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Sep06

Tutorial: Creating Lather with the Load/Hydrate Technique

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Sometimes it is difficult to get a good, usable lather from a shaving soap or shaving cream, depending on the hardness of the water, floppiness of the brush, and properties of the product. Shaving 101 has published two articles that break down the building process step by step for two beloved, but challenging, products. Both Tabula Rasa and Mitchell's Wool Fat Shaving Soap are fantastic products that everyone should try at least once -- if not regularly. This article reiterates the "Load/Hydrate Technique" and offers instructions on building the perfect cushioning lather.

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Jan21

Safety Razor Aggressiveness

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It is difficult to describe the way a razor feels when it glides across the skin, but both the feeling and performance are classified by safety razor aggressiveness. There are several factors that affect how aggressive a safety razor is and how it performs. The size of the blade gap, the amount of blade that is exposed, and the cutting angle dictated by the design of the safety razor affect the way it shaves. This article simplifies cutting head designs to quantify safety razor aggressiveness.

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Nov23

Types of Safety Razors

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Frustrated by his dull straight razor, King Gillette envisioned an inexpensive, double-edge blade that could be affixed to a handle, used until it was dull, and then discarded. His dream became a reality when the first modern safety razor was patented and mass produced in 1904. Since that time, the basic designs of the safety razor have remained relatively unchanged. Although the materials and craftsmanship have varied over the years, there are still only a few basic designs of safety razors. This article describes the three types of double-edge safety razors as well as the benefits and drawbacks of each design.

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Aug15

Pick Your Poison: Soap or Cream?

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The sink counters of men who enjoy traditional wet shaving are usually cluttered with bowls and tubs of various shaving soaps and shaving creams. These products come in a variety of textures and fragrances, and it may be difficult to know which product to choose. This article helps explain the differences (besides the obvious) of soaps and creams so that you can have the most efficient and enjoyable morning shave.

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