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Traditional Wet Shaving

Rediscovering the pleasure of wet shaving with straight or DE blade razors. Also see my webpage on this topic at Traditional Wet Shaving webpage.

It is being run as a Collection which means only I am posting but anyone is free to comment and discuss the posts as long as it stays on the topic of the post.

Out of long experience this has shown me to be the most focussed way of obtaining relevant interesting news without lots of spam and off topic chatter. I have no intention of spending time moderating a social Community. I've previously had over 500,000 followers on G+ and they followed because posts stayed strictly on topic. I hope people will appreciate that here and if you'd rather do social chat there will be other Groups for that. I honestly can't find time to do news as well as moderate lots of other posts that I have not researched myself.



  • Danie van der Merwe
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    The Ultimate Guide To Wet Shaving

    It is inconceivable how old the culture of shaving is, according to the fact that the first recorded wet-shaving was back in 4000BC by Egyptian noblemen. Even more fascinating, if you imagine that it has remained unaltered as a procedure at its core. We are convinced that the art of shaving is a very particular form of art preserved carefully through the centuries and followed by millions of men. Let alone nowadays, that traditional wet shaving is enjoying a re...  more
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    Unboxing and First Shave with the NEW Gillette Heritage Safety Razor

    Reviews seem very positive with the handle made in the USA and the head in Germany. Consensus seems to be it gives a medium aggressive shave much like the Edwin Jagger DE89. But why is Gillette doing this as they make way more off their proprietary cartridge blades?

    Watch at https://youtu.be/Aui3lLedxmo

    #traditionalshaving #gillette #shaving
    It's Gillette's first safety razor in decades and it's time to unbox it and try it out! Let's see if they can capture some of their former glory.

    Let's shave!

    The razor: https://amzn.to/32DonrK
    The shaving cream: https://amzn.to/2CzpZrM
    The brush: https://bit.ly/33J8gtN
    The aftershave: https://bit.ly/2rEaL2z

    Check out my coffee mugs and...
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    How Do You Choose a Double Edge Razor Blade? By Ordering a Sample Pack to Test Different Blades

    Finding the perfect double edge razor blade is a bit like finding your perfect mate. It can take a few wrong turns before you get it right. To help ease you through the rocky parts of this new relationship, it is suggested you try a variety of razor blades. Sharpest is not always the best as it depends a lot on the razor and your own skin and beard.

    See https://www.westcoastshaving.com/blogs/wet-sha...  more
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    How To Use A Shave Stick 4 Ways Because Shaving Soap Is Not Always The Best For All Situations

    A shave stick is a specialized shave soap designed to be applied directly on the skin.

    Watch https://youtu.be/LLrqyeZGsTg

    #traditionalshaving #shaving
    See also my blog post at https://sharpologist.com/2019/11/4-ways-to-use-a-shave-stick-with-video.html

    A shave stick is a specialized shave soap designed to be applied directly on the skin.  Here are four different ways to use a shave stick.
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    The best safety razors - Traditional Wet Shavers are SO spoilt for choice

    In an age of electric razors, multi-blade cartridges, Axe body spray, and canned shaving foam, old-school barber-style shaving is making a big comeback. This is largely due to an information-rich internet that has allowed younger generations to re-discover things that have been left behind in our modern sea of mass-produced consumer products. Or maybe we could simply chalk it up to men being tired of crappy shaves, irrita...  more
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    Big News! Gillette releasing a Heritage-Inspired Double Edged Safety Razor from 1 Nov for $35 - First time in over 30 years!

    It's big news because Gillette has been moving briskly away from DE razors for over 30 years now, steadily adding more and more blades to their cartridge razors. Problem is the cartridge razors cut in a way that gives many people ingrown hairs and skin irritation. This is why DE having has been growing steadily without any Gillette involvement apart from the fact they sti...  more
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    Learn All About Double Edge Razor Blades - History, Developments, Advantages

    Some interesting history around the adoption of safety razor blades... Straight razors were a once-off purchase but required work and time, then came safety razors which caught on during WWI because they were given to servicemen but they now required replacement which meant revenue generation for manufacturers. But DE blades were standardised which meant you could easily switch manufacturers so along came multi-blade c...  more
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    All about double edge safety razor blades. History, storage, disposal, sharpness, markings, How many shaves per blade? It's all here!

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    Usually, technological advances are better but no so for shaving as the safety razor is still cheaper, more environmentally friendly, and better for preventing ingrown hairs

    The safety razor was first patented in 1880 and quickly became the tool that all men (at least, those who weren’t brave enough to stick with a straight razor) shaved with. Some 50 years later the electric razor was introduced to great fanfare and remains extremely popular.

    Yet safety razors are still very much with us, as ...  more
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    Reasons Why You Should Throw out Your Aerosol Can of Shaving Cream - The Environment And The Chemicals

    Even if you still make use of those expensive, non-environmentally friendly, in-grown hair inducing cartridge razor blades you can still switch to using more natural shaving soaps and shaving creams. The article below expands on some of the typical chemical and environment issues around aerosol shaving cans.

    See https://www.razoremporium.com/blog/5-reasons-you-should-throw-out-your-shaving-cr...  more
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    RazoRock Game Changer .68-P Double-Edge Razor - A Solid 316L Marine Grade Stainless Steel Razor For $57.99

    "Why did we call this razor the Game Changer? It's really simple! This razor was produced to a standard that is superior to razors which typically costs 4-8 times the price, yet in usual RazoRock fashion, we are bringing you the highest standards of quality at a price everyone can afford. The RazoRock Game Changer is built to last a lifetime, machined from marine grade billet stainless ste...  more
    Italian Barber (https://www.italianbarber.com/) has developed a safety razor with tolerances and specifications that aim to compete with premium safety razors. As such, they’ve named this razor the Game Changer. It retails for USD $54.99. Currently, the razor is sold out but IB has posted that 500-1000 per month will be manufactured and made available until all waitlist requests are...
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    The Best Razors, According to Barbers - Overall Best Is A Merkur 34C Safety Razor

    Getting the best shave comes down to having the best tools for the job. You’ll want to use a good shaving cream, of course, but the most important thing is to choose the right razor. A cartridge razor with disposable blades is the method most men learn first (and stick to), and replacement blades are available pretty much anywhere. An electric razor might be best for someone who wants to be as quick and efficient ...  more