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on 17 August 2015
In a recent attempt to prove to myself that I can be manly, I purchased this razor on a whim upon realising that removing hair from my face with a knife is an excellent first step towards manliness. The razor arrived within days, and after a quick read of some "How to" guides online, I set about the task of de-stubbling my face.
Having read reviews comparing the task to fighting with Wolverine, I approached my first non-electric shave with caution. I prepared my face, used minimal blade angle to avoid cuts, and went about the process as slowly and methodically as possible. After some time of gently allowing the blade to glide across my cheeks, jawline, chin, and neck, I wiped my face clean and stood back from the mirror to admire my work.
It was then that from seemingly nowhere, hundreds of tiny beads of blood started to emerge from my face. I grabbed a towel and dabbed furiously to stem the flow, only for the bleeding to continue and for my previously white towel to resemble the cape of a matador. After what seemed like an eternity, the bleeding stopped and I was able to again wipe my face clean. As instructed, I then applied an aftershave balm to my face, and discovered what it feels like to stick your head into a beehive.
Once the blood was gone, the stinging had ceased, and I was finally done, I was able to see that there is no denying that this is as close a shave as I have ever managed. The areas of my face that do not look like they've been caressed by Edward Scissorhands have not been this smooth since I weighed 7 pounds and 4 ounces. With practice and time, I can see myself regularly switching to the cut throat (although with the aim next time of not actually cutting my throat). The tiny nicks in my face took only a couple of hours to disappear, so do not let this aspect of the shave put you off.
Other reviewers are correct in saying that little hairs do get caught in the blade, but this is easily rectified. This item is well made, and is an excellent first step towards the traditional way of shaving without having to worry about stropping (I learnt that word today in an attempt to make it look like I know what I'm talking about). A note of caution to prospective buyers would be to ensure that you are very careful when handling the blade. Upon finishing I went to wipe the razor clean, only to shut my finger between the handle and the engineering of Wilkinson Sword. That cut will take a little longer to heal than the ones all over my face...
If like myself, you are feeling a little emasculated, have no doubt that you should be putting this straight in your basket. Just please be careful, this is a skill perfected over weeks if not months, so take your time and don't your make first few attempts before any important interviews or meetings. Good luck!