Looking Back at a Year of Shaving

Hello all,

Its your favorite shaving pal, The Shaver.  Yes, yes I know, its been to long since ive last posted.  Lets just say, I didn’t lose interest, I lost spare time.  Well I’m back, and have lots to say.  I will keep it all shaving related, very proper you know.  Cant just go all willy nilly, posting what have you, whenever.  Ya know?

So let’s get with it.  First up, this is a glance over the past year of a very successful venture into classic shaving.  I started this venture with nothing but high hopes, and lots of slices on my frail skin.  Well now my face is like leather, and is mighty fine-looking if I do say so myself.  I have thus far never looked back to those modern style botch jobs they call razors.  If you have had any reservations, let go and give into the classic side of life.  You wont regret it.

Starting way back when, I was a young pup of a shaver.  I had ordered my first Straight razor and was high in anticipation to get started.  Well lets just say that anticipation can be a killer.  What I didn’t realize, like all good things, this shaving stuff to time to learn.  Learn I did, first the hard way, then the right way.  Take it from me, find a buddy, a forum, and gramps to show you how this is done.  I was fortunate enough to find some great resources, to which you will find to the right of this page.  Had a couple of call ins to some guys on the forums, and after a while started to feel my oats a bit.  After a couple months, I could get in a good straight shave, but there was one big problem I found with straight razor shaving.  Time, lots of time is needed.

The solution came quite naturally, especially for those who have been around classic shaving for any amount of time.  I ventured over to Double Edged razors.  Albeit they are not as classic as a straight edge, they are a good sharp second.  They give the same shave in my opinion, for a beginner any way, as a straight.  The big this is that while they have a learing curve as well, it is much less.  Plus you can knock of a few extra minuets that you would need in prep and shaving with a straight.  I am not saying go throw out your straight razors, but for an everyday shaver as myself, the Double Edge has been a lifesaver.

So I got down straits, then I kind of lost it a bit since finding Double Edges.  I havent used my straight in a few months.  Once in a while I will give it a try again, but there is just that darn time thing.  It is something that has to be savored, and you can’t have any distractions.  Well with a 3-year-old and a 2 month old, its hard to find the time any more it seems.  I havent given up on straits, and still sing there praises.  They are just on the back burner for now.  The straits are still proudly displayed in the bathroom in there rightful place, just not as used as before.

My gear has grown too since my last posting.  This year has brought me a Single Edge razor as well.  I have used it a few times and love is just as much as the doubles.  I will do a write-up in the future on this particular find.  If you come across one, grab it.  There great.

So kids, look forward to some more postings.  Hopefully a couple a month.  I will keep you abreast of my progress, but also would like to hear about yours.  I need material, as you can tell.  I would love to get some of your guys experiences, reviews and what not added to this site.  It is a great resource to be shared and built by all.

So on the last day of 2011,

Happy New Year from the Shaver.

BG

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Puff Puff, Shave Shave

Isnt that an odd title opener,

Well to explain, I have been dabbling in yet another possible hobby.  As of late I have been taking to Cigars.  Not on a daily basis, just a once in a while smoke.  It is something that I have always seen as a gentleman’s habit, so to say.  While I do not endorse smoking as a habit, I will say that cigars are something to be enjoyed.

What does this all have to do with shaving, well from the outside not much.  But in looking deeper the more they seem interconnected.  They both take you back to a time when life was slower, more appreciated.  In a time where email and instant messaging didn’t even exist, cigars and wet shaving were life’s little luxuries.  I dare say they are forgotten luxuries of the current day.

I have had a few cigars in the past, but lately I have been trying out a few to find ones I like the most.  I wouldn’t mind having a few on had for when the guys come over.  We can all sit back and relax on the porch swaping fish stories and discussing pertinent issues of the day.  Just like with shaving, cigars in a way help me to slow down and appreciate the little things in life.

As with a fine cigar, shaving takes both time and appreciation to master.  You dont just jump in expecting to know it all, I certainly dont.  You grow into it, learn something new, and then build on it.  All of this and you are enjoying yourself in the process.

So take some time, enjoy yourself.  Grab that favorite shave in the morning, and relax at night with a cool glass of tea and a fine cigar.  Here’s to life, enjoy.

The Shaver

BG

P.S.  I found an article that talks about another mans experience with shaving and cigars.  It’s a good read, try it out.  Have a look, The Joy of Smoking and Shaving.

Em’s Place Shaving Site

I don’t normal do this,

I havent ever featured a shaving site before exclusively on this blog.  I will say that this is by no means an advertisement aside from me writing about them.  I was not asked to do this by this site either, just have had a couple great experiences with this particular shaving shop.  So here goes it.

This is not about any particular product, rather the seller of some great shaving products.  I have my favorite sites that I buy from regularly that you will notice on the side bar to the right.  They are all great and offer good prices and products.  But I have come to really enjoy and slightly love this one in particular shave site.  It represents and encompass the shaving aura.  It has an old world feel in the internet age.  Kind of like walking into an upbeat antique shop in down town Seattle.  It is Shaving Chic, it is a great experience not just a shopping trip.

I know it is just a site that sells shaving gear, but even just navigating the site can be fun.  It is not the fancy modern type layout that you would find on any of your artofshaving.com style sites.  It has a very hand-made feel to it, and not in a bad way. It looks like some one took the time upon themselves to create their store front, instead of just paying some one to do it for them.  Makes you appreciate the work that they have put into it.  Just like a good shave that you put in each day.

This is by no means a negative review.  When I first visited this site I quickly dismissed it as just a small shop that didn’t offer much, I was wrong.  This site has continually offered more good deals and quality product than I have found anywhere else.  I love the way you have to look around to find what you are wanting, I love the simplistic yet rewarding feeling of finding something that I can’t find on my other sites I visit.  Not to mention their clearance rack.

On other sites the prices are mainly all the same, not hear.  Yes they price their normal items along the same lines as the others, but they also have some good deals hidden away.  There soaps arent priced sky-high, and are of good quality.  They have good prices on brushes, razors are decent as well.  The thing that really keeps me coming back though, is the clearance section.  I recently picked up a gift for a friend of mine, and for under 60 bucks I had him all set to go with a shaving kit minus the razor, I had an old one I was giving him.  That is great, soap, travel canister, badger brush and blades all for under what I have gotten anywhere else.  Cant beat that, and that is why this site has gotten the Shavers seal of approval for shavetasticness.  Probably doesn’t amount to anything, but they got it any way.

Way to go Em’s Place, you got my business that is for sure.  To have a look around you can find them here, http://www.emsplace.com/

Have fun,

The Shaver

BG

The Daily Shave

Hi all,

Well it has been a while since I last reported in.  I took a leave of absence to try to sharpen up my skills not only in the bathroom, but life as well.  I needed a break all over basically from the busyness of life.  So I did a little introverting and now I am back.  Not probably a daily posting back, but back none the less.  I think I am changing the direction a little bit of this blog.  It will still future my shaving experiences, but maybe turning into some advice and possibly feature others in there shaving experiences.

So as for the theme of this posting, daily shaving.  I have become more of a DE shaver rather than a straight edge guy.  I like straight edge shaving, but it is time consuming and takes a while to hone in your skills.  I am still putting around with it, but it defiantly is not my main focus at this point.  I dare say I even sold one of my straights last month.  I sold the Dovo Black Micarta, it was a more advanced razor for such a beginner as myself.  I love my Dovo Prima Klang and think I will stick with that for my occasional straight adventure.

Now as for my every day shaving, I am regularly using a rotation of razors.  If you have been reading my postings for some time you will remember that I have several Gillette adjustable’s and a Edwin Jagger.  I stick with one razor till I dull out a blade and then use a different one with a new blade.  It seems to be working out nicely, just as my face starts to get used to a razor, I switch it up and it never hurts.  Could also be that I just am getting better with multiple razors.  I love mixing it up to, keeps me from getting bored each morning.  I am still using only a single brand of blade, the Feather Blade.  Love this blade, and hope that they keep making them for a long time.

I havent picked up any new gear other than a mug.  I found one in a tourist shop on one of my trips that was wider and shorter than any mug I have come across.  Got it home and it fit a 3 inch puck of soap like a glove, it being short is perfect as well for lathering up.  When I get some time I will post it under the Shaving Den section.  I will keep you posted from time to time, but will not be on a regular basis as before.  I am glad to be back at it again.

Dont turn that dial,

The Shaver

BG

A Convert

Well I have some cool news today,

I have helped in the conversion of a shaving mind.  The wet shaving habit has spread to yet another person.  It is a cool feeling to know that yet another face will be saved from the relentless torture of a modern-day razor.  No more multibladed catastrophes for my friend in shaving bliss.

It was cool, I have been talking up my new-found shaving love at work a lot.  So much so I know their are some who consider me on the edge of shave crazy.  But what can I say, when something works so well and is so much cheaper, you want to tell every one about it.  So that is what I do, I plant the seed in the minds of others hoping they will one day come to the light and save there face from the unknowingly horrible experiences they are having every morning.

One of my buddies, one of my closest, asked if they still made the old style single bladed razor.  Every one else in the room thought he was talking about the old plastic single blade Bic jobs, the ones that can ruin a good day any day.  As they were talking I quickly ran off to my over night bad and grabbed the ol’ DE.  When I handed it to him he said that that is what he was talking about.  We talked for a couple minuets about it, I showed him a few sites, and he was impressed that they were still in use today.

The next day, we both had to stay over night at work together, he asked if he could try out the DE.  We have been friends for a long time now, so I was ok with him using the DE.  I cleaned it up so it didn’t have to shave with a dirty razor.  Showed him how to lather, brush on the lather, and then how to hold the DE and shave with it.  After that he took off with it and did his face.  He said it was awesome, no pulling, to tugging, no burning.  Then I showed him balm, ah the nice feeling of balm.  After all that, he said he was sold and was going to get one.

Another one converted over to the classic art of wet shaving.  Cant wait to see who else might make the switch.  But for now at least im not alone in this adventure, now I have some one else to help spread the word.  Trust me, it is so worth the switch.

Later,

The Shaver

BG

Shaved my brow with the DE

Have you ever met a guy that should just take care of that caterpillar on his brow,

Well I am one of those guys.  The little guy come out here and there when I don’t pay attention.  As my age progresses, so does he.  The little guy isn’t so little now, he is growing and hairier than ever.  Must be like ear hair, it never stops growing.

So today I thought I would remedy this issue for at least a week.  Usually I have had a mach3 or the like to just take a couple swipes and its gone.  Seeing that I no longer use that type of razor, if you can call it that, I had to use alternative means.  The DE was ready to answer the call to duty.  Although I was a bit apprehensive to let it go in for the kill, dont need a missing brow or brow skin.

No worry, I still have all the skin and hair where it is supposed to be.  As well as a nice defined apace between my brow.  The dreaded uni-brow is gone for now, but soon another will develop and the DE will have to rise to the occasion again.  I dont think I will ever use my straight.  Thats too much blade for such a small and delicate area.  Although my brows did look good after having them waxed, I think the DE will be just fine.  I never again will put my brows through the wax treatment, wasnt really my choice the first time either now that I think of it.  She just kind of sprang it on me.  Hate when that happens.

The Shaver.