My Standard Shave This MorningI capped the week off with a standard shave today:
- one pass
- with grain
- good looking
- skin friendly -- no irritation, no wounds
- a clean-shaven look -- that is, no visible stubble
- smooth, when stroked in the direction of beard grain
- the oil reduces coating-removing friction, thus helping to preserve any metal or polymer coatings applied to the blade edge
- the mechanics of the stropping process may help to undo shaving-induced microscopic damage to the cutting edge
- the stropping process helps to ensure that the post-shave edge condition is free of moisture, soap residue, and other debris -- thus reducing the opportunity for microscopic oxidation of the blade edge between shaves
- the residual oil layer on the blade tends to seal the exposed metal of the edge -- thus further reducing the opportunity for microscopic oxidation of the blade edge between shaves
- Using fewer blade per year saves me a few bucks. Not a big deal if being penny wise is only applied to razor blades. However, if one lives a mindful lifestyle and eliminates unnecessary expenditure and waste everywhere, then financial freedom -- or at least reduced financial burden -- becomes a reality.
- If only one person uses fewer blades each year, the environmental impact is negligible. Unfortunately, most people look at issues that way. However, if millions of shavers use fewer blades each year, the global environmental impact is significant both in terms of waste or recycling burden and in terms of resource (steel) usage.