10-30-2021, 12:22 AM
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I’ve been wetshaving and enjoying the simple pleasures of a good shave for a while now.

Say… about eleven years and four-ish months. I’ve also been blogging about – and advocating for – traditional wetshaving for a while. My blog is nine years, six months, and twenty six years old today – or at least, that is how long it has been since the first post went live.

But this blog is not the first time I posted about the benefits and enjoyment of traditional wetshaving. The first public, on the net for all to see, post I ever made about wetshaving was eleven years ago today. I was in Africa at the time, in southern Sudan to be specific. In what a few months later became South Sudan, in fact. And below is a verbatim copy of that post, typos and all:

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Simple pleasures

It is something very satisfying to whip up your own lather before shaving… to see a tiny bit of shaving cream and a few drops of water turn into a nice, thick, rich and nice smelling lather. The slightly cool feel as the eucalyptus and menthol lather first touches, and then covers, most of the face – and then taking it off with long, controlled strokes with my old fashioned safety razor. A quick splash of water, and then the sting of the alum as it finds the small nicks and scratches that I couldn’t see in the mirror.

For those that are curious:
– Parker 22R safety razor – considered to be a somewhat aggressive razor, but it suits my face just fine. Nice long handle, easy to change / clean blades.
– Feather Light blade – claimed to be the sharpest blade there is. Might well be, todays blade have seen 10-12 shaves already and is still sharper than my gillete ever was.
– Proraso shaving cream w/ eucalyptus oil and menthol. Large tube, long lasting, smells and feels good.
– Piece of Alum on a string. Stings, but helps seal the nicks and cuts really good.

I still uses the Parker razor – in fact, it was the razor in my rotation this past week. Feather blades still features in my shaves, even if I only pair them with mild razors today. It’s not that long ago since I picked up a new tube of Proraso cream. And I still uses alum daily, but it stings a lot less now – since I don’t get as many nicks.

I have more than a few more razors than I did when I made that post all those years ago. I got more brushes too. And aftershaves. And a lot more soaps. I also have a significantly better technique then I had then... But one thing has not changed. There are still simple pleasures to be had in the morning, in between crawling out of bed and heading to work. There are still the simple pleasures of making lather, putting it on my face, and shaving. I still take that time to ground myself and enjoy a moment of zen.

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 10-30-2021, 04:22 AM
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  • chazt
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Happy anniversary, Hans! You called it all those years ago. That zen moment is a thing of beauty. It’s excellent that you still feel the same way! Thanks for the post, and even more for your friendship Smile

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 10-30-2021, 04:40 AM
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Amazing you found such good products right off the bat and still use them.  It unfortunately took me a while to figure out what worked for me and I don't use anything I started with now.

Will take a moment to also thank you for the history lessons you do and sharing your perspective on all matters.

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 10-30-2021, 04:56 AM
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I for one have thoroughly enjoyed reading about your wet shaving journey here on The Nook. Particularly the vintage shave advertisements and the odd and often comical information on shaving gear from the past. You could write a book "Zen and The Art of shaving"

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 10-31-2021, 02:38 AM
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I might do a long, philosophical writeup on the Zen of Shaving at some point... in the mean time there is the 'nook, my blog, and the book on patents I self published last year Tongue

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 10-31-2021, 04:37 AM
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(10-30-2021, 04:40 AM)Chappy Wrote: Amazing you found such good products right off the bat and still use them.  It unfortunately took me a while to figure out what worked for me and I don't use anything I started with now.

Will take a moment to also thank you for the history lessons you do and sharing your perspective on all matters.

(10-30-2021, 04:56 AM)Spartan76 Wrote: I for one have thoroughly enjoyed reading about your wet shaving journey here on The Nook. Particularly the vintage shave advertisements and the odd and often comical information on shaving gear from the past. You could write a book "Zen and The Art of shaving"

The book is called:

70 razor and shaving patents
A semi-curated selection of important, interesting, inessential, and plain odd shaving related patents

It is an excellent compilation of old shave related patents. If you enjoy reading Hans’ writeups on TSN, his compendium is quite compelling! Highly recommended  Thumbsup

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 10-31-2021, 06:03 AM
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Been enjoying your posts for quite a long time and appreciate your input. Congratulations and happy anniversary

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 10-31-2021, 03:58 PM
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(10-31-2021, 02:38 AM)WegianWarrior Wrote: I might do a long, philosophical writeup on the Zen of Shaving at some point... in the mean time there is the 'nook, my blog, and the book on patents I self published last year Tongue

(10-31-2021, 04:37 AM)chazt Wrote:
(10-30-2021, 04:40 AM)Chappy Wrote: Amazing you found such good products right off the bat and still use them.  It unfortunately took me a while to figure out what worked for me and I don't use anything I started with now.

Will take a moment to also thank you for the history lessons you do and sharing your perspective on all matters.

(10-30-2021, 04:56 AM)Spartan76 Wrote: I for one have thoroughly enjoyed reading about your wet shaving journey here on The Nook. Particularly the vintage shave advertisements and the odd and often comical information on shaving gear from the past. You could write a book "Zen and The Art of shaving"

The book is called:


70 razor and shaving patents
A semi-curated selection of important, interesting, inessential, and plain odd shaving related patents

It is an excellent compilation of old shave related patents. If you enjoy reading Hans’ writeups on TSN, his compendium is quite compelling! Highly recommended  Thumbsup

I can't even begin to tell you gentlemen how many times my extremely large feet have ended up in my large mouth..... A6

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 10-31-2021, 06:02 PM
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HA!  I really DID laugh out loud!
   :-)
- Bax

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