A close buddy of mine has always done a lot of his shaving with electrics. A lot of his shaving and some of his complaining. But he is generally happy with his routine.Tanuki
Electric razors just dumb?
Curious, what makes electric razors dumb?
A close buddy of mine has always done a lot of his shaving with electrics. A lot of his shaving and some of his complaining. But he is generally happy with his routine.
Many decades ago, I was inspired by his example to demo both rotary and foil electrics. I never got a shave that was close, or comfortable. So I never bought one.
Not to mention the need for an outlet or some sort of battery. I was never going to shave in my car commuting to work...
Have electrics improved greatly since the 1980s? Isn't the Shovelhead the antithesis of an electric razor?
Anything that requires the use of water basically. You are absolutely correct. I believe that the term "traditional shaving" would be more accurate. There are electric shavers where water/soap can be used but I wouldn't put that in the "traditional" category.To me if your using any Straight, SE, DE, or Disposable with foam, soap or water your wet shaving.
Back 50 years ago when everyone and their broth were try electric razor. Many people used a pre-shave that was liquid to as a pre shave. It was if I recall oil, and help with skin irritation.
So my question is was that also wet shaving?
Never stay with electric long as they did one thing well for me. Ingrown hairs ouch.
To myself traditional wet shaving means Keep It Simple Shaving = Water, brush, Razor (Straight, SE, DE) , blade + aftershave lotions.
I use to start with a wet face and wet hands then applied my edge gel to face and always worked well for myself. It seemed to make it a little slicker and not many issues with the Gillette cartridge razors I used at all. I preferred gel to foam, my skin felt better and work most of the time for great results I recall. To much water the gel slips out of the hand when applying into the sink also so there is a fine line, a few tries is all that is needed I recall.I can't remember; is water supposed to be used with canned goo like Gillette? It's been so long since I used that stuff that I don't remember whether I wet my face first or not.
OK, Phil I got your point. But...The term wetshaving is a fairly modern invention.
All shaving really used to be "wet shaving". The advent of electric razors necessitated the coining of the phrase.
It's been further subdivided into "Traditional Wet Shaving" and "Modern Wet Shaving"
Traditional being where a brush and a soap or cream are used with a straight, DE or SE razor.
Modern being where a cart type razor is used with either a canned or tube foam or gel.
Both modern and traditional focus on the need to prepare the face with water prior to shaving.
Though it is certainly possible to wet shave with a straight, DE or SE and canned or tube foam or gel, and to shave with a cart type razor using a brush and a soap or cream.
When you get down to the nitty gritty - wet shaving is using water in the process as opposed to a dry condition where one is using an electric razor.
There are some more modern electrics which allow for shaving with a wet face, or even the use of a soap or cream, but I don't know if those users consider that "wet shaving" or not.
I think that’s where it gets a little blurry. A few days ago I used a Trac II from 1980, vintage Personna Twin II blades, vintage Williams soap from the Glen Rock, NJ plant and one of my Ever-Ready brushes that I restored several years ago. Somehow this seems more “traditional” than some of the setups using all modern produced items.OK, Phil I got your point. But...
Sometimes I get very early in the morning and shave with a brush, cream from a tube and Sensor Excel / Mach3. Which category does that fall under? Traditional or Modern Wet shaving?
What if you don't have a shower in your house? can you never have a wet shave?... you're not wet shaving unless you're shower shaving...
... you're not wet shaving unless you're shower shaving...