Everybody should have an everyday shave. You know, the one that you can default to in a hurry and afterwards feel great. Finding that perfect shave takes a little time and patience but it pays off in the long run. In fact, with my hectic schedule I have been defaulting to the "old reliable" shave more and more.
When I first started DE shaving, I was absorbing every bit of information I could find. Early on, I fell to the temptation of "Get Everything" and ended up with a closet full of things that I will never completely use. Actually there is nothing wrong with that. But after awhile you find yourself gravitating to certain things while others are left unused. With a box full of blades, razors, and creams, I often stare at them thinking What do I use now that will give me a good satisfying shave? Holding my head in my hand I often say "It doesn't matter, just grab something and let's go." But in all reality, if you own three or four creams, you have a years worth of shaves easy!
In the midst of all of this though, you can find your perfect shave if you are patient and willing to take some time working at it. After two years, it was just this past week that I hit upon my perfect shave.
Find your razor and your soap first, then find your blade. With over a hundred different blades on the market today, finding one that has the right combination of sharpness and smoothness may take some time. Blades tend to be a little wild on the first shave, but settle down after the first couple of shaves. For me and my light beard, I prefer smoothness over sharpness. It's more important that I do not shave the skin and smooth blades works best. For this cause, I generally fall back on Voskad blades. These don't feel sharp but feel dull, but they cut close and smooth. It does take a little getting used to the "bounce" feel that I get from a light weight razor.
Aftershave and balm
Without doubt Pinaud Clubman original is the best out there. It is not
So find your everyday shave, and then as time permits, stray from it a little to try new things. You will always have the satisfaction of knowing that you have something to come back to when things start to get a little rough!