09-01-2013, 11:32 AM
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•Archeological evidence shows that shaving started 5000 years ago
•5 months of a man’s life are taken up by shaving
•20,000 years ago primitive man used clamshells, shards of flint and volcanic rock (obsidian) and shark teeth to shave
•Obsidian, the most commonly used ancient shaving tool, is 500 times sharper than a steel razor blade; its edge can be as fine as one molecule
•Early shaving cream was made from animal fat
•The earliest example of shaving cream is 3000 BC
•In 1904 mass production of the safety razor had begun
•In 1928 Jacob Schick invented the electric razor
•In 1745 barbers were barred from practicing surgery
•Straight razors became the standard shaving tool in the 18th century
•Safety razors replaced straight razors when American businessman King Gillette invented disposable safety razor blades (1904). Mr. Gillette made millions from his invention but died penniless
•In 1841 Henry David Thoreau’s brother John died from an infected shaving cut (bummer!). The silver lining is that Thoreau’s book "Walden" resulted from that tragedy.

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 09-01-2013, 11:37 AM
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Thanks for sharing these interesting tidbits of shaving history. Smile

Phil ... how about a limited edition HuntLee Obsidian? Tongue

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 09-01-2013, 11:58 AM
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point 1 and 3 contradict each other.

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 09-01-2013, 12:16 PM
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(09-01-2013, 11:58 AM)riskybadger Wrote: point 1 and 3 contradict each other.

Yea they do. I was copying them from a cable TV show and might have missed part of one of those two facts.

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 09-01-2013, 12:18 PM
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Wow, so we practice an "ancient" hobby Biggrin

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 09-01-2013, 01:40 PM
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Very interesting information and thanks for sharing it with us! Smile

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 09-01-2013, 02:14 PM
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Really nice.
Thank You.

... interested me too into LE HuntLee Obsidian!! Tongue

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 09-01-2013, 02:46 PM
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I wonder if purists and hardcore collectors are going to start collecting ancient shaving tools, lol. Maybe Geofatboy will do a YouTube video on making and shaving with an obsidian edge!Biggrin

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 09-01-2013, 03:46 PM
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(09-01-2013, 02:46 PM)if6was9 Wrote: I wonder if purists and hardcore collectors are going to start collecting ancient shaving tools, lol. Maybe Geofatboy will do a YouTube video on making and shaving with an obsidian edge!Biggrin

Close to 20 years ago when I was in graduate school for Archaeology, I watched my professor take a nice long flake of obsidian and shave in front of our group. It was long before I found traditional shaving or straights and thought he was out of his mind. He used canned goop, but got through it without a cut. It was pretty impressive.

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 09-01-2013, 08:19 PM
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(09-01-2013, 03:46 PM)PanChango Wrote:
(09-01-2013, 02:46 PM)if6was9 Wrote: I wonder if purists and hardcore collectors are going to start collecting ancient shaving tools, lol. Maybe Geofatboy will do a YouTube video on making and shaving with an obsidian edge!Biggrin

Close to 20 years ago when I was in graduate school for Archaeology, I watched my professor take a nice long flake of obsidian and shave in front of our group. It was long before I found traditional shaving or straights and thought he was out of his mind. He used canned goop, but got through it without a cut. It was pretty impressive.
Cool!

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 09-01-2013, 08:54 PM
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(09-01-2013, 03:46 PM)PanChango Wrote:
(09-01-2013, 02:46 PM)if6was9 Wrote: I wonder if purists and hardcore collectors are going to start collecting ancient shaving tools, lol. Maybe Geofatboy will do a YouTube video on making and shaving with an obsidian edge!Biggrin

Close to 20 years ago when I was in graduate school for Archaeology, I watched my professor take a nice long flake of obsidian and shave in front of our group. It was long before I found traditional shaving or straights and thought he was out of his mind. He used canned goop, but got through it without a cut. It was pretty impressive.

+2 Excellent way to teach! i bet he had everyone's attention that day! Biggrin

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 09-01-2013, 09:57 PM
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Interesting.

An obsidion blade is so sharp that some surgeons choose it over a steel scalpel to this day for extremely delicate plastic surgery. Somewhere on Youtube there is a gent shaving with an obsidion flake.

Too, some shave cream to this day is still made from animal fat.

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 09-02-2013, 12:26 AM
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Interesting information, thanks!

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 09-02-2013, 12:47 AM
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Did you know... ?




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 09-02-2013, 05:35 AM
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(09-01-2013, 08:54 PM)celestino Wrote:
(09-01-2013, 03:46 PM)PanChango Wrote: Close to 20 years ago when I was in graduate school for Archaeology, I watched my professor take a nice long flake of obsidian and shave in front of our group. It was long before I found traditional shaving or straights and thought he was out of his mind. He used canned goop, but got through it without a cut. It was pretty impressive.

+2 Excellent way to teach! i bet he had everyone's attention that day! Biggrin
True and I bet after 20+ years every single student remembers that class.

(09-01-2013, 09:57 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: Interesting.

An obsidion blade is so sharp that some surgeons choose it over a steel scalpel to this day for extremely delicate plastic surgery. Somewhere on Youtube there is a gent shaving with an obsidion flake.

Too, some shave cream to this day is still made from animal fat.
Thanks for the added info. I wonder if when sterilizing a flake the same method as with a metal instrument? Probably, right?

(09-02-2013, 12:26 AM)TheMonk Wrote: Interesting information, thanks!
Thanks. The show that I got the information from had a time lapse segment of a guy with a beard who used an obsidian flake to cut down and shave it off. He didn't use any cream but he also wasn't going after a BSS.

(09-02-2013, 12:47 AM)ben74 Wrote: Did you know... ?




What a great movie!

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 09-03-2013, 04:03 AM
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(09-01-2013, 12:18 PM)wquiles Wrote: Wow, so we practice an "ancient" hobby Biggrin

A dying art; know it's killing me!

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 09-03-2013, 04:38 AM
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Quote:Wow, so we practice an "ancient" hobby Biggrin

It seems so; one of two that have been practiced by men since we've been here!

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 07-08-2014, 03:29 AM
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(09-01-2013, 11:37 AM)Agravic Wrote: Thanks for sharing these interesting tidbits of shaving history. Smile

Phil ... how about a limited edition HuntLee Obsidian? Tongue

Hey ya its really interesting tidbits. i like the stuff.

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 07-08-2014, 08:15 AM
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My Dad use to say don't worry about it, 100 years from now nobody will know the difference. I guess he was wrong.

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 07-08-2014, 09:01 AM
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Interesting fun facts. Smile

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