The decision to plunge into the world of classic shaving wasn’t really all that difficult for me. I spent a little time doing some reading and weighing up all the pros and cons of wet shaving and in particular, investing in a safety razor and its companions.
The question that posed much more difficulty for me was “what do I buy?” Do I just buy a safety razor and build my own shaving set? Or do I purchase a you beaut, ready to go, no assembly required…safety razor shaving kit?
Personally, I ended up going with the later. The main reason was, I simply had no idea what to buy in regards to shaving brushes, shaving soaps, razor blades, shaving bowls, alum blocks, shaving stands, etc. Now not all shaving kits are created equal. You still may need to get one or two additional items, but you’ll have the basics so you can start your journey.
If you’re a beginner to traditional shaving, buying a prepared kit is a great choice for a few reasons:
- You have everything you need to get started
- Eliminates much of the decision making process
- Gives you a starting point
- Cheaper than buying items individually
Now if you’re a seasoned wet shaver with a well established set up, the thought of buying a full shaving set up may not be all that attractive. But if you need a couple of items, buying a kit may still be a lot better value.
You Have Everything You Need To Get Started
One of the great things about buying a shaving kit is that you are set up with the basics. As I mentioned earlier, not all kits will have everything, but you’ll have everything you need to commence your wet shaving adventure
Eliminates Much Of The Decision Making
With almost any new pursuit interest or hobby, getting guidance from professionals and those with experience, can be a massive help. Allowing the experts to help with your initial decision making can save you plenty of time and money.
Gives You A Starting Point
As most of you blokes would agree, working out what items you need for a decent shaving set isn’t exactly difficult, but it gives you a base from where to begin.
Over time, as your skills improve and you gain more experience, you’ll be able to judge for yourself what you like and what you don’t. From there, you’ll be able to try different razors, blades and brushes. Not to mention the world of artisan shaving soaps that await you.
Cheaper Than Buying Items Individually
Right from the outset, I want to say that there is no problem with buying items individually when setting up your shaving kit. There is a certain freedom, a certain expression of individuality in doing so. But if this is all new to you, it just might be an advantage to allow those in the know, to put together a robust & functional shaving set for you.
Let’s have a look at a real life scenario. I’ve put together a list of items you might buy if you were creating your shaving ensemble:
- Safety Razor
- Shaving Brush
- Shaving Soap or Cream
- Alum Block
You can certainly get away without having one, but another handy addition you could gift yourself with later down the track would be a shaving stand.
Edwin Jagger is a well known and much respected name in the shaving community. Likewise, West Coast Shaving has established itself as a market leader in the world of shaving. So I’ve paired these two together for a real life comparison in buying items individually versus purchasing them as a kit.
The prices I’ve listed are current at the time of this article’s publication and may change. But even so, you will form a clear picture of the options available to you. So without any further adieu, here we go!
Head to Head Comparison
Safety Razor: Edwin Jagger DE89L – Price $42
Shaving Brush: Edwin Jagger Super Shaving Brush (Medium) – Price $91
Shaving Cream: Edwin Jagger Sandalwood Shaving Cream – Price $16
Aftershave: Edwin Jagger Sandalwood Aftershave – Price $39
Alum Block: Shavex Jumbo Size – Price $11.99
Towel: West Coast Shaving Towel – Price $7.49
Total Cost – $207.48
With the exception of the Alum Block brand difference, the rest of the items are the same. If you were to purchase the above items as a kit:
Total Cost – $154.99
Now if you’re on a budget (or even if you’re not) a saving of over $52 is not something to be sneezed at. Although you could save the money, I personally might put it towards more shaving stuff. 😉
The above shaving set is but one example of the dozens of great shaving sets that will suit every budget and taste.
There are plenty of great places to shop for great quality and brilliant value shaving kits. A couple of my favourites are:
It’s truly exciting when you begin to look at all the shaving paraphernalia available these days. The varieties of razors, brushes, blades and soaps offer the opportunity to transport you to wet shaving heaven for a few lifetimes.
The truth is, if you wish, you can be quite specific about what you want in your shaving cupboard, particularly if money is no object.
However, you might be very similar to me when I first began classic shaving. With little money and even less experience, buying a shaving kit seemed to be the best option. And in retrospect, I couldn’t have made a better decision.
With my shaving set sorted, I now had no distractions or purchases to worry about. I could devote my time to honing my skills to become a better exponent of traditional shaving.
Have you had a shaving set yourself, or have you considered buying one? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.
Time to get your shave on! 😉