Shaving 101 is designed to be a friendly and informative stop on the Web for those interested in traditional wet shaving. We don't simply write one-liners with links in typical blog fashion. Rather, we develop lengthy articles full of information, descriptions, and shaving photography. Our articles are meant to inspire our readers to try wet shaving if you haven't already, and if you're a seasoned veteran, then we hope we can help you expand your collection with quality products and offer tips to help you keep your razors and brushes looking brand new.
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Mike Sandoval was introduced to wetshaving in 2004. Like most men, Mike had considered shaving to be a daily chore, but he was interested in trying the traditional shaving products. Soon he found himself looking forward to shaving every morning. Over the years he has tried many brushes, razors, creams, soaps, and colognes, and most of the pictures on this site are products from Mike's own collection. He has made many good friends that share the same interest in luxury wetshaving, enjoying a fine cigar, and other hobbies.
Mike is an IT professional for a nonprofit in Austin, TX, where he lives in the suburbs with his wife and three kids. He always enjoys the opportunity to share his knowledge of wetshaving and offer advice to others so that they, too, can look forward to their morning routines.
While shopping one evening, a shaving brush and soap set caught Rafael Martinez's eye. The next morning he used them with his Trac II, but the quality of his shave improved by leaps and bounds. In 2006, he was introduced to the merits of traditional wet shaving. Rafael began acquiring new brushes, DE razors, and shaving creams, until he advanced to straight razors. Now he hone repairs and cleans his own straight razors. He wants to share what he has learned and offer opinions on products he has tested in hopes that the new wet shaver enjoys the ride as much as he has.
Ken Hinchliffe picked up a traditional razor and hasn't looked back. He believes that one should never compromise on quality or results. He encourages others to only keep around the things they truly enjoy and those that meet high standards. This makes the whole process better and prevents frustration, which is the last thing you need when you have an exceptionally sharp blade in your hand. Ken won't keep anything in his rotation that he doesn't like 100%. Although he is mainly a DE-style shaver, he admits that all razors have their place and he wants to help others with their shaving experiences.
Isaac Estrada has been a wetshaver for 10 years, but admits that he doesn't have everything figured out. A self-described "average Joe of shaving" he still has the occasional problems when shaving, but has fun researching and learning from them. Isaac is primarily a straight razor user, hones his own blades, and has a slew of shaving brushes, soaps/creams, and aftershaves. Even when he's resolved not to buy anything else, something new always seems to make it into his rotation.
When he picked up a straight razor, Russell Chozick became an expert on straight shaving, honing, razor restoration, and even makes custom scales. Russell enjoys offering tips to others on razors, brushes, and other traditional shaving products.
Born and raised in Spain, Sergio Bruna provides a European point of view on men's grooming and shaving supplies. He enjoys sharing his opinions on his favorite products from around the globe.
As a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, Berry McWhorter was required to shave every day, but began experiencing skin irritation and pain. He researched men's skin care and discovered traditional wet shaving, which he attributes for the most dramatic difference in his complexion. Despite the ridicule he received for the volume of grooming products in his wall locker during his active duty, Berry still enjoys testing skin care and wet shaving products.