The Well-Rounded Gent: Shaving With The Spartan

The Spartan, by Dreadnought

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Late last year, we talked about shaving with a straight razor, and though some of you are adventurous, others wanted a cool razor that stood less chance of cutting through something vital. If you’re one of these guys, you should consider a safety razor. Meet the Spartan Double Edge Safety Razor, by Dreadnought.

The spartan feels substantial in your hand

Solid construction and ease of use

The first thing I noticed when unboxing the Spartan is that it feels substantial – there’s some heft to it. It’s made from stainless steel, so you won’t confuse it with those flimsy disposables you’re used to using. You can tell they put a lot of thought into the design of the razor, from the handle shape to the Dreadnought logo on the top plate of the cutting head.

Using a safety razor is very similar to how you’d use a disposable, but because of the weight of the razor itself, you don’t have to apply much pressure to get a good shave. Just run it along your face and the razor will do the hard work for you. The gents at ClassicShaving.com can give you more insight into proper double bladed shaving technique if you so desire.

A closer look at the spartan razor

Cleanup and care

The Spartan comes with a razor blade that you can easily install by loosening the top plate and placing the blade on the cutting head. It only takes a few seconds and then you’re ready to go. Since you’re using a double bladed razor, when one side gets dull, you can switch to the other side and continue to get a high quality shave. When it comes time to replace the blade, be sure to take a minute or two to fully clean the razor. Dreadnought recommends you fully dismantle the razor and scrub any stubborn residue with an old toothbrush. Dry, replace the blade, and reassemble, and you’re good to go. This should be enough to keep your razor clean and functional for years to come.

Dreadnought Shaving Cream

If the Spartan Double Edge Safety Razor by Dreadnought seems like your kind of shaving utensil, you can order one for $70 at Smallflower.com. A high quality razor deserves a high quality shaving cream, so consider spending an extra $20 for a 100ml canister of their shaving cream, made specifically for use by problem shavers.

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Author:Bruce Sturgell

Founding Editor - Chubstr.com
3 comments
Jody Renaldo
Jody Renaldo

I've been shaving with a vintage made-in-1934 Gillette Aristocrat double-edge razor, Feather double-edge blades, badger hair brush and real shaving cream you whip up with a brush - for 3 years now. So much cheaper than the usual disposable/cartridge fare and so much better, closer shaves too. For example, you can get 100 double edge blades for $15.00 and each blade lasts you many shaves. How much do Gillette Fusion cartridges cost now, how many do you get and how long do they last? When I shaved with cartridges, I had to shave everyday. Since I've went to double-edge, it's so close and smooth, I only have to shave every 3 days. There's a helpful community of wet shavers, called The Shave Den, at http://www.theshaveden.com that are always open to discuss technique, products and gear with newbies and long-time wet shavers alike. There's also other forums but this is the one I prefer. Wet shaving is definitely making a come back. Just grab you a vintage Gillette from your grand-dad's or dad's bathroom - he's probably still got one - or from eBay. And if vintage razors don't appeal to you - even though they can be cleaned and sterilized and put back into years of service - there are modern companies still making them. For example Merkur, Muhle, Dreadnaught/Blue Beard's Revenge (same company), iKon, Weber (no, not the same Weber that makes BBQ grills) and Goodfella. So dump the cartridges and the canned goo and turn your chore of shaving into your personal "me-time" zen. :]

Chubstr
Chubstr

Sarah Rocks - we're pretty sure you can - I think it'd make the leg shaving experience a bit better than what you're getting with the bic!

Sarah Rocks
Sarah Rocks

Can I use this on my legs cause I'd probably do that. =) This sure beats the asinine lady bic! (y)

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