Did you receive a nice shaving set for a holiday gift? Great! But do you know the little tricks that will help you use it properly? No? OK, here are 5 little “hacks” that will help you get the most out of your new toys.
[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 “what are the good deals out there?” Here are some “good deals” to consider. I doubt any of these will be passed down to children as fine heirlooms: we looked for brushes we thought were good values in that they were low-cost and reasonably well-built (considering the price). These aren’t the only choices of course, even at this price level, but they’re reasonably easy to find.
Ever since I started making shaving videos, people have asked me what my favorite shaving products are. I’ve always resisted answering because I didn’t want to make it sound like I was making a blanket recommendation. But after all this time, my “short rotation” has been pretty stable for my circumstances (i.e. when I’m not testing something!) so maybe it’s time for me to discuss my favorite shave products.
Like many of those already on Sharpologist, I’ve made a regular routine of wet shaving to maintain my appearance. I first took the plunge into this wide, wonderful world last year when I bought a vintage 1930’s Schick injector razor. I’ve since upgraded to a Parker 22R DE razor, and, although my setup is quite humble compared with many others that I’ve seen (shoutout to /r/wicked_edge!), I find that my shaving experience is still profoundly greater than it ever was while using cartridge razors. I decided to use a 3D printer to create a shaving stand for my shaving gear.
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