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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
  • Danie van der Merwe
    Who or what got you hooked onto traditional wet shaving, and if not, what would your reasons be?

    It took me 30 years of suffering with constant ingrown hairs before I discovered wet shaving with a safety razor. I think it was a GeoFatBoy video on YouTube that got me to notice wet shaving and luckily I got going with an Edwin Jagger razor and reasonable blades (real cheapies can give a bad first impression). I was astounded to see the ingrown hairs disappear after about a week never to return.

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  • Danie van der Merwe
    Insider: The best shaving soap - These great soaps will also improve shaving for cartridge razor users

    Personally out of the 5 I used 3 being the Mitchell's Wool Fat, the Taylor of Old Bond Street, and the Arko stick. The stick is great for travelling and I found the Mitchell's worked really well with a stiffer bristle brush. I never hit it off with the shaving cream though (did not lather well for me). I'd still like to try out the Proraso shaving soap though as I enjoyed using their creams an...  more
  • Danie van der Merwe
    Wet Shaving Club VS Dollar Shave Club - And Why The Dollar Shave Club Is Not A Dollar a Month

    It's not always clear up front what you are committing to with these clubs. The Wet Shaving Club is a newer entrant to the market that does cost $12pa and has no monthly commitment. It also provides a safety razor vs a cartridge razor that Dollar Shave Club provides. The big difference comes in the replenishment order costs...

    Watch at https://youtu.be/I-E5Bxcw4Gs

    #wetshaving #traditionalshaving #sha...  more
    So many shave clubs, only a few geared to traditional wet shaving. The latest one goes head to head from a newbie's point of view with one of the most popular shave clubs... Dollar Shave Club. Which one is actually the better deal? Do both razors shave the same or is one better than the other?

    Wet Shaveing Club razor specs

    98 grams
    3 1/4 inches long
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    5 Best Shaving Brushes With A Quick Step-by-Step Buyer’s Guide

    Traditional wet shavers are spoilt for choice when it comes to types and options for shaving brushes. At first, it can also appear quite confusing (and even later as many found out when trying to figure out the Omega brush numbers). This guide is useful in that it also illustrates what you should consider when choosing a brush. There is no "best" brush as our skins are different, the soaps we use are different, and what we are looki...  more
  • Danie van der Merwe
    Is a no-name brand bristle shaving brush worth it vs six time more expensive Bluebeards Revenge Doubloon brush?

    Well this is ironic, I just discovered that in fact the Bluebeards Revenge brush is synthetic boar hair. It used to be advertised as "bristle" and everyone guessed it was boar hair due to the price being a lot less than badger hair brushes. But be that as it may, this may just be an even fairer comparison then. So my next brush needs to be a real boar hair brush...

    The no-name brand ...  more
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    10 Best Men’s Razors For Sensitive Skin Without Burn Or Irritate 2019 - A single blade is still best!

    Buying a five or six-blade razor may not be your best option, even if manufacturers say otherwise. These five blades cut tight but run the risk of irritation and shaving. Buying a good razor from a reputable brand is crucial.

    I differ with the article in that a safety razor requires more skill (a little maybe but really not anything difficult) and even a cartridge razor requires shaving cream ...  more
  • Danie van der Merwe
    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
  • Danie van der Merwe
    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