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I suppose it’s a “values, priorities, preferences” sort of thing. Or, it could be along the lines as why do people own hundreds of shoes, or 365+ suits (yes…I know such people). Or why does Davis Love III own so many pieces of cast iron cookware?
Simple answer really: “Because they (I) can.”
Nothing like a good engineering reference to make my day! Sounds like you suffer from a major buffer overrun conditionAt first I assumed that repeatability was my goal and I would need to try an n-factorial matrix of variables (point, width, grind, etc.) in order to home in on my One True Preference so that I could *then* begin to build the skills necessary to truly enjoy SR shaving.
What I found instead, to my complete surprise, was that I enjoy the variety and challenge of using a different razor each day. It's like a new dance with a new partner every morning. Sometimes it's getting reacquainted with an old friend and reliving good times; other times it's a more careful "getting to know you" dance; other times it's finding common ground with a difficult aquaintance. (And sometimes the relationship does not survive.)
Maybe it's somewhat like the menu at a really good restaurant: if you have a meal you enjoy you can order it over and over and over and it will be delightful *every time*! Wahoo, and that's terrific. Or you might try something new every time because every time you reorder your favorite you are NOT eating a different meal that might become a new favorite! So much great food. So many great razors.
I admit I do suffer some from recency bias, or what we sometimes called in my working life a "one-bit buffer" where I favor the last item used. Surely this is the best razor possible! Wait, this entirely different razor is! I enjoy the spark of each day's (re)discovery.
Ditto that - one of the issues with honing via “the Method” is that you usually only get one shot at a razor. Once its honed, it never needs honing again (at least not for a long while). So the only way to get really proficient at honing is to keep getting more razors. In particular, the older and more thrashed a razor is, the more opportunities to learn something new.When I began honing I would acquire multiple “barn find” razors in need of repair to develop my skills. They were relatively cheap and plentiful, but with different grinds, sizes, shapes and styles. Turns out I was able to get many of those castaways shave ready. I now have a humble stable of razors I enjoy using and relish the variety.
It happens, sure. But it doesn't have to be that way at all. If you learn to hone well, and to spot old razors that are worth buying, there is a whole world of razors from previous generations that shaved with a straight. Tons of excellent old razors in the $50-100 range, if you're looking for a great shave, and not a collector's piece.are y'all spending $200+ per razor? This could get expensive fast!
The same goes for a lot of hobbies like wine, cigars, food, books, cars, pets, travelling etcetera. Besides you don't need more than two straight razors and a strop, the rest is optional. There are far more people reading about sport cars than there are sport cars.are y'all spending $200+ per razor? This could get expensive fast!