Friday, April 29, 2011

Jake Is Wet Shaving

What is wet shaving?  Unlike shaving using a disposable cartridge and shave cream from a pressurized can, wet shaving utilizes a shave brush that you load with shave cream or soap from a tube of shave cream or from a container of shave soap, like this brush here-
The cream you see on the brush was built from a bar of shaving soap...this bar here

To get the bar soap to produce the cream or lather you see on the brush you soak the brush in water for a bit so the brush hairs absorb moisture then you go about working the brush on the soap's surface, then I transferred the soap to my face and used the brush to create a lather you see on my face here-
Then the brush is worked on your face with swirling motions which creates a lather.  This technique is what is known as face lathering.  The bowl in the first photo is called a scuttle and you can work your loaded brush in the scuttle to create a lather then transfer to your face.  Another lathering technique involves the use of your free hand and is called palm lathering.  Yep!, you guessed it, you create the lather in your palm.  I'm right handed so I would use my left palm to work up the lather holding the brush in my right hand but most that do not use a mug or a scuttle to build lather in will use the face lathering technique. 

Most wet shavers use a DE (double edge) razor or a straight razor to shave with.  Here's a couple of DE razors in a bowl with some shaving soap-
Both of these razors are manufactured by Gillette and both are Gillette's Ball End Tech razor...the shorter of the two is a travel tech ... both were built in the early 60's

This is one of my straight razors-
Wet shavers prefer to use a DE or a straight razor instead of a cartridge razor for various reasons.  Some will cite cost as the reason they use a DE razor as DE razor blades can be had for as little a 9 cents a piece and can last for as many as 5 or 6 shaves, depending on the shaver and his beard type.  Compare that cost to a modern multi blade cartridge that will routinely sell for upwards of $3 and the attraction of using a DE to shave with is apparent

The straight razor on the other hand is a bit more expensive.  New straight razors from a quality straight razor manufacturer will start at $65 and go up from there.  The attraction of a straight razor is many things,  It's very old school, not easy to learn (DE are easy to learn), once mastered, the resulting shave is incredibly close.  There's nothing else like it


Anonymous said...

Jake, nice post. You may want to hydrate your lather a bit more for better results.

shakin_jake said...

To Any Mouse-

The lather is fine, trust me...I don't care for it any wetter than it is here