Have you heard the expression, life is too short to drink bad wine? I think that it's a good expression and a sensible approach to life.
I also think that life is too short to shave with anything but a vintage razor.
If you've read my posts on the Blog or Tweets, you'll know that I am a big fan of vintage and antique razors. There is no finer straight razor than a restored vintage or antique razor.
Vintage can't be beaten. Do you wonder why I mean what I say? Read on.
Let's trust the Victorians
Ok, so we've invented antibiotics and walked on the moon. We're clever, talented and generally moving in the right direction.
Let's get over ourselves for a moment. The Victorians were not stupid people. When it comes to straight razors, the Victorians and their children knew a thing or two.
The Victorians made razors to be used. If they weren't up to scratch, men stopped buying them and the companies would go bust. Simple. The Victorians developed the straight razor that previous generations bequeathed to them and turned it into the finest shaving tool the world had ever seen. Or seen since.
Vintage razors steal the show
There's something about the steel of vintage razors that's simply superior to modern day steel. I don't know what it is about vintage steel, but it is perfect for straight razors. My friend Eric Gilroy has written about the qualities of vintage and antique steel, it's a fascinating read. Vintage steel is better for razors. I don't know why. Then again, I don't know how electricity works either; I don't let that stop me from switching on the kettle.
Toulouse and Toulon
A Victorian joke for you from my (almost) Victorian grandfather. Two French towns, he said, that described the British Sailor's trousers. Some modern razors are the razor equivalents of the sailor's trousers.
Vintage razors are superior because they were designed to be balanced, well dimensioned and made to be used, not looked at, beautiful though they often are.
I hone a lot of razors by many modern makers. Whilst they are fine works of art, they are often, but not always, pastiches of straight razors. They can be badly proportioned, unbalanced and downright unwieldy.
Many modern razors are badly put together too, using nails instead of traditional pins is just an example which can cause the owner problems down the line; pins can be adjusted, nails can only be adjusted from one side.
The difference between a vintage razor and a modern razor can seem like the difference between watching your favourite band in a stadium and watching a tribute band in a pub. Know what I mean?
So, vintage razors are generally better than modern made razors. That's just my personal opinion. I am not saying that all modern razors are inferior. There are fine razor makers out there. I am proud to draw attention to their work on social media. Support these fine craftsmen.
Vintage is only best when...
Vintage is the best option, hands down. That said, to enjoy the best of vintage, you need a razor that is clean, surgically clean. You need a razor that has been stripped down and re-assembled with care and attention. You need a razor that has been honed in a traditional way to provide a buttery smooth shave.
Friends, if you're after fine shaving proof, you've come to the right place.