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  • The Wapienica (Wapi)
    October 14, 2008 Mike Sandoval

    The Wapienica (Wapi)

    If you have visited any forum on the Internet dedicated to wet shaving, you have most likely run across chatter about that 'cheap' straight razor from Poland.  The Wapienica, or Wapi for short, is an inexpensive, but highly regarded straight razor made in the 70s for use in Russian hospitals.  The are all steel construction, including the scales, as they were autoclaved after use on patients for sterilization.  All Wapis are sourced out of Poland and are new, old stock, which means they are unused.  Supposedly a large stockpile was found in Poland that was never used, therefore they are being sold off by a Polish eBay seller. 

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  • Simpsons Commodore X3 Best Badger Shaving Brush
    October 14, 2008 Mike Sandoval

    Simpsons Commodore X3 Best Badger Shaving Brush

    This is the new offering in the Commodore line of the Simpsons brushes now made by Vulfix. The brush is made with Best Badger hair grade. The Commodore line offers an entry-level brush that brings quality and performance at a very reasonable price.

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  • Rooney Style 1 Size 1 Finest Badger
    October 14, 2008 Mike Sandoval

    Rooney Style 1 Size 1 Finest Badger

    Rooney brushes are well known among wet shavers for their quality.  Like Simpsons, Rooneys are made with a much denser knot than most traditional brushes.  I only recently started adding Rooney to my collection and have been surprisingly impressed with how well these brushes perform. 

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  • Castle Forbes Lime Essential Oil Aftershave Balm
    September 17, 2008 Mike Sandoval

    Castle Forbes Lime Essential Oil Aftershave Balm

    Castle Forbes' offering in the aftershave line is probably their more traditional product out of their shaving triumvirate. Just because it is not as unique as their Pre-shave or shaving cream though does not mean it is not any less of a quality product.

    Disregarding scent, all of the aftershave balms are completely alcohol free and are a thick balm which makes it easy to apply. Not unlike the pre-shave, you do not need very much product to get the job done at the end of the shave.

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  • Parker 91R Model Safety Razor
    September 16, 2008 Mike Sandoval

    Parker 91R Model Safety Razor

    Parker double-edge razors are one of the newer brands on the wet shaving market today.  The razors are manufactured in India and have developed a following of loyal customers, particularly due to their attractively styled models and lower retail price point than the German-made Merkur razors.  Parker offers a good variety of razors with chrome and black handles and has recently started to advertise new models with horn handles similar to those offered by luxury brands Trumpers and Edwin Jagger.

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  • Castle Forbes The Pre-Shave
    September 16, 2008 Mike Sandoval

    Castle Forbes The Pre-Shave

    The Castle Forbes line is relatively new and small compared to the big players on the market such as Trumper’s and Taylor of Old Bond Street. To make up for this they have come out with a line of products that is unlike any of the other players and have gained a cult following as a result.

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  • Musgo Real Classic Aftershave
    August 5, 2008 Mike Sandoval

    Musgo Real Classic Aftershave

    Musgo Real is one a well known traditional brand from Portugal that has been around for many years.  Their products are priced very reasonably and easily perform on par with other traditional shaving products twice the retail price.

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  • Truefitt & Hill Luxury Shaving Soap
    August 5, 2008 Mike Sandoval

    Truefitt & Hill Luxury Shaving Soap

    Triple-milled type shaving soaps are considered by many to be the upper class category of shaving products.   Their less expensive, glycerin type soaps very rarely ever perform with the same quality that the best soaps that Trumpers, D.R. Harris, and other British firms produce.  Truefitt & Hill's Luxury Shaving soap is a fine example of what a high end, luxury class soap should be.

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  • Simpsons Chubby 3 Best Badger Shaving Brush
    July 29, 2008 Mike Sandoval

    Simpsons Chubby 3 Best Badger Shaving Brush

    Since the news of the transfer of ownership of the Simpsons brand over to Vulfix, many have speculated about what the newly produced Simpsons brushes would look like and whether or not the quality would be the same as before.  I have been collecting various models of Simpsons brushes for the past two years, and I use these brushes regularly and really enjoy the characteristics of Simpsons that makes them unique from other traditional shaving brushes. Having several Vulfix brand brushes as well, I was hoping that the new owners of the brand would be able to produce a new brush by the same standards that would be worthy of carrying the Simpsons label on it.  Last week I received one of the new brushes from Lee Cantor (leesrazors.com) in one of his first shipments to arrive.

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  • Your First Razor
    July 22, 2008 Mike Sandoval

    Your First Razor

    One of the first hurdles that one has to overcome after making the decision to take up traditional shaving is to choose the correct razor. While the range of different double-edge safety razors produced today is fairly narrow, there are a lot of options for weight and handle designs that can make more of a difference than you may expect. Selecting a razor that is well balanced, comfortable to hold, and appropriate for a beginner's skill level is critical to enjoying your first shaves while you become acclimated with using the double edge.

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  • Geo F. Trumper GFT Shaving Cream
    June 7, 2008 Mike Sandoval

    Geo F. Trumper GFT Shaving Cream

    Geo. F. Trumper shaving creams are among the most well-known available on the market today. The newest addition to their lineup of traditional scented creams is GFT.  This cream is part of Trumper’s GFT category of products and very closely matches the scent of the cologne by the same name.  The scent is light and citrus with a very nice lemon note to it.  As far as the fragrance quality of the cream goes, this one is done very well.

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  • June 6, 2008 Mike Sandoval

    American Wet Shaving in 2008 by Charles A. Roberts

    American Wet Shaving in 2008—Retrospects and Prospects

    On May 17, the first national wet shaving conference took place in Austin, Texas. The attendance was significant, particularly in light of the considerable personal sacrifice several of the participants made in order to attend. The event was conducted at both a local restaurant and my own store. In short, the meeting itself was a brilliant success. None of us anticipated that so much pure enjoyment and camaraderie could possibly occur outside of a battlefield setting.

    The conference highlighted several wet shaving demonstrations and product discussions. In addition, an informal presentation was held regarding the long term development of the U.S. wet shaving business both at home and abroad. It was certainly the most interesting business engagement I have ever intended in a very long professional career. For those who attended, I extend my most personal and heartfelt thanks. Thanks to you all for a great and unforgettable experience. For those who could not attend, I can only extend my deepest regrets. For the latter, I strongly exhort you to attend the next meeting, as it will surely be an even more remarkable event.

    By way of a brief review of some of the subjects addressed at the conference, I offer the a few discussion points for the reader’s consideration. These appear at the end of this address. However, right now, I would like to provide a brief historical overview for readers who may be coming to practice of wet shaving for the first time. Those already familiar with these matters will want to skip ahead to the concluding remarks.

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