Saturday, September 10, 2011
I bought a Merkur 23C, a three piece razor and some Merkur and Derby blades.
Shaving with a double edged razor is a bit different to shaving with a Gillette Fusion. Whereas with a cartridge razor applying pressure on the razor is essential, with a double edged razor applying presure is something you must not do. You must let the weight of the razor do the work. First shave went without losing any blood. Afterwards some razor burn though. So do I like shaving with a safety razor? I used to shave quickly while showering, now I shave at the bathroom sink. I find it very relaxing. I use a razor blade for three to four shaves, then I replace it with a new one. This means I'm always having a sharp blade and with the low price of razor blades still save money.
Apparently there's a wide variety of razor blades. Names like Gillette and Wilkinson Sword are familiar but there's a whole bunch of brands I've never heard of. Which razor blades should I buy? I joined the Badger & Blade community and did some browsing. What it comes down to is this: YMMV. Every body has his preference, and one man's trash is another man's treasure. What I did discover is that the Japanese Feather blades are widely recognised as the sharpest razor blades. Yesterday I bought ten Gillette SuperSilver Platinum hardened blades. Nice blades, they seem to be better than the Merkurs to me, less razor burn. Yesterday I found a good deal on twenty Feather blades on eBay. Let's see if they live up to their promise.
Next purchase will be some old fashioned shaving soap and a brush.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
There's an online petition for bringing back the HP 15C here. Hewlett-Packard actually listened and decided to issue a limited edition HP-15C, priced at a modest US$99. Good news for HP-15C lovers. Even better news is that the new 15C will be 100 times faster than the original 15C. Will I buy one? No, I can't justify its purchase. I've got a HP-10C and two HP-32SII's. I've got my RPN bases covered so to speak. Let's not even mention my Casio's FX-602P and FX-180P...