Tacoma, I, for one, perceived your nuanced humor right off, so you can take comfort in the idea that at least someone got it.
As payment for your self-deprecating humor, you have been charged with the following crimes:
Cruising Boats, Cruising People, Cruising Answers
- "hogging" a sink in a multiple-sink bathroom while you shower
- wasting water in a desert
- daring to want to shave with warm water
- lying about posting in a humorous vein
- possibly being an internet troll
- not being a real man because you shave your face
- (possibly, we're not quite sure, but we're watching you!) contributing to global warming
Way to go, Cruiser's Forum. This is the warmest, most inviting place on the Internet
. (That was sarcasm, for those of you who seem to have difficulty perceiving such).
No doubt there will ensue sentiments of "Oh, we were merely kidding around. It wasn't mean-spirited; it was all in fun. Can't you take a joke," etc.
Notice they all shut down when you revealed you were no ignorant to be beaten about the head and easily shamed, but had considerable practical knowledge of the issue, and then began communicating with you in a noticeably conciliatory manner. So it always goes.
Now that you have endured the knee-jerk responses of the environmentalists, and have been charged, judged guilty and sentenced to the public humiliation of having your personal property confiscated and thrown into the toilet as a a proper sneering disgust for using 2 quarts of (gasp! hot!) water, and publicly humiliated by being the subject of a parodied image of you running around the parking lot naked to suggest that you are ridiculous, we might now be able to get on to offering some useful feedback.
I'll assume that what you mean by "manual 2-blade safety
razor" is an actual double-edged safety
razor, and not a two-blade disposable-cartridge system. I can see there are other traditional wet shavers responding in this thread, such as Ann T Cate
, but here are my bona fides. I've been traditional wet-shaving for two years. My current
- 1950s-era Gillette Super-Speed Red Tip twist-to-open (TTO) double-edged safety razor
- ca. 1960 Schick Hydro-magic Golden 500 injector safety razor
- boar hair shaving brush for face-lathering; badger brush for mug-lathering
- hard-puck shaving soaps & shaving soap sticks
If your brush is soft, instead of stiff, I think it must be made of badger hair. I've never heard of a sable brush.
I fear your shave prep. will continue to be short-circuited by well-meaning intruders, even if you tape a note on the mirror over your sink. Your best bet, as has already been offered, is to bring a container to set in the sink to pre-heat your equipment
. Then, you can run hot water into the container, leave your brush to soften and your cream to warm, and adjust the temperature to suit you when you return to shave.
Don't let the environmental police tell you how many ounces the container must be limited to. You are a man, and can make that decision for yourself.
(For those of you who have already demonstrated a dim sense for humor, and are feeling vaguely insulted, imagine a funny emoticon, animated if you fancy, inserted here).
There is one substantial change in your personal routine I might suggest. You are using canned shave cream now, but trying to pre-heat the cream inside the can is inefficient. Since you are already using a brush, you might find that using either a shave cream in a tube or small screw-lid jar, or a puck
of shave soap in a ceramic mug completes your wet-shaving experience. After all, the brush is made to work up a lather, not merely apply the lather to your face. There are literally hundreds to choose from, in a wide range of scents/fomulas.
You can easily pre-heat a tube/small jar of cream, or a mug with a soap puck
, in the container of hot water that your brush is softening in, and it will be all ready for you when you walk up to the sink. As a matter of fact, the container will help keep your lather warm as you shave if you leave the mug & brush sitting in it.
I have found this community immensely helpful:
Badger & Blade Discussion Forums
Good luck, and smooth shaving,