If we truly want to get anally technical, anyone using water, cream or shaving soap is a wet shaver. That means people using Gillette, Schick, Dollar Shave Club (Dorco) are still in the same basic family as those using a safety razor or a straight razor.
This is just if we are being technical, of course.
I prefer to delineate each type of shaver in the following ways:
- Multi-Cartridge Razor Wet Shaver. Whether you shave in the shower, use a little soap and water post-shower, use a can of Barbasol or seriously lather up with a badger hair brush and some classic shave soap, you’re still a wet shaver.
- Safety Razor Cartridge Wet Shaver. Typically a safety razor shaver is what is most commonly thought of when someone uses the term “wet shaver,” but the term is tossed around so much, it has unfortunately become a broad misnomer.
- Straight Razor Wet Shaver. The truly hard-core and manliest among us are those that use the straight razor. The straight razor remains the original wet shaver, using a good lather to prep for a shave hundreds of years.
It should also be duly noted that not all wet shaving is mutually exclusive. If you use a straight razor, it does not preclude you in the slightest from using a multi-blade cartridge from time to time. Perhaps you do it for convenience. Or, perhaps you do it because there no other way you can get on the plane for your next important business trip.
In the end, you’re still technically considered a wet shaver. The only dry shavers I know are big butcher knife wielding Crocodile Dundee and people that use those terrible electric gizmos.
The wet shaving community tosses the term “wet shaving” around loosely, but likely 90% of the shaving of facial hair out there would technically considered wet shaving.