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About six months ago I stopped purchasing the plastic over-priced razor blades with a million blades and decided to go back to what I used to watch my dad do as I was growing up, which is shaving with a safety razor. The first safety razor I purchased was one from Amazon.com. I purchased a shaving kit that is composed of the shaving cup, brush, and powered soap to use with it as I had read this is better to use with a safety razor than canned shaving cream.
I am truly impressed with safety razor shaving and have switched from over-priced blades to shaving daily with a safety razor. One blade will last for about 2 weeks (or one if you are picky). You can pick up a pack of 10 blades at Wal Mart for $1.57 a pack or order a whole slew of them from Amazon.com. A pack of these razors will last you 2 1/2 months if you replace them weekly. That comes out to $7.50 a year in blades! For about $100 you can stock up on over 10 years of blades. Great for a prepper and quite a value.
When shaving with a safety razor you have to get the angle just right and DO NOT apply pressure, letting the blade do the cutting. If you have never shaved with one there are some great beginner’s pages out there that will teach you the ropes. First time I tried (without reading these pagess) I was bleeding like a stuck pig. After learning the trick, which took me about 3 shaves, I now get the smoothest shave of my life and never plan to go back to supposed better blades.
After shaving a while I started looking for safety razors on Ebay and found many great ones. The one I bought for a backup is now my primary razor I love it so much. It was made in 1973 and is still going strong. I suggest looking through the auctions, finding one you like, and placing a bid. I got mine for $15 which included the shipping.
My suggestion for any prepper that is still doing the disposable blade thing. Stop. Get a safety razor and give it a go. You will not regret it.
Also, if anyone has ever used a straight razor, shoot me an e-mail at email@example.com (or comment HERE) and let me know how you like it.