This is often called “shave porn” but someone mentioned to me that it’s more like “teasing” so it should be called “shave burlesque” instead. I’ve had a few good conversations going on Reddit about some of the shaving products I own (here, here and here) and I realized it could also start a good discussion on Sharpologist. So here I present a consolidated view of most of my shaving “hardware” inventory:
From left to right: Beauty Strokes H.I.S Shaving Brush, no-name synthetic, Parker Synthetic Bristle Shaving Brush, The Body Shop Men’s Synthetic Shaving Brush, Muhle Synthetic, Van der Hagen Natural Shave Brush, Omega Shaving Pro 48 Boar Bristle Brush, men-u “Pure Bristle” Shaving Brush, Vie-Long Professional Horse Hair Shaving Brush, Metal/Wooden Handle, Vie-Long Badger And Horse Hair Shaving Brush, Van Der Hagen Men’s Luxury Badger Brush, 3-Ounce, Col. Conk Pure Badger Shave Brush, Tweezerman Men’s Shaving Brush, QED/Saville Row super badger (no longer in production), Shaveplace silvertip, New Forest silvertip, Rooney Fine (limited edition, “SMF-III”), Shavemac “Variable Loft Brush” (no longer in production).
You’re more interested in razors? OK:
Top, left to right: Parker 90R, Lord Safety Razor Model LP1822L aka L6 (mild, decent razor for the money), Weber, my other ’90R, NY Shaving Co. “Stout” (I like the handle but the razor is too aggressive for me), Muhle R41, Schick Injector clone.
Bottom, left to right: Goodfella (relatively mild–particularly for an open-comb razor–but gives me a good shave though the handle is a bit short for me), Wilkinson plastic DE, Merkur 37C Slant Bar, Merkur Vision, no-name imported TTO (from Vermont Country Store catalog), Classic Shaving Cobra Classic.
But here are the tools I use most:
This is my usual rotation. On the razor stand (4 o’clock, clockwise): Merkur Progress, Parker 92R, Weishi, Merkur Heavy Duty. The Progress gets the most use by far. I’ll use one of the others when I get a wild hair or if I’m testing something specific (though the Parker has been getting more face time than the Weishi or the HD lately). The brushes (left to right): Shaveplace “Havanna,” Simpson’s limited edition Rover, Crabtree & Evelyn Best Badger (actually an Edwin Jagger). Out of the three I probably use the Shaveplace brush most: that $40 brush just seems to have the right combination of handle size and brush performance to work with just about anything I throw at it (for me. YMMV). I also quite like the Rover for creams particularly but it works fine with soaps too. I use the C&E as a “baseline” when I’m testing products.
[Edits/corrections: I originally said the NY Shaving Co. razor was out of production but I was wrong. I have corrected the text and added a link. The original Slant ID and link didn't match--I've corrected it in the text.]
Do you have a large shaving “stable?” What product(s) in your inventory do you like most?