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Great little feature on the history of shaving

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Including the history of the blade, the history of lather, and so on. What is especially fun is looking for the products you know to flash by: the Merkur Slant Bar, the Merkur Vision, the Merkur double-edged blade, …

Written by Leisureguy

12 February 2007 at 8:37 am

Posted in Daily life, Shaving, Video

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  1. Great resource. I had heard about this program, but had not seen it until now. Just goes to show how much money and hype goes into shave tech, while a straight or DE wet shave actually gives a better shave and is much more environmentally friendly. Wet shaving produces no plastic or cans to ship to the land fill!! We have all (including me) been hyped since 1971 regarding blades!!!! (I never have cared for electrics, although I may have to use one in the nursing home.)

    For me, I use a double edge or straight and soap/cream that I make myself using a badger brush every day, and I whip up a rich lather.

    The straight (cut throat) razor continues to be the single best shaving implement developed by the mind of man for a good shave in my opinion. You just have to have the guts to use one that is actually ‘shave ready’. In other words, honed and stropped to perfection. There are resources to help you learn, if you will. This is a learned skill, don’t try a straight with out some instruction.

    I should point out that most true ‘wet shavers’ don’t use just one pass of the razor (normally done with the grain of the beard) as most of us learned. A minimum of two passes, with the grain and across the grain, is required for a really smooth shave. Most wet shavers use three passes, with, across, and against the grain of the beard.

    Try it guys, you will like it. Newer is not better.


    John Duncan

    18 April 2007 at 7:40 pm

  2. Great little feature on the history of shaving

    Any place else I can find this movie? It’s not on your site. Ronald Knarr



    3 June 2008 at 6:16 pm

  3. Sorry. It looks as though YouTube has taken it down.



    3 June 2008 at 9:01 pm

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