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    by Published on 04-02-2012 02:00 AM
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    Neil
    Neil
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    Obie
    The double edge safety razor (DE) has come far from King Camp Gillette’s days, serving in three wars, as well as shaving millions of civilians. Yet the changes in the DE have been mostly functional and cosmetic, but the principle idea remains the same. The distance between the 1904 Gillette and the current crop of DE razors is about that of yesterday’s shave and today’s. The old Gillettes are still preferred by some shavers. Then again, who can resist the gorgeous Edwin Jagger DE razors? I haven’t been able to. I have several models and am currently considering several more. You can never have too much of a good thing, is what I say. These days every time I shave with an Edwin Jagger DE, which is often, I send silent thanks to Neil Jagger, who founded the company in Sheffield, ...
    by Published on 02-26-2012 02:15 AM
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    Liam
    Liam
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    Obie
    I discovered Liam Finnegan through his YouTube shaving videos. There was Liam stropping a razor. There he was honing a blade. You could see the master at work with sure hands and an air of confidence from long years of dedicated barbering and straight razor shaving. If I had the tiniest nugget of Liam’s experience with the straight razor, the strop and the hone, I’d pin a medal to my chest and proclaim, “I have arrived.”

    Obie: Currently you are the head barber and patriarch of the renowned Waldorf Barbershop and Shaving Saloon in Dublin, Ireland. You have been at this since you were 10 years ...
    by Published on 02-01-2012 04:00 AM
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    Mark
    Mark
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    Obie
    Mantic59 is a legend in wet shaving through a series of informative and entertaining videos. Mantic59 is the signature for Mark Herro, a gentleman wet shaver who has inspired thousands into reaching beyond the electric shaver or the plastic cartridge razor to discover new worlds. His videos cover almost every aspect of traditional shaving, from making the proper lather to shaving with the double edge safety razor. Nothing on the straight razor yet, but there’s always hope.

    Obie: Didn’t I read somewhere on Straight Razor Place that you contemplated a fling with the straight razor? What happened to that?
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    by Published on 01-01-2012 04:00 AM
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    Neil
    Neil
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    Obie
    The love affair between the straight razor and the strop is like reading Jane Austen by a warm fire, or savoring port wine with Stilton cheese. For me, aside from tuning the blade as if a musical instrument, stropping paves a link into a state of bliss. I often find myself stropping far more than I need to just because of that. No wonder I continue to explore the world of strops and strop makers. One such world belongs to British strop maker Neil Miller, whose vast interests and talents have amounted to a string of successful careers.
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    by Published on 12-01-2011 04:00 AM
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    Randy
    Randy
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    Obie
    A straight razor without a properly honed edge makes for an unpleasant shave. Whether a basic blade or a high-end custom, it needs the master’s touch to paint silk over steel. Anyone can stroke a flat piece of rock with his razor and call it honing, but a selected few can claim the throne as the masters of the hone. They not only know the wide range of sharpening stones, but also how to use them. Of those the name Randy Tuttle reigns among the top hone masters. ...
    by Published on 11-01-2011 04:00 AM
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    Robert
    Robert
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    A custom razor by Robert Williams is like that dazzling Lamborghini that circles the neighborhood like a sweet recurring dream, or that elegant Rolls Royce once sported by the stars from the golden age of Hollywood. The custom razor world has an impressive, although small, group of masters who create magnificent razors. Robert Williams is one of them with a corner seat all his own. He is an articulate and an unassuming craftsman always ready for an in-depth conversation about his art: the custom straight razor. ...
    by Published on 10-01-2011 04:00 AM
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    Joe and Carrie
    Joe and Carrie
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    Obie
    Once upon a time, for gentlemen and pedestrians alike, shaving with the straight razor was the way to go. The only way to go. Today, much to our disappointment, straight razor shaving has a relatively small following. So it is rare to find the straight razor a family affair, right in our own neighborhood, too. It is so with Joe and Carrie, SRP moderators and vendors, and son Joe Jr.
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