Common Shaving Mistakes to Avoid, Part 1

Common Shaving Mistakes to Avoid, Part 1

This is part I of a two-part series. You can find part II here.  There is nothing like the feel of a freshly shaven face, unless that face just happens to be covered in rashes, infections, nicks and scrapes caused by poor shaving practices. Fortunately, it is easy to break the bad habits that result in skin irritations. Avoid these common shaving mistakes for a smoother, more comfortable shave and better results. More after the jump.

Does the Clubman Styptic Pencil Really Work?

Does the Clubman Styptic Pencil Really Work?

The Clubman Styptic Pencil is one gentlemen’s shaving product that performs exactly as described. This small white stick in the distinctive green package contains alum, which is an astringent. This ingredient safely and effectively stops the bleeding associated with the nicks and cuts sometimes caused by shaving. The pencil is stored dry. The user moistens the tip slightly before pressing it against the skin at the site of the cut. It only takes one small application to constrict blood vessels…

Vacchetta leather care: well worth the effort

Vacchetta leather care: well worth the effort

Vacchetta leather is one of the most exquisite and desirable leathers available. Its rich, honey-gold color and soft, buttery texture speak of elegance and style. Vacchetta leather is chosen from the finest part of the cowhide. It is tanned using vegetable dyes, which lend it the smooth texture that is its signature. The lovely golden color deepens over time by absorbing sunlight, so the more it is used, the more beautiful it becomes. Normally in the finishing stage of leather…

What Artificial Hones Are Available Today?

What Artificial Hones Are Available Today?

DMT Dia-Sharp Diamond Sharpeners and Bench Stones DMT stands for Diamond Machining Technology. DMT Dia-Sharp Diamond Sharpeners are ideal for straight razor users because they require no maintenance. Users do not soak, oil or lap these precision-made diamond plate hones. The surface of these hones remains consistent throughout years of use thanks to sturdy construction and materials. There are several different types of hones by DMT. The DMT Dia-Sharp Bench Stone is available as a coarse hone that comes in…

What Makes Artificial Hones Different?

What Makes Artificial Hones Different?

When it comes to sharpening a straight razor, men can choose between natural hones and artificial hones. Artificial hones pose a greater variety of choices and greater availability. Unlike natural hones, which are mined from quarries, artificial hones are manufactured so their availability is virtually unlimited. When demand exceeds supply, manufacturers can simply produce more. Of course, supply is not the only way in which artificial hones have the edge on their natural counterparts. Artificial hones are more consistent when…

Know Your Hones: Natural or Artificial?

Know Your Hones: Natural or Artificial?

There are two basic types of hones, natural hones and artificial hones, however, they both serve the same purpose, to sharpen straight razors in between uses. In addition, there are many different variations within the two main categories of hones. Hones are also commonly known as sharpening stones. Some common natural hones are Belgian Yellow Coticule or Belgian Blue Coticule. The names of these hones accurately reflect what they are, both in origin and in substance. These stones are mined…

Montecristi Panama Straw Hats,  Part II: A Very Incomplete Guide on How to Select Them and Where to Buy Them

Montecristi Panama Straw Hats, Part II: A Very Incomplete Guide on How to Select Them and Where to Buy Them

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So, I’ve piqued your interest, and you are thinking, “This Montecristi thing—how do I go about finding a good Panama Hat?” You want that film noir look with the classic fedora. Or maybe you are tired of your sunburned ears and neck and are remembering when golfers and boaters wore hats, not visors or caps. A Monte Carlo or a skimmer might be just the thing. Use your head the way it was intended. Look like a grown up. A…

Montecristi Panama Straw Hats,  Part I:  Fall in Love

Montecristi Panama Straw Hats, Part I: Fall in Love

I love summer. If you had been through several Canadian winters, you would love it as well. Love it so much you might start to think that global warming is not so bad after all. Each and every summer I’m like a kid left unsupervised with a jar of candies. In my case the candy jar is filled to the brim with the unrestricted access to credit cards. I am dedicating the contents of that candy jar this summer to…