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LeisureGuy Dec 2001Sign: Aquarius
Computer: Macbook Air (M1 model)
My Mastodon
My Substack
Disposition: Affable
Appetite: Healthy
Food Preference: whole and plant-based, cooked at home
Interests: varied — Go, shaving, movies, jazz, cooking, blogging, …
Books I especially like: quite a few; some of them
Exercise: Nordic walking
Punctuation: Exemplary
Location: Victoria BC
Game: (played) Go; (watched) Snooker; (amazed by) Real Tennis
What’s in my bag: things I wish I had known when I was young
Pronouns: he, him, his

Email: leisureguy dot wordpress at gmail dot com

About the blog – This blog reflects my interests of the moment, so over time it evolves, with occasional mutation from a newly discovered interest. Right now it seems to be mostly about cooking, science, politics, books, shaving, and music.

Written by Leisureguy

7 June 2006 at 6:39 pm

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  1. Dear Leisure Guy –

    You have an interesting blog. But what I checked out ws your e-book “Cooking Compendium”. Have you had good success working with LULU?

    I am starting an e-commerce business designed for new cooks. I am going to purchase your book.

    Please check out my website at

    Maybe we can talk about exchanging links, etc.





    26 December 2007 at 2:11 pm

  2. UPDATE: Sometime after writing this post, I switched to CreateSpace, which I’ve found works better for me than Lulu, plus sales through Amazon are integral to the CreateSpace package. /update

    Lulu’s great. So far I have done one print book, one download book, and one free download with them. Somewhat to my chagrin, the free download is far and away the most popular (so far just over 14,000 downloads).

    You may find the Cooking Compendium of interest—it seems to have some overlap with parts of your site.

    Best wishes for your success.



    26 December 2007 at 3:37 pm

  3. Hi- I am new to your blog, and I’ll definitely be back. I spend most of my culinary energy baking and candy making, but I think it’s about time I practiced cooking some real food. 🙂 So far your Cooking Compendium is a nice read. I look forward to reading more of your thoughts!



    8 January 2008 at 5:07 pm

  4. Thanks, Kaitlyn. I just had the chipotle ribs again. They get better every time I cook them. Adding the Penzey’s Bicentennial Rub to the mix (an amount equal to the cumin) was a good idea.

    Let me know of any changes, additions, etc., needed in the Cooking Compendium.



    8 January 2008 at 5:24 pm

  5. LeisureGuy,
    Your hobbies intrigue me as I am a rising chef, jazz enthusiast, and primarily just excited to experience single blade DE shaving (not sure the exact name/jargon used for this type of shaving yet).

    The past years of shaving have proven to be a disaster. I have terrible razor burn and rarly leave the bathroom feeling satisfied with outcome.
    I need your advice on how to deal with my initial introduction into single blade shaving, especially regarding razor burn.

    With such terrible razor burn, do I need to wait a month till all bumps have disappeared?
    Will proper preparation and lather reduce razor burn (even with a multi-blade razor)?
    Any other suggestions would be appreciated. Cheers.


    Mike Rosenberg

    10 January 2008 at 9:39 pm

  6. I put into the book just about everything I know and can recommend to help the beginning single-blade shaver. I highly recommend that you get the book.

    The razor burn may have several causes. Most probably, you’re using too much pressure. In addition, you may be using too steep a blade angle, so that you’re scraping your face instead of cutting the stubble. Finally, as you suggest, your prep may be lacking, though the previous two possibilities are more likely.

    Slack off for a few days to let your skin recover, then resume, using VERY light pressure and paying careful attention to blade angle. You might also want to try a different brand of blade, in case the blade is part of the problem.

    More in the book.



    11 January 2008 at 6:43 am

  7. Hi,

    My new Merkur Futur arrived in the mail today. My first-ever shave with a safety razor comes tomorrow morning. I can’t wait!

    Did I just type “I can’t wait!” about shaving? Wacky!

    All the best,



    Jason Crane

    19 January 2008 at 4:45 pm

  8. I shaved with the Futur just this morning. Watch blade angle and pressure and you’ll do fine. Make sure the top is snapped into place. Put the head of the razor against your cheek, then pull the razor down, slowly inclining the handle toward your face. As soon as the blade starts to the cut the stubble: that’s the right angle.

    Take your time during your prep. You want the stubble soaked and soft. And do recall that you’ll eventually have to find the brand(s) of blades that will work for you.

    Enjoy! It’s quite a bit of fun, and daily practice means that you improve rapidly.



    19 January 2008 at 5:50 pm

  9. Thanks for the tips … and the great site! The results are in:


    Jason Crane

    20 January 2008 at 7:56 pm

  10. Hi,

    I’m in the market for a new shaving brush, since the AoS one I’ve been using for 2 years snapped right off the base this morning as I was rinsing it out.

    Whilst I realise that brush choice is a personal preference, do you have any recommendations on makers and vendors of decent brushes? Currently living in Norway, but as luck would have it, moving to the US in a couple of months and in the meantime can get items shopped to my brother-in-law in California.



    Chris Partridge

    1 March 2008 at 2:54 pm

  11. My own personal favorites are the Rooney Style 2 and Style 3, Size 1 (small) Super Silvertip, the G.B. Kent BK4, and the Simpsons Emperor 2 or 3 Super. US vendors are Vintage Blades LLC for the Rooneys, Em’s Place for the Simpsons, and Auravita in the UK for the Kent.



    1 March 2008 at 3:37 pm

  12. Thanks, I’ll look them up!


    Chris Partridge

    1 March 2008 at 5:03 pm

  13. Follow up on the AoS brush. I dropped them an email and within 10 days had a free replacement delivered to me in Norway.
    Kudos to AoS for having an excellent grasp on the value of good customer service, not only efficient, but extremely polite and regular updates on progress. I was extremely but pleasantly surprised!


    Chris Partridge

    13 March 2008 at 8:29 am

  14. Hey Leisure Guy,

    I just stumbled upon your website and am happy to see another wetshaver out and about..

    I’m one of the admins over at Stop by and hang out with us some, and if we can ever offer anything for your blog, please let us know. The more wet shaving gets promoted (either with DE’s, or Straights) the better!!



    David Wessell

    5 May 2008 at 8:40 am

  15. Welcome. You’ll note that StraightRazorPlace is listed among the shaving links. Glad to see you here.



    5 May 2008 at 8:48 am

  16. Hi Michael,

    Thanks for your note on the Projjex blog. Nice to have friends out there!

    All the best,



    Alex G.

    22 May 2008 at 9:49 am

  17. Hi Leisure Guy,

    Thanks for a great reference and an enjoyable read! After years of using cartridges, DE shaving was a refreshing discovery.

    Though I savor the overall experience, some problem areas do exist: between the lower lip and chin and between the nose and upper lip. I often get razor burn and I suspect blade angle is to blame. I get a scraping sensation. How can I correct this?

    By the way, I’m using a Parker 91R (my first safety razor) with Merkur blades. I found them and the Almond scented Valobra shave cream/soap at Best Grooming Per the book, I had expected the cheeks to be easy and the neck to be challenging, but surprisingly the neck area has been easy as well. Now, if only I can manage the upper lip and chin without razor burn. Thanks for your suggestions.




    18 June 2008 at 5:37 pm

  18. Sounds to me as though it might be blade angle and/or pressure, coupled with a blade that doesn’t work well for you. Check out the post on blade sampler packs and try a different brand of blade. Pay close attention to angle and pressure, and don’t try to do too much with the first (with the grain) pass—use the second pass (across the grain, both ways) to clean up that area. Let me know how it works.



    18 June 2008 at 6:29 pm

  19. Hi Leisure Guy,

    Two days of experimenting has led me to identify pressure as being the dominant cause of razor burn. For two days, I tried to minimize the pressure and to use multiple passes: one wtg, two xtg. My attempt at atg led to some unpleasant scraping. The blade feels sharp, even after a week.

    Thanks for the pointers; my technique has definitely improved. Today, I enjoyed a close shave without a hint of irritation or razor burn. Thanks again.




    20 June 2008 at 4:55 pm

  20. Very good news. It’s interesting how little pressure is required. As I mention in the book, I think there are two primary reasons shavers new to double-edged shaving use too much pressure:

    1. Shaving with a multiblade cartidge encourages pressure, and many shavers try to stretch the life of the (relatively expensive) cartridge by pressing down, which apparently works to some degree. But the result over time is using too much pressure all the time.

    2. When you rinse after the first pass, you’ll feel stubble, and some shavers think, “Oh, no. Too much stubble. I need to press harder.” But in fact feeling stubble after one pass is right—shaving is progressive stubble reduction through multiple passes.

    Against the grain is difficult because, with the razor held upside down, it’s initially hard to judge the pressure and angle. When you feel ready to try ATG again, just shave ATG on your cheeks at first. When you are fully comfortable with that, add the chin. Then, after a while, the neck, and finally the upper lip. All that while paying close attention to blade angle and pressure.

    Your progress is heartening. If you do two XTG passes, one slanted this way, the other slanted the other way, you may find that provides as close a shave as you need. (On the upper lip, though, I shave XTG straight across—but I do go both directions.)

    Thanks for letting me know how it worked out.



    20 June 2008 at 5:04 pm

  21. I just finished reading the second edition of your book “LeisureGuy’s Guide to Gourmet Shaving.” I’m impressed by both the substance of the writing and your writing style. I’ll take your advice and first try to learn how to adequately prep my face for shaving. Later on, I’ll try my hands at using a DE safety razor. Including the hyperlinks you have to various sites is an excellent idea.



    27 June 2008 at 8:30 pm

  22. Dan, very pleased to read your comment. Let me know how it goes for you as you progress. Thanks for commenting—and for buying the book. 🙂



    27 June 2008 at 9:57 pm

  23. I just finished reading your post/article on chia seeds. Very, *very* well done! You’re an excellent writer with a good command of the facts. It’s obvious to me that you do a lot of research and self-education in the course of sharing what you know (or have learned) with others.



    24 July 2008 at 10:30 am

  24. Well, the chia seed post—which continues to get a great many hits—is valuable mainly from the comments of readers, not from what I wrote. But thank you—at least I served as a condensation point for comments to collect.



    24 July 2008 at 10:37 am

  25. Dear Leisure Guy,

    I accidentally came across your blog some time ago and really enjoy reading it. It’s a pity your book isn’t available in a German translation (yet), I would love to get it for my father. Since I can remember, he dreaded shaving, he even wore a full beard for many years because of it. I do not think anything similar is available over here, so maybe it does get translated one day.

    Hope to read a lot more nice articles from you in the future.
    Best wishes, vivi



    24 July 2008 at 5:11 pm

  26. Thank you very much. Interesting idea: a German translation. Maybe I should translate it into Esperanto. 🙂



    24 July 2008 at 6:12 pm

  27. I lived in Monterey in the late 80’s. Went to MPC. Lived off of Lighthouse by the Warf, then over on 4th st. near MPC. Met my wife there (she was from Seaside). We love Monterey. Probably if we didn’t live in Honolulu, we’d move to the peninsula again.



    Aliman Sears

    17 August 2008 at 10:13 pm

  28. This is a belated thanks, although I’m sure you were thanked effusively on my behalf.
    Now to clear up the momentary confusion probably caused by that factory-assmbled-fantasy-novel-staple statement; I was given two safety razors, along with an assorted box of blades, a copy of Gourmet Shaving and a bottle or two of Thayers Witch Hazel Aftershave [which has since become an indispensable part of my morning shower] by my mother, who has eBay dealings with the Wife.
    Possibly selling cat anecdotes.

    Anyway. I was curious as to what your subjects your blog might encompass, besides shaving, and was delighted to find the pieces on sci-fi, cats, gadgets and marijuana legalisation.

    It has probably become evident by now that I’m not very good at writing. So I’ll spare you the rest.


    Kris Kenderesi

    20 August 2008 at 1:19 pm

  29. Kris, very good to hear from you! I think you’re getting a copy now of the Second Edition of the shaving book. A kudos to you as well!



    20 August 2008 at 1:32 pm

  30. Hi Leisure Guy (and readers),

    I’m compiling a list of clever reuses for safety razor blades around the house for Popular Mechanics. In researching and writing your book, did you come across any ideas that would fit in such a list?

    Some of the types of things I’m seeking include using razor blades for:

    Removing labels, stickers, and decals. A little WD-40 helps with tough jobs, such as stickers on car windows.
    Removing paint. Don’t worry about wet drips or maintaining a clean line when painting windows or trim along wood floors. Let the paint dry, then scrape the excess away.
    Trim edges of home-printed photos, using a metal ruler as a guide.

    Any help you could give me with this research would be greatly appreciated. Please contact me in the next day or two. I’ll link to your website as the source on any ideas I’m able to use. Thanks in advance for your time.

    Harry Sawyers
    Popular Mechanics


    Harry Sawyers

    25 August 2008 at 1:01 pm

  31. [I sent an email to Harry, suggesting that he post in the shaving forums his request.]



    25 August 2008 at 3:08 pm

  32. Hi,
    New: found you via Google on the Zap post.
    I added you to my reader and blogroll (because I feature geezers!)
    Look forward to your stuff.
    BTW: is your email listed on your site someplace? I’m not very patient when it comes to looking for things – like most guys! And I can’t yell at my wife to come find your email address. 🙂



    29 August 2008 at 11:07 am

  33. At the top of this page. It’s labeled “email”.



    29 August 2008 at 11:13 am

  34. Very interesting blog.

    I never realised people were interested in shaving.

    My expereince only relates to the Mac 3 and other gillette razors. I enjoy a good shave but these razors seem to be the best available from the local high street shops. After looking at other articles it seems that for a really good shave i need to be looking for more traditional styled razors.

    Any ideas where i can go to purchase such razors.


    Terry Metcalfe

    4 September 2008 at 4:43 am

  35. Thought you might be interested in this article. Regards. Robert.


    Dr. Lao

    5 September 2008 at 10:48 am

  36. Hello Leisure Guy,

    Per your earlier suggestion (in June), I obtained a blade sampler pack (from west coast shaving). So far, I have experimented with Korean and Greek blades. These definitely have an edge to them, compared with the standard German Merkurs.

    The Greek blade was sharp yet comfortable on one edge, but sharp and uncomfortable on the other edge. Could that be just the blade or the way it was placed in the razor?

    I have a chin with a cleft, and it’s a bit challenging to shave that spot, even with multiple passes. Do I need to change the blade angle, pressure, or something else?

    As always, thanks for your words of wisdom.




    2 October 2008 at 5:23 pm

  37. The problem with the Greek blade (brand?) sounds as though it’s a bad blade. Placement in the razor shouldn’t make much difference. What razor are you using?

    The cleft presents a challenge. Can you pull the skin to one side to allow easier shaving? You can also post the problem on one of the shaving forums and see what other guys who have that problem have found to be a solution.



    3 October 2008 at 8:49 am

  38. Hi Leisure Guy,

    The Greek blade was “Bic” branded. Honestly, I was a little surprised to find it in the sampler pack, in lieu of the Wilkinson blades (shown in the image online). I use a Parker 91R razor, which some forum partcipants had described as being as good or even better than the venerable Merkur HD barber pole. I have had no issues with Merkur blades or the Korean Dorco blades.

    Thanks for your suggestion – I’ll browse through some forums and see what other clefties have to say.




    3 October 2008 at 10:20 am

  39. Hi Leisure Guy

    I just wanted to drop you a line to say how much I have appreciated your book, blog and forum contributions on the subject of shaving. I have recently begun my own adventure with DE razors and blades and have found your advice invaluable.

    For the record, working my way through a blade sampler pack, I find myself almost always in agreement with your opinion, so your recommendations have proved very helpful. Our mileage doesn’t vary that much, I guess (!).

    Thank you.

    Seamaster73 (UK)



    17 November 2008 at 11:43 am

  40. Thank you very much for taking the time to comment. I greatly appreciate it. Very pleased that the book has been helpful and that you’re progressing in your new hobby.



    17 November 2008 at 12:03 pm

  41. Hi LeisureGuy,
    I’ve been reading your blog for almost 2 years now, stumbled upon your site when I googled reviews for the then new Gillette Fusion, read your gourmet shave article and was hooked on safety razors, haven’t used my mach3 since nor even looked at any iterations thereof. There was cosiderable bloodletting in the begining but I’ve gotten the hang of it now. Its strange how small trivial things can enhance your life, atleast that recurring moment when you experience it, life’s repetitious enough as it is, and the only time I truly spent focusing at my face everyday was lost to gillette convenience.
    I am 35 now and things and new experiences don’t excite me or hold my fascination as well and long as they did 10 years ago, but you have helped make my life a bit better… permanently, Previously shaves were a chore which always left me wondering about razor burns, now its a pleasure, I wouldn’t know about classic shaving making me look good but it sure does make me feel great. Its amazing the number of variations you can try with a simple safety razor, the strokes, handling the grain and all within 10 minutes.
    By the way I live in Pakistan, and its strange that I can find every single product by Schick and Gillette at the local convenience store (its not as bad as here as you might think, actually the most scared I’ve ever felt was one very late night in Manhattan) but not a single decent razor or shaving cream or soap, none, I have really looked, so I’m forced to use cheap generic razors, but luckily I can get the swedish gillette blades here which are pretty decent, also feather but they are a tad unpredictable. Well this has turned out to be some rant 🙂 , its just that I’ve followed your blog for so long, thought about leaving a comment couple of times, always lazied out, ..and… you do good work here.
    Thank you


    Mobin Haque

    21 December 2008 at 2:07 pm

  42. Mobin, you’ve made my day for sure. I’m delighted that you’ve been reading the blog so long.

    Some of the very best blades seem to be made in Pakistan—weird that they don’t have good razors to go with them. I like several of the Treet blades and the Trig blades as well.



    21 December 2008 at 2:32 pm

  43. LeisureGuy, thanks for the reply, yeah, the Treets are nice, they just launched a new black line, I might try them tomorrow.


    Mobin Haque

    21 December 2008 at 2:55 pm

  44. I knew i’d read this somewhere before…



    4 January 2009 at 12:00 pm

  45. Thanks, Harry, for spotting that. They do now give attribution (and a link) at the end, so it’s okay with me.



    4 January 2009 at 12:06 pm

  46. Further to Harry’s comment – yes, the information is from the book, but we did indeed credit to Michael with a link to the book etc. We sell the gear, but thought it best to provide some good advice on how to use it.

    I’ve put Michael’s book on my birthday wish-list too.



    13 January 2009 at 12:48 pm

  47. Michael,
    I haven’t seen any posts on the shaving forums lathely, esp. SMF. I enjoyed your practical advice. Have you given up on the forums?



    19 January 2009 at 11:02 am

  48. Thank you for your kind comment. I’ve not been active in the forums recently, just dispensing advice as requested here in the blog. Probably I’ll drift back to the forums in time. But the blogging + movies + reading + cooking does take up most of my time.



    19 January 2009 at 11:18 am

  49. Leisure Guy

    I wrote about a month or so ago and took your advice regarding the Merkur HD for my first DE. Great stuff. Right now I’m switching between shave cream and Col Conk Shave Soap and am leaning toward the shave cream. What cream do you recommend? One problem I’m having is that my neck gets alot of razor burn. I go with the grain, then across, then finally against the grain. I rinse with warm water after every pass and lather back up. I also use as little pressure as possible. Finally, I am experimenting with blades and change them about once every four or so days. I’ve tried the Feather (I live in Sasebo, Japan, am in the Navy and buy them on the economy at a Japanese department store), the Merkur Super, and finally the store brand they sell in the base exchange. Can you point me in the right direction for a good sample pack?

    Thanks for the help and I enjoy your site. Love the links also.



    Brian Wright

    29 January 2009 at 4:31 am

  50. As I mention in the book, Taylor of Old Bond Street Avocado is an excellent newbie shaving cream. Also, try a D.R. Harris shave stick: excellent lather.

    You’re right to look at pressure as a possible cause of the razor burn on your neck. The other likely suspect is blade angle (since there are a lot of curves on the neck—and with the against-the-grain pass you’re holding the razor upside down). It might also be the brand of blade, but I would first suspect pressure and angle. Trying shaving your neck for a while with just two passes: with the grain and across the grain. That should reveal if the problem is in the against-the-grain pass.

    The best price and greatest variety of blade samplers is found at Razor and Brush. He does ship abroad, and charges actual postage—but since you use an FPO, shipping will be no problem.

    Note his instructions on how to order. It’s a little different, especially for the first order, but it actually works quite well.

    Hope this helps. Let us know. And, of course, I do recommend the book.



    29 January 2009 at 9:34 am

  51. Hi Leisure Guy,

    I finally worked my way through the blade sampler pack, keeping the Merkur blades as my benchmark in between the trials. Wow! What an experience. Some blades were mediocre, some acceptable, and some were amazing! The top two were the Feathers and Gillette (swedes, I think – because of blue packaging).

    A couple of observations: One, my razor seems to have a minute difference in blade exposure between the two edges. One side consistently feels better than the other. Is this a defect with the razor (Parker 91R)? Two, the Feather blades are very, very sharp – I got a couple of nicks without realization. However, I have no issues shaving the cleft area on my chin. I don’t have to contort my jaw to get a smooth shave.

    Finally, do you have any opinion regarding Muhle Double Edge Safety Razor? I saw one here Is it worth a try? Thanks.




    3 September 2009 at 6:49 pm

  52. I’ve had no experience with the Parker razor, but the condition you describe certainly is a flaw. You might contact the vendor from whom you bought the razor to see whether you can exchange it.

    I have not tried that Mühle, but I just ordered the open-comb version and will soon try it and blog about it. The Mühle I do have is just fine. Very good razor. I’ll shave with it tomorrow, so you can check the blog.

    The Feathers were for a while my favorite blade, but I gradually noticed that they were too prone to nick. I found other brands that worked better for me, but as you know, with blades you have to find your own best brands.



    4 September 2009 at 8:57 am

  53. Blues>Jazz



    16 October 2009 at 8:27 pm

  54. I liked yourblog ..
    its really interesting! keep it up 🙂



    11 May 2010 at 8:50 am

  55. Glad to find your blog! And you’re a cat man also! I plan to check out more of the blog! Joan



    27 May 2010 at 2:01 am

  56. Welcome. Hope you enjoy the blog. Look forward to your comments.



    27 May 2010 at 6:10 am

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    28 June 2010 at 5:10 pm

  58. Hi, nice to meet you !



    23 September 2010 at 12:33 am

  59. What made you decide to write your budget? Are you also in finance?

    I’d like to link to it in my newsletter.


    Maria Marsala

    29 April 2011 at 10:47 pm

  60. You’re talking about Within Your Means? I was living in Iowa City around 1975-76, and I could not figure out where all our money was going. We both made a decent salary, but we were always on the edge. So I started thinking about it, and the way I think is to write down my thoughts so I can look at them and analyze them separately from when I am thinking them.

    As I wrote, I began to realize the “implicit spending” to which I committed myself when I purchased an item that I would eventually have to replace. I pay, say, $500 for a water heater. “Woofta!” I would think. “That wipe’s me out this month. Thank God it will last 20 years so I don’t have to pay any more.” But of course in 20 years I will have to replace it—and if I do not set aside the money for it, then in 20 years I’ll be again in the same boat.

    So I decided to make the “implicit spending” (in this case the $25/year, or $2.08/month) actual: to “spend” that money as I go by putting it in a savings account as a lockbox so that in 20 years, I’ll in fact have $500 available when replacement time rolls around. (It will probably cost more by then, but I thought I could deal with the increment and didn’t want to over-complicate things with a COLA in the plan, though one could.)

    And I quickly realized that the total of this implicit spending was actually pretty substantial, especially if you own your home: roof, painting (exterior and interior), carpeting, air conditioner, and so on. The total per month was large enough, indeed, that I saw that I was perilously close to being financially over-committed just from the stuff I had already bought into (car, tires, car battery, vacuum cleaner, dishwasher, etc., etc.).

    So that explained why I seemed always to be short of money: I was in fact always short of money because I was spending (implicitly) more than I was making. Aha. So then I set about arranging things to make that hidden spending explicit, by summing the monthly commitments I had incurred and putting that much money aside.

    It was fairly substantial, but it paid off quickly: our dishwasher failed, and replacing it was easy: I had built up the replacement fund and after only a few months there was already enough just to buy the replacement dishwasher.

    I am not in finance. My background is mostly liberal arts, though I do have an MS in mathematics from the U of Iowa.

    Hope this answer is responsive. Let me know if you want more info.



    30 April 2011 at 7:17 am

  61. BTW, I just took a look at your site. Because in my own experience an ability to write clearly was essential in all my various jobs (teaching, programming (writing specs and analysis), product marketing, management)—writing memos, reports, letters, and other such things was a key part of the job. I found an invaluable way to learn editing through practice and study. Take a look. (That link is also found on this page of useful posts.)



    30 April 2011 at 7:23 am

  62. Hello LeisureGuy,

    Thanks for your book! I am a great fan of Jojobaoil now 😉

    I have one question regarding “Tooth Comb” left after reading your book.
    I can not understand how a Merkur tooth comb can work at all. (Gillete is clear – the blade is standing “free”). But on the Merkur, olde Muehle… The blade is resting direct on the teeth. In the gap between teeth for me its clear but IMHO where the blade is resting on the teeth IMHO the blade should be blocked with stubble and lather immediatelly. But Tooth Comb is recommendet fo 3-day stubble — so this is much more contradict to me “resting” blade with no space between. I would expect a cutting pattern like a rake ;).
    The new Muehle should work proper IMHO like the Gillette.
    Thanks and best regards from Germany


    Ha-Jo Lehner

    24 September 2011 at 2:11 am

  63. To be honest, I myself do not understand how the Merkur Open Comb does it—but it does. I have a Mühle open-comb, the previous model of the R41 (they came out with a new model summer 2011) and it has the same “blade resting directly on the teeth” design that the Merkur has and the early Gillette models, rather than the coat-hanger profile that I like. And yet it does a fine job of shaving. How? I don’t know. Very strange—but an excellent razor. (The new R41 is simply too harsh for me—at least as I use it. If you get one, try a very shallow angle.)



    24 September 2011 at 5:45 am

  64. Hi – After hearing my boyfriend mention several times that no one ever taught him how to shave, I decided that your book and an EJ razor with sample pack would be a good Christmas gift. I’d like to include something for lather, but I am thinking that he will want to choose his own brush and soap.

    Any suggestions for a canned or tube shaving soap so he can get started?



    9 December 2011 at 6:19 am

  65. You’re right that the easiest lather is a shaving cream. Taylor of Old Bond Street Avocado is an excellent mainline shaving cream that doesn’t seem to trigger any skin sensitivities and is quite effective. A tube costs about twice as much per ounce than a tube, FWIW. Another option would be an artisanal shaving cream from something he wouldn’t find in a store, but an excellent shaving cream.

    Most shavers will end up owning several brushes: the differences between boar, badger, and horsehair are noticeable and interesting—they all make excellent lather, but differently. A good introductory brush is the Omega 643167 artificial badger: around $25, an excellent performer, and a fine starter brush. Or, if you would like to treat him to badger, check out Frank Shaving, which offers quite good brushes at moderate prices—the Finest are excellent and the Silvertips are good. Or get him a Wee Scot: it’s a tiny brush (around $40) with *enormous* capacity for lather—quite astonishing, a fine travel brush, and quite accurate for lathering the face (e.g., the upper lip). It is not a toy, but a terrific and interesting brush.

    I do suggest a shaving soap, though. It’s good for him to experience both. Assuming he has a regular beard, I think a shave stick is the way to go. Valobra, Palmolive, and D.R. Harris shave sticks are all excellent, but take a look at some of the fragrances of the QED shave sticks: the Mocha-Java makes a terrific lather and smells of coffee and chocolate. 🙂



    9 December 2011 at 7:23 am

  66. Hi Leisure Guy,

    I find that I would like to read more of you and follow your blog but I don’t see a place here to subscribe. Could you advise me, please? Thanks.


    the warrioress

    29 December 2011 at 5:58 pm

  67. I think you found the RSS feed or whatever it is. I use Google Reader and it’s pretty easy to subscribe to a blog in that. Pleased that you will stick around. You can use “Category Search” at the right to look at posts in a specific category (e.g., “Recipes,” “Esperanto”, “Go”, “Shaving,” whatever).



    29 December 2011 at 6:01 pm

  68. Hello, I thought you may be interested in our website for your readers who are looking for 100% grass fed certified organic beef products. We are a producer, and with this product getting harder and harder to find, they will know we are NEVER out of product.

    Great blog!

    Have a great day, Louis



    8 February 2012 at 3:39 pm

  69. Hi Leisureguy!
    I just nominated you for the inspiring blogger of the year award! You can see it on my blog, I really enjoy reading your posts and wanted to share them with my readers. To accept, just repost the award, mention who nominated you and link to their blog, then write 7 things about yourself. You should also nominate 15 others and let them know! Thanks for writing so well and inspiring people.
    All the best 🙂



    22 January 2013 at 9:47 am

  70. Thank you very much for the kind thought, but I don’t participate in these awards.



    22 January 2013 at 9:54 am

  71. Hi Leisureguy,
    Thank You again for the recommendation on Double Edge Shaving Place as a online vendor.


  72. Hey Leisureguy,

    I just wanted to sincerely thank you for writing the Guide to Gourmet Shaving. After dealing with razor burn and ingrown hairs from cartridge razors, I was looking for a solution on Amazon and stumbled upon your book. Being completely unaware wet shaving even existed, I was immediately hooked and finished the book in one sitting. Since then, I have developed a passion for wet shaving and wanted to give back to the community in hopes of helping others as you’ve helped me.

    I created, which is a website about providing information to others looking for an alternative to multi-blade cartridge shaving. I hope you are able to check it out in your free time and would love to hear your feedback.

    Thanks again and shave on!

    Ben Morgan


  73. Looks pretty good. I added the site to the link list.



    28 February 2014 at 2:01 pm

  74. Hi LeisureGuy. Came across your intrinsic cost budgeting spreadsheet yrs ago. Love it and want to share with friends. Can you link me to the latest version, please?



    7 March 2020 at 5:31 am

  75. Links to Excel and Numbers versions are in this Medium story.



    7 March 2020 at 6:39 am

  76. BTW, I should mention that I have a variety of posts now on Medium. You might find others there of interest.

    In addition, note the page “Useful Posts” here on the blog — the first post under the heading “Money Issues” also has links to the Within Your Means workbook.



    10 March 2020 at 6:59 am

  77. Hi Leisureguy

    I have read your book and it is simply a gem. It has everything covered and I keep referring to it.. Thanks for writing this book.

    I have many questions related to small situations I encounter which I am positive id find the answer to all of them with experience..

    If you would give ONE advise/tip related to shaving what would it be? (other than enjoy it :p)

    Thanks alot for helping me..




    16 March 2020 at 1:18 am

  78. @Mohamed: I’d find it hard to limit myself to one piece of advice. High on the list would be:

    a. Soft water is very important, and many who have problems suspect everything but the water, which they take as given. If the lather repeatedly seems poor, try one of the water-softening tricks mentioned in the book (using a pinch of citric acid, or using purified/distilled water that contains a little tap water).

    b. Try using lighter pressure. Many use more pressure than is ideal, particularly if they have been accustomed to using a cartridge razor.

    c. Get a good (both comfortable and efficient) razor. It doesn’t have to be expensive — see this list.

    d. Try a variety of brands of blade. Then for two months stick with the brand that seems best while perfecting prep and technique. When you get a new razor, again try several different brands of blades.

    e. At some point, try a slant razor. The Parker Semi-Slant is quite good and not costly; also I would recommend the iKon Shavecraft 102 or X3 — and you can buy just the heads for those if you have a spare handle. Also good is the traditional Merkur 37C (or 37G in gold), and there are some good clones available: The Holy Black’s SR-71 slant is one, and RazoRock’s German 37 is another — and you can buy the German 37 head by itself, which is the lowest-cost option available.



    16 March 2020 at 7:47 am

  79. Hi Leisure guy,

    I just read your post about your diet. Very impressive the way you have almost reversed your diabetes. I am a diabetic myself and starting to try to control without medicines. Your post was an inspiration and I am going to incorporate some points. Thanks for the valuable tips…actually that post is full of precious tips. Thanks once again.



    27 June 2020 at 5:18 am

  80. @ Paras: You’re welcome. Since I started that way of eating, my HbA1c has routinely been 5.2%. This post describes how I implemented Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen. I do highly recommend both How Not to Die and How Not to Diet, the latter being the more recent.

    I now find it quite easy to have on hand in the fridge:

    a batch of cooked dried beans (I now soak 1 lb beans in water with 2 teaspoons salt, then once they’ve soak, drain them and add 1 teaspoon baking soda and ample water to cover and simmer them uncovered on the stovetop until tender, then drain and refrigerate);

    a batch of cooked intact whole grain (generally kamut or rye), though sometimes I use quinoa or amaranth;

    a batch of cooked mixed vegetables, which includes both greens (kale, collards, chard, rapini, red cabbage, et al. — generally two or three different ones) and non-greens (some subset of scallions, leeks, onions, garlic, beets, carrots, eggplant, daikon radish, canned tomatoes (no salt added), tomato paste (no salt added), chipotles in adobo, and so on).

    Thus my meals now include a cup of cooked vegetables (greens and other vegetables). Occasionally, of course, I vary it: cook a dish purely of greens.



    27 June 2020 at 7:34 am

  81. LeisureGuy,

    I doubt you’ll remember me, but we had some back and forth years ago (probably 2006/2007). We first connected on SMF. Then I learned that you played Go, and you taught me to play online. I regularly enjoyed your blog for a long time, but eventually got out of the habit of checking in. I visted today and was thrilled to see that you’ve kept it up, and I look forward to doing a deep dive into what you’ve been up to since I last visited!

    Keep up the great work.




    14 September 2021 at 7:18 am

  82. Your name does indeed ring a bell. Note in the list of Reference Pages at the right. I’ve added Blog Post Directory — quite handy when you’re looking for a recent post — and I’ve kept the page of Useful Posts fairly well up to date. I decide in the blogroll to list the posts that seem to get the most hits. (I’m not sure why Jewel vs. Garnet Yam is so popular.)

    Two years ago I switched from the low-carb/keto diet I had followed for five years to a whole-food plant-based diet, and I very much like the results. The switch came when I reconsidered my diet in the light of new information.

    I look forward to your comments. The Category Search will be helpful in skimming posts on a topic (e.g., shaving).



    14 September 2021 at 9:27 am

  83. Dear LG – We met not-quite 30 years ago and worked together at CTB. Sending affection and thanks to you and yours from Omaha. Mary and I are well. Josh, or son, just finished high school. Josh will start college in the Fall of 2022. Where is to be determined.

    Chris, Jennifer, Catherine, Susan and I are not in regular contact. It only takes a tug on on thread to draw a couple of us back together, and learn how everyone is doing.

    May this find you well and Covid-free – Mark


    Mark Andrews

    1 January 2022 at 4:26 pm

  84. LG – Have a look at this. See


    Mark Andrews

    2 January 2022 at 3:20 pm

  85. Fusion energy would be great, and there is indeed a lot of activity. Still, it seems (like always) to be about ten years away. We’ll see.

    In the meantime, fission reactors have been much improved.



    2 January 2022 at 4:24 pm

  86. Looks interesting. Keep sharing!


    Bill T

    7 April 2022 at 5:28 am

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