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May 11, 2006

A close shave

Writing for Christianity Today, Andy Crouch considers the merits of "wet shaving" (hat tip to A Former Servant of Her Majesty). This article made a convert out of me. My new implacable Merkur Croma razor is so fearsomely sharp I have had to re-learn how to shave because it is actually doing the business the way it is supposed to be done. Especially first thing in the morning.

There are two ways to look at this moment. You can say that no one in his right mind should wield a double-edged razor half-asleep. Or you can say that no one in his right mind can stay half-asleep when he picks up a double-edged razor. Here is what invariably happens: as I swirl the brush in the tub of Trumper's Sandalwood Shaving Cream, as I scrub my face gently with the brush, covering it with fragrant lather, as I apply the razor at an acute angle to my cheek next to my right ear, I suddenly become gloriously awake. Ten minutes into my day, I am paying utmost attention.


Posted by Ghost of a flea at May 11, 2006 10:14 AM

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