Leisureguy’s Guide to Gourmet Shaving the Double-Edge Way

December 12, 2016 - Comment

It’s a perfect gift for Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, graduations, and bar mitzvahs—and a particularly apt gift for men who shave daily but when asked whether they actually enjoy shaving answer, “No. I hate it!” Give them this book so that they can look forward eagerly to their next shave—and that is not an

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It’s a perfect gift for Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, graduations, and bar mitzvahs—and a particularly apt gift for men who shave daily but when asked whether they actually enjoy shaving answer, “No. I hate it!” Give them this book so that they can look forward eagerly to their next shave—and that is not an exaggeration. Men who have just started DE shaving frequently write that they wish they could shave more than once a day and look forward eagerly to the next shave.

This is the seventh edition of the complete beginner’s guide to traditional wetshaving—brush, shaving cream or soap, and using a safety razor with double-edged blade. It’s a major update of the previous edition: longer, with new sections and new information. It covers not only the basics of how to shave with a double-edge safety razor, but also DIY projects and guidelines on collecting. Reviews of new razors and other shaving products are included, and the appendix now includes over 150 on-line vendors as well as forums and reference sites.

The book provides excellent guidance for beginners putting together their first shaving kit and discusses tradeoffs in the options for the initial purchases.

Traditional shaving is enjoyable and thrifty: double-edged blades are as low as 7¢ each—a year’s worth of shaves for $3.50—compared to the same amount spent for one single disposable multiblade cartridge. The recommended beginner razor, the Parker 24C, can last a lifetime and uses a head that is both very comfortable and also very efficient, when used according to the techniques described in the book.

The multiblade cartridge’s tug-and-cut action often results in skin irritation, razor bumps, in-grown hairs, and razor burn—thus all the “protective” shaving preparations and “soothing and healing” aftershaves now offered. Most men with these skin problems decide that they have “sensitive skin,” never realizing that the problem is their daily use of a multiblade cartridge with its tug-and-cut action, made even worse by the shaver pressing hard to try to extend the life of the (expensive) cartridge.

The book also includes a chapter on shaving and skin problems, including information on how DE shaving can help those who have acne as well as how to cure and prevent razor bumps and in-grown whiskers.

The book is a complete instruction manual and guide for those just beginning DE shaving, and it also includes links to a host of resources on the Web that complement the book.

Comments

Rob says:

The only book a new wet shaver needs to begin a lifetime of pain-free, comfortable and enjoyable shaves. If you read nothing else of this review, read this first paragraph. Leisureguy’s Guide to Gourmet Shaving the Double-Edge Way, 7th ed. is the definitive, end-all book on wet shaving with a safety razor. There is no comparable book on the market. You will learn to shave with a safety razor—and enjoy it—after reading this scholarly treatise. Shaving *can* be enjoyable. Hook your wagon to Leisureguy and he’ll take you to the promised land of pain-free, comfortable and enjoyable shaves. It does exist. I know, because I’m there. 

William Paul B. says:

Best book you can get on this I have only begun reading this new edition but i have read and delved into the 6th edition several times, so I’m confident giving this 5 stars. This is an updated, enlarged and enhanced latest edition. It covers all you need to try or start double-edge safety razor shaving. It will teach about the different safety razors, shave brushes and how to use then, shaving soaps and creams and their properties. Skin issues and budgets and about whatever you might have a question about in regards to double-edge (DE) shaving. The appendix has lists of online forums, references, and online vendors (by country) for your convenience. ‘LEISUREGUY’S GUIDE TO GOURMET SHAVING THE DOUBLE-EDGE WAY’ Edition 7.0 – MAY 2015. by Michael Ham, is the very best book on double-edge safety razor shaving. Over two hundred pages of more knowledge than you knew existed on the subject. I gave my 6th edition to a friend who’s interested in taking up traditional wetshaving.

deipnosophist says:

A must-have for newbie DE shavers I devoured this book (pun intended) in no time. I am totally new to DE shaving and having this primer was a great way to avoid the abundance of contradictory advice pervading the Internet. Ham covers a lot of topics including skin issues like razor burn and in-grown hairs. His metaphor of going from cartridge shaving to DE shaving being like going from an automatic to a stick shift is a good one. There are many more details involved, but he helpfully frames most of it as a pleasurable experience. Shaving lately is most likely seen as something to get through, not something to savor, hence his “gourmet” emphasis. 

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