Popeye Shave Collection

In this post we look at the Popeye Shave Set by Razor MD. We even did a YouTube video.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Please Excuse Our Appearance While We're Remodeling

The store has closed and some may be wondering: what's next for TheShavingEdge.com ?  

I still love wet shaving.  I shave my face and I shave my head.  Throughout my life I've had some great shaves in my personal shave den. But I've also experienced cuts, irritation, and razor rash.  My individual hairs may be thicker and skin more sensitive than some, or maybe thinner or more normal compared to others.

I've used cartridges, double edge razors, shavettes, and straight razors.  I shave at home but I've also gone to the barbershop.  

I suppose the point of this rambling is that there is a ton of products out there.  Some things work well for some people and work poorly for others.  But that's what makes wet shaving a fun and interesting hobby.  

While the store has closed, we are keeping TheShavingEdge.com online as a blog to share different aspects of the shaving and grooming experience.  Over time we would love to see this evolve and have others contribute and participate. 

So please excuse our appearance while we're remodeling ... and we hope that you'll keep coming back to see how this evolves.

Friday, April 15, 2016

An Open Letter of Thanks to the Wet Shaving Community

We are sincerely touched at the very kind and encouraging words we’ve received from many since we’ve announced the closure of TheShavingEdge.com store.  We wanted to share these (names withheld) because of how touched we are.  There have also been some unnecessarily crass remarks, but that’s not something worth thinking about or sharing.
The Kind Words People Have Shared
Overall, it the past few years have been generally good.  We’ve gotten the chance to meet some wonderful people: seasoned wet shavers wanting to share the knowledge of experience, new wet shavers at the beginning of their journey, artisans that are passionate about what they make, vendor partners that love wet shaving products, and a host of others.  We just wish we could have met more of you.

A recent video someone did and we're thankful for
Who would have thought that something like shaving could bring so many people together?

It’s been a pleasure to meet and interact with many of you.  We sincerely hope to continue to interact with you in many of the forums, groups, social media outlets and meet-ups out there.

We thank you for the support over the past few years.  And to use a word that a former boss closed their emails with …


Your Friends at TheShavingEdge.com

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

History of Shaving Infographic!

The removal of facial hair has been a significant part of a man’s life for over a 100,000 years. Today, men spend on average 60 hours shaving each year! There have been significant improvements over the many thousands of years since man first began to remove facial hair through the simple yet extremely painful process of plucking them out one by one. Ouch! The practice of shaving evolved over time through the adoption of shaving instruments. From the use of sharpened shells to the first modern safety razors and beyond, the art of shaving has continued to change. Over the last century, numerous scientific studies about shaving have been conducted in an attempt to further improve the shaving experience. The results of such studies have also helped us improve the quality and comfort of shaving.

I think we can all admit we have come a long way over the history of shaving, but unfortunately so many men today still struggle and resent have to shave. It is baffling that even in today’s age, so many still struggle with the daily routine of shaving. Possibly this issue is due to the fact that our innovations of shaving instruments have gone too far. Maybe corporate greed and large budget marketing campaigns have skewed our understanding of what products can actually improve our shaving experience. You may have seen one of the many comedy spoofs, such as the one below, mocking how outrageous these new razor innovations have become.

On the bright side, many have begun to see the light and have realized that our fathers and grandfathers actually had it right. As the famous Ockham’s razor principle states, “more things should not be used than are necessary.” Better than the a 3 or 5 blade razor with a pivoting head, vibrating handle, and lubricating strip, one of the top safety razors, many of which are offered here at shavingedge.com, will provide a far superior quality shave for less money. So throw out those pesky expensive cartridge razors and chemical ridden aerosol shaving creams and pick up a quality shaving cream and razor and start making your shaving experience an enjoyable one. This infographic by Prim&Prep provides a brief history of just how the art of shaving has evolved over the many years so you can learn just how far shaving has come and potentially, where it is headed. 

Friday, January 1, 2016

Shaver Heaven Products Now Available At TheShavingEdge.com

Anthony Macri got into traditional wet shaving over five years ago.  One day purchased a starter kit on eBay that contained a Shavette, Arko Soap, a cheap shave brush, and some blades.  He hasn’t looked back and has since become an avid collector of all things wet shaving – both modern and vintage. 

As the story goes, Anthony (like many of us) would take to the Internet to find and order wet shaving supplies.   He recalled a time when he received a lot of packages at one time exclaimed, in excitement, that it was like being in Shaver Heaven!  The name was born. 
Shaver Heaven was established in 2014 and is a family owned and operated company from Melbourne, Australia dedicated to making excellent artisan shaving products.  The first Shaver Heaven scent was the Forbidden Forest.   From there, Shaver Heaven has released 39 different scents of soap as well as a variety of after shave balms.

Shaver Heaven After Shave Balms
Shaver Heaven doesn’t utilize any mass production and automation technology to produce their products.  Their soaps are produced in small batches and just about everything is done by hand.  From the label being printed, to being hand cut, to being stuck on by hand, to filling the packages by hand; it is all done with the love and care of Shaver Heaven’s owners.  So, while the stickers may not be on straight, it’s the dedication to the product along with the willingness to hear feedback is what Shaver Heaven believes sets it apart from the others. 
G.B.M Shave Soap which takes it's name from the soap maker's daughter
Personally I like the soap. I find that I get a rich with this soap with a nice slickness to it. It’s a relatively soft soap. When asked why the soft soap formulation, Anthony had mentioned that as an artisan he prefers the croap formulations, particularly because it has a quicker production turnaround time than the hard pucks.   Though, at one point Anthony mentioned that Shaver Heaven was tinkering with a formulation for a hard puck shaving soap. But the product never saw the light of day.    I’m not certain why this is, but perhaps fans of Shaver Heaven can hold on to the hope that maybe one day there will be a Shaver Heaven shaving soap puck.  I suppose time will tell.
A couple of scents offered from Shaver Heaven
Whether it’s a new scent or a minor formulation tweak to improve performance, Anthony is always looking at ways to expand and better the Shaver Heaven line.   Recently they’ve producing "beard oils" which is something Anthony never thought Shaver Heaven would do.   But as a result there may be pomades and moustache waxes that fans can look forward too.   We’ll just have to stay tuned to see what will be next.

We are very happy to have Shaver Heaven products as part of TheShavingEdge.com catalog.  Have you tried Shaver Heaven products? Feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

Friday, October 2, 2015

20 Questions with WhyIWetShave

Matt Broderick runs WhyIWetShave.com; A blog that he describes as a newbie friendly place to learn about the basics of wet shaving.  He is also from the Puget Sound area of Washington State and coordinated the Seattle Shaving Convention. 

We wanted to find out more about WhyIWetShave.com and the Seattle Shave Con.  So we asked Matt a series of questions to learn a little more.  If you want to find out even more about him, please check out his blog at www.WhyIWetShave.com ,or at  www.SeattleShaveCon.com.  Matt hasn’t ventured into the depths of YouTube (yet), but you can also find him on any of the shave forums under the handle MattCB.

1.    How old are you? 

           Not quite 40 years….

2.    What do you do for a living? 
Up until just recently I was a civilian employee of the DoD.  Currently a stay at home dad to my twin boys.

3.    What’s your favorite type of music?

Usually some flavor of rock and roll.  If it has drums, bass, and a guitar then chances are I will like it.  Though a good vocalist in any genre will get my attention.

4.    What would you consider to be the last good movie you watched?
Tinker, Tailor, Solder Spy was one of the better movies I have watched recently.  I usually prefer the cheesy horror genre (Original Evil Dead series, Shaun of the Dead, etc..)

5.    What was the first razor that you recall shaving with?
I remember getting a package in the mail that contained a Gillette Mach 3.  There was a little letter saying something to the effect of congratulations on becoming a man, and a few pictures on how to shave.  Many decades later I actually figured out how to shave properly.

WhyIWetShave.com:  “A newbie friendly place to learn about the basics of wet shaving.”
6.    What kind of razor do you prefer?
I go between straight razors and a closed comb safety razor.  I have been keeping my eyes open for a slant to try out as I am curious about them.  I have had a touch of trouble with joint pain in my hands recently and have found the safety razors to be a bit easier on the tougher mornings.

7.    What is your pre-shave prep routine?

a). Place boar brush in water to soak
b). Take a nice warm shower

c). Load brush and proceed to face lather with cold water.  The face lathering is great for exfoliating the skin and helping to prevent ingrown hairs and the cold water aspect seems to help as far as the shave itself.

8.    How would you finish this sentence? The thing I love about traditional wet shaving is ____
The many and varied aspects of our hobby.  I thoroughly enjoy my shave routine and the great shave I get from it.  However, depending on what you are interested in you can find many a rabbit hole to get lost in such as woodworking, metal working, restoration, historical research, honing, antiquing, scent pairing, flipping for profit, and a ton more I can’t think of off the top of my head.  All of this is tied together by the community of people who share our hobby.

9.    How many passes do you do?
During a normal daily shave I will perform a two pass shave and a touch up.  WTG, XTG, and touchup the jaw line.  For a special occasion I will do a four pass; WTG, XTG, XTG (other direction), ATG, touch up.  I try not to go after the perfect shave on my neck as I have a tendency to irritate it if I do.

10.    Would you describe your hair/stubble as coarse or fine?
Definitely not a fine hair follicle, but I am not cursed by overly tough hair either.

11.    Do you have problems shaving against the grain?
Only on my neck.  I can do it fine on my cheeks and sideburns, but rarely feel the need to.  My hair grows from East to West on my neck, so getting a true ATG pass is rather difficult.  I usually settle with two passes on my neck and call it good.  A WTG/XTG pass, and a true XTG pass from the other direction.

Wet shaving goodies on display at the Seattle Shave Con
12.    Are you an Aftershave Balm or Aftershave Splash kind of person?
It depends on the time of year it is.  During the summer months when I am sweating more I will usually use an alcohol based aftershave splash.  This helps keep the oily skin under control.  In the winter months, or when I have dry skin issues, I will use an aftershave balm more often.

13.    Favorite type of shaving brush?
My current favorite brush is my Omega brand boar brush.  I really enjoy face lathering and have been extremely pleased with the performance.  For under $20 you can’t go wrong.

14.    “Why I Wet Shave” is a blog geared towards shavers new to the world of wet shaving.  What led you to start a blog specifically for the new wet shaver?

A few things got me started on the blogging route.  When I first started off wet shaving I only had a vague idea about what I was looking to do.  I searched the web and finally found the shaving forums.  It was great, but it turned out to be a bit of information overload.  Some of the forums have Wiki pages with some great information, but a lot of the information is gleaned from digging through LOTS of old posts.  After being a member for a while I kept seeing people asking the same questions and often times being directed to an obscure forum post or Wiki article.

I thought about writing up a few articles to post on the forum wiki pages, but thought it would be fun to try and build a blog instead.  The blog is not meant to supplant information that can be found on the forums, but rather be another resource that is available to new wet shavers.

15.    So you also started the Seattle Shave Convention.   What was your driving motive to start this get together?
Similar to why I started the blog actually.  I was lucky enough to be able to attend a get together over in Spokane, WA.  I drove for 8 hours each way and stayed in a hotel while I was there.  It wasn’t cheap and I think we only had five or six people show up, but it was a real eye opener for me.  I learned more in the 6 or so hours than I had in the past six months.  On top of that, getting to speak with people who share your passion is a great way to spend the day.

About a year went by and I started putting out feelers for the next meet up.  I didn’t get much of a firm response so I decided to see if I could put one together that was a little closer to home.  I kept waiting for someone to call me out for being so new to the hobby and thinking I could put together a meet up.  No one ended up calling me out and a lot of people said they were happy to attend.  We called the first meetup the Greater Pacific Northwest Wet Shave Meet Up.  That was kind of a mouthful so I shortened it to the Seattle Shave Con.  Easier to say and it rolls off of the tongue easier.

16.    This was the 2nd annual Seattle Shave Con, did the attendance meet your expectations?
To be honest, I was surprised we had as many people as we did.  The first year I just hoped for enough people to show up that it would be worth everyone’s time.  We had a total of 19 people show up and was considered a success.  For the 2nd annual Seattle Shave Con I got a head count of 45 people and someone else said they counted 50 people at one point.  Considering I was aiming for 40 attendees, we met and exceeded our expectations!  I’m hoping we see a similar increase next year.

Matt delivers a few words at the 2015 Seattle Shave Con
17.    So, can we expect a 2016 Seattle Shave Convention?
There will most defiantly be a 2016 convention.  A lot of people at the 2015 convention specifically asked about the next years meet up and even offered to help out.  We are currently trying to book a larger, and better laid out, event venue for next year.

18.    What makes it a “can’t miss” event?
This is still a “young” event and as such we are still growing and learning.  We have a few ideas for next year.

a). Next year’s convention will be a little more structured and have some dedicated “events” happening.  We already have the raffle, and a great honing demo this year.  Looking into some vendor sponsored events for next year.
b). We are also talking with vendors and well-known names in the shaving community to attend the convention.
c). Looking to incorporate some other traditional men’s grooming products such as mustache wax, beard oil, and pomades.  There is a large cross over in these groups with the wet shaving crowd.

The Location for the 2014 and 2015 Seattle Shave Con: Fado’s Irish Pub in Downtown Seattle
19.    What advice would you give to someone getting into traditional wet shaving?
a). Master what you have before you buy more stuff.  So many of us get caught up in trying a new product every day to try and get a better shave.  When we actually get a memorable shave we don’t know exactly what changed that made the difference.  Stick with a shave set up for a full week.  Change out ONE aspect and try that for a week.  Was it better, worse, about the same?
b). Don’t be afraid to ask questions.  There are a lot of people in our hobby and most of them are extremely helpful
c). While there are a lot of people who will give advice, feel free to get a second opinion and take everything with a grain of salt.

20.    If money were no option, where would you go for the best possible shave?  
I have been really interested in finding a place near me to get the full barbershop experience.  The hot towels, talc, the works.  That would be the best possible shave experience I  could think of… or ½ hour without one of my boys poking their head in the bathroom during my shave  :)