A Barbershop Shave

1915 Barber Shop

Ad writes: “This week I went to a barbershop for the first time. I hadn’t shaved for a few days and I wanted to try a barbershop shave. Strange enough, it didn’t feel as “babybutt” as it does when I shave myself at hom with a DE razor. I thought: an open razor gets closer to the skin then a safety razor. I was expecting at least the same or rather a better shave then when I shave myself. But it wasn’t. I shaved myself two days later and it really felt BB. Now since it was my first time at the barbers, maybe my expectations were to high, is it about the barber’s skills, or am I just a great shaver? You’ve done this before, what’s you opinion about this?”

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A Shave – Geo F Trumper style

trumpers store front

I travel around quite a bit. I’m usually not that bothered about my appearance but there are times I like to treat myself, usually before transatlantic flights. Normally a single pass with my trusty Edwin Jagger DB89L and a fresh Astra blade is enough to keep me presentable. However there are times I wish to treat myself, and booking a shave at Geo F Trumpers in London is one of those things I like.

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Aside: My ALS Video And The T-Shirt

I was recently challenged to do the “ALS ice bucket dunk” by a number of people and here is my response video (instead of the typical response, mine was inspired by Sir Patrick Stewart).  ALS is better known as  Lou Gehrig’s disease in the US.

A number of people have commented and emailed me about the “Shave Like A Mantic59″ T-shirt I wear in the video. That shirt was a gift from Rob at Shaveology. Rob has recently decided to dramatically shift direction in his career by becoming a barber. You can follow his experiences on the Shaveology blog.

He also sells other shaving-related T-shirts as well! His Zazzle store front is HERE. Although my T-shirt was custom-made, he may be willing to release the design if there is enough call for it. Leave a comment if you are interested!