ancient grey sweatophile
On a thread regarding smooth and efficient razors there was a little back and forth that got me to thinking about efficiency. While it is certainly possible that I do not fully comprehend the matter, it seems to me that at its core efficiency is the ability to place the blade in a position of optimal contact with the base of the whisker(s). It seems a lot of us perceive more aggressive razors as more efficient, presumably because it is easier to ensure good contact with greater exposure. I have had a small and non-probative experiment that leads me to think muscle memory is key to efficiency. I have a razor with two plates, mild and regular. I usually use the mild one. I recently tried the regular plate for a blade (about a month) and then shifted back to the mild. It dawned on me today that I was getting a closer and more efficient shave. I can only conclude it is my deeply engrained muscle memory using that plate versus more attentiveness with the regular plate. Here I sit, baby's butt smooth, with no need for buffing after three passes on autopilot with a mild plate and a second day on a Gillette Silver Blue!