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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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    7 Best Safety Razor Blades That Provide a Perfect Shave

    Positioned between disposable razors and straight razors, a safety razor might seem like the typical middle child. That hardly tells the whole story, however. Make no mistake; safety razors are damn good. They’re a definite upgrade over the majority of disposable razors, and rank right up there with safety razor when it comes to delivering a close, professional-like shave.

    Same face, same razor, but different blade = a different shave. I...  more
  • Danie van der Merwe
    Charcoal Goods manufactures unique artisan safety razors from solid stainless steel, copper, brass or aluminium

    Charcoal Goods is a one-man operation designing and manufacturing classic safety razors and wet shaving accessories.

    See https://charcoalgoods.com

    #charcoalgoods #safetyrazors #shaving
  • Danie van der Merwe
    Rex Ambassador Adjustable Safety Razor Unboxing-Review by Shave Nation

    This is a beautifully made safety razor that I've featured before but I can't stop looking at it. It carries a lifetime manufacturing warranty which is probably too short as this razor will last multiple lifetimes!

    Watch at https://youtu.be/S0Dvbuo49WU

    #safetyrazor #rexambassador #traditionalshaving
    Unboxing Review of the Rex Ambassador Adjustable Safety Razor. Please purchase from https://shavenation.com/ and use the links below to support my channel so that I can keep making these videos.
    Thank you! Geo.

    Shaving Gear Used in this Video:
    Rex Ambassador Razor: http://bit.ly/RexRazorSN
    Feather Blades: http://bit.ly/FeatherBladesSN

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    An American Wet Shaver In London notes that many of the biggest and most recognizable names of traditional shaving products are in walking distance of each other

    London is the headquarters for many of the biggest and most recognizable names of traditional shaving products. such as Geo. F. Trumper (GFT), Taylor of Old Bond Street (TOBS), D.R. Harris, and Truefitt & Hill (T&H).

    All of these businesses are located within walking distance of one another. They are located on Jermyn St. and St Jam...  more
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    How to Shave with a Safety Razor - For the closest possible shave

    A safety razor looks intimidating. On the one hand, it looks antiquated, like something your grandfather would use. We’ve got all this razor science selling us 3- and 5-blade options now. It’s crazy that they used to only use a single blade, isn’t it? Not to mention, those blades are sharp!

    So why the hell would you want to put down your cartridge razor and switch to a safety razor? Well, five reasons are given in the article bu...  more
  • Danie van der Merwe
    What Is A Straight Razor For & What Are The Benefits?

    Straight razor shaving is making a comeback. And as with many nearly lost arts, there is a growing desire to understand, perfect, and share this wet shaving ritual. So, if you’ve been thinking about going “cut-throat”, read on to discover the benefits of this age-old practice as well as the history, terminology, and maintenance of a straight razor.

    How can you get the closest experience to a barbershop shave without actually going to a barb...  more
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    A case is made for the Merkur 34C not being the best choice as a Beginner Safety Razor and the alternatives are also Merkurs

    I found this interesting as I've always hands down recommended the 34C as the best razor to start out with - it's a very easy mild shave with plenty of forgiveness which creates a good first impression and inspires confidence. But Sheldon makes a case here for tow other Merkur contenders that may be a better choice for a beginners razor.

    The Merkur 34C is Merkur's best ...  more
  • Danie van der Merwe
    The Ultimate Guide to Merkur Safety Razors 2019

    Merkur safety razors are Merkur company’s flagship products. A leading worldwide manufacturer of quality shaving equipment since 1906, the Merkur Solingen company is a subsidiary of DOVO Solingen Steelware. DOVO is an independent concern headquartered in Solingen, Germany producing a variety of men’s grooming accoutrements including scissors and manicure tools. They make some of the best value for money DE razors.

    Master Shave has been updating ...  more
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    Why Is Shaving With A Safety Razor Better?

    Back in the day (before triple venti no foam lattes and cloud computing), things were simple, and simple worked well. The DE safety razor itself was a beautifully sculpted tool that was meant to last a lifetime (or two). It reflected the integrity and purposefulness of the man who used it. So, it is no wonder that our modern age is longing to rediscover wet shaving.

    Traditional Wet Shaving with a safety razor is one of the best ways to shave, hands do...  more
  • Danie van der Merwe
    What Is The Best New Twist To Open Butterfly Razor? [Analysis]

    Twist to open “butterfly” double edge razors are not only convenient to use but they also have a place in cultural history: ask a random person on the street to describe an “old fashioned safety razor” and the odds are they’ll say something like ‘oh, that razor where the top doors opened up to change a blade with.’ With the right kind of razor blade storage magazine, blade changing can be a completely hands-off process.

    The twist ...  more
  • Danie van der Merwe
    Whats Menthol And Why Is It In My Shaving Stuff?

    Menthol is an organic compound obtained from mint oils (or it can be made synthetically). It is a waxy, crystalline substance, clear or white in color, solid at room temperature and melts slightly above. Natural menthol is obtained by freezing peppermint oil. The resultant crystals of menthol are then separated by filtration.

    Menthol is a monoterpene. Terpenes and terpenoids are a group of compounds in plants responsible for scent and taste. Th...  more
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    “Traditional Razors provide great Shaves but minimal Profits” - They're just no good for mass marketing companies as standardised blades are way too cheap for big profit margins

    Most people assume traditional safety razors are obsolete, difficult to use and provide inferior shaves relative to modern, multi-blade cartridge razors. This is not surprising considering that such razors are no longer widely available — and haven’t been for some time. But what isn’t obvious is that these products wer...  more