The understands that a lot of men think a beard is very manly. The Czar agrees, but reminds everyone that most manly thing is—whether you have a beard or not—knowing how to shave correctly.
Operative SMR throws in some gravy to the Czar’s meat-and-potatoes rant about razor blade costs.
|Dear The Czar,
Some of us clued in on an answer to the outrageous cost of shaving years ago, interestingly, during a lean financial period: shave like your grandpa shaved.
A Merkur 34C safety razor costs about $36. 100 Astra safety blades cost $10. Each blade lasts a week, so (if my math is correct, and it usually is), each shave until you run out of blades costs 6.57 cents. After that, the holder is paid for, and each shave costs 1.43 cents.
Barbasol is cheap. If you like the brush and soap thing, Proraso shave soap produces a nice lather.
Old guys knew stuff. But then, you’re the oldest guy I know of, so you knew that, too.
Божію Поспѣшествующею Милостію Мы, Дима Грозный Императоръ и Самодержецъ Всероссiйскiй, цѣсарь Московскiй. The Czar was born in the steppes of Russia in 1267, and was cheated out of total control of all Russia upon the death of Boris Mikhailovich, who replaced Alexander Yaroslav Nevsky in 1263. However, in 1283, our Czar was passed over due to a clerical error and the rule of all Russia went to his second cousin Daniil (Даниил Александрович), whom Czar still resents. As a half-hearted apology, the Czar was awarded control over Muscovy, inconveniently located 5,000 miles away just outside Chicago. He now spends his time seething about this and writing about other stuff that bothers him.