A “Different” Shave Experience?

A reader writes: “I have a Merkur 34C heavy duty that I really like. Having ordered a Feather AS-D2 and being left disappointed in its performance compared to the Merkur, I’m wondering if you can give me some advice on what to buy to complement the Merkur. I tried the Feather for about two weeks with different blades and was pretty careful about the distinct blade angle.  If it’s helpful, I typically use Feather platinum or the Israeli Personna blades in my Merkur. I tried those in the Feather, too, but did not get the same shave.”

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Menthol – How It Works To Cool The Skin

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Like many wet shavers, I love menthol. I never had exposure to mentholated shaving cream until I returned to wet shaving, as canned foam was my choice. It’s cooling, refreshing, and great for summertime heat. The first mentholated cream I tried, Proraso green, overwhelmed me. I thought it was too chilling.  Now, I use products like Vostok, and Yeti Snot, and don’t find Proraso bracing at all.  Obviously that sounds like tolerance to a substance, so I began investigating it’s chemistry, and pharmacology.

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After The Shave: Shoes

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Understanding Shoe Construction (Primer Magazine)

Shoe Care 101 (Art of Manliness)

Matching Dress Shoes With Suites (Real Men Real Style)

 

What Is The Best Shaving Soap?

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It seems like the old-school shaving world has been buried in soaps lately. It used to be easy to tell which were the great ones and which ones left something to be desired.  But now that they are everywhere how can you tell good from bad?  Let’s take a look at what goes into a good shaving soap and see which ones come out ahead of the others.

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