Well I checked the mail early yesterday and I thought I didn't get my Merkur HD Razor – But I had to run out and get a few things in the evening and there was a package at my door stoop (I guess the Mail Man delivered them at different times). My first Double Edge Razor arrived. Once I got back home I unpackaged it and inspected the razor that may or may not change how I perform my daily shaving ritual.
It really is quite heavy. I really like the feel of the heft in my hand. It really is quite balanced and made really well. At first I was a little apprehensive to this razor. I could not believe I bought this and was going to try and shave with this device.
First I had to try and and load this with a new blade. I unwrapped one of the blades I had to use – Once these blades are out of the packaging I was really amazed how extremely thin a Double Edge Razor Blade really is. I gently placed a new blade into the Merkur Razor and put on the top piece. I then turned the knob on the bottom of the razor and screwed it all together. Once inside I noticed the razor slightly curves the Double Edge Razor Blade to allow it better contact with the stubble.
Well, I did want to try this out – But was again apprehensive to try this on my face first. So out comes the shave cream and I made a small amount of lather and lathered up the back of my hand. Several people on the Shave Forums (see Additional resources below) mention to try it out on the back of your hand first to get the proper angle of the blade and to see in front of you the best way to hold it and attempt a shave. I then proceeded to shave the small hairs on the back of my hand and wrist. First Attempt of shaving with it and no nicks or cuts. SO far so good. I then cleaned it up and put it away until this morning.
Feeling a bit better about shaving with this as I did not cut my hand. I proceeded to prepare my morning shave. I put the shave brush in my lather cup and let it sit there for a few moments to warm up the brush. During this tiime I wet down my face and cleaned it up and prepared it to be lathered up. I usually splash the hot water on and rub it around for a few mins to soften the stubble. Now I prepare to make my hot lather and brush it on my face. Making sure to swirl it around to get the stubble to stand up and be readied to be shaved.
After applying the later I was ready to take my first whack at shaving with the DE razor. With out any pressure at all – I slowly pulled the blade across my face chopping down the stubble that have been growing there. I used very small short strokes. Again this is something I learned on the forums. The two biggest mistakes they seem to always mention on them is that to use small strokes and to make sure you do not apply pressure. I completed my first shave. Time to re-lather and this time I tried going against the grain with the razor.
I then cleaned my face from the lather and shocked my face by throwing on some cold water to close the pores up. I felt my shave – It was much better then the Mach 3 Ever shaved. I did have a few places like under my chin that was not perfect . But this has to be the best shave I ever have had.
Yes I survived the ordeal of my first shave with out any nicks or cuts. I didn't have to use a septic pencil at all. After my face dried from my aftershave. I felt my face for any left over stubble. I have to say for my first shave I did a pretty decent job – I am sure I will get better the more I used this. But still my face never felt this close of a shave.
If you are teetering on wither to purchase a Double Edge Razor – well from my first experience I would recommend getting one. Make sure to get a set of blades for it and practice with it. You will not regret it. After only one shave I can say I would recommend it.
So A11en – Start ordering your's soon. You will not regret it one bit. And you will love the cost savings on the blades.
Where to get a sampler pak of various razor blades.