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Wet Shaving Talk For 10 June 2024

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Wet Shaving Talk For 10 June 2024

You’re listening to Wet Shaving Talk powered by where we’re dedicated to preserving the art and skill of classic shaving. I’m your host Joe Borrelli and today is June 10th, 2024.


Today on the Show:

Happy Father’s Day

Single Edge Month Finale!  Modern SE Razors 


Modern SE Razors 

Father’s Day Gift Guide



From a completely original design through a ton of research and development, the OneBlade is a razor that is almost in its own category. It has a pivoting head that handles much like a modern cartridge razor, with one SE blade.  Available in several different options, the Oneblade has been around for about 10 years now. Note they take Feather FHS-10 blades like the Autostrop. 

______________________________________________________________________________Modern SE Razors

Gem Style:  Wolfman WR3, Parker Solo Edge, Starling ,from PAA, Blackland Sabre, ATT SE 

Injector Style: Supply SE, Various Amazon Models, Parker Adjustable, BullGoose Asylum 


Father’s Day Gift Guide 

Father’s Day is this Sunday!  It’s not too late to get that special dad something great! 

Don’t know what to get?  Here are some ideas for safe gifts :

  1. Ask Him: Yes it can be as simple as just asking him. For a non-traditional wet shaver, it may be hard to truly understand this whole thing. Asking him about his favorite vendors/artisans can go a long way.
  2. Check Out His Current stuff: What does he use everyday?  Is there a particular product he enjoys? Is he missing something? 
  3. Wet Shaving Literature: When in doubt a good Wet Shaving Book is always a great option. It’s probably the safest gift to give and even if he doesn’t read many books I bet he reads them. 
  4. Storage:  A cool cabinet, something modern or vintage is a safe way to give a great gift!  Storage also provides a mutual gift for the family as his stuff can be all organized. 

Avoid the following:

I always recommend avoiding modern day, drug store stuff for the traditional wet shaver.  Trust me we’ve tried all of it.  Also, avoid anything gimmicky or weird stuff. I’ll tell you more! 


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You’re listening to Wet Shaving Talk, powered by Sharpologist dot com, where we’re dedicated to preserving the art and skill of classic shaving. I’m your host, Joe Borrelli. And today is June 10th, 2024. Hey guys, welcome back to the podcast.

With officially half of 2024 is behind us, I cannot believe it. We are already in June. Uh, if you guys wonder if this is on a different date or a weird date, uh, I do apologize. I kind of had a lot going on, so we switched the dates. We’re going to do it now every other week still, but we’re like a week behind. So this will be the new schedule. You know, I decided that I was so late on the other podcast that it would just work out to do do it this way and make it a little easier.

I have to say, I got to I have to apologize. It is um, it’s been kind of like sporadic with the podcast. It’s just been getting very tough to get something consistent. And it’s not for lack of trying. I can tell you right now, it’s almost funny what I’ve been going through to do this, uh, last three nights. So just to give you guys an insight and when I record the actual podcast, I record it at very odd hours of the day. I have my my son, my, my family and everybody like that. The house is loud 99% of the time. Uh, usually from about, I’d say 630 in the morning till about 11:00 at night. There’s noise and I can’t really sit back and do a podcast and record because I’m getting pulled in a million directions either, you know, from my workday, I work about 10 to 12 hours a day on, on the average.

And then I come home, I commute, so I commute about an hour, uh, each way. So I work about 35 miles away from home. So depending on the traffic and stuff, it could be anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour, uh, every day. So there and back. So right there, it’s usually about, you know, I leave the house roughly about 6:00 in the morning. I’m usually home by about 6 or 7:00 at night. Then we eat, we take care of the family and all that stuff. By about ten, 11:00. Everybody’s going down. Lately, um, my son has been deciding to, um, stay up, and he’ll go to bed around 10 or 11. And the other day, I literally I’ll tell you yesterday, he woke up at 2:00 in the morning and did not go back to sleep.

And it’s not a very like, oh, I’m just sitting there like minding my own business. It’s, uh, I need everybody’s attention. So, uh, sometimes it is hard to record. I usually record the podcast anywhere from 3 to 4 a.m. on a weekday. Uh, just because everybody’s sleeping. And lately everybody’s been awake. So it’s been tough, uh, to do that because you need to kind of some quiet and some silence. Uh, just to let you know, I am currently now recording in the laundry room because I am looking for anywhere to go to where I can just have silence and just be able to do it. It’s it’s hilarious. It’s funny because it’s it’s almost like the irony. Like, I’ll sit there on my laptop, I’ll have everything set up, and then I just get daddy, husband this and that, all this stuff going on, it’s like I can’t even get. I’m trying to get like at least a couple of hours to myself.

And it’s been harder for those of you who are parents or have or have a big families or are just in demand, I guess you probably are saying, hey, man, you know, this is this is life. I realize that, and I’m adapting to it. So, um, the, the podcast, I’m doing my best to get on the regular schedule. It’s just so hard to do it lately. It’s just been really rough. So, I mean, it’s, um, it’s going to happen. I’m going to figure it out. Don’t worry. And I apologize in advance. And for the past actions as I’m trying to get on a more consistent schedule.

So if that didn’t make you laugh for all of you out there or say, hey, you know, I’m not looking for any sympathy, I’m just looking for like, hey, this is what’s going on and maybe give you something to laugh about in the morning. Joe’s podcasting has been very ironic. And it’s been it’s been almost it’s it’s almost hilarious to think about every time I go to get the laptop. It’s like that minute, it’s like somebody knocking on the door, grabbing me for something, calling me for something or something like that. So, um, I’ll get it. Don’t worry. If I have to wake up at 1 a.m. and do it, I’ll do it. Uh, and and we’ll figure it out and get it going.

But, um, I’m laughing because it’s funny. Because it’s like this morning. You have no idea what I have just gone through to do this, and it’s like I’m just set up, ready to go. And then I hear that man daddy, and it’s like, oh, man. I’m like, okay. And you know, it’s not a bad thing. It’s it’s a happy thing. It’s just like, I just really like, I was ready to do, you know, I’m all set. Ready to go.

So sorry about that. Um, but today on the show, it’s, uh, it’s the week before Father’s Day, so we got Father’s Day. So happy Father’s Day to you, dads. And and, you know, fathers and and those and also dads to children and and pets and I don’t know what they call them the pet dads or something like that. You’re just as much as the father in my book. Uh, and just for you guys out there celebrating free with your own parents, uh, it’s, um, it’s a big day for for me. I like Father’s Day. I’m actually going away for Father’s Day, so taking a little. A bit of a trip. And so looking forward to that. And just, uh, really for you, dad, to understand how appreciated you are by your children and by the world, uh, by doing your job. So happy Father’s Day out there.

Uh, we’re finishing up single edge raiser month finale with, uh, with modern sx razor. So we’re going to talk about some modern razors that are available and talking about like how how they’ve changed and all that. Just a little bit. Just a little bit of an inside. It’s not going to be too detailed. Uh, we’ll talk about the One Blade two because that’s like one of the most innovative one, uh, I guess single edge razors of our time. It’s a 21st century razor. It’s been around about ten years. Believe it or not, I think it’s about ten years, if not a little bit longer. And it’s still going strong. Still, uh, you know, still staying relative in the market and also having innovation as well.

And then we’ll do a brief, uh, Father’s Day gift guide to do’s stuff to get. You know, we do know that there’s only about a week left. I got to get my dad something, so I’m gonna be sending him something soon. And also know that, um, it’s not too late to get a gift for your dad, even if you have to ship it. If you guys heard that, I apologize. There’s some South Florida thunder. There is a very big thunderstorm going on right now. Again, another obstacle. Um, but if you’re not from Florida or if you’ve never been here, that was a pretty good one. So, uh, it happens quite often here in the summertime. Uh, without further ado, and hopefully with no, uh, disasters, natural disasters. Uh, let’s get on with the show.

So I wanted to start off with the The One Blade and talking about, um, you know, you know, this is the one blade razor. This is now this the reason why I love this razor? Why I think it’s really cool. And I know a lot of people are critics on it, but it does shave. Well, I have I have three of them. I do have a three different models. And I do find them to be very, very good. Shavers is that it’s a completely original design. This this razor was done under a lot of innovation and a lot of research and development, and I think and it was a pretty big initial investment to get this razor on, you know, in the hands of what shavers all over.

It’s a great, uh, transitional razor if you’re going from cartridge razors and you want to get something with a one blade in it and actually, you know, have that traditional wet shaving feel, this is the razor for you. This is good. Now they do. They are pricier. You know, there are, uh, they can go up to, you know, a few hundred dollars for depending on what kind of the material you get with it. But you can get one that’s affordable as well. It’s, you know, it’s not bad. And they always run promotions, but the one blade is like a razor. It’s really it’s in its own category for for single edge razors. It does have a pivoting head and shaves a lot like, like a modern style, the cartridge razor, like the first thing I noticed when I, when I got it was it does require a little bit of pressure, which is something you don’t usually do with when you when you use a vintage razor, a little bit of pressure, but it does give you a nice, uh, contouring smooth shave.

When you’re done, it contours to your face and it’s just enjoyable to use. And it’s something that I guess the innovation is something from our generation, I guess. You know, we’re talking about gem style, injector style. That’s all previous designs that were that were created years ago by big companies or, or whatever. This one is kind of like the 21st century design. This is a wet shaving razor that is designed and built in modern times, which is I think is really cool. I think it’s really nice to see that and, you know, to really be able to enjoy something that’s modern and be able to talk to, you know, still know that the person that invented it and is around is still here and still able to answer questions and do interviews and stuff like that.

So, I mean, it’s really cool. You know, besides the one blade you also have, though, like we talked about last week, the artisan style, the like, the feather style blades, those also are innovative. I believe those are also their own type of category, brand new design, even though it’s based on a kind of an injector design, it’s not. So those two that and then the one blade I think are very they’re very innovative for the 21st century. So for about ten years now, I think we’ve had the one blade in our lives, uh, starting off with just one single model. And now I think there’s like 5 or 6, maybe even more and some special editions as well. And remember these, these razors also take the f a the feather f h s tens again, those similar blades that go into the same blades that go into the that you can use in the valley, auto strop, the VC fives and stuff that to great blade.

I think they’re very, uh very rigid. They work very well, which is probably why one blade chose to build that. I think they built the razor around that blade because it works so well. So one blade razor, we salute you. We, uh, we appreciate your innovation and that you’re here and that you’ll be here for years to come. Moving along to the modern SE razors. You know, there are several different you know, we have the two main types, the Jem style, which, you know, like the shovel heads we talked about, and then the injector style. Uh, so for a couple of the gym style, there are quite a few newer brands out there that are creating, you know, their their choice, their take on the gym style.

Now, for you guys have been in wet shaving for ten years plus, right. You know that back in the day there was nothing for the for the gym style razor. There was nothing new. You could not get anything new. There was nothing that you can purchase. It was all gym style or not. There is a huge following for the single edge razors. I know, um, uh, Chris from Katie’s Bubbles. That guy’s a he’s a big advocate for these razors. He used to always talk about them and and, uh, and how much he enjoyed them. And also, there’s a couple groups out there that use the gem style razors.

Well, about ten years ago. And I could tell you, I believe the first time I saw a prototype for one was at the Big Shave West in Pasadena. Uh, there was above the tie, was there, and they had a prototype of an SX razor, Jem style. A lot of the artisans said, this is very, very hard to make a three piece style and the clipping type, you know, the shovel head that the Jem made, it required too many tools to be able to do it in a smaller, you know, CNC machining shop. You couldn’t do it. So they’re trying to make a three piece razor. And he c successfully made one. And I got to hold it and use it and said it was coming out. Now unfortunately above the tie I believe is no longer around.

So they’ve retired. They’re no longer here. So if you have one of these razors, there’s only a few of them made, I believe. Then, you know, enjoy them and know that they’re not being made again. But that was the first one. Then we saw, I think Parker came out with one then, uh, uh, Phoenix Artists and Encroachments, they came out their version of The Starling, which is kind of a similar design, uh, with made out of aluminum. And that also had aggressive head and a smoother head as well. So, I mean, it came with, uh, different options. You have, um, the black line, uh, Sabre came out, the Sabre came out a few years back after that. And then, of course, a couple of years ago, three years ago, I think the Wolf Man three came out from Wolf Man. All of these are three piece designs and work very well in and shape very well. Uh, that is the only ones I could think of right off the top of my head from and from some basic research.

But ten years ago, guys, there was none. There was none there. And it was only like a dream to see this. So I’m really happy that there’s at least a handful, if not even a few, maybe a dozen or so producers of this really cool design razor. Of course, uh, prices vary. You have The Wolf Man, which is made from stainless steel. Uh, and that’s going to be probably on the higher end. And then you have something a little cheaper or middle grade would be the black land, which would be in the $100 range. And then you have the styling which is, which is good made out of aluminum, and the Parker, which is probably the cheaper one. And above the above the tie that their version was stainless steel as well. So good to see that these razors are still here and being made.

And I’m glad to be reporting something, because a few years ago there was nothing. So the injector style razors are again there. They’re coming back. A lot of people are really enjoying them and they’re being replicated as well. You have. You have the one of the bigger companies that are doing it is called the Supply Company. Uh, they do se razor. They do a bunch of them. Now they have a different versions. Uh, they were actually featured on Shark Tank. So if you like Shark Tank, just search Google Search supply razor Shark Tank and you’ll see their episode. So I thought that was really cool. That was kind of bringing the wet shaving world to the modern era, I guess, or to, um, I guess to the actual, like news or something like that, giving us some national, uh, national attention. Uh, so they were on Shark Tank and, uh, that’s probably the most popular injector style right now, in my opinion.

I think it’s also really good. Uh, so the supply I see with various different types of models, you have also a lot of cheaper Amazon, uh, different models that are available. Uh, Amazon makes like a bunch of imported ones. Uh, there’s a couple of different companies out there as well. Uh, Parker has an adjustable, which is really cool. They also have regular, um, injector style. And then we have the Bull Goose Asylum, which is also like a more of a higher end, uh, stainless steel made in the USA version. I think that’s also really cool. Uh, well, a couple other brands did, uh, mongoose had their own version of, like a little injector. They made it very briefly and was gone quickly. Uh, since they are no longer in business.

So a couple of right there guys, again, those injector style razors, I do have the supply. I think it’s shaves really well. And it also can be taken apart. So it’s a little bit better than I think the, uh, the Schick design. And remember Schick made injectors up until 2001. So they made razors until, uh, 2001. They made the injector again. Probably it was made with like a lot of plastics and stuff. It wasn’t just all metal like the older ones and Bakelite handles, but, uh, they’re still around and you can still get a couple of new old stock ones as well. So that concludes single edge razor month, which is a little bit longer than a month. I apologize, but you know, it’s it’s a lot of information. I think the single edge razors do deserve a lot more, uh, attention than they get. If you are enjoyed this or want to see more like dedication months, I can do some research on some items and bring it out. Uh, let me know via email at joette. Shaving news at

So moving along, guys. The Father’s Day gift guide. Uh, so Father’s Day is right around the corner, and I think this is the second, if not the largest wet shaving holiday of the year. It is next to a Christmas, probably Christmas being more so, Father’s Day being this Sunday. It’s not too late to get him something a really great, you know, to get him something that he’s going to really enjoy. So you don’t know what to get him. I got some ideas here on what to get him and what to avoid, as I like to do every year.

You know, there’s certain things that you shouldn’t get wet shaver dads or or friends or something like that. Uh, when you buy him a gift. Because sometimes it might be a little repetitive, or it might just be something that I’m interested in, so don’t know what to get. Here are some ideas. So maybe just ask him. You know. Yes, it could be as simple as just asking your dad or your or your or that father in your life for Father’s Day. For the non-traditional wet shaver. It may be truly hard to understand this whole wet shaving thing. So there’s a lot of stuff going on. If you’re not a wet shaver, you don’t understand it. You may say, hey, these guys are nuts.

Or, you know, I don’t get I don’t know what to get them. So asking about their favorite vendor artisan can go a long way and can help you get the right gift. You say, hey, what’s your favorite scent? And they might say, hey, my favorite scent is from Barry Stern, man, it’s this one. Then you can just google search something similar and get something from Barristan. Man, I guarantee they’ll like it or be happy with it. And notice that you spent that extra time and attention to getting that item.

Uh, next number two. Check out their current stuff. Yes. You’ll have to snoop. Yep. If you’re that. If you’re, uh, you know, looking to get dad something and you’re, uh, you have the access to their wet shaving collection. Take a look at it, see what the kind of items are. Take a couple pictures. I know it’s a little creepy, but, uh, it works. I mean, take pictures of DC, a certain brand in there, like, hey, I see a lot of, um, Phoenix encroachment stuff. Maybe they’ll like a new release. Maybe there’s something new that just came out, because I can tell you, they probably will. Or take a look at some brushes or something like that. Take a pictures. Try the no names. Uh, sometimes a little detective work can go a long way. And then asking friends and family, you know, asking them, hey, what else does he like? Uh, for you kids out there buying dad something, ask mom.

Or ask, uh, you know, uncle or ask somebody else, you know, hey, what does he like? What does he want? What is what? What can I give him to give him that special gift? I know he’s a wet shaver. I want to get him a straight razor or something. Which one should I get? Ask him questions. When in doubt, purchase what? Shaving literature. That’s right. There are a lot of books out there on wet shaving, and one they’re not that easy to get. And they’re often I mean, I’m sorry, they’re relatively easy to get, but they’re often mis missed by the wet shaver. Right? We don’t look at that kind of stuff or we’ll forget about it or we won’t, you know, think about it. If your see your dad or your grandpa or your or that father in your life using a straight razor, you know, you can buy a book or you know less. Your guy has a great book out there. It’s relatively inexpensive and readily available on Amazon.

There’s some vintage books, too, that you can purchase ebooks too, if that’s the way you want to do, you can do an e-book and that’s instant delivery. Or you can do, you know, some modern books out there? There are a ton of them out there. Again, I wrote a book on on Straight Razor shaving. It would be a great Father’s Day gift for those father looking for straight raising, uh, to get into straight razors. So I’m not trying to promote my book, but I’m just letting you know it’s out there. Uh, also. What? Shaving literature is a great idea. I got a couple books, too. I got some vintage books on wet shaving from for, uh, gift for Christmas one year, and I thought it was really nice, and I still have them, and I did read them. So even if they’re not a reader. Right. But they’re a wet shaver. A good wet shaving book from a reputable, like, I’m not talking about just some picture book or anything like that. I’m talking about like, you know, hey, find a book for them. They might actually, you know, that that wet shaver will really like it and probably, you know, keep that book for some time.

And then, of course, storage. What? Shaving storage? A cool cabinet, something modern or vintage? It’s a really safe way to get a great gift. You know, you might notice that there’s stuff everywhere, or stuff like in a box or or something like that. Hey, what if you bought, you see, so example, you see your, your, your dad using a box for a cigar box for his safety razors. Right. Well, what if you went online and bought them a safety or a box specifically made for safety razors or straight razors? You know, I think that would be a great gift. I would love that gift. And then something to store their their collection in and make it look nice and nice to go. You know, if you’re and this is off the wet shaving kind of off the wet shaving mark, if your dad loves watches, a nice watch winder would be great instead of going crazy, you know?

Hey, you may not be able to get him that really nice Omega watch that he wanted, but you can get him to watch Weiner to go with it if he’s got watches. You know, that’s a great gift. That looks really cool. And you know, something that I also love to I got to watch Weiner for Father’s Day one year. It was really great. But what with what? Shaving storage, you know, maybe a way cool way to shave to a store, brushes or something like that, or a nice, like a nice vintage cabinet or modern cabinet to put their stuff in, really goes a long way. I did again, I got one for, um, one holiday.

One time somebody got my wife got me something pretty cool and I still have it and I still use it. And I thought it was really nice. So stuff to avoid when you’re purchasing gifts for the what shaving guy or gal is, I always recommend avoiding modern day drugstore stuff. Like if you go to Walgreens, you see something there. Probably avoid it knowing that 99% of it he’s probably already tried if he’s a true wet shaver and really into it. So avoid that. Avoid anything gimmicky or weird stuff that you see overly advertised on Amazon or online and also, um, really avoid anything that. You think that he may not, you know, he may or may like, you know, like anything from Marshalls or something like that. Unless it’s like Paraiso. I mean, probably avoid anything like that.

Those stuff, those brushes and stuff you can find in a drugstore. This is not good. I’ve gotten them as gifts as well. I’ve been and I’ve been thankful for them, but I’ve never really used them other than maybe once or twice. And then they kind of go in the, you know, the donation bin. So just avoid that kind of stuff. Really take your time if when in doubt. Again, the literature or the shaving cabinet is always safe. You can’t go wrong with that. And um, you know, going from there or just something in that area like a razor stand or something like that. Those are also great ideas. They work out well and you really can’t go wrong in that area. Wow.

So it’s pouring rain with a nice thunderstorm going on here in South Florida. Again, another obstacle while I was trying to record a podcast I it’s almost it’s it’s funny that that happened and it’s just very ironic. So uh, we we we made it. We did it. So I’m really happy that we, uh, got through it this week and bring the show to you guys. And I apologize for sharing all that stuff, but it’s just it’s just too good not to share. It’s just too it’s too funny not to talk about.

So remember, our show is powered by Sharpologist dot com. What your father didn’t teach you about shaving. Special thanks to you guys, the listeners, of course, for being there every week after week and Mark aka Mantic59 for everything that he does for the wet shaving community. Uh, our next show will be on the 24th of June, and until then, shave straight and shave safe. Also, guys, for Father’s Day gift I know I’m going to do, um, a couple things if you have any ideas. Uh, the Modern Guide to Straight Razor Shaving by written by myself is available, and if you order it by Thursday, you will get it by Father’s Day delivered through Amazon Prime. So until then, guys, shave straight, shave safe. Bye bye now.

Joe Borrelli

Joe Borrelli

Joe Borrelli is a long-time wet shaving enthusiast and collector. He hosts the Wet Shaving News/Talk Podcast, runs his own self-funded website and operates a YouTube channel to help inform the community of new information involving the wet shaving world. Joe holds a BBA from Florida Atlantic University, and currently works for the nation’s largest wine/spirits/beer retailer. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Linda & son Anthony, reading, writing, outdoor activities and collecting wet shaving apparel. Joe has also written several dozen articles for online publications such as Sharpologist and How to Grow a Mustache.View Author posts

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