Why Have More Than One ?

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Here, my regulars are MÜHLE R89 and Exec Shaving Braveheart head, then two travel razors used infrequently and two old razors I call scrap metal. I know that today it's all about freedom of choice, change, challenge and even collecting - let's face it there's more choice of decent shaving gear than ever before. And a lot of us can afford to splash out (credit card's your flexible fried).
As far as I recall my father had the same DE razor and brush for years and cream lasted forever, and as a factory worker most of his wages went on paying off the house and feeding the large family (thank goodness for that).
Probably still a fair few like your father. I know a chap that's still using his Mach 3 and the Wilkinson bowl year after year. Same boar brush for years as well. It's merely a task for him
It's not about how much a razor costs, it doesn't matter if one day I shave with a £300 razor and the next day a £50 razor.........just the same as I don't eat prime steak every day, some days I will eat beef burger if that makes more sense. :) P.
+1 to this. My expensive razors don't shave any better than my cheap razors but I love the design and craftsmanship that's gone in to them.
 
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The fact that many quality DE Razors offer multiple plates, means it is far less necessary to buy large qtys of razors. You simply have the one Razor and swap plates to suite your mood and requirements. Much cheaper and less wasteful in the long run.
 
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For me it's a combination of enjoying collecting different razors and enjoying the variation of different razors. Each one shaves in a slightly different way and I enjoy them all for different reasons. There's something quite satisfying about shaving with a razor that's 50-100 years old!

I rotate all my stuff, razors and brushes every week, soaps every day.
 
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For me it's a combination of enjoying collecting different razors and enjoying the variation of different razors. Each one shaves in a slightly different way and I enjoy them all for different reasons. There's something quite satisfying about shaving with a razor that's 50-100 years old!

I rotate all my stuff, razors and brushes every week, soaps every day.
+1 Totally agree...
Tried and enjoy vintage...now tried and enjoy modern including a fully stainless steel razor (albeit only a RR GC.84-P SB)
I rotate all my stuff, razors, blades, brushes, soaps and aftershaves every day.
 

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I'm trying to be more selective in what I buy in future. At the moment I have a Feather AS-D2 a Feather AC SS and a vintage Velvet DE razor. I will shortly put the Velvet up for sale as I just don't use it enough. One DE and the Artist Club gives me all I want from a shave.

I really wish it could be as simple as that for me, but if I'm not changing razors it just doesn't feel like a hobby to me and it becomes what I used to do all my life (before shaving became a hobby,) shaving for work and it didn't matter how good it was, as long as it looked like I had shaved that was okay.

The only time I enjoy shaving with the same razor more than once in a row is when I have a new razor or when I'm trying to nail down a razor / blade combination.

Some of my razors are daily drivers, others will give me such a close shave that after 24h I could not use the same razor and then I enjoy something different like a SR at least once a week.

Amongst the daily drivers I have the Rockwell 6s, RR Game Changer, ATT M2 and S1 then for a bit longer than a day I have the ATT R2 and S2, Rocca and for longer than that is the R41. The SRs fit in between.

I'm sure I would get irritation if I were to use the R41 as a daily driver, or use the ATT R2,S2, Rocca as a daily driver for 3 days in a row. In fact, the R2 and S2 used to give me a lot of irritation when they were my daily drivers some years ago, before I understood what my face can take and how often.

Having devided my razors in this way I get fantastic shaves, I never get irritation and I enjoy my shaves
 
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I've read of some people expressing guilt over the size of their collections. It's easy to feel guilty about the size of a collection. If you've built your collection, you're not in debt having assembled it and you enjoy it (regardless of size), you (we) shouldn't feel guilty. The issue comes if the thrill of acquisitions is covering an underlying problem and the spending becomes uncontrollable.

That's my deep Monday morning input. Now if you'll please excuse me, I must go and deliver excellence for my employer!
 
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I've read of some people expressing guilt over the size of their collections. It's easy to feel guilty about the size of a collection. If you've built your collection, you're not in debt having assembled it and you enjoy it (regardless of size), you (we) shouldn't feel guilty. The issue comes if the thrill of acquisitions is covering an underlying problem and the spending becomes uncontrollable.

That's my deep Monday morning input. Now if you'll please excuse me, I must go and deliver excellence for my employer!

I'm in agreement one should not have any guilt for having a collection of razors or high value shaving items be it a brush/razor etc. If one can afford the items in question and it gives you pleasure to assemble/use the such a collection then that's all that matters.

Then again if you get a lot of pleasure from a one razor/brush/soap/blades then great for you.

It's all about finding what suits your needs the most and always delivering excellence for your employer on a Monday morning....
 
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I'm in agreement one should not have any guilt for having a collection of razors or high value shaving items be it a brush/razor etc. If one can afford the items in question and it gives you pleasure to assemble/use the such a collection then that's all that matters.

Then again if you get a lot of pleasure from a one razor/brush/soap/blades then great for you.

It's all about finding what suits your needs the most and always delivering excellence for your employer on a Monday morning....
Hear hear!
 
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I like a bit of variety and different razors shave differently for what you might need at the time. Want a quick clean up or your skin is a bit sensitive and a mild razor will do it. If you've left it a few days and need to mow down a few days worth then something more aggressive.

I tend to like variety in most things each day from fragrance to food
 
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I bought several when first starting but have now three razors that get the most use. The DE89 as it is so comfortable and hassle free, The Merkur 37c slant as it is smooth, efficient qnd forgiving (no idea what some online vendors mean when they say handle with care: it's s pussy cat never even drawn blood with it). That was gifted to me by a bloke here and was much appreciated. Lastly I use a Schick Injector a lot (another TSR gift) which is a lovely shave. I had a Parker 24c but lost it and don't really miss it. i would not mind trying a Fatip Piccolo but in no great hurry. I could get shot of all mine save the DE89 and I would be happy.
 
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