With the holidays approaching I began to wonder if it were possible to put together some sort of minimal “wish list” for the new traditional shaver: a “basic kit” (inexpensive without being too cheap) that would make for a reasonably satisfying experience without breaking the bank. I also wanted to find a way to get it from one familiar online place if possible. My thoughts turned to Amazon and after just a little hunting around I came up with this:
The Tweezerman brush is by no means luxurious but its badger hair and definitely better than most of the “natural bristle” (e.g. boar hair) found in drug stores or groceries and will give a better quality experience. I was suprised with its performance when I tried it.
The Weishi razor is basically a far-east knock-off of a Gillette Superspeed razor of the 1960’s. It has a reputation of a mild razor, good for the beginner. It’s a little lighter than I’d prefer and there have been episodes of spotty quality control in the past, but its the best of the inexpensive Gillette clones that I’ve tried. It comes with a little case (with mirror no less) and a pack of blades: if you Google around some you can probably find just the razor for a bit less money.
Although the Weishi comes with a pack of blades, its always good to have a variety to try: all blades are not made the same and what works for one person may not work for another. Merkur blades are generally regarded as the ‘baseline.’ Of course this item could be deleted to save some money.
Finally, a shave soap. Col. Conk generally provides a pleasant lather and comes in a variety of scents. If you want to shave a couple dollars off, look around locally (in the US) for Van Der Hagen shave soaps: the “Glycerin” version is basically the same and goes for under US $2 (there’s also a “Deluxe” version for a little over US $2).
So, an inexpensive traditional wetshave setup with new products for under US $50. Now, I’m not endorsing any of this. I merely present this to illustrate that its possible to put together a relatively inexpensive gift set.