Thoughts on Shaving

Shaving—that time honored tradition of holding an extremely sharp instrument to your head when you’re still half asleep.

I started loosing my hair at a young age and by 30, I declared my hairstyle to be “bald is beautiful.” As such, I’ve bought a few razors overs the years and I can get into a shaving discussion with the best of gents.

When people ask me if I’ve used the Dollar Shave Club and seem surprised when explain that it’s (1) too expensive and (2) I wasn’t happy with the razors.

Don’t get me wrong, the shave club will save you money compared to purchasing razors at retail—which is nothing short of incredulous. In the past, I used the Mach3, Fusion, and other such multi-blade razors. Not what I use now, but we’ll get into that in just a moment.

At CVS (I don’t go to Walgreen’s), the Fusion razors are $36 for 8 razors— $4.50/razor. If you used just one razor a week that would come to $234 per year.

This is ridiculous.

The dollar shave club for a similar razor (1 per week) would be $108.00… for just the razors (or cartridges)…

On Amazon, you can get the name brand razor for $110.00 per year (1 per week) assuming you have a Prime membership (which is also about the same price you can get at the local warehouse club).

This is absolutely insane.

If you’re still using these razors and spending over $100/year on razors, not only are you wasting money… you’re also not getting a great shave.

For the last 3 years or so, I’ve been using what Yeni likes to call… the Grandpa razor. You may know it as the safety razor, and it’s the best shave I’ve ever had.

I personally use a Merkur brand handled razor (pick it up for $20 to $60, depending on your options) with Persona blades.

I get 100 blades for… wait for it… $11.72. Even better, these blades are so amazingly good, that I last well over a week with just one blade.

My last box of 100 blades lasted 2 years…. meaning a $200+ savings over the Dollar Shave Club.

Yes, using a safety razor has a learning curve. But if I can do it… anyone can.

I don’t shave with this razor because of how much money I save… this is just an amazing side benefit. I shave with the safety razor because it’s simply the best shave I’ve ever had.

By Fred Posner

Fred Posner provides VoIP consulting services through The Palner Group and For ten years, Fred helped his wife, Yeni Monroy, run Bearkery®, a family bakery in Gainesville, Florida. The bakery sadly closed during the COVID19 pandemic. Contact Fred at

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