Bevel Safety Razor
There’s a touch of Alanis Morrissette-esque irony behind why I decided to make the move from a cartridge razor to a safety razor. As a guy who rocks a beard most of the time, I still like to shave my cheeks and neckline once a week or so to get rid of the odd stubble as well as create a clean beard edge.
- Provides a close and smooth shave.
- Durable and well-constructed, made to last.
- Heavy and sturdy, which can help with shaving control.
- May have a learning curve for beginners to master the right shaving angle.
- Requires more maintenance and cleaning after each use.
When I got my Bevel Safety Razor, the first thing I noticed was how it felt. It was heavy but not awkward, and it felt strong yet easy to use. I got it on a Friday, which was perfect for my usual shaving day. However, since I was new to using a safety razor (Level 0 newbie), I did some research before trying it out.
I started by watching a few YouTube videos and then read some articles about how to hold the razor at the right angle. You see, with a safety razor, the way you hold it is really important. Since it only has one blade, if you hold it at the wrong angle, you might end up with cuts, nicks, or skin irritation. If the angle is too steep, the blade can hurt your skin, and if it’s too flat, it might just scratch your skin instead of shaving the hair. People generally agree that a 30-degree angle is the right way to hold it, but instead of using a protractor, it’s better to practice until you get the hang of it.
I was all set to try the Bevel Safety Razor. I followed advice from my barber friend and Bevel’s website. First, I used a hot, steamy towel on my face and applied some pre-shave oil, followed by shaving gel. I waited for a couple of minutes to soften my beard. Then, I started using the Bevel Safety Razor at the right 30-degree angle.
Honestly, it felt weird in the beginning. I was used to razors like Gillette Mach 3 and Fusion 5, which are quite different. The main difference with the safety razor is that you can really feel it cutting your beard. Once you get the hang of it, it’s quite satisfying. I liked how I could see exactly where the blade was cutting along my beard line, making it easy to get a sharp edge. I did well on my cheeks, but when I tried to clean up my neckline, I got a few small cuts. That was because I didn’t quite know how to hold the razor when going around my Adam’s apple. But with some more practice, I can fix that.
Afterward, my skin felt smooth and behaved nicely. There were a few spots where I could have shaved a bit closer, or used less pressure, but overall, I was impressed with how well the Bevel Safety Razor works and how easy it was to learn. Whether you’ve always wanted to try a safety razor or just need a better way to shave, Bevel’s Safety Razor is a great choice to start and finish with.
Tips for Using a Safety Razor
Here are some easy-to-understand tips for a better shave with a safety razor:
1. Use Two Products: Safety razors are good for a smooth shave, but they can cause friction. To protect your skin, apply a thin layer of pre-shave oil on damp skin, and then use shaving cream or gel. This combo creates a smooth surface that helps the razor glide easily and prevents cuts.
2. Prepare Your Skin: Before shaving, use a warm, steamy washcloth on your face for about a minute. This softens your facial hair and makes your skin more flexible.
3. Change Blades Regularly: It’s usually a good idea to change safety razor blades every five or six shaves. If the blade feels dull and starts to pull on your hair, it’s time for a new one. Shaving with a dull blade can lead to cuts and irritation.
4. Take Care After Shaving: After shaving, it’s essential to take care of your skin. Use products that soothe and calm your skin. Bevel has a Post-Shave Balm with ingredients like tea tree oil, witch hazel, and shea butter to keep your skin calm and moisturized. Make sure the product you use doesn’t contain alcohol, as it can dry out and irritate your skin.