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Wet Shaving Talk Podcast For 7 January 2019

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Wet Shaving Talk Podcast For 7 January 2019

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 January 7th,2019.

Have No Fear…

The First Cast of 2019….

Is Finally Here…

Burma Shave….


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Today on the Show:

Happy New Year!

Stuff To Look Out for in 2019 Part One (Products in Production)

Burma Shave!



Happy New Year

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I wanted to take a moment to wish each and every one of you a Happy New Year! 2018 was the best year for the podcast to date and I think 2019 will be even better! Thank you for making the cast successful and fun!

Here’s to 2019!



Stuff to Look For in 2019

Every year there are different trends that dictate the market for popularity, collectability and overall interest. Here are my predictions for 2019:

Shaving Brushes:

Declaration Brushworks:

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  • These brushes have been selling out faster than ever in the last few months of 2018 and 2019 looks good for the small company out of Michigan.
  • Declaration is run by one man Scott, who hand ties every knot here in the USA.
  • Just a quick search determined that there are 18 WTB ads out there on the forums for particular “batches” of the brush topping the list for the start of 2019.


The Varlet Shaving Brush Company

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  • Popularity of this brush has skyrocketed in the past few months.
  • Limited production and positive reviews put the Varlet right up there with desirability and collectability.
  • Fully made in the USA, Varlet is another brush made by a sole craftsman, and knots are hand-tied in the USA.


Black Eagle Shaving:

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  • So small they do not even have a website, you can make all inquiries for this South African artisan via Facebook.
  • Production is limited but more than its competitors, this one man show is starting to hand-tie his own knots which seems to be the trend when it comes to desirability.


Wiborg Shaving Company

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  • Still extremely popular, Wiborg Shave Brushes bring serious cash at auctions and raffles alike.
  • Based out of Germany, emails are taken one at a time for orders, and the backlog is about three years.
  • Releases are seldom and rare but do occur so be on the lookout


Safety Razors:

Wolfman Razors

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  • With the introduction of the WR2 in late 2018 it’s to no surprise that Wolfman Razors are still popular.
  • They frequently sell out in seconds and production seems to have slowed down.
  • Based out of Canada and made solely by James a Journeyman Machinist these razors have been on the wishlists of many.


Charcoal Goods

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  • Currently waitlist only
  • Made by a single artisan in the USA
  • Teasers of a Version 2 head have been released recently. I have a feeling this will be very popular once it comes out.


Adjustable Razors

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  • In 2018 we saw several companies debut adjustables and I think we will see more of the same trend for 2019.
  • Currently several in the works from certain companies.
  • Be on the Lookout!
  • Check out Sharpologist’s recent article on adjustables!


Straight Razors

Mastro Livi

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  • Handmade in Italy, Mastro has been making custom straight razors for years and since has been very active.
  • With custom options available as well as some premade stock, I predict Mastro will have a great year.


Tune in for Part Two of Stuff to Look for in 2019 as I’ll discuss Software, (soap, cream & aftershave) and vintage apparel.


Burma Shave:

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  • Burma Shave was a popular Brushless Shave Cream which was best known for their advertising campaign. They used road signs with slogans that were very unique and popular until the emergence of the interstate drive system.
  • Active from the 1920s until the early 60s there were literally thousands of signs in about 45 states.
  • My favorite: Shaving brushes / You’ll soon see ’em / On the shelf / In some / Museum / Burma-Shave
  • Believe it or not there are still a few out there. Check out this video:
  • I have a couple of vintage tubes and will be reviewing them in the next few weeks.

Do you have a Burma Shave Catchline? Send it to me and I’ll share it on the show!



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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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