The Transition to a Safety Razor
This is the first time I buy a safety razor. I never use one before. I always use a multiple blades razor, either cartridge razors or disposable razors. The main reason why I want to try a DE Safety Razor is because Mach 3 refill is going crazy in price. You can buy 5 meals for the price of 2 cartridge refills. Yes. It is that expensive.
Because it is that expensive, I always let my mustache grow longer than it should. I am trying to preserve the life of my disposable razors. The more you use, the faster it gets dull, the faster you have to replace and buy a new one. My indicator is my SWMBO. When she says, shave. I shave. Usually, the event repeats every 4-5 days. That’s my shaving schedule. But I still feel that buying another cartridges is too much and too expensive.
I was looking a better way to shave. Especially a better way to save my expenses on a razor. I learned that a disposable razor will give you a nightmare. What nightmare? I always felt that my shaves were good, a BBS (Baby’s Butt Smooth) good. The razor burns I got were considered normal. Then I knew better. To be exact: I knew that I knew nothing about shaving.
Every time I walked the aisle of manliness in the supermarket, I see nothing but disposable razors or cartridge razors. I had to endure razor burns for years. I thought razor burns are the norm for shaving with blades.
My late dad and my brothers were also helpless in this area. My friends were also helpless. We were the product of modern shaving advertisements. We believed that more blades mean more efficient in shaving. Faster and closer. Oh.. how deceived we were.
Micro Touch One Safety Razor
I joined several forums on shaving. All of them agreed that disposable razors should not be an option at all. Most of the members recommended me to switch immediately to, at least, a safety razor. A small group of members still see the benefits of disposable razors.
So, I embarked on a mission to search a safety razor that is available in my country. Surprise, surprise. It is easier to find a needle in the haystack. The shelves are always full with disposable razors. No other types were seen.
I asked and asked. Nobody seemed to know where to get one. I finally resort to online shopping. Indonesia is a bit late in accepting online shopping. Manipulative vendors are always prowling the internet, looking for helpless buyers.
Finally, I found one online shopping portal that has a selection of China made safety razors. I cross checked the brands and found only Micro Touch One safety razor that has credentials. For the other brands, even Google could not find them.
So I bought one Micro Touch One Classic Razor.
I was excited to receive the package. I opened it to see the clear plastic box. It seemed the box had a quite long life in the warehouse. The plastic box seemed to collect dust a bit. I guessed a safety razor is not a popular item.
Still, I was excited. I was moving to the next step of shaving.
I opened the box and found:
- 1 chrome plated DE safety razor
- 12 Dorco blades
- 1 chrome plated razor stand
- 1 instruction manual
The safety razor is made from metal and chrome plated. Surprisingly light weight. I thought it was made from plastic, but it was not.
The razor stand looked all plasticky too. Tried the stand and it seemed to hold the razor just fine. It will help to dry out the razor and prevent the blade to touch other surfaces.
I have not tried it so I don’t know if Dorco blades will do a good job or not. I will tell you later after I try it. I am skeptical for these blades. People in the forums warned me that Dorco blades are bad. I should try a sample pack and find what suit me. But avoid Dorco, they said.
Did I Buy The Wrong Razor?
I saw love and hate for this product on shaving forums.
People who hated it says:
- a cheap knock off of Gillette razor
- too lightweight
- too short
- too mild
- the bundled Dorco blades are horrible
People who loved it says:
- a good entry level
- it does a good job
- perfect for learning
I guess I will find out later when I try this razor for myself. So far the impression is good enough for me. I still need to learn how to use it, though.
Give me your opinion on this razor below! Do you like it or do you hate it?