September 13, 2006

Mantic Shaving on YouTube

Shaving. It's everywhere now. Even on YouTube. Mantic59 has started regular broadcasts on old-school shaving. So far he's got three videos on traditional wet-shaving, a quickie on Internet resources, and part one of an introduction to single-blade shaving (which is the one above).

This stuff isn't Mentos in Diet Coke, or high-school cheerleaders imitating OK Go, but it's not the driest stuff I've seen either. Plenty of 50s cartoons and black and white home-ec films interspliced with razors, blades, and demonstrations. View Mantic59's entire playlist here.

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March 16, 2006

The Wet Shavers Group

msn.gifAttention old-school shaving fans! There's an MSN group out there that's perfect for you. It's called the Wet Shavers Group, and it's a happenin' place. Tons of discussion, advice, and all-around bonding over shaving. They've got four main posting areas:

General: for wet shaving techniques, equipment, supplies, and suppliers. This is our largest, most active forum.
Grooming: soaps, cleansers, lotion, toothpaste, hair products, and related topics.
Sale and Trade: wet shaving related items for sale, trade, or want-to-buys.
Off-topic: clothing, dining, relationships, and other "good life" matters.

If you're anti Microsoft you can still browse all the forums without signing in. To post you'll probably have to sell your soul to the evil empire, or at least an email address. The group is current, active, and full of quality information. All but the "off topic" forums have recent posts, and there's very little spam. Have fun over there, but please come back.

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February 2, 2006

Grooming-Health.com

groominghealth.gifJust got word of a new website which sells shaving products - Grooming-Health.com. For those of you in the US these products may seem a little unfamiliar - Grooming-Health.com specialized in more of the high-end European brands, (but they'll ship to the US.) Tons of shaving creams from Geo F. Trumper (which you may remember from a recent New York Times article), toners and moisturizers from Bullie, straight-razors from Dovo, and brushes from Kent. And, according to our contact there,

to my knowledge we sell the cheapest cut throat razors and Merkur double edge safety razors in Europe

"Cut throat", for all of you state-side, is British for "straight".

Grooming-Health.com also has a great FAQ with specific sections on shaving, skin care, and more. Here's my favorite entry under the "Why We Shave" section:

Psychological studies have found 'women find male faces most attractive when they are masculine-looking but not ultra-masculine.' Women want dominant males, but ones friendly enough to care for offspring, they tend to see these traits in clean-shaven faces.

Isn't that what we all strive to be? Dominant yet friendly? Click on over to Grooming-Health.com and learn the perfect balance of masculinity.

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November 29, 2005

Straight Razors at PremiumKnives.com

And while we're on the subject of DOVO, check out the large selection at PremiumKnives.com. There are some absolutely beautiful straight razors, like the WellShaven 5/8 inch Straight Razor Stainless Steel blade with Pearlx Handle, pictured to the right. This thing is $139.99, but just look at it. Mother of Pearl (pearlx?) handle and engraved blade. Totally classy.

Here's another one that caught my eye - the WellShaven Embroidery Scissors by Dovo (pictured left), now in stork form. A little gaudy? Yes. But again, classy, and only $30.95. Imagine trimming your whiskers with these feathers every day.

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July 22, 2005

Welcome to Your Straight Razor

nashvilleknifeshop_1855_3493904.gifThe knifecenter.com has this great reprint of instructions and tips from DOVO, a large European manufacturer of straight razors. The page offers information such as the anatomy of a straight razor, care and sharpening techniques, and as well as some "personal observations" by Arthur Boone, who runs RazorCentral.

Speaking of RazorCentral - this site is by far the most thorough treatment of straight razors I have ever seen. Arthur has a big ol' warning on the homepage of his site which expressly prohibits the use of any contents without his prior permission, so I'll refrain from my normal habit of posting a preview snippet before sending you over there. But please visit RazorCentral if you have any interest in straight razors at all. You'll be overwhelmed (in a good way) with all the information.

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June 29, 2005

Straight Razor Primer

melogo-masthead.jpgHere's a great article from Men's Essentials online about learning to shave with a straight razor. The tone is awesome. Shaving with a straight razor is an expression of your manliness. With lines like:

Absolutely nothing is more masculine than a shave tool that can take your head clean off. Straight razors practically drip testosterone from their unprotected blades.

and

...sharpen your razor with a leather strop. [...] To strop the blade, fix one end of the strop to some immovable object like a bedpost or mother-in-law...

you'll feel an uncontrollable urge to master the one blade. Engarde!

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November 19, 2004

Care For Your Straight Razor Friday!!!

images_RAZORS.jpgThink you know all there is to know about caring for your straight razor? $10 says you didn't know the best place to store your blade is in your underwear drawer. According to uniclectica.com, dedicated to the care of antiques and collectibles,

the best environment in which to store straight razorsis[sp] well-ventilated, dark, room temperature (72F or 20C), and neithertoo[sp] dry, nor too damp.

Guess they haven't seen my friend Denis's dresser. (Guess they also haven't seen my friend the spacebar.) Read more here.

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November 12, 2004

It's Straight Razor Friday Google Style!

I have to admit, I FEAR THE STRAIGHT RAZOR. I sometimes go to La Flame in Harvard Square (Cambridge, MA) and get a straight razor shave - but to own your own straight razor? Wouldn't that lead to some weird pyscho killer shaving style?

"A RARE IMITATION STAG HANDLED STRAIGHT RAZOR. THESE STRAIGHT RAZORS WERE MADE TO BE MORE INEXPENSIVE TO BUY, BUT LOOK LIKE THE MORE EXPENSIVE STAG HANDLED STRAIGHT RAZORS. THESE RAZORS ARE VERY RARE AS THE IDEA DIDN'T GO OVER WITH THE PUBLIC AND THEREFORE FEW WERE MADE. THE HANDLES HAVE NO CRACKS, WARPING OR ANY DAMAGE"

Visit Straight Razors from Easy Cutter

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