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My dedicated Traditional Wet Shaving web page created

You can see it at http://gadgeteer.co.za/myotherinterests/traditional-wet-shaving/. It will act as a more permanent repository for my various posts and articles.  I will build it up further over time to be more of a one-stop go-to page.
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6 Reasons Why Every Man Needs To Shave With A Classic Razor

The fight against facial hair can be a depressingly futile battle as every day your beard comes back unwavering, stronger than ever whilst you come away battered and bruised, not just in resolve but the irritation left on the skin such as razor burn, ingrown hairs and occasional cuts.

For a long time, the accepted answer to this problem has been the increasing number of blades attached to one’s razor.

After years of seeing razors acquire more and more blades but seeing no appreciable difference in shave quality, it is time to come to the uncomfortable truth; multi-bladed cartridge razors aren’t doing a very good job.

This realisation isn’t actually that surprising when you come to remember that cartridge razors were designed with convenience in mind. Their job is to remove stubble as fast as possible so you can get on with your day but, as with anything that places a focus on convenience, often quality is lost along the way. For this reason, there has been a huge resurgence in the use of the traditional double edge safety razor and the shaving traditions of old.

Not only does it give a better shave, with less irritation but most find that shaving in this way is fun.

A traditional wet shave involves keeping your face sufficiently lubricated throughout shaving to minimise all potential for irritation.

It consists of a double edge (safety) razor, a shaving brush, and shaving soap/cream. Each is important for making the most of your shave.

A good quality shaving soap/cream will create a stable lather that remains throughout the shave as well as providing moisturising properties that will benefit the skin. The shaving brush is used to whip the soap/cream into the desired consistency so that it remains slick and easy for the razor to glide over, as well as providing mild exfoliation to the skin removing dead skin cells and lifting hairs, priming them for shaving. The razor itself allows the user control to cut hairs at the correct angle to minimise irritation.

Read more on the 6 reasons at http://thepersonalbarberblog.com/6-reasons-why-every-man-needs-to-shave-with-a-classic-razor/

#wetshaving #traditionalshaving
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A Guide to Traditional Wet Shaving and how it can turn Shaving from a Chore into something you look forward to each Morning

The average guy will spend thousands of hours shaving over his lifetime. So isn’t it worth investing a bit of your time to learn the best way to do it? You’re probably giving yourself a sub-optimal shave without even realizing it.

Dustin Yarc will teach you how to avoid getting razor burn or having to stick pieces of toilet paper on your face a bit later. But first let’s look at some reasons why you should consider giving traditional wet shaving a try:

1. It’s less expensive – Disposable razor refills cost $2—4 each, even if you buy them in bulk! Safety razors use double-edged razor blades which only cost about $0.09 – $0.13 each.
2. It’s better for the environment – Billions of disposable razors end up in the dump each year. That’s a lot of unnecessary plastic!
3. It’s better for your skin – Skin irritation. Ingrown hairs. Nicks and cuts. Shaving with a disposable razor can be a painful and tedious process. Electric shavers aren’t much better and can produce skin irritation.

If you’ve never tried wet shaving before, you’re really missing out. Not only does traditional wet shaving leave you looking and feeling your best. You also feel like a badass while doing it.

Read more at http://www.thedistilledman.com/traditional-wet-shaving-guide/

#traditionalwetshaving #shaving
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Imported DE Razor Blades for R2.41 ($0.18) vs local Gillette Fusion at R62.37 ($4.65) per cartridge - What do you Shave with?

So I already knew that good quality double-edged razor blades (like the Derby Extra Super Stainless) were going to be a lot cheaper than Gillette Fusion blades, but I was also interested to see today it is cheaper to buy the Derby blades via Amazon import than through local online retailers in South Africa (inc delivery, duty and VAT to front door). So I just bought two year's worth of razor blades.

For me using double-edged blades is not only a lot cheaper, they are also environmentally friendly (I recycle the plastic cases as well as stainless steel blades), and of course they give a better shave than Gilette's cartridge blades (no ingrown hairs and no chemical soaps).

The price comparison worked out as follows:
* Gillette Fusion 8 Pack = R499 ($37.31) or per blade R62.37 ($4.66)
* Local Astra DE blades 100 = R400 ($29.85) or per blade R4.00 ($0.30)
* Amazon Derby DE blades 100 = R241 ($18) or per blade R2.41 ($0.18)

Exchange rate calculated at R13.40/US$ and Astra blades being similar in price & shave to the Derby blades.

So what do you use to shave with?

#shaving #traditionalshaving #wetshaving #razorblades
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Cartridge Blades
Electric Razor
Cut-throat Razor
Don't Shave
41%
Double Edge (DE) Blades
30%
Cartridge Blades
11%
Electric Razor
7%
Cut-throat Razor
11%
Don't Shave
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What is Traditional Shaving? If Shaving isn't the Most Invigorating Part of your Day, then You're doing it Wrong

Back in the day before aerosol and multiple blades, things were simple, and simple worked very well. Unfortunately, it seems to us that the large companies got carried away with large-scale marketing, but really got away from a great shave. Traditional shaving has made a big comeback as many people are coming to find truth in the basic ways of shaving those whiskers.

A classic wet shave takes you on an aesthetic journey back to the root of your male essence.

But somewhere between the time Ruth was calling his homers and Bonds was pumping roids, we lost our way. Fast cars. Fast money. Fast shaves. Keep the first two if you must, we won’t object… but your shave?

It’s time to slow down, return to your roots, and boldly reclaim your mug.

But don’t despair! Once the underdog, traditional wet-shaving has made a big comeback as fine lads like you (well and ladies now too) have come to re-discover the timeless male wisdom of how to masterfully shave their whiskers.

Consider this your initiation - a rite of passage into all that is right and sacred.

You see, a true man of discernment treats each action like the living art it is. He is congruent, consistent, and unabashedly purposeful in all his pursuits.

This is what gives him integrity.

So why would you sip on single-malt, dress like Don Draper, yet scrape your face with a “cooler” version of what your mother uses on her legs just because a famous tennis star or golfer told you to? Hmmm. That’s a chin scratcher, ain’t it? The truth is, wet shaving is far simpler than you think, and to help lead you back to your birthright, we put together a quick guide.

So true... a quality tool and materials make for a great and enjoyable shave. I used to dread shaving rash and ingrown hairs, all of which disappeared a month after I started with traditional wet shaving. Invest in a good razor and soap, and you'll be surprised to see you are saving money after the first 12 months too!

See West Coast Shaving's guide to traditional shaving at https://www.westcoastshaving.com/pages/a-guide-to-traditional-wet-shaving

#wetshaving #traditionalshaving
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An Introduction to Traditional Wet Shaving: Good for the Earth, Great for Skin!

"About four and a half years ago, my husband was desperate to find a solution to a problem that had plagued him since adolescence. He had tried every brand of razor and shaving cream on the market, but he could not seem to find a shaving routine that didn’t leave his skin raw, sensitive, and riddled with ingrown hair. While most men looked forward to weekends for a break from the office, he looked forward to the weekends because it meant he wouldn’t have to shave."

"Discovering the practice of traditional wet shaving was revolutionary for him. Gone are the ingrown hair problems, and the raw, irritated skin is a thing of the past as well. Today I want to share some of what we have learned in the past few years about what traditional wet shaving is, why it is better for skin, and why it is more friendly for the environment than mainstream shaving practices."

It's not just about less packaging and waste generated, but also the products used are more skin friendly too.

See https://theartofsimple.net/an-introduction-to-traditional-wet-shaving-good-for-the-earth-great-for-skin/
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Shave of the Day: Parker Variant Adjustable Razor with Kent shaving soap and Derby Super Stainless blades

I usually don't do any shave of the day posts unless it is something exceptional. Today was one of those days where I really hit the sweet spot with this combination. Since I got this Parker Variant razor about two or three months back I've been testing out different blades but it was only after I moved off the Taylor of Old Bond Street shaving cream to the Kent soap that this happened.

The final difference was probably, for me anyway, that I much prefer the super glide effect of a good shaving soap over a shaving cream. Today was the second day of using this soap so it likely broke in nicely by being used once already. Dialling the Parker Variant razor up to its number 2 setting just gave such a smooth close shave (a Feather blade would have been too sharp) for the second pass. I could have kept shaving the whole day!

The items pictured below are:
* Parker Variant adjustable safety razor
* Derby Extra Super Stainless Double Edge razor blades (the Astra SP are also just as good)
* Kent shaving soap in a classic a dark oak shaving bowl - https://kentbrushes.com/mens/soap-cream/sb3
* Bluebeards Revenge Doubloon bristle shaving brush - ideal for harder soaps

A funny thing about this soap is I bought it about three years back at Harrods in London because I was looking for this size container for my Mitchell's Wool Fat shaving soap. I never used this soap and just decided to use it now that I needed to start a new one - still works perfectly.

#SOTD #kentsoap #parkervariant #wetshaving
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Best Shaving Soap For All Skin Types & Razors

If there is one product that harkens back to the olden days of being a man, it's going to be a shaving soap.

A classic product that has been around for several years, shaving soaps are able to provide a great lather and lubrication at an incredibly affordable price.

To understand shaving soaps fully, Tools of Men have spent countless hours pouring over all the different types of brands on the market at several different price points in order to determine which one deserves the title of being the absolute best shaving soap for you.

Whilst shaving cream (the traditional ones and not canned chemical creams) are quick to lather they don't quite provide the slick lubrication of shaving soaps, and neither do they last as long.

See https://www.toolsofmen.com/best-shaving-soap/

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8 Best Safety Razor Blades Reviewed: Here Are The Top Picks In 2018

It does very much depend on the razor you are using too. I love Feather blades in my Merkur 34C but they are too sharp for my liking in my Edwin Jagger DE89. In my Parker Variant Adjustable, I prefer the Astra or Derby blades which are a bit smoother.

The best advice with any new razor is to try a selection of different blades.

See https://www.toolsofmen.com/best-safety-razor-blades/

#blades #shaving
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Reducing the Aggressiveness of Adjustable DE Razors with a simple hack

An interesting idea at the blog below for allowing a much milder shave with a Parker Variant adjustable.

There is also a more technical article at https://www.badgerandblade.com/forum/wiki/Modifying_Safety_Razors.

See http://shavelikegrandad.blogspot.com/2018/06/transforming-variant-into-razor-for-all.html

#deshaving #derazor #wetshaving
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