How to Shave
How To Shave With A Straight Razor
Brush and Bristle Basics without the Sales Pitch
There is probably no single item in the traditional wet shaver's arsenal that offers so many choices and options as the shaving brush. With prices ranging from $5.00 to $800.00, and product descriptions that actually say very little about the brush's characteristics, it becomes nearly impossible to make an informed choice.
Guide to Classic Straight Razor Shaving
The old-world, masculine charm of the straight razor shave is undeniable. Not since the days of Al Capone or the Old West have high end men’s grooming salons and products been so in demand as they are now, thanks to vast improvements in the technology, service and availability of the classic shave. But straight razor shaving still remains an art, and in most cases should be left to well-trained professionals; however, for those interested, this little practicum will provide you the basics to properly care for your face and skin before, during, and after so you can enjoy the pleasures of the gentlemanly shave.
A Brief and None-Too-Formal History of the Art of Shaving
The art of shaving (if you will permit a loose interpretation of the word ‘art’) goes all the way back to the stone age, when our hunter-gatherer forebears began to make sharp edges from flint and to use other found items, including shark’s teeth and clamshells, to depilate themselves. I have read that this was done less for aesthetic purposes and more to control vermin (they had a now-defunct species of body lice that must have made for long nights), but, human nature being what it is, it seems likely that more than one Paleolithic gentleman wanted to stand out from his fully-bearded contemporaries. Using sharp flint to saw down or scrape away facial hair, as brutal as that sounds, had to feel better than yanking tufts out with crude pincers, which was also practiced. Please note that showing off one’s chin was almost certainly a Cro-Magnon monopoly, as Neanderthals didn’t have them.