Why I Wet Shave...

and why you should too!

Category: Fundamentals (Page 1 of 3)

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How to store a shaving brush, what you need to know.

One of the questions that is often asked by people who has recently taken up the hobby is how to store a shaving brush when you’re not using it.  Unfortunately there is not an answer that everyone will agree with.  This article will go over the pros and cons of different methods so you can make a more educated decision.

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How to hunt up vintage shaving gear “in the Wild”

One of the popular aspects of wet shaving is finding vintage shaving gear.  The thrill of finding a gem in the wild makes all of the long days of finding nothing… almost worth it :).  In that vein, here are a few hints and tips for when you go hunting up vintage diamonds in the rough.

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A shaving brush doesn’t exfoliate your skin; A rebuttal

One thing that is constant in the wet shaving world is that not everyone is going to agree on the “how” or the “why” of various aspects of our obsession hobby.  To be honest, it can be both refreshing and/or aggravating depending on the topic.  One such topic that bothers me, is the statement that the use of a shaving brush does NOT exfoliate your skin.  Instead of brooding or writing a terse comment on someone else’s blog, forum post, or Facebook group, I thought I would present my reasoning in an article of my own.  Because if you have a blog, why not use it 🙂

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Shaving alum: what it is, why you should use it

Shaving alum is a common ingredient used in post shaving routines and for shaving nicks and weepers.  Today we are going to go over what alum is, what it’s good for, and clear up some confusion regarding it’s use.

When wet shavers start to talk about alum most think of an alum block and some version of a styptic pencil.  I thought the same thing, and found out I was only partially correct as I was researching this article.  Alum blocks ARE made from alum, but it appears that modern day shaving styptics are no longer exclusively formulated with an alum component.

Read on to find out more.

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Basics of Shaving: The “Three Pass Shave”

An important concept in wet shaving is reducing your hair follicle length with what is referred to as “multiple pass reduction”.  This is commonly referred to as a “ Three Pass Shave ”.  This consists of reducing your beard using multiple passes of the razor from different angles of attack.  Shaving with multiple passes helps the user achieve a closer shave without irritating the skin. 

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Basics of Shaving: Beard Mapping

One of the basics that all wet shavers need to figure out, whether you are shaving your face , legs, or some other body part, is their hair growth pattern. Since MOST wet shavers are shaving their face this is commonly referred to as beard mapping.  Simply put, different parts of your beard will grow in different directions. This is useful to know when shaving as different parts of your beard will require different strokes to go WTG, XTG, and ATG [see multiple pass shave article].

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Advanced Lathering Technique: Uberlather

What if I were to tell you that you could take your lather to the next level?  Many of you would scoff and proclaim to have mastered your chosen soaps and creams and that you have already achieved lather Nirvana.  I would ask you to bear with me a few moments more.  I want to introduce you to the concepts of Superlather and Uberlather .  Yes, these are actual terms and no I didn’t make them up.

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Scent as it applies to shaving products: The basics of shaving scents

Shaving scent is a fairly common topic in the shaving community, especially with the abundance of artisan soaps we are enjoying.  Scent also comes into play in your post shave routine with aftershave, balms and lotions.  During the last few months I have taken a bit of an interest in the scent aspect of our hobby.  This was brought to the fore by the Treat your skin right: Your post shave ritual article but has been kicking around in my head for quite awhile.  I had done a little research on scenting for a few homemade batches of shaving soap and recently tried a mint aftershave and was surprised at how much I liked it.  Realizing that this was a large hole in my knowledge base I decided to do a little research and become a little better informed.  This is a summary of what I learned and some good references for others looking to be a little more enlightened.

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Why can’t I shave with a straight razor? Common shaving issues explained.

A common question you see on the wet shaving forums and various groups is newer straight razor shavers complaining about getting a bad shave with their new razor. Straight razor problems like this have multiple probable causes, but since it is such an issue I figured I would try and take a stab at covering the most common shaving issues.

Shave Ready

Shave ready edge close up

First things first, do you have a shave ready straight razor?  Many vendors of new and vintage razors will advertise “shave ready” edges.  Unfortunately many of these edges are closer to “pocket knife” sharp than “shave ready” sharp.

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Treat your skin right: Your post shave ritual.

Today’s topic is about what you do after you are done shaving.  Specifically, how you treat your skin after the shave.  We will be covering what options there are, the forms they come in, and what they contain.

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