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Published on Jan 21, 2012
Shaving with a safety, or straight, razor is making a comeback. Though not for those looking for a fast shave, but for a cheaper, more consistent and less wasteful one (i.e. no disposable plastic involved, no planned obsolescence).
Nicolás Boullosa tests a classic steel razor with a double edged blade. His goals is to determine if this type of razor is better, worse or comparable to the fancy disposable type.
As opposed to the razors with replacement blades that have become nearly universal these days, the more traditional stainless steel razors have 3 easily disassembled pies and use a standard, very affordable blade.
The result: the razor itself is a bit more expensive than the plastic models, but it lasts a lifetime. And the replacement blades are much, much cheaper.