Seven years ago I bought this double edged safety razor – a Parker 96R that opened like butterfly wings. That razor ($28), a $25 brush, $150 in shaving creams (I’ve tried a number of different ones) and $70 in blades and I still have 60 – odd Derby-brand double-edge blades ready to use.

$250 in shaving supplies has lasted me for over 7 years. Compare that to the cost of the typical Gillette Mach3 package of 8 blades.

Granted, I shave mostly every other day – the sharp blades shave close and I’ve had more stubble left behind by electric shavers than what I see the second morning – but I also only use the blades three times (I can feel them starting to pull on my facial hair) to minimize ingrown hairs, etc.

In case you’re wondering – wait, $70 in blades? Seven years? That’s still 420 blades!

Yeah, they’re that cheap. I also tried merkur, Shark, and several other brands before settling on the Derby blades as the best fit for my Parker.

I’ve been happy with a number of soaps – you’ll want to do your own digging there, but can say for starting out that the Proraso menthol and sandalwood creams work great.

It takes a bit longer to get a smooth and nick-free shave. I do keep a “nick” stick around from the Pacific shaving company, and am reasonably happy with their aftershave cream, though several other brands have worked out well too – including the old standby’s Old Spice , Pinaud Clubman, and Aqua Velva. The little bit of extra time is worth the extra bit of ritual, and the quality of the shave.

About Last Redoubt

Ex nuke mechanic, jack of all trades.