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The Seven Sins of Wet Shaving

Nick Shave’s Youtube video is an inspiration for this post. I have transcribed the video with my own take of the seven sins.

Greed (expensive and inexpensive)

My most expensive purchases are straight razors. I had one of mine both restored and honed. This became even more expensive with a strop. The buck doesn’t stop there though as some enthusiasts will buy special supplies like pastes and stones.

Apart from blades, soaps and aftershaves have been the most inexpensive. Van Der Hagen and Aqua Velva are high on my favorites list. You can buy both Van Der Hagen Soap and Aqua Velva at your local WalMart for a steal. You can also find a bottle of Aqua Velva at your local Family Dollar. These two are my inexpensive shaving staples.

Wrath (love/hate relationship)

Stirling’s Glacial Spearmint shave soap and aftershave are unlike any kind of shaving product I have ever had. The menthol is so intense that the soap makes my eyes water. Stirling included the Glacial, Margaritas In The Arctic body soap which also gives a very intense cold sensation. I love both the smell and how unbelievable the sensation is on the face but hate the intensity.

Gluttony (Most delicious)

Razorock’s Orange Sunrise and Stirling’s Margaritas in the Arctic. I want to take a bite out of these soaps, but I probably would be as crazy as those Tide Pod kids.

Sloth (neglect due to laziness)

I agree with Nick about straight razors in regards to how time-consuming they are. With patience, most of my shaves take around forty minutes. This includes stropping and drying. Straight razors take patience and technique. For one, straight razors take more maintenance and care. This means keeping your straight razors from pitting or becoming dull.

Pride (most proud of)

I inherited the Gillette 1948 Super Speed razor from my grandfather along with the Schick type J. The Super Speed razor had some rust and soap damage that took me about an hour to restore. I am the proudest of this razor because if my grandmother was still alive as a widow she would have been elated about the final result.

Also, I was able to find three razors at an antique store for $3 each. The owner did not know much about the razors ( 1920 Gillette, Merkur, and Gillette tech) so I left feeling like a boss.

Lust (what you want)

The Schick magazine repeating razor. This is an ingenious invention. Inspired by the rifle, this razor uses a magazine system. There were two major types of these razors. The first edition which looks more like a lipstick container and the type b which has a rectangular shape. Each razor holds the blades inside of the razors handle. I would be ecstatic to have one of these pieces of history that started what we know Schick to be all about.

Envy (people you look up to)

When I first learned to wet shave I turned to Nick Shaves for advice. Most of my techniques of shaving come from him such as using bloom water on your face and keeping your sink filled with water while you shave. Nick through his reviews inspires me when I am ready to buy another shave product to add to the den.

Ken Surfs is my second favorite wet shaver. Ken not only goes through his collection but he adds a personal twist. If I am in the mood for a leisurely video I turn to him. I also am inspired by the collection of autographs hanging from his bathroom walls. Ken helps me to see that life is worth living for, not working for, and that there is nothing wrong with investing in your hobbies.

Matt from Razor Emporium is a great example of someone who knows how to build a strong culture of wet shaving through supreme brand awareness. What is more, Matt creates many informative videos which have guided me through topics such as how to strop a straight razor or what are the different types of Schick injector razors. If I am ever able to influence a culture of midwest wet shavers, I owe my success to him. Also, I would trust this company to take care of restoring any of my razors in my den.

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