Like many hirsute men in the world today, I am privileged by a culture of men's style that has embraced the beard. Because not only do I think it's a bit more flattering of my face, but the beard is a style of convenience – shaving daily is certainly much more work than not shaving. All the bearded man needs are some plug-in clippers that allow you to keep it at a neat length and shape it to your liking, a beard balm and some moisturizer. On paper, at least, there's nothing else essential.
Unfortunately, even if you prize simplicity in your routines, there is this lingering problem for maintaining a neat beard. Unless you are a genetic
Maker and designer Nick provides this awesomely detailed tutorial to create a custom, traditional straight razor from scratch. And by from scratch, we mean from. scratch. This build process includes everything from grinding shaping, and sharpening the blade, crafting the wood handle, and even creating custom hardware that allows the razor to pivot while staying balanced.
With summer getting into its swing, a lot of us are looking to clean up the beards we've let go through the spring. What better way to get into the spirit of a new smooth skin routine than with some DIY shaving cream tailor made to our favorite scents?
Alright men: the votes have been cast, and the safety razor is the way to go. I got my first one as a gift from a buddy and have used it ever since. They're significantly cheaper, easier on the environment, better for travel, and generally make you feel like a badass...
If you're going to take the time and effort to learn to use classic shaving equipment like a safety razor and lather brush, then you need an equally classic box and storage system.
So thought Zorwick, a maker from the Netherlands, who whipped up this hardwood, brass, and copper shaving kit using materials from the hobby shop, and an old thermometer, copper bowl, leather
I haven't tried this out for myself, but the video alone is worth a watch. It's a pretty simple deal, actually, but it seems to make sense. Get quality, generic-branded razors in the mail every month with a low subscription fee. At $9 a month for the fanciest blade, it's still cheaper than buying a pack at the store.
For years, ladies have had their unbelievably priced items of high design and haute couture: million dollar dresses worn to awards ceremonies ("on loan," of course), or jewel encrusted handbags sewn together with unicorn hair and phoenix feathers. Or something.
Now, the fellows have a chance to own a super, unbelievably expensive high-end product: the Iridium razor by Zafirro, which clocks in at a cool $100,000.
How's it get to cost twice as much as the yearly income of the average U.S. citizen?
The inaugural episode of Saturday Night Live featured a mock commercial for the Triple-Trac, a three blade razor:
"From the straight razor, to the safety razor, to the injector system, amd finally the highly acclaimed twinblade cartridge. Almost perfect, yet not quite the superlative groom. Introducing the Triple-Trac. Not just two blades in one system, but three stainless, platinum teflex-coated blades melded together to form one incredible shaving cartridge, easily fitted into your old twinblade holder. Triple-Trac's triple-threat cartridge, with more close shaves than ever before...Triple-Trac's third blade, a finely-honed bonded platinum instrument, cuts cleanly through the whisker at its base, leaving your face as smooth as a billiard ball,
The Triple-Trac. Because you'll believe anything."
Thirty-five years later, as we know, George Carlin's satire is alive and well...I just used one this morning.
The shaving market in the U.S., as anyone who's ever stepped into a pharmacy can attest, is a bit silly, and worthy of the ridicule its recieved. More recently, "The introduction of Gillette's Fusion razor, kept secret until its debut in 2005, was eerily predicted the year before by the satirical Onion newspaper, which ran a fake memo from a shaving executive bragging about besting a competitor's four-blade razor by making one with five."
No wonder, all sorts of men are opting for traditional safety razors, creams, brushes, and salves. The Wall Street Journal has created this fascinating exposee.