According to shaving giant Gillette, 70 percent of the men in America who shave do so with a razor, an average of four and a half times a week. (The other 30 percent? Electric shavers, which, in this writer's opinion, are an abomination and are simply unworthy of discussion.) Just do the math: four and a half times a week, 52 weeks a year for, what, 60 years? The average American male will shave his face more than 14,000 times in his life.
But shaving needn't be drudgery. All it takes is a little mindfulness about the task—as well as an assist from the full month Valet spent risking razor burn by testing some of the countless blade and cream combinations from which a modern man has to choose. What follows are in-depth reviews of four different razor and shave cream pairings, ranging from a rather humble disposable to an intimidating "cut-throat" blade.
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