I've been thinking about some things lately, of course always as a result of what's going on in my life. One of the things I've been thinking about recently is getting back onto the dating scene. Of course when your thoughts go towards attracting the opposite sex one of the first things that becomes obvious to just about everyone is appearance, which leads to weight loss. So getting into better shape and beefing up and slimming down is a dominant theme in my mind. When I turn that thought to shaving I think about the weight of my razor.
In the past I have beefed up a razor or shave brush by adding weight to the handle, but that principle can be applied just simply by using a different handle on a particular shave head. Adding weight alters the shaving characteristics of a razor just as lightening the weight. You can make a razor a bit more aggressive by adding a heavier handle or a more aggressive razor can perform less aggressively by putting on a lighter handle. This can also be accomplished at times by using a shorter or longer handle. How you work the handle determines more in this case the end result. A shorter handle could cause a lighter touch or heavier...it just depends.
I received a test razor from Mark Gustafson at MG Custom Shaving (www.MGPens.Etsy.com). It is a wooden handled razor with a standard Parker closed comb head. This handle is much lighter than many razor handles and when used on a razor that typically has a heavier handle it makes it shave differently. It makes the head feel heavier and thus you used even a lighter touch than normal in combination to being lighter there is definitely a decrease in aggressiveness to this moderately aggressive razor.
This particular razor is made of snake wood, which is fairly light in weight. He makes custom handles and other shave accessories out of wood and would be happy to work with you for that special handle out of whatever material you would like (if it can be found). I've handled some wood that is very dense and quite heavy so universally the type of wood will determine whether or not a wood handle would be a heavier or lighter option for a razor handle.
A less aggressive razor can definitely be moved up a step in aggressiveness (efficiency) when a markedly heavier handle is used with the razor head. The increased weight (if your technique is correct) of the overall razor should cause the razor to be more aggressive due to the increase pressure applied to the face by the razor head simply due to increased weight. Gravity does the work of course.
So, below is a video where I discuss these issues and thoughts. I also perform a lathering demonstration with Mitchell's Wool Fat Shaving Soap due to a special request from a follower of my videos.