I'm talking good old fashioned shaving cream, badger brush and razor. I've been doing this for years, but lately have been re-evaluating the razor. I've upgraded from double to five blade razors. Economically-speaking, the refills are very expensive even when purchased as a Costco or Sam's Club in bulk.
I've been considering a safety razor. I recall the old Gillette my dad used for years. One can find many different models online now and like any 'hobby' you can spend as much or little as you choose. A box of safety razor blades is considerably cheaper than the modern multi-blade options. Given the amount of shaves per blade, the annual savings might be substantial by switching.
I phoned an old friend who owns an upscale menswear store and sells many of my shaving necessities. I was inquiring if he sold safety razors in addition to the handles that look old fashioned, but accommodate modern blade refills. When he did not, we continued to discuss the merits of the various models. He pointed out that safety razors do not pivot like modern razors and unless we were to pay close attention to the shaving angle, we were more than likely going to shave more than hair on occasion.
Bottom line is that there's a learning curve involved. Is it worth the trouble? Is the shave as good or better?
With that in mind, I'd like to poll the membership regarding their experiences with this particular grooming ritual.