The Fendrihan Shave on Maximum Fitness Magazine

July 25th, 2011 § 0

Pictured: Merkur 38C Safety Razor, Fendrihan Apothecary Shaving Mug in White, Geo F Trumper Extract of Limes Shaving Cream, and Edwin Jagger Shaving Soap

Maximum Fitness is a self-described no B.S. essential guide to fitness and health for the busy man. Besides in-depth workout advice, they routinely cover topics such as fitness, health, nutrition, weight loss, supplements, sex and training tips and tricks.

Fendrihan’s shaving and grooming products recently made it to this fit magazine’s pages. Our Merkur Double-Edge Safety Razors were reviewed in their “Get Your Gear On” section as one of the ways to get the best shave. MaxFit considered them one of the best safety razors around: » Read the rest of this entry «

Chicago Traditional Shaving Event in the works

July 20th, 2011 § 0

A wet-shaving-centric event is in the works. Details so far are: Chicago, November 10, with topics such as fine liquors, cigars and traditional shaving. Some more information from Mantic59’s blog:

They want to bring in barber chairs to be set around the Palmer House’s mezzanine with barbers offering straight razor shaves, various vendors with giveaways, some kind of tasting event, and a room specifically for traditional shaving aficionados from the web forums to meet.
And they have asked me to conduct a presentation on traditional shaving!  In fact there might be two: one for the “general” event and one in the room with the web forum users.

This all sounds really exciting and we are eager to see how it develops!

The Double-Edge Blade Continuum

July 15th, 2011 § 0

We often get questions about the degree of sharpness and performance of particular double-edge blade brands. These differ in various ways: sharpness, flexibility, coating and thickness, all of which have an influence in the way they shave.

In terms of sharpness, the most popular brands could be classified (in a rather inexact and unscientific way) as follows (from mildest to sharpest): » Read the rest of this entry «

Choosing Your First Shaving Brush

July 14th, 2011 § 0

Top to bottom: shaving brushes from Simpsons, Semogue, Vie-Long, and H.L. Thater

Choosing a shaving brush can be as challenging as choosing a safety razor. The large selection of brushes, array of hair sources (badger, boar or horse), range of grades of hair (pure, best, super and silver-tip in the case of badger hair), choice of shapes or materials for handles, and variety of knot sizes seem to produce a certain “buyers’ block”.

Some simple rules to follow:

  • Bigger is not always better. Some big brushes, while certainly looking the part, might prove to be slightly impractical; especially due to their tendency to put lather in your ears as well as on your face. » Read the rest of this entry «

The Perfect Beginner Safety Razor

July 11th, 2011 § 0

With the variety of safety razors on offer and the amount of conflicting advice, choosing my first razor has become rather overwhelming. Can you give me a clear answer on which is the best razor for a beginner?

First, before we go into the issue of finding the “perfect” double-edge safety razor for a new wet-shaver we have to clarify several terms: » Read the rest of this entry «

Back to the Barber Shop: Close Cut in North London

July 8th, 2011 § 0

Close Cut (Barbershop Documentary) from Felix Nelson on Vimeo.

Film maker Felix Nelson Elsen explores two North London barber shops —one modern, one traditional— to bring you an unfiltered, observational look at what goes on inside them. Barbershop talk, vintage tools and a bit of history all make for an interesting short film. Nice cameo of a Belgian Coticule in action.

For more on barber shops: Roosters, The Right to Wield a Razor, Close to perfection.

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