Occam’s razor (also written as Ockham’s razor from William of Ockham, and in Latin lex parsimoniae) is a principle of parsimony, economy, or succinctness used in logic and problem-solving. It states that among competing hypotheses, the hypothesis with the fewest assumptions should be selected. The term “Occam’s razor” first appeared in 1852 in the works of Sir William Hamilton, 9th Baronet (1788–1856), centuries after William of Ockham’s death. Ockham did not invent this “razor”; its association with him may be due to the frequency and effectiveness with which he used it. Ockham stated the principle in various ways, but the most popular version “entities must not be multiplied beyond necessity” was written by John Punch from Cork in 1639.
So what does a philosophic principle have to do with shaving? Read that last paragraph again, and pay extra attention to “entities must not be multiplied beyond necessity”… in short, Occam’s Razor tells us that you’ll only really need one blade (straight, SE or DE) to shave; having two or more introduces needless complexity to the process.
Pre-shave: Dr Bronner’s Liquid Peppermint Lather: Mama Bear’s Awakening Brush: Semogue TSN 1012 LE brush Razors: Cadet’s TP-01 OC and TTO-13, both with Derby blades Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert’s Finest Prototype Menthol
Pre-shave: none Lather: none Brush: none Razors: Philips AquaTouch AT890 Post-shave: Krampert’s Finest Bay Rum
Running short on time, I decided to try the reasonable expensive electric razor we got for my Better Half to do her legs with in summer – I guess I was thinking that a bad shave was better than no shave…
Wrong! Not only did it do a lousy job on my neck, but my neck now itches.
Pre-shave: Dr Bronner’s Liquid Lather:Derby shavestick with a touch of Dalen d’Men Energetic cream Brush: Semogue TSN 1012 LE brush Razors: Cadet’s TP-01 OC and TTO-13, both with Derby blades Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert’s Finest Bay Rum
One of the other members on my favourite shave-forum have experimented with making his own shaving soap. The results are encouraging and the process don’t look impossible to emulate – even if I don’t think I’ll be allowed to turn the crock-pot into a soap maker any time soon…
Pre-shave: Dr Bronner’s Liquid Orange Lather: Orange EO soap Brush: Vie Long 14033 Razors: Cadet’s TP-01 OC and TTO-13, both with fresh Derby blades Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert’s Finest Bay Rum
Pre-shave: Dr Bronner’s Liquid Lavender Lather: Mike’s Pine & Cedarwood Brush: Vie Long 14033 Razors: German Balelite Slant with a Feather, and Gillete ’58 TV Special with a Wilkinson Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert’s Finest Bay Rum
I know, I know… dabbling in the Dark Side. But how can we see where the light comes from unless we wander in darkness?
Before I started enjoying my shaves, I was pulling my whiskers off with a Gillette Sensor I was given while in Boot Camp. Never got a really good shave with it – or with any of the electric shavers I’ve tried over the years – but I persevered for lack of anything better (growing a full beard is just not an option). Last summer I decided to revisit the Sensor, to see if it was as bad as I remembered it to be… having spotted it in the back of the cabinet again, I decided to write up a short review:
The Sensor is a mild razor – which is good, since I needed four passes and some touch ups to get close to the DFS I get from two passes and no touch ups with my DE razors. Honestly Gillette; if this is supposed to be “the best a man can get” then I suggest you all hand in your man-cards. Half an hour after shaving I found myself longing for a real shave – and to add insult to injury I got shave bumps again; something I always had before switching to DE and haven’t been bothered with since I switched.
I hate shave-bumps with a passion – it used to be because the next shave would slice them open, meaning I’ll dislike shaving even more. These days I hate them because it means I have to take a couple of days pause from shaving… things change even if they stay the same.
On the other hand, the shave was better than I got from the Sensor before I switched to DE, so I guess it highlights the benefits of a good prep and a great lather.
On the upside, the handle is rock solid and near indestructible; it has lasted twenty years so far and still see regular use when my Better Half do her legs. I guess it highlights the Gillette Idea; they will pretty much give you the razor, and then gouge you on the cartridges. Which is fitting in it’s own way, since the cartridges will gouge your face just as efficiently as Gillette will gouge your wallet…
Bottom line? Rock solid razor, not so much blades. Bad for your wallet and face – Your Mileage May Vary off course, but please don’t skimp on the prep-work if you go for cartridges.
Pre-shave: Dr Bronner’s Liquid Lavender Lather: Mike’s Natural Rose & Cedarwood soap Brush: Turkish No6 Razors: German Balelite Slant with a Feather, and Gillete ’58 TV Special with a Wilkinson Post-shave: Cold water rinse, alum and Krampert’s Finest Bay Rum