4 members - Public

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.
 
[Note: This Group is on trial basis still as I'm intending for it to be curated on-topic posts created by myself which anyone can comment on and discuss (G+ Collections style). I did not want it to be a post all by everyone as I'll spend all my time moderating and won't be able to find content to post. I want it to be a focussed feed with just one or two posts per week so that it does not overwhelm everyone So let's see how it goes.]

About Community

Group Admin(1)

  • Danie van der Merwe
  • Danie van der Merwe
    What Is Sandalwood And Why Is It In My Shaving Stuff?

    Sandalwood is not a single scent or even a single plant. Sandalwood is a class of woods from [slow-growing] trees in the genus Santalum. The woods are heavy, yellow, and fine-grained, and unlike many other aromatic woods, they retain their fragrance for decades.

    However, what most people think of as “genuine” Sandalwood is Santalum album, a threatened species indigenous mainly in southern India. Although most genuine Sandalwood trees have ...  more
  • Danie van der Merwe
    Has The World Been Duped by “Big Razor, Inc.”? Is Less More? The problem is widespread education in the art of wet shaving without billion dollar ad budgets

    Since the inception of the original safety razor patents, Big Razor has sought to secure its market dominance by maintaining a very effective moat around its products. This moat includes consumer over-education, patent protection and broad-scale distribution.

    Once the original patents on the safety razor expired in 1921, Big Razor had no c...  more
  • Danie van der Merwe
    How to Quickly Stop Bleeding From a Shaving Cut

    While shaving, you manage to cut yourself ever so slightly, only for it to gush blood like an unfixable faucet leak. You’re left with the decision: continue to dab it with toilet paper until the bleeding stops or head to the office looking like Carrie.

    If you’re in need of a quick fix to your problems and don’t particularly want to bandage your face, here are a few tips to stopping the (seemingly) unstoppable cut from the wrath of a blunt razor.
    ...  more
  • Danie van der Merwe
    Your Best Digs Review: The Best Safety Razor - the Parker 99R at only $29.99

    During nearly two months of researching, testing and even dreaming about double-edge safety razors, they asked five different testers to put their faces on the line with each of the seven best products available to discover the Parker – 99R was the best safety razor for the money. The Parker – 99R earned high marks for easy manoeuvring, blade loading, construction material and all-around shaving comfort. The Viking – C...  more
  • Danie van der Merwe
    What Do You Need to Get Started With Traditional Shaving – AKA Wet-Shaving?

    Traditional shaving as your grandfather did is very simple and easy. You only need 3 items:

    1. Safety razor (with blades)
    2. Shaving brush
    3. Shaving soap or cream

    There are many other things that are nice to have – but strictly speaking, these are the 3 things you MUST have. Keep in mind – the equipment you purchase today will last you year after year. You’ll get a better shave and lower your expenses. A better com...  more
  • Danie van der Merwe
    Rex Ambassador Adjustable Safety Razor - Single Strokes Shaving Off A Full Beard - No Ways A Cartridge Razor Will Do This!

    It's one thing I've always found differentiating a cartridge razor from a pure blooded safety razor. With a few days stubble, I found those narrow gap cartridge blades used to just clog up. Watch this video below from a bit after 3 mins and see how a single stroke just clears away the beard. Blows my mind. Being an adjustable, he had also set it to an aggressive blade angl...  more
  • Danie van der Merwe
    The Gillette Psycho Safety Razor was used in US Mental Hospitals or Prisons but it needs a special key to access the blade

    This razor was made especially for Mental Hospitals or Prisons where the inmate would not be granted access to a razor blade. They needed a way to control access to the blade, so the Psycho Tech was born. Nurses or guards would change out the blades for the inmates, lock the cap down, and keep the key.

    As these razors were provided in boxes of ten and each inmate would not...  more
    This razor was made especially for Mental Hospitals or Prisons where the inmate would not be granted access to a razor blade. They needed a way to control access to the blade, so the Psycho Tech was born. Nurses or guards would change out the blades for the inmates, lock the cap down, and keep the key.

    We are proud to announce we have made a 100% American Made, brass, steel, and...
  • Danie van der Merwe
    Both "invented" by Gillette: Which Do You Believe To Be The Best?

    Interestingly enough Gillette invented the safety razor at the turn of the last century but once their patent expired everyone started manufacturing them using a standard shape blade and profits tumbled for Gillette, who then moved onto cartridge razors and kept tweaking their design to ensure the patents never ran out.

    Both these razors are the very best in their class.

    The one on the left is a solid stainless steel artisan sa...  more
  • Danie van der Merwe
    Intro to Wet Shaving - "I wish I would have known the benefits of traditional wet shaving decades ago"

    Many people have trouble getting a good, close shave without getting razor burn, ingrown hairs and general irritation. It took me 20 years to realize that my shaving routine caused many of these problems. The solution was simple and cheap – shaving the way my grandfather did. I wish I would have known the benefits of traditional wet shaving decades ago. Not only does it lead to clearer ski...  more
  • Danie van der Merwe
    Beginners Guide to Wet Shaving Infographic! (3 Essential Topics)

    While most men continue to struggle with the pain and irritation of shaving with cheap cartridge razors or disposables, real men shave wet. In the past, basically all men were wet shavers, as this was the only option—either that or grow a cool, 1800’s style beard, or better yet, muttonchops! Then came the convenience of disposable safety razors and suddenly everything changed.

    Years later, Gillette further revolutionized the shav...  more
  • Danie van der Merwe
    7 Best Safety Razor Blades That Provide a Perfect Shave

    Two things to remember with traditional wet shaving and double-edged razor blades:

    1. There is no single perfect DE blade for every razor and person's skin type - so you need to try a few different blades out every time you choose a new razor.
    2. Sharpest is not best - I find Feather blades work great in my Merkur 34C but they are too sharp for me in my Edwin Jagger DE89 - aggressive razors can be better with a less aggressive and smooth...  more
  • Danie van der Merwe
    Safety Razor vs Cartridge: Should You Continue Using That Multi-Blade Cartridge?

    Perhaps one of the most hotly debated topics in the world of shaving (I really wish it was far more debated...) – whether to use a safety or a double-edged razor or your trusty Gillette cartridge.

    For years now big brands like Gillette have dominated the shaving market with clever marketing. This has resulted in a multi-billion dollar industry that continues to grow every year.

    Another product making a comeback i...  more