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  • The Myths of Method Shaving
    September 15, 2010 Mike Sandoval

    The Myths of Method Shaving

    Charles Roberts, the creator of Method Shaving and the Hydrolast brand, spent countless hours writing lengthy and in-depth documentation, which many critics argue makes the process too complicated, too time consuming, and too expensive. Most of these critics, however, have never tried the system and have encouraged a lot of skepticism and inaccurate assumptions. Set aside the lingo, documentation, and eccentric personalities, and you'll see that the basics of Method Shaving are straight forward and highly effective. This article addresses these assumptions and disproves common myths about Method Shaving.

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  • September 29, 2009 BOLD Collaborator

    Essay #7: The Anatomy of The Simpson's Shaving Brush

    Some years ago, the great industrial management thinker J.M. Juran immortalized the elusive concept of quality as “fitness for use.” Juran believed that every manufactured article should satisfy an exacting standard of both quality and utility before being offered for sale. In reaching this standard, Juran worked backward in the product development process. First, the actual needs of the customer should be carefully studied and reliably identified. Then a product is carefully designed and constructed to satisfy those needs. As a devoted follower of Juran, I can assure you that he had little use for poor quality.

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  • September 29, 2009 BOLD Collaborator

    Essay #6: The Roberts Method and The Future of Wet Shaving

    There are currently before the court of world opinion, three distinct forms of shaving for men. The first entails the one commonly practiced by 98% of the United States. This, of course, is the “shave-in-a-can” method. I characterize this one as all “plastic, foam and noise.” This is the method preferred by that part of humanity who prefers microwave pizza to Thanksgiving dinner. For this group the daily scourge of razor burn appears to hold a strange, sado-masochistic attraction.

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  • August 9, 2009 BOLD Collaborator

    Essay #5: Don't Fear the Double Edge

    In the year 1904, one of the most incredible inventions of the modern age appeared on the scene: the Gillette “Double Edge” safety razor. With the stroke of King Gillette’s distinctive ingenuity, centuries of vexatious shaving abruptly—and blessedly—came to an end. With the appearance of Mr. Gillette’s marvelous invention, the days of toilsome stropping, honing, and incessant blade warming were suddenly no more. No longer would millions of men be expected to stand in the queue at the local barbershop awaiting the next available pot of hot water and soap.  From now on, men would shave themselves in the privacy of their own bath—forever liberated from the daily barber and the flash of his dreaded “cutthroat” razor.

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  • August 9, 2009 BOLD Collaborator

    Essay #4: Shaving Closeness vs. Comfort: The Eternal Trade Off

    Every truly important question in shaving ultimately boils down to one fundamental question: comfort or closeness; which one will it be? It is in the successful and predictive reconciliation of these two decisive opposites that the perfect shave is to be found. Indeed, the eternally vexatious trade off between closeness and comfort is so crucial to the elaboration of the general “shaving problem” that I would like to some explore it in more detail. (Some commentators have remarked that my insistence on returning to the “shaving problem” in my writings is really a kind of non-sequitor. In their view I have already solved the problem and should move on to other, more grandiose, shaving projects. However, with millions of men in the world still suffering from “hot face” every morning, I hardly consider the “shaving problem” solved at all).

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  • August 3, 2009 BOLD Collaborator

    Essay #3: The Roberts Method and the Systematics of Wet Shaving

    I'm frequently asked how I discovered my unique method of shaving. Did it all come to me at once, much like a Eureka! experience? Or did it emerge slowly out of the mists of my imagination? Did somebody teach it to me? Or did it involve a slow process of incremental learning until a grand conception finally materialized? Or was I in fact simply born to the role of super talented groomsman to the rich and famous?

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  • August 3, 2009 BOLD Collaborator

    Essay #2: Wet Shaving and the Search for the Perfect Shave

    Throughout my various writings on the subject of wet shaving, I have frequently examined the factors that determine the quality of a man’s shaving experience. In addition to frequent bits of history, I have generally discussed shaving as an extension of a man’s grooming experience and personal well being.

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  • July 31, 2009 Mike Sandoval

    Method Shaving Video: From Mix to Finish

    Charles Roberts hosted a live demonstration of his Hydrolast system of shaving.  We were given the opportunity to film this event at his store, Enchante, in downtown Austin, TX.  In the video Charles covers the principles of cutting forms that he has developed over the years to achieve the best shave possible.  This demonstration clearly shows the level of performance for which his products are formulated, especially for unequaled cutting performance using Feather DE razor blades.

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  • July 30, 2009 BOLD Collaborator

    The Art of the Shave: Introduction of Essays

    No one knows exactly where or how the miracle of wet shaving originated. It is generally believed that during the 18th century, certain members of the French aristocracy began cutting their beards into various shapes and configurations using hot water and a straight edge. Further adaptations to this crude process soon followed. In London, at about the same time, barbers began giving shaves to wealthy patrons. This worked well, for barbers were the only ones permitted to perform medical surgeries, thus enabling them to develop a very lucrative side business shaving beards, an easy addition to their regular surgical duties as they already possessed the scalpels, cutting and shaping utensils required to efficiently cut hair. 

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  • July 30, 2009 BOLD Collaborator

    Essay #1: The Third Revolution in Men's Shaving

    It has often been said that there are two types of revolutions in the world. The first is typically a noisy one, full of sound and fury, yet in the end signifying nothing. This type of revolution tends to be convulsive, violent and short-lived. And despite the passionate and all too hopeful expectations that they often inspire, this kind of revolution rarely satisfies anyone’s needs—except those of its leaders. Most people look upon such revolutions as bad things—and they usually are.

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