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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00063]Leisureguy’s Guide to Gourmet Shaving the Double-Edge Way is a great gift for bar mitzvah, for graduation, for Father’s Day (21 June 2020), for birthdays, … for guys who shave but do not yet enjoy the task.

Here’s one comment from a reader review:

I bought this as a gift for my fiancé, along with a wet-shaving starting kit and a safety razor. He DEVOURED this book, and finds himself reading it again and again. He finally enjoys shaving. This book has helped him figure out so many things about wet shaving, and has recommended it to all of his friends and family. Truly a great source of information for any man.

And here’s a review on, titled “If Sun Tzu had written the Art of Shaving, he would have copied this book directly.

I purchased this book around 2 months ago, as a complete novice to DE razor shaving, and as a result with a face covered in razor burn and nicks. Having read the book from cover to cover, I am now walking around with a face as smooth as the proverbial bottom, free of my prior irritations and injuries, having now understood and corrected the multitude of errors I had been making.

The depth of the content belies the price, with a combination of technical knowledge and humour delivered in an easy to digest format, with the author touching on concepts as abstract as shaving as a meditation tool, without ever seeming condescending or off topic.

In particular the section on hard water and air temperature affecting one’s shave were things I had never considered as relevant factors to a shave.

This combined with personal anecdotes and experiences, the continued reinforcement of keys points throughout the book, and at times the author’s obvious passion for the experience and ritual of shaving, take what could have been a bland topic and instead create an interesting and informative book which has changed the way I view my daily shave from a chore to a pleasure.

My thanks to the Author for the time taken in writing this book, highly recommended to new and experienced DE shavers alike.

This book is a perfect gift for men who answer “Yes” to “Do you shave most days?” and “No” to “Do you actually enjoy shaving?” Change their life in one small but positive way — and a change whose benefits they enjoy each morning they shave.

Below are links to the Kindle version at all Amazon sites and also links to the print version for those Amazon sites that carry it. Links to reviews will be updated as more reviews appear. The book does have a Facebook page with my Shave of the Day posts and occasional shaving tips. Or you can see these SOTD posts in the blog.

You can view the Table of Contents and read the Prefaces by using Amazon’s “Look Inside” feature, and the table of contents can also be viewed in outline form. (Hover over a bullet and then click the “+” to expand the section or “-” to collapse it.)

Prices have been set low in the hope that the book will be purchased by those still considering whether to switch to DE shaving, rather than postponing the purchase until they’re sure they like DE shaving. The reason for early purchase: the book provides information to help with the initial choices—the various options in choosing a shaving kit and the trade-offs to consider—as well as detailed information make the transition to traditional wetshaving an enjoyable success.

I first started writing the book with the goal of creating the sort of guide that I wish I had had when I resumed wetshaving. Each subsequent edition included more information and reflected a greater understanding, and with this final edition, the seventh, I think I have achieved my goal: this is the very book I would have wanted to have when I first began traditional wetshaving with a double-edge razor.

The book is available from the CreateSpace eStore in addition to the sites listed below.

Reader reviews

This current (7th) edition is an extension and refinement of the 6th edition, and so 6th edition reviews do to a great extent apply to the 7th edition.

The independent blog Why I Wet Shave has two posts in which a variety of books on wetshaving are reviewed. I have no connection with the blog and was surprised (but pleased) by the reviews:

Shaving Book Reviews Part 1:  The Good, The Bad, and The Complete Wastes Of Your Money
Shaving Book Reviews Part 2:  Things Start to Look Up

Kindle version

Print version

Written by Leisureguy

25 May 2012 at 6:44 am

33 Responses

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  1. An awesome book! I’m only part way through and already I’ve gained a wealth of knowledge. Applied what I’ve learned thus far during today’s shave and what a difference!


  2. Thank you very much. That sounds like a good Amazon reader review. 🙂



    11 June 2012 at 10:17 am

  3. Hi, LeisureGuy! I have just tried to purchase the Kindle version of your awesome book, but the links above take me to a page that reads “We’re sorry. The Web address you entered is not a functioning page on our site”. The same happens when I click the “Kindle Edition” link on the book’s page at, which is Could you please advise me on that matter? Thanks a lot!


    Jan Marcel Gentil

    29 August 2012 at 1:44 pm

  4. Ops, I’ve just seen your note on the Kindle version, at the top of the page. Sorry for my distraction. Could you please let us know when the “good conversion” becomes available for purchase again? Thank you so much!


    Jan Marcel Gentil

    29 August 2012 at 1:50 pm

  5. I’ll undoubtedly blog it. I was told that it would be available by 28 September, so you could mark your calendar for that date.

    I just added a note to each Kindle link to call attention to the note.



    29 August 2012 at 2:05 pm

  6. I’m glad to hear that. Thanks for the info! I’ve already set a reminder for September 28th.


    Jan Marcel Gentil

    29 August 2012 at 8:10 pm

  7. Dear Leisure Guy:

    I downloaded your book on my Kindle and didn’t stop reading until I was (almost) through. What an excellent book! I’ll be returning to it just for the fun of it. Thanks to your intro to the flow I closed the window and door to the bathroom this morning to enjoy a shave in silence. Ha, what fun. Best, Frank


    Frank Zach

    16 September 2012 at 3:49 am

  8. Thanks, Frank. I’m pleased you’re liking it. I assume you got the new version, with the active links?



    16 September 2012 at 4:41 am

  9. Yes I did and they work fine. One suggestion I have is that your tiny URLs are practical but don’t provide an idea of what’s behind. If possible, maybe you could add that information as from a Kindle it is difficult to toggle. Thus, I had my Kindle next to the computer to check some of your great sources. Also thanks for your suggested readings in the early chapters!


    Frank Zach

    16 September 2012 at 10:20 am

  10. Good thought on what’s behind the tinyurls. I don’t see that I can do much in the current edition, but I’ll note it for the future. Note also the clickable tinyurls in the Web reference page. (My thought was that the initial reading would be done without much reference to the endnotes, so I had thought those links would be explored late.)

    If you want to post a review that the links in the 6th edition Kindle work fine, it might help correct the 1-star review. (Although that review is no longer true and thus is misleading, Amazon insists that it must remain.)



    16 September 2012 at 10:30 am

  11. Sorry, I’ve been away and forgot to respond: I don’t think it takes more than what you’ve said, already, to make things clear. Your response is perfectly plausible and with your across the board five star ranking all is well, I think.


    Frank Zach

    23 September 2012 at 12:11 pm

  12. Ok, I generally hate shaving, but I bought your book and to be honest I cannot put it down. I never thought I would think shaving might be enjoyable but you thoughts make sense to me. I have my dad’s Gillette’s super speed TTO DE. It was the first razor that I ever shaved with and currently I am looking at some of the sites to buy all the others items you talk about in your book. Thanks!


    Lonnie W. Brooks

    7 December 2012 at 7:19 pm

  13. That’s very good to hear. It quite changes things when a chore becomes a pleasure, particularly one that typically starts the day. Thank you for commenting.



    7 December 2012 at 7:37 pm

  14. I have passed on my older Gourmet Shaving book to a good friend and also spotted him some starter supplies. He is excited about it and currently uses an electric razor. I have been wet shaving a while now and it is truly a fantastic way to start the day. I look forward to it every day. I used to hate shaving. My favorite razor is a Merkur Futur with a Kent BLK8 silvertip brush. Creams, soaps aftershave splash and balms, well I have a lot of them all and love variety.


    Detlef Goellner

    20 May 2013 at 9:04 am

  15. Good for you! It’s always good to have friends participating in the effort because you can pool supplies and information. 🙂



    20 May 2013 at 9:40 am

  16. Finished reading your book…learned a lot to say the least. Any particular year you recommend for purchase of Super Speed razor? I want to sell my Cobra Classic razor. Any other sites that I can consider besides ebay? Currently using the Edwin Jagger DE 89L and it’s great.


    Rafael Rubalcava

    15 September 2013 at 8:59 pm

  17. @Rafael: Thank you for your kind comments. Any of the Super Speeds is worth a try. The blue-tipped version, though, is quite mild: I prefer the red-tipped. (Most Super Speeds don’t have the colored tip: that was done only briefly).

    For selling razors, look at Reddit’s /r/shave_bazaar or the Buy/Sell/Trade threads in the various shaving forums (listed in the book).

    For a second razor, as you know from the book, I strongly recommend getting a slant-bar razor. It makes an amazing difference.



    16 September 2013 at 4:25 am

  18. Reading your book (in printed format!) that I found very nice and interesting, I definitely decided to change from multiblade cartridge to DE razor, that I was thinking from some time. Now I’m starting to choice my first one. About shaving soaps, have you used Crabtree & Evelyn ones? Thanks, Luca



    3 December 2013 at 5:26 am

  19. I have, but they are not my first choice.



    3 December 2013 at 5:33 am

  20. Dear Mr Ham, you could contact me, I am a publisher based in Sofia, Bulgaria and would be very happy to translate and offer your book to the Bulgarian reader. Best, Sve.


    Sve Koev

    21 March 2014 at 1:42 am

  21. Question: I thought I read somewhere that you’re prepping a 7th, final edition of your book. Is this true? If so, any idea as to when it will be ready/released? (I bought the 6th Edition for Kindle, but wish to buy the 7th in physical form when it’s released — especially if it ends up being the final edition.)


    Damon Michener

    30 May 2014 at 7:15 pm

  22. I actually do not know when it will be done. This year, I hope. And it is my intent that it be the Final Edition. I am working on it, but without a sense of haste, to say the least.



    31 May 2014 at 6:51 am

  23. Hi Michael! I recently purchased your 6th Edition Gourmet Shaving hard cover book and I must say that the first section called “Why to do it” is amazing. I have not progressed far beyond that yet but I am looking forward to reading the rest of the book. Some “newbies” may think that they should skip this section but I say no, you put some great comments in that section. DJJC


    Don J J Carroll

    15 June 2014 at 6:21 am

  24. Thank you for your kind comment. The preface also is pretty good, IMO. 🙂



    15 June 2014 at 6:35 am

  25. Hi Michael, I just purchased your 6th Edition of Gourmet Shaving and I must say, after reading these comments and favorable reviews, I’m ecstatic to get started on it. I’ll be sure to come back and provide my thoughts and feedback once the book is complete. Thanks for putting this together, it seems like a lot of people really appreciate your work.

    On another note, what’s the best email to reach you?

    Thanks again!


    Clint West

    20 July 2014 at 10:33 am

  26. Thank you. Best email is given in the book and on the “about” page here: leisureguy dot wordpress @ and I use gmail for that.



    20 July 2014 at 5:35 pm

  27. Just letting you know I downloaded your latest version. I will let you know what I think once I’ve gone through the whole thing. A side note is that I am also from the Monterey Bay, so I feel like I have a great connection with you already, Leisureguy! Hope all is well and perhaps we can talk soon. Best to you! – Matt Gray



    21 May 2015 at 7:02 pm

  28. Thank you very much. Maybe we can get together for coffee or lunch.



    21 May 2015 at 7:34 pm

  29. I currently live in Illinois but when we take vacations we end up in Watsonville to see my parents. We have passes to the Monterey Bay Aquarium so end up there at least once during our stay when visiting so we could plan to do that then. 🙂


    Wet Shaving Times

    21 May 2015 at 8:19 pm

  30. That would be pleasant. I live a couple of blocks from the Aquarium.



    21 May 2015 at 8:30 pm

  31. Personally, I prefer the freshly unshaven look. I always look like I shaved yesterday thanks to my beard and mustache trimmer. I don’t get itchy like when stubble grows back out yet no beard to maintain either and my whiskers aren’t stiff and scratchy.



    29 November 2017 at 7:37 pm

  32. @Paul: You might find this article of interest.

    I find shaving in the traditional way very pleasurable, and I also like looking clean-shaven. (I associate the look of not having shaved with not getting up early enough.) When I’m clean-shaven, I feel more on top of things. YMMV, of course.



    29 November 2017 at 8:00 pm

  33. There was a bad link to view the table of contents of the Guide in outline form. It’s been fixed.



    29 August 2021 at 5:45 pm

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