falling to pieces whilst new. Not only that, but it also felt cheap, and looked so hypermasculinised that I thought it could’ve been designed by an excitable fourteen year old.

Compare all that plastic, rubber and hard-core ‘dude’ to the subtle, elegant pieces of steel, aluminium and chrome that go into crafting a traditional razor. These actually feel like they were built to last, and nothing’s better than the slim-line precision that a good DE razor provides.

9. Experimentation is less wasteful

Do you want your foam in a 500ml or 750ml can? Industrial goop typically comes comes in one of two (maybe three) sizes. If you don’t like the smell, feel or end result you’re stuck with yet another earth-eroding aerosol that’s heading straight for the landfill.

By contrast, experimentation with wet shaving is surprisingly cheap and environmentally friendly; not only are there plenty of sample-sized creams, foams and soaps going for next to nothing, there are also plenty of blade sampler packs at a fraction of the price of your current cartridges, all of which can be recycled.

10. No need to upgrade your upgrades

Did you ever notice how you were promised the ‘ultimate shaving experience’ and now, for some reason, you need to buy *yet another* cartridge razor? Even as we speak, a popular razor manufacturing empire are running adverts giving you reasons why you should upgrade from their previous product to their new, more expensive, line.

Naturally, I wouldn’t be so coarse as to tell you who or what this brand is, but you can be rest assured that with traditional wet-shaving the only upgrades you’ll be needing to make are the ones you want to.

11. A better shaving experience

It’s the little things when wet-shaving that make all the difference: While the process may take a little longer, it’s well worth the effort. Nothing feels as good as layering on a thick, warm, fluffy lather followed by a misting of cool, soothing aftershave. All in all, it takes the mundane chore of shaving to a whole new level. In fact, many people have been known to turn their new wet-shaving ritual into a full-blown hobby!

To use a fitting analogy, it’s somewhat akin to sitting down for a three course meal at a fancy restaurant; sure it requires more time and effort than simply grabbing a burger from the drive-thru, but everything (from the ambience to the eating) is just plain… well… better.

12. Bring back the control

Struggling to get that quadruple bladed monstrosity under your nose again? I’m not surprised. When will they learn with all those extra blades, hydrostrips and plastic ridges we are unable to control these things when reaching tricky spots!

Though your safety razor may look bulkier, it’s actually surprisingly nimble around those tight edges. You’ll find yourself able to take your single blade and edge it perfectly around the difficult folds of skin on your face and neck.

About The Author

Johnathan Bell is the founder, owner and main author of Guy Style Guide, a website dedicated to everyday male fashion, style and grooming. The primary mission? To guide clueless men through the tricky mindfield that is the growing world of male couture. Find him on , Twitter and Tumblr.

2 Responses

  1. Blank Blog

    ha! love tip #10.
    it’s typically never better than the last. the quality seems to be the same. just a new spin on the same thing really.

    i admittedly am a victim of advertising, and still use the more ‘modern’ shaving techniques and products. but am gonna give a wet shave a try, after reading this follow up post!

    • Johnathan

      Hooray, another convert 😀

      I’m a sucker for the advertising too; I seem to have every triple, quadruple and multi-bladed razor sitting in my bathroom. Each one of them promised me it’d be the best shave ever, and each and every time it wasn’t true 🙁 In fact, unlike many guys who began their wet shaving adventures with a reasonably good quality razor, brush and soap (highly recommended by the way), I spent as little as possible and got the cheapest stuff I could find – I’d just about had enough of trying to chase down ‘the perfect shave’: thank goodness I persisted!

      Cheers for the comment!