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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St. James Of London–Creams With A Twist

st. james of london

[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.

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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 “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.

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