Archive for the 'Wetshaving' Category

Razors and Blades

The right tool for the right job: an important life lesson, to be sure – but does it hold true for shaving? It’s easy to be cynical and suspicious, because technique matters more than anything where getting a good shave is concerned. The manufacturers don’t want you to know that, of course – they’d rather you continue to shave any old way, so they can sell you the next big expensive “improvement” in razor-blade design. There’s no money to be had in telling people how to shave well, but it’s easy to get stinking rich by selling people the dream that your latest-and-greatest product will make it happen.

Do razors really matter? Yes – up to a point.
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Published in: Geekiness, General, Wetshaving | on November 16th, 2009 | No Comments »

Less History, More Mystery

There’s a certain fascination that can be generated old stuff, or at least antiques. Who owned my seventy-year-old safety razor before me? Where has it been? What have my 1930s Sheaffer fountain pens written? Where have they been? What have they done?
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Published in: General, History, Wetshaving | on July 9th, 2007 | No Comments »

A Year of Shaving

It was a year ago this month that I first shaved with a low-tech safety razor, an event I wrote about at the time. In the intervening twelve months, I’ve learned a lot about what used to be a painful and unpleasant near-daily necessity for me, and which remains a burden for a lot of people.
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Published in: Geekiness, General, Wetshaving | on June 27th, 2007 | No Comments »

Cutting Both Ways

Now for something a little different; while people flock here to read about Fred Phelps, or about a military manual, about which I hope to post more in a few days, a little nugget of pearly wisdom I was reminded of this morning, while shaving.
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Published in: Geekiness, General, Wetshaving | on April 19th, 2007 | No Comments »

Lathered Up

Back when I was ignorant about the finer points of wetshaving and associated paraphanalia, I accidentally bought a tube of Palmolive’s Lather shaving cream. What can I say, it was cheap. To compound my mistake, I didn’t read the instructions, and just assumed it was, you know, like every other shaving cream out there.

Um, no.
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Published in: General, Wetshaving | on January 30th, 2007 | No Comments »