What is Straight Razor Shaving?

A straight razor is a razor with a long blade set in a handle and in traditional and current western versions the blade has the ability to fold into the handle. The straight razor is sometimes called an open razor or cut-throat razor.

During prehistoric times there is documented evidence that men used clam shells, stone or flint knives, and even sharpened blocks of iron to shave and cut their hair with. By the Bronze Age many cultures had developed razors designed specifically for shaving and by the 5th century B.C. razors were in common use throughout the world. These early razors were often constructed by the local blacksmith and the quality of the metal and edge could be extremely variable based on an individual’s given skill. It was not until the late 18th century that the first modern straight razors were introduced in Sheffield, England. In 174o Benjamin Huntsman developed the first hard grade steel suitable for use in the manufacture of blades and while this process was initially rejected b the English it was, albeit reluctantly, adopted by the French. Once the success of the French straight razor manufactures was readily apparent the English and eventually the rest of the western world adopted this process resulting the legendary “Sheffield Silver Steel.”

The straight razor was until the early 20th century the most common form of shaving and due to the skill and costs associated with using and owning them, shaving was usually done by a professional barber. It was not uncommon for men from all levels of society to visit the local barber on a weekly basis for a shave and hair cut. The introduction and mass production of an affordable safety razor, most notably by Gillette, in the early 20th century quickly changed this and by the 1950’s the straight razor shave was a dying art.

In recent years the straight razor has made a significant comeback as the desire for a more personal and ritualized grooming experience has manifested itself in modern society. Today many barbers proudly offer a straight razor shave and this trend shows no real signs of stopping. The retail consumer has also embraced the straight razor as they have become more affordable in comparison to the mass produced alternatives, particularly over a period of several years of ownership.

The straight razor is a time-honed tool, designed to give you an extremely close and accurate shave. There are many straight razors available on the market to choose from based on the steel used, functionality, scale materials, and brand. We will be talking about this more in the weeks to come. If you want to learn the different ways to hold a straight razor go here.

 

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Review: Palmolive for Men Classic Shaving Cream (with Palm Extract)

Palm Olive for Men Classic Shaving

“Not the most protective, but still pretty good, the smell is amazing, it smells like a good cologne, and a little goes a long way, I am most assuredly purchasing this again when I run out.”

- Andrew ( Sacramento, CA )

“I can remember using Palmolive BRUSHLESS in the plastic tube when I first started shaving about 15 years ago, and I will always have a fondness for that stuff. When I discovered the shaving brush, however, that stuff went bye bye and I don’t even think you can get it anymore. So I just had to try this stuff here. I used an ample sized dollop in my bowl and it whipped up in a pretty nice looking lather. I had to use a little bit more cream than with, say, Proraso. The lather goes on great, provides a fair amount of slickness, but not quite enough to make this a great cream. The smell is really nice- kind of lemony, with floral notes and an overall vegetal character that kind of took me back in time. A little bit like an old drug store or something. If you want to try something different and you already have a “regular” soap, I’d say give this stuff a shot- for the price, it’s pretty darn nice! And isn’t there something supremely manly about using some shave cream that you grandfather might have used back in the 50’s?”

-  Shave Like A Man (Orlando, FL)

To shop for you Palmolive Classic Shaving Cream click here.

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Interview: CRUX Supply Co.

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We recently came across the Brand CRUX.The name is intriguing and the design and branding is eye catching. We took a look at their product line and immediately related to them as a company. They believe in the craft of grooming. Not only the ingredients but the lineage from the grandfathers, i mean this is where it all started and why its still around because our grandfathers were legends when it comes to grooming products. They say at CRUX that “CRUX Supply Co.’s products are chosen for their staying power — their power to carry stories of work and adventure from one generation to the next.”

Read more to hear more about the company itself and where they get their inspiration and how it all began…

1. Where are you located?

We’re located in Barto, PA – a small, rural town about an hour outside of Philadelphia.

2. When did you start this business?

CRUX Supply Co. launched in October 2013.

3. When did you realize that this is what you wanted to pursue?

We really wanted to introduce a line, comprising of all-natural and organic ingredients, which would present a healthy alternative to most of the chemical-laden products currently on the market. Our identity was actually inspired by these wonderful dead-stock antique apothecary bottles that we uncovered on one of our travels, which we currently use for our Post Shave Tonic.

4. Describe a few steps you took to make this happen.

After we bought up the cases of the dead-stock antique apothecary bottles, we spent about year designing, researching, and prototyping before we were ready to launch. We wanted to make sure our customers received a top-notch, high quality product.

5. How would you deal with a customer who didn’t know what they wanted?

We pride ourselves in amazing customer service, so whichever questions a customer might have, we’re ready to answer! We also offer sample sizes for our customers to try, so they can feel completely comfortable ordering a full-size.

6. What are some of your accomplishments as a business?

CRUX Supply Co. is currently run by a husband-wife duo (and a few very appreciated helpers from time-to-time.) We’ve come a long way in the past 10 months, and we’re super excited to see what the future holds.

7. What do you believe makes a quality product?

The ingredients are the main key. You need to know what you’re putting in (and on!) your body. Every product of ours is assembled by hand in small batches to help maintain cohesiveness and quality.

8. Where do you get your inspiration from?

We’re always listening to our customers with open ears.

9. What advice do you have for aspiring entrepreneurs?

Dedication is the key. You need to believe in yourself and your products. And take yourself seriously – if you don’t, no one else will.

10. Where can readers fin out more about you and your work?

http://www.cruxsupplyco.com/

facebook.com/cruxsupplyco

www.twitter.com/cruxsupplyco

We recommend: www.royalshave.com

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Interview: D.R Harris

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D.R Harris & CO. LTD. one of London’s oldest pharmacies has been in St James’s Street for over 200 years. This family-owned business holds the warrant to HRH The Prince of Wales. They are renowned for their range of quality products for men and women. These include soaps, colognes, bath and shaving preparations, skin care and aromatherapy oils. The majority of their products are still produced by traditional methods, being hand-made and packed in their own premises in London.

1. Where are you located? We have shops at 35 Bury Street and 52 Piccadilly in central London. Our main shop at 29 St. James’s Street is closed for 18 months as the whole building is refurbished. We will be back there in summer 2015.

2. When did you start this business? The business was founded as apothecaries in 1790 by Henry Harris. His cousin Daniel Rotely Harris gave the company its name D. R. Harris.

3. When did you realize that this is what you wanted to pursue? In the early 1790’s the first Harris brothers started to create their own Lavender Waters and Classic Colognes alongside the more traditional remedies that apothecaries would have created. Soon Harris’s got a reputation in the fashionable St James’s area of London for these colognes and it is a popularity which survives to this day.

4. Describe a few steps you you to make this happen. The quality of the products has always been of the utmost importance to every generation of Harris from the 1790’s until the present day. This, combined with an interest in creating new and innovative products has meant that D. R. Harris has stayed interesting and relevant for over 220 years.

5. How would you deal with a customer who didn’t know what they wanted? We have many customers who have been shopping with us for over 50 years and know exactly what they want but also many who are just discovering us for the first time and don’t know our products at all. With these customers we ask them what sort of scents and products they usually like but generally just give them the time and space to try everything out and decide for themselves. Of course, there is only so much smelling you can do before it becomes a blur!

6. What are some of your accomplishments as a business? I think one of the main accomplishments of the business has got to be the fact that it still exists after 224 years! One of our strongest points as a business is our discreet but attentive customer service. We have a great number of regular customers who are very loyal. We are now enjoying a much larger audience around the world and also many younger customers are now discovering us which is very edifying.

7. What do you believe makes a quality product? Insisting on the best ingredients and not cutting corners.

8. Where do you get your inspiration from? We try and not to be too affected by what other companies are doing. We know that there are many people who like the way we are and we are not trying to become something else. We listen to our customers a lot and take their comments on board if we are re-formulating or making a change to the packaging. We’re also always willing to listen to people’s suggestions for new products.

9. Where can readers find out more about you and your work?

www.drharris.co.uk

www.facebook.com/drharrissw1

Twitter – @DRHarrisLondon

Instagram  – @DRHarrisLondon

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