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Method Shaving Without The Cost, Mess, Or Drama?

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I got an email the other day from a new wet shaver who was curious about Method Shaving.  I’m not going to get into the relative merits of how Method Shaving is presented and sold–there is so much passion on both sides of the coin that it becomes a no-win argument.  But rather than diving head-first into Method shaving, let me suggest you try a simplified version using a couple of the key concepts.  Method shaving products are kind of like a “deconstructed” meal put together by a chef, so you may be able to accomplish something very similar with “regular” traditional wet…

Is This The Only Full List Of Merkur DE Razors?

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I was browsing through my shave den the other day and thought to myself, “gee, I have a lot of Merkur razors.”  I decided to research it a little more thoroughly and as it turns out there are a lot more Merkur razors in production out there–but I’ve never seen the full list in one place!  Individual retailers all seem to carry only a portion of the line.  And unlike the Edwin Jagger line that basically uses a single head with many handles, Merkur razors come in a variety of forms: two piece, three piece, adjustable, open comb, safety bar,…

What’s Up With Slant-Bar Razors?

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A slant-bar razor (“slant” for short) is a double-edged (DE) safety razor whose blade is mounted to strike the stubble at a slant, since a slanted blade cuts more easily than a straight-on chop—thus the slanted blade of the guillotine and of many mandolines, such as the Swissmar Borner V-Slicer. The slant razor, patented on 6 February 1915 by Thomas Wild (thus approaching its centennial), brought a slanted blade to shaving. [Patent date and holder corrected, thanks to comment below. – LG]

5 “Good Deal” Shaving Brushes Under $25

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[Preface by Mantic59: The response to the “Good Deal Razors” article was so positive I decided to make one about shaving brushes too.  This time I asked brush guru Gary Carrington (GDCarrington) to help by commenting on some of the inexpensive brushes he’s tried.] There are hundreds and hundreds of shaving brushes out there–badger hair, boar hair, horse hair, synthetic hair–at price points that go from about $6 to stratospheric levels.  Beginners want to try the experience without breaking the bank.  More experienced users with pricey brushes sometimes want an alternate brush to travel with.  The common question then becomes…