Haha! Somewhere I have a few pics like this, too. Before the invention of the Mach 3, straight razors always cut the crap out of my face, and I've had blood running down in multiple places, too. You do win for biggest, though. I've never managed a 2" gash. I have had the number up to around 15 simultaneously, though. That pic made it look like I tried to catch some buckshot with my teeth. It's the curse of the thick beard, and somewhat fragile skin for me, The razor would actually catch many hairs at once, pull them up, and then the next blade(s) would catch the skin, and recursively shave off more and more skin. It would look and feel fine for a moment, and then the whole area would turn bright red, and then the pouring. Were you sliding the thing sideways?
Oh yeah, I just remembered 2 others. I get hair on the rims of my ears, and have to run the blade over those, too. Once, I got the angle wrong - some kind of mirror-induced vertigo, and sliced a nice gash in my ear, which being an ear, bled like a mofo all over itself, running down to my neck. Another time, and I'm not sure how, while having my mouth wide open, getting the annoying hairs in the crease between upper and lower lip, I caught my lip, and that one hurt like a bitch, and took forever to heal up. And or course, showers of blood. Sigh.
Well, by 'straight razor', I mean http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straight_razor
Like all guys dealing with the lengths of things, I've exaggerated a bit. It's really only about an inch and a half now that I see it not gaping any longer. It's a cut resulting from pressing the blade inwards, and actually peeled back a bit of the skin. I stuck it down a bit and it seems to have stayed :)
Shaving with a straight razor is pretty tricky, but it's really easy to slice yourself. I've nearly cut off my ear lobe on a number of occasions when cavalierly shaving around my jawline (the hardest part for me get a close shave on.)
I used to think that three blades couldn't be any better than two until Gilette cleverly snuck a Mach 3 blade into a box of Sensor Excel blades that I bought. The reduction in irritation is significant. AND I've used that same free blade at least half a dozen times now, with no perceptible degradation in performance! It's like a miracle.
Well, while I must admit that shaving with the same utensil that my great-great grandfather did is pretty damn cool, for me it's more about not having to keep buying and throwing away blades. The first time I shaved my head, I quickly discovered those Venus women's blades and have been addicted to them ever since. They're like $1 each. Compare that with the 2 years of not buying blades and it's a winning proposition for me.
Also, the 'ceremony' of stropping the blade before using it while the hot lather settles in on my face is extremely pleasing, making up for the occasional extra nick or giant gaping maw of a cut that occurs.
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