[UPDATE! St. James of London is offering Sharpologist readers a 15% discount on products purchased from their website! Use coupon code Sharpshave at checkout.]
I’ve mentioned St. James of London shaving creams on Sharpologist a couple times now, including getting listed in the “best shaving creams” list. They are one of several new shaving cream brands on the market that are cut from the cloth of the old-line British shaving establishments. But St. James is unique in that it is an established brand that has resurfaced with a twist.
Having previous discussed “good deal” razors and shaving brushes let’s have a discussion of low-cost shaving lathers. Like the previous “good deal” articles this one is jointly written, this time by Mark (Mantic59) and shave cream/soap reviewer extrodinaire Greg (Palpz). Here are six products that produce good results for less money. They’re not the only ones of course but they are reasonably widely available. If you know of others be sure to leave a comment!
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, long handle, chrome, gold tone, etc. So here is my (hopefully complete!) list of Merkur razors.
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]