Razor MD's Popeye Shave Collection

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Col Conk Natural Shave Products

In this post we dive a little into the history of Col Conk and check out their Natural Shave Products line.

Game Day Men's Sandalwood Shave Cream

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Live Manlier with Local Gent

Local Gent Shaving Co. has a passion for traditional wet shaving. They fuse old-school technique with the Local Gent signature style to create products designed for men to live maniler.

Classic Bio-Pure Comfort Shaving

The founder was inspired to create a high quality, bio-safe skincare line. The end result was Elvado Shaving Products.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

20 Questions with BrushnSoapnBlade

Rick DeWeese produces the weekly Brush N Soap N Blade Podcast.  If you haven’t given it a listen, you should check it out.  Hailing from South Carolina, Rick is passionate about his interests (wet shaving is obviously one of them) and it definitely comes through in an emphatic and entertaining way on the show.  

For Rick, it started by getting a brush and soap as a present.  He picked up a Gillette DE from an antique shop for about $8, got some Wilkinson blades from the local Walmart and he hasn’t turned back.

Rick is outspoken against the ‘can of goo’; a champion of the cost effective ‘salsa bowl’ (he expands a little on this later); and generally a promoter of all things wet shaving.   He doesn’t currently host any other podcasts.  But BrushnSoapnBlade is enough.  Among being active with the Boy Scouts (which Rick discusses here), work, and family, his schedule doesn’t seem to leave him with much time for more podcasting.

As with his show, I found that was Rick funny, entertaining, and someone who had a lot of interesting things to say.  So, I was excited to have him participate in this round of “20 Questions with BrushnSoapnBlade.”  

1.  How old are you?
50ish in actual age…somewhere in my 30s mentally. (Although my wife would say about 7!)

2.  What do you do for a living? 
I have spent 30 years in the maintenance industry. I started out as a wrench turner working shift work and moved my way up to a site maintenance management position. I then moved over to do something completely different. Specifically I help departments in the company institute progress initiatives. Seems to fit my personality well.

3.  What’s your favorite type of music?
Probably Country because I can hear and understand the words and they tell a story. But I also really like classic Rock. But then I also like classical, oh and Jazz…and I really appreciate good Acapella. Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m a tad eclectic!

4. What was the last good movie you saw?
I’m a fan of the Marvel movies. It helps that I grew up with the comic books. I’m also a big fan of classic John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart movies. Westerns with a clear Good vs Evil theme are good….so throw in Star Wars, Harry Potter…Yeah I’m a mess.
            All time favorite movie, The Quiet Man with John Wayne.
5.  What other hobbies do you have apart from wet shaving?
Ok, that’s not fair! But here is a partial list: Podcasting, Fountain pens, Knifes, Firearms, Ham Radio, Axes, Gardening, Landscaping, Boats, Reading, Leatherwork, Beer and Wine making, Cooking, Bread making….that’s what I can think of just looking around the room. I’ll have more next week.

Ultimately I have this insatiable desire to learn…about everything. Part of the learning is doing. So when I stumble upon something that I am interested in, I dive in and try things, practice, work with it. Because of doing this for many years…well I have a lot of info crammed into my head at this point.

I like to think of myself as a Renaissance man!

Homemade Beer: One of Many Interests
6.  You dedicate a lot of time to the Boy Scouts of America, how long have you been active with the organization?
My older son got into Scouts in 5th grade. I joined with him. He’s now in his third year of college. So it’s been a while.

So why? When I was growing up my Mom wanted me to get involved in Scouts. She thought she was doing the right thing, and instinctively she was. However, she knew nothing about Scouts. Not her fault, just reality. So, I joined a Webelos patrol in a Cub Scout den. It was in the Fall and before I knew it someone handed me a pinewood derby kit. They said you make a car with it and then we race them.

So I went home, and since Mom didn’t know anything about these types of things, I did my best (Cub Scout motto by the way). When the race day came, my vehicle (it was not a car by any stretch!) did not do well. The other boys laughed and teased mercilessly. (Normal behavior for that age boy) However, the adult leaders allowed it. They did not use it as a teachable moment to talk about grace in winning, kindness, courtesy, etc. (parts of the Boy Scout Law). Anyhow, after that I had enough and quit. I lasted 3 months.

When my son got interested I joined to ensure that he, and any other boys in the Cub Scout den, would have a better environment than I did. I have been a Bear Den Leader, an Assistant Cub Master, a Webelos Den Leader, A Pack Trainer, an Assistant Scout Master and now a Scout Master.

When I see things going South as to the way the boys treat each other the first question that I ask them is: “What part of the Scout Law is that behavior not following?” It’s become a Troop joke, but it has been highly effective and I have a Troop that I am proud of.

So yes, I dedicate time to it, but I’m planting seeds into the minds of young men who will be here after I am gone. They are the legacy of us all and thus the time is well spent.

7. Does your love of wet shaving cross over into Scouting?
Absolutely. Every camping trip I take wet shaving gear. I do not hide it and shave out in the open. They ask questions. They look. They listen.

Adult leaders (from other Troops) stop by, ask questions etc. I try to evangelize everywhere I go. The biggest draw are straight razors because, well they look dangerous (and cool)!

Active with the Boy Scouts of America Since His Eldest Son was in 5th Grade: "They are the legacy of us all and thus the time is well spent."
8. What was the first razor that you recall shaving with?
The first shave I ever had was with a Norelco electric. Don’t remember what I used, other than the electric until I was in the Navy. Then it was a can of goo and a disposable razor. Once I got out I found I had gotten into the habit of shaving in the shower. So, disposable razor, water and bar soap.

9. How did you learn to shave/Who taught you how to shave?
No one. Picked it up on my own.

This of course is something that the Wet Shaving community is fixing. But, the act of shaving kind of got relegated to the privacy of a bathroom….with the door closed.

There was a time that in movies, wet shaving was the norm. There was one movie where Cary Grant (I believe) did a shaving scene in a train station bathroom. This was considered normal! Then it fell out of popularity. In some cases the person buying razors for young men is their mother. The father has been taken out of the picture in some cases. The passing of “manly acts” has diminished. Kind of sad.

The good news is that we are bringing it back. Shaving is coming back into movies. Facebook posts show Dads teaching their boys how to shave. How to make fires. How to chop wood. So there is hope!

10. How long have you been into traditional wet shaving?
Ok, so this is hard for me to answer….I was shaving with a disposable two blade razor and bar soap in the shower for 25 years. During that time, I received a brush, soap and Trac II handle set. I would use this from time to time. (The soap wasn’t very good and I knew nothing about lathering) Of course, there wasn’t an interest that could be used to connect people and allow the Wet Shaving community to exist.

So with that said it’s been about 3 or 4 years that I have been wet shaving using “traditional methods”. I’m also an advocate of hybrid approaches. If I had my way, the goo in a can would be rarely used. In other words, a better shave can be had with traditional soap and a brush. The hydration is far superior.

11. Razor of choice: Double Edge, Straight razor, shavette?
They all have their place. I rotate around all the time. Keeps variety going.  So I’ll put it this way….My favorite SE is a VC1 Valet Autostrop. This is the closest thing to a straight razor on a stick that I’ve ever experienced. With the Feather spineless SE blade, it’s about perfect.

My favorite DE is the Gillette Fatboy. It’s “meaty”, it’s got some substantial heft to it. It’s also adjustable! This with a feather or KAI DE blade is really a good combination. However, I have also found that the Gillette Silver Blues are spectacular for me in this razor.

My favorite straight razor is an old Case razor that someone gave me. I like because it was my first straight razor and it is thin. It started off thin and after years or sharpening, it’s a bit thinner. I like that I can get under my nose easily with it. It has a rounded end and I like that. I don’t have to worry or think about any point.

Shavette? Ok, to be honest when I first started I hated shavettes. I was convinced that these things “were like the ex-wife’s lawyer trying to get every drop of blood out of you!”. I made the mistake of thinking that I would use one of these to gain experience before trying a straight razor. Wrong! Get the straight razor and gain experience, then use a shavette. I think it would work better. So at this point I have been able, for the first time, get a weeks’ worth of shaves on a shavette without loss of blood! I like them, but I have limited experience.

Rick noted that, in retrospect, he probably would have used a straight razor first before going with a shavette.

12. How would you finish this sentence? The thing I love about traditional wet shaving is ____
Wet shaving provides me the opportunity to stop the chaos in my life for a moment and concentrate on a simple thing, the act of shaving.

Wet shaving allows me to set a tone for the day. A good shave = a good day. And I have a good shave every day.

In general it allows me to reset my attitude every morning. I’ve had a great shave, I’m ready for the day, bring it on! Or, “I just got a BBS shave with a straight razor! What you got?”

Since I try to start every day with a great shave, from that point on, it’s up to me to have a good day. If I don’t have a good day, it’s my fault!

13.  How many passes do you do?
I typically do three passes with a touchup. So, with the grain (sort of)…straight down. Cross grain, ear to nose. Against the grain (sort of)…straight up. I then touch up with another pass cross grain under jaw line / neck.

14. Favorite kind of brush: Badger, Boar, Horse Hair, or Synthetic?
Favorite brushes are Semogue Boar brushes 830 or 1305 - same knot just different handle. Inexpensive, work great.

15. What is your prep routine?
Turn on the water in the sink and let it warm up. When the water is warm, throw a $1.50 plastic salsa bowl in the sink and fill it with hot water. Drop in a brush to soak. Jump in the shower. Pretty basic, pretty simple. Very effective.

Mentioned Many Times in the Podcast: The Infamous Salsa Bowl.

16. What advice would you give to someone getting into traditional wet shaving?
Get a brush (I recommend Semogue boar - good value, don’t stink) a cheap $1.50 plastic salsa bowl at Walmart and a cream in a tube. (Maggards or West Coast Shaving have a great variety) Take the salsa bowl and rough up the interior with 60 or 80 grit sandpaper. Learn how to soak a brush for 5 minutes, put an almond size dollop of cream in the salsa bowl, and make a lather.

Swirl the soap around to distribute it well in the bowl and then add a teaspoon of hot water and lather. (My take 2 teaspoons but you have to start somewhere).

You can do this with a cartridge razor and get nice shaves. Don’t sweat learning everything at once. Get the lather stuff down first. It may take a while. (If you have issues, you may not be putting enough pressure on your brush through the entire process, or you have hard water - buy a bottle of distilled water if you suspect this)

Once you have the lather part conquered, move to a DE or SE razor. Doesn’t matter which, but get one that you like the look of. One that you are willing to “Learn”. Then get different blades for it. (I suggest TryaBlade.com for this as they are the only place I know of to buy individual blades at decent prices) The razor and blade combination, in addition to your technique are unique to you. What works for you may not work for me and vice versa. This is the magic of wet shaving (as well as the misery of asking advice on the forums).

17. How did you get into podcasting?
I did a podcasting demonstration for a college class once. I’ve always been told I have a “radio” voice. I was on a wet shaving forum back when and someone asked if there was a podcast about wet shaving…..the answer was no. I thought, hack I can do that! So I did. I started out with a microphone and a computer. I was the first one out of the box, so I can say that I was officially the first wet shaving podcast in the world! (Kind of neat!)

18. How long does it take for you to record and edit an episode of the BrushnSoapnBlade podcast?
I’ve tried doing it all at once at the end of the podcast week. That didn’t work well because I would forget stuff. I tried to record segments in my “Studio” in the morning but that was taking too much time. I ended up recording the SOTD segments in my truck (the Mobile Studio) on my way to work.

This is close enough to the experience of the shave that I can recall things and maintain a level of “passion” that I believe is important to making something people can listen to. So my drive to work takes 30 minutes and I usually get in 4 to 5 segments this way. The time is masked though because I’m there driving anyhow.

All week long, I’ll be on Facebook or Twitter and keep an eye out for things that I am interested in for the podcast. I’ll save these for later. I’ll record these on Wednesday night. This usually takes an hour or so.

Getting all the files sorted out, treated for decent audio, etc takes about an hour or two. It’s really been better since I upgraded my computer. It used to take 3 to 4 hours doing this. I’ll do the intro and throw things in order with bumper music, outro music, etc. and this all takes about 30 minutes.

Converting to Mp3, writing the blog post, Publishing and setting release time / date take 30 minutes.

All in all, my wife knows where I am on Wednesday nights!         

Rick in the "Mobile Studio"
19. You’ve had a few interviews on the show.  Can listeners expect more of these from you down the line?
I love doing the interviews. But coordinating someone else's time and my time to correspond so that it can work is really difficult. I have great respect for folks that do interviews just from the logistics point of view.

I would love to do more of them but my current workload really doesn’t make it doable.

20. Why should listeners tune in to BrushnSoapnBlade?
Well that’s a good question. First response is “I have no idea”.

Upon reflection, I try to sample and experience a lot of stuff. Sometimes it gets difficult because most of it I buy myself, so there is a budget issue. With this, and the fact that I am self-funded, I don’t have a dog in the fight so to speak. I will tell you the truth as I see it. If I find that something is crap, I’ll tell you it’s crap. I don’t make any money off of this. It’s just something that I do.

If someone sends me something, I try to tell people that ahead of time. I don’t expect it or rely on it so I’ll tell you what I think.

I don’t spend any time on forums. I find them to be very enthused about pushing a point of view or a set of vendors / advertisers. I don’t think they treat people fairly all the time if there is a differing opinion.

I won’t tell someone they are wrong. If they tell me that they get a great shave with a spoon and a bar of soap, great! I want to know about it because it’s interesting but I’m not going to take issue with it. If someone likes a blade that doesn’t work for me, ok. I’m happy that they found something that works for them, but it still may not work for me.

As I’ve said on many episodes, wet shaving has many variables. All these combinations have to work with you and for you in order to experience a “great” shave. That’s part of the fun and experimentation that makes the hobby fun.

I’ll tell you about my experiences as best I can. It might pique your interest in something that you’ve never tried. It might lead you to something you wondered about. Take the old spice cream for example, what is the difference between the P&G formula and the Shulton formula? Well, that was an episode not too long ago.

I am almost always upbeat. I start the day with a great shave every day and it sets the tone for me daily. I do in fact look forward to shaving, every day!

Have you checked out Rick on BrushnSoapnBlade?  Please leave a comment below; let us know what you think of the show. But if you haven’t, head over to brushnsoapnblade.wordpress.com to check out his blog and podcast.  

You can also find and connect with Rick on Facebook, as BrushnBlade on Twitter or Instagram, email at BrushnSoapnBlade@gmail.com, or by calling the show’s Wet Shaving Hotline on GoogleVoice at: (864) 372-6234.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Initial Pass: Viking Shave Soap (and Citron Aftershave Balm)

While I have a lot of shaving products in the den, I was in the mood to try something new.  Not to long after I had this feeling, I received a notification on Twitter that Viking Soap and Cosmetic was following me. I suppose this was the catalyst that I needed; because not too long after that I decided to peruse their site and buy some of their products.
Mail Call!
I wound up buying sample sizes of the soaps they had available at that time:

Citron:   Citrus with undertones of bergamot and combined with menthol. To me, the menthol feeling was mild but was nice.  Of the scents, this one was my girlfriend’s favorite. 

Ironside:  According to the Viking Soap website, this scents namesake was the Viking King, Bjorn Ironside; described as a manly scent with notes of black peppercorn, leather patchouli, musk, and citrus.

Tree Of Life:  Notes of sandalwood and oakmoss.  On their website, Viking Soap and Cosmetic briefly explains the lore that the soap takes its name from:  In the middle of Asgard, the Norse Gods live in the Tree of Life (Yggdrasil) and we are darn sure it smells like this in there. 

Hedeby: According to their website, this scent takes its name after the famous Viking grave site where they discovered that Vikings wore plaid.  The scent was designed to be reminiscent of “tweed” scents with floral and grassy notes.

Old Norse:  This was the product that started it all.  This is the Viking Soap take on the barbershop-style scent. As far as favorite scents go, I’m torn between this and Tree Of Life.
I liked the size of the sample containers. Felt like I could load from it and didn't have to transfer to a mug or bowl 
Unfortunately for me, Lavender Cedar was released a few days after I made the purchase.  This will just give me a reason to pick something up at a later date.    

The Soap Yielded That Yogurt-like Consistency.
Viking’s shave soap contains tallow in the formulation.  So, the lather was similar to that of other tallow based soaps that I’ve used (like Arko or Sir Hare).  I felt that the soap it performed well; giving me a dense and slick lather that I used on both my head and face.  For me the texture of the soap, the lather, and thirstiness is comparable to The Strop Shoppe’s special edition line.  However, I personally found the scent to be a touch stronger. To my nose, I don’t find the scent to linger after washing my face (and/or head).  The soap is also rather soft. As Viking Soap describes it on their site: it is Italian in influence, perhaps a croap – straddling a thin line between cream and soap.  
Very soft texture. Was easily able to leave a dent with by lightly pressing on it.
Even though I’m more of a splash kind of guy, I decided to pick up their Citron aftershave balm since it noted it had menthol.  I will have to say that I found that the Viking Soap Citron Aftershave Balm is probably one that I felt could rival a splash (just my opinion).  I used two pumps from the bottle and applied it to my head and face.  I was anticipating it to be more like a lotion; one that potentially had a mild menthol cooling.  However, I applied it and after a few seconds I felt that distinct menthol feeling build.   Personally, I felt as if it had the build of Captain’s Choice Cat O’Nine Tails aftershave without the sting that comes from the alcohol.  However, that is just my opinion.   It took a few moments (I’d say about 10 min) for the tingling on to die down.   I scaled back the amount I used the next time I shaved and the tingling didn’t seem as intense.
Citron Aftershave Balm: A Nice Menthol-y Sensation. Needed Just a Small Amount.
I felt as if the scent was not overpowering and it did not linger even after applying to my head and face.   I like the burn of an aftershave and experiencing it with this balm was a pleasant surprise.  While, I have not tried the other aftershave balms as of this writing, I may need to pick up one of the other scents down the line and give it a try.
Full Sized Container Of Their Barbershop Scent: Old Norse
Have you tried any of the Viking Shave Soaps or Aftershave Balms? Leave us a comment below and let us know what you think.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

A Closer Look at the Merkur 37C Slant Bar Razor

As of this writing I’ve had the 37C in the rotation for about a year.  This is one razor that I’ll tend to reach for by default when I can’t make up my on which razor to use.  Compared to the DE89 by Edwin Jagger, which measures about 3.7 inches, the Merkur 37C is fairly compact at about 3.25 inches.  Because of the size it’s also the razor I’ll typically take with me when I travel.
Three Blades That Work Best for Me: Personna, Shark, and Crystal 

Because of the way the head positions blade, it attacks the stubble at an angle. So, slant bar razors are considered to be a pretty effective shaver.  I’ve used a number of different blades with this razor:  Personna Blue,  Perma-Sharp, Feather, Shark Super Chrome, Crown, Rapira, Bolzano, and (my go to) Crystal.   Of this bunch, I felt as if the Crystals, Shark Super Chrome, and Personnas probably worked best for me in this razor.
I tend to get more build up on the shorter rods
The Merkur 37C is a two piece razor.  As with many of the other Merkur Razors, the rod on the cap is a little longer compared to the screw rod on three piece razors.   I didn’t think much of this at first.  But, I tend to get a little more build up around the threads on the rods of the three piece razors.  Since the 37C has a longer rod that extends down into the handle, I tend to not develop residue on the threads.  For me, that means less Scrubbing Bubbles cleanings.

Have you tried the 37C?  Please leave a comment below. Let us know what you think and how it compares to other Slant Bar Razors.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Perma-Sharp DE Blade: My Experience Using Three Different Razors

I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Russian Made Perma-Sharp Double Edge Blades.   They’re packaged in a cardboard tuck.  Each blade is wrapped in paper and contained in a DE Blade-sized paper envelope. I decided to test them by using three blades in three different razors that varied in aggressiveness.  Starting with the Dreadnought Spartan DE Razor, Merkur 37C Slant Bar, and finally the Muhle R41 Rosegold Razor.  
Tools of Choice for Trying Out the Perma-Sharp Blades
The Dreadnought Spartan is a pretty mild shaver.  So, for me, this was a good razor to start this experiment.   Using a single, WTG, pass on my head and a two, WTG/XTG, pass on the face I got two shaves from this first blade.  (Side note: I almost always conclude my head shaves with a polishing pass with a HeadBlade or CR1000). Both days I had about a day and a half to two days of stubble growth.  By the end of the second shave, I started to feel as if it were tugging a bit.  So I decided to blade bank it and not use it for a third.  For the first shave I used Soap Commander’s Vision shave soap and for the second I chose the Arko Shave Stick.  I did not use a preshave oil for either shave.  Despite a little tugging towards the end of my final shave, I did not have any irritation and I had a smooth post shave feel.   
Blades Were Individually Wrapped
Using the Merkur 37C was a bit different.  Like before I had about a day and a half of growth for each shave.  With the same single pass on the head and two pass on the face I got three shaves out of this blade.  However, while shaving with this blade for the third time it felt ok and started to wonder if I made a mistake ditching the blade after only two uses with the Spartan Razor.   Shortly after the third shave I used my RazoRock Alum stick and felt that the mistake was using the razor blade for the third time.   The skin on the sides of my head and above my lip felt pretty raw for a good part of the day.  As with the Dreadnought shave session, I used Soap Commander’s Vision for the first shave but switched it up to use The Strop Shoppe’s Solsetio shave soap for the second and third shaves. 
Gear for One of the Shaves with the Merkur 37C

The last shave in this experiment was with the Muhle R41 Rosegold razor.  As with the other shaves, I had about a day and a half to two days of stubble. While I really like the Muhle open tooth comb razor, I feel that it is probably one of the more aggressive razors that I’ve used. As with the first shave session, it felt as if were slightly tugging towards the end of the second shave.  I didn’t make the same mistake as I did with the 37C of trying for a third shave especially since it is a rather aggressive razor. 

Feeling Bay Rummy for one of the Muhle R41 Shaves
For the first shave I did not use a preshave oil and decided to go with Dr. Jon’s Anne Bonny Shave soap since I was in a bay rummy kind of mood.  I got a clean and smooth shave on the head and face.  Though, I did experience a tiny bit of irritation on the curves on the side of my head (I believe this is called the parietal ridge).  For the second shave I used Sir Hare’s Head Shaving oil for my gourd and Elvado for Men’s shave soap for the face.   I liked the shave I got when using just the shave oil. Considering this was the second shave with this blade I did not have the irritation as I did with the previous shave and felt the oil helped to contribute to that.  My face also felt smooth as well despite not having used preshave oil for my face shave.

All in all my experience with this blade was positive. I found that it wasn’t as sharp as a Feather but probably a hair (no pun intended) sharper than my normal Crystal DE Blades.  Considering that I had a rather nice shave with the Sir Hair Shave oil, I’d most likely use a pre-shave oil when using this razor blade; particularly when using a more aggressive razor. Though, I doubt I would use it after two of my shaves. Of course … as with all things wet shaving, Your Mileage May Vary. 

Have you tried the Perma-Sharp DE Blades?  Leave a comment below; let us know what your thoughts are.

Monday, May 30, 2016

How I Learned To Shave – How Did You?

I never had one of those Father-Son moments where my dad stood with me in front of the mirror and taught me how to prep, apply shave cream, drag the razor across my face, and apply aftershave. Though, as a child I do recall watching him shave from time to time.  I remember seeing on TV, in movies, and advertisements men with faces covered in a foamy lather before shaving.  But during his shaves, my father’s face did not resemble theirs.  His face was wet from washing and occasionally I would see a couple of bubbles.  But nothing resembling a foamy Santa Claus Beard.  

One of Those Bonding Moments I Never Experienced
I asked him what he used because there was no foam.  In is traditional, abrupt, non-explanatory way he stated “soap” and went back to what he was doing.  With the bar still wet and covered in a modest amount of bubbles it was apparent he was using whatever hand soap my mother decided to buy.  

When I was older and when I felt it was time, I took my father’s (what I would later learn to be) Gillette Fat Boy razor that was already loaded with a blade and started using it to remove the light whiskers that were beginning to emerge from my upper lip.  No prep. I just did what my father did:  I wet my face, rubbed some soap on my hands and then my face; and I started going to town.   I don’t recall how my skin felt afterwards. But I can’t imagine that I had escaped the irritation. 

My Father's Gillette Fatboy Razor

I guess after a while my father was getting a bit annoyed that I was using his razor.  So one day, they came home with a Gillette Sensor Excel (which I still have). They handed it to me and that was it.   The World Wide Web didn’t exist yet, let alone YouTube. Apart from the information I gleaned from my dad when I was a kid, discovering what to do was left to me. 

I don’t think my experience is the norm.  But, I learned to think of shaving as a very unpleasant and routine chore - nicks and cuts were a regular occurrence and irritation was common.   I didn’t know any better and this is how it went for years.

My 25+ Year Old, Worn, and Fairly Neglected Sensor Excel Razor
Once I started shaving my head things changed.  I experienced probably the worst razor rash of my life on my head.  So, I began to try things.  I figured irritation was just a regular part of shaving and figured that I just needed a better balm. It spiraled from there.  I began to look for different razors, blades, creams, and anything (even tried an electric razor) that could sooth the irritation I would experience.  Some things would work and some things didn’t.   

Even Experimenting with Shavettes Nowadays
Along the way, I would eventually find my way to traditional wet shaving.   Even though the nicks, cuts, and irritation became less frequent; the experimentation didn’t stop.  However, experimenting is now a little different.  I feel that, in many ways, I am no longer looking for products to improve my shave quality.  Rather, shaving no longer feels like an unpleasant chore and I find that I seek out new products simply because I now enjoy shaving.

This is how I learned to shave.  

How did you learn?  Please leave a comment below.  We'd love to hear how you started.