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Shave the Right Way with Lucky Franc’s Double Edge Safety Razor Set

Shave the Right Way with Lucky Franc’s Double Edge Safety Razor Set

Take your wet shaving to the next level this Father’s Day.

 

 Are you shaving the right way?  This might seem like a silly question given you’ve been shaving since adolescence.  However, the average guy makes his shaving decisions based on convenience.  It’s easy to grab a Fusion 5 razor off the shelf at the nearest pharmacy.  It’s easy to snatch up a can of shaving cream.  It’s easy to pop back in when you need new blades.  But the costs of convenience can weigh you down.  And not just financially.  When it comes to shaving, what’s most accessible isn’t always the best option.  It’s time to take a cue from our fathers with wet shaving.

What Is Wet Shaving?

You’ve heard this term before—wet shaving.  In short, it’s the opposite of how you’re shaving today.  It involves more water, more lather, and less blades.  A traditional wet shave involves a single-blade safety razor (or straight razor).  The blades are much sharper and provide a faster and more precise shave.  Additionally, this shave is executed with a soothing shave soap or cream.  And we’re not talking about the can of cream you find on the shelf next to that Fusion 5.

Why You Should Ditch Disposables

Before we discuss the benefits of wet shaving, let’s first cover the reasons you should ditch your disposable multi-blade razors. 

Damages Your Skin

The big shaving companies tout their multi-blade razors as the best and fastest way to get the closest shave.  While it’s true you’ll get a close shave, it comes at the expense of your skin’s health and appearance.  Each of those blades has a purpose.  The first blade lifts the hair up from the skin while each subsequent blade chops it down.  The shave gets so close that it often cuts the hair beneath the skin.  It feels smooth immediately after but leaves your face prone to razor bumps, irritation, and redness.  It won’t look so great a couple days later.

Wastes Your Money

There’s a literal cost for convenience.  The razor itself may not be pricey, ranging anywhere from $7-12.  But the real cost is in the blades.  You’ll only be able to use the same blades for a week before you need replacements.  If you shave any longer with the same ones, you run the risk of cutting yourself or needing several passes for the same quality of shave.  You’ll spend around $10 to replace the blades, as they’re often sold in cartridge sets of 2 or more.  That’s hundreds of dollars a year on blades even though the razor was super cheap.

Hurts the Environment

Sustainability is a big deal in today’s market.  Just as in the fashion industry, companies and consumers alike care about how products are affecting the environment.  Disposable razors are designed to be tossed out every week.  An on annual basis, this means you’re contributing massively to the waste piling up in the nation’s landfills.  Not to mention, most of these razors are cheaply made overseas.  That’s less manufacturing opportunities in the U.S.  A not-so-literal cost of convenience.

The Benefits of Wet Shaving

You might smirk at the thought of shaving like your grandpa but those guys knew what they were doing.  Visit any barber and you’ll quickly see.  Good barbers shave you with a straight edge or safety razor.  If you see a Mach 3 rear its ugly, multi-blade head, run the other way screaming.  Wet shaving might require a little more effort, but it’s faster and more effective.

Saves Your Skin

When you use a multi-blade razor, it’s like taking five passes over your face in just one movement.  When you use a safety razor, you get the same precision with one pass.  This significantly reduces your risk for any bumps or irritation.  Additionally, because you’re using a higher quality shave soap or cream, your skin stays moisturized throughout the shave.

Saves Your Money

Right away, you’re saving money because you’re only using one blade.  You’ll spend a little more on the razor but it’s one you won’t have to replace.  And replacing a single safety blade will only cost you 20 cents at most.  At most!  You’ll spend a few bucks on razors for the entire year versus the hundreds you’d spend on cartridges of 5.

Saves the Environment

You won’t throw away the razor at any point—it’s built to last.  And you’ll have less blades to dispose of.  You’re reducing your carbon footprint.  And most quality safety razors are made in the U.S. of A.

Lucky Franc’s Black Double Edge Safety Razor Set

You’re sold on the benefits of wet shaving and using a safety razor.  You’ve thrown out your Fusion 5 and your can of Edge shave gel.  What do you do?  This is a no-brainer.  Lucky Franc’s Black Double Edge Safety Razor Set is not only the perfect intro to wet shaving.  It’s also the perfect gift for the dads who’ve always known wet shaving as the only alternative.

The safety razor itself is a work of art.  It’s created in a U.S. machine shop and assembled according to the highest standards of quality.  The razor head is crafted from two pieces of aircraft grade aluminum and finished off with a solid brass handle.  After assembly, the pieces are coated in black powder to prevent corrosion.  And it looks cool.

But this set isn’t just about the razor.  You also get a 4-ounce tin of handmade classic bay rum shaving soap and 5 double edge razor blades.  All of this for $47.99.  And you’ll only need to spend a few bucks the rest of the year when you need new blades.

This safety razor set satisfies all the criteria.  Superbly made razor that provides a superior shave? Check.  Cost-effective blades that minimize spending? Check.  Environmentally friendly? Check.  American made? Check.

If you’re a wet shaving convert looking for a way to get started, this is your best bet.  And if you’re looking for a way to brighten up your big guy’s morning shave, this is also your best bet.  Once he tries this safety razor set, he’ll never go back.

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