Monday, October 2, 2017


Yeah, yeah, yeah, boring stuff here but I feel it necessary for the sake of complete transparency to make a statement since I'll be reviewing products here and mentioning them quite often.

At the present time I am receiving no compensation from any manufacturer, distributor or any other entity of any company that produces shaving products.  The products that I mention and feature on this blog are products that I have personally tried or intend to try, and any reviews or comments made about said products are my opinion only.  I have no monetary ties nor financial interest attached to any shaving products.

Thank you for your kind attention.

OCtober has arrived!

Hard to believe how fast this year has gone, but OCtober has arrived.  No, that's not a typo.  On the 30 Day Thread at The Shave Den we normally have a monthly theme.  For this month, it's open comb razors, hence the OC in OCtober.  It's not something anyone has to participate in.  The 30 Day Thread is there for people to learn how to shave, to perfect technique and just to have a good time.  But having a theme helps remind us to break out the gear we may sometimes ignore and get familiar with it again.  I have a pretty nice selection of open combs, though not the largest by any means.

From left to right the Durham Duplex straight razor, 1918 Gillette Old Style, Gillette New LC as replated by Delta Echo Razor Works, a Gem Micromatic Open Comb (MMOC), a Fatip Piccolo, and the Durham Duplex DuBarry safety razor.  

I'll be using all of these at some point this month.  The brushes shown are my synthetics.  The one on the left is handmade by one of the guys on the 30 Day Thread.  He made a limited edition brush for some of us in the group.  It features a synthetic Tuxedo knot.  The center brush is another handmade one by Jayaruh at The Shave Den.  He is quite talented and has brushes available for adoption, as he likes to put it.  This one features a Maggard synthetic.  The final brush is from Stirling Soap Company with another very nice Maggard style synthetic knot.

For my soaps I'll be rotating through my collection.  I started last night with Mitchell's Wool Fat and will use a variety of different soaps as the month progresses.  Should be a good time!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Life and Times of a Shaving Addict

It's strange to think that shaving would ever become something that was more than 10 minutes of my day.  I remember as a young teen about to embark on my first adventure with my very own razor, that my Dad, while supportive, made a comment that has stuck with me for its honesty.  Here are his words as I remember them.

"Are you sure you want to start?  Because once you start you never quit."

In that statement was the clear idea that my Dad saw shaving as a chore.  Something you had to do and that you could never have a time when it wasn't in front of you to take care of.  Of course, that was in the early 1970's and it was expected that men were clean shaven and all of that.  Only hippies and lazy people didn't shave every day.  And, even though society has changed significantly in its opinion of men's grooming, the norm is still the clean shave, or neatly trimmed beard, or moustache.

And so, yes, we are still on that treadmill of grooming.  For me, though, along with many others, it isn't necessarily a grind.  But, it took an escape from modern tools and methods and a return to the past to discover what shaving really is and how it can be a magnificent part of our day and our experience. 

Yeah, I know.  Sounds hipster to some.  Crazy to others.  But hopefully this blog will help shed some light on the practice of shaving and why going back to traditional methods not only provides for something of interest and benefit, but also benefits our health and finances and even impacts positively on our environment.

This blog will be filled with a number of things.  Hopefully a lot of information that can serve as a catalog of information for others.  And some ramblings about favorites or just ideas that occur to me.  There are certainly some other great resources that can be accessed too including my favorite website, The Shave Den.  The forums on TSD are marvelous repositories of knowledge and help for those exploring traditional shaving as well as just being fun places to chat and kill some time.  The thread you'll find me on almost exclusively is the 30 Day Rule and Focus thread for the month.  It's in the Shave School forum if you look it up.  Hopefully you'll join us over there and get involved in the day to day discussions that range from technical specs on razors to how our three year old knocked over the TV.  It's a fun ride.

You can contact me if you have questions or suggestions and feel free to leave comments.  The only limitation would be to keep it relatively on topic.  This blog is a shaving blog.  No politics, religion or other stuff that divides.  There are other places for that.

Have a marvelous day!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Pardon My Reboot!

After many months of being ignored I'm finally back around full circle on the blog.  A lot happened over the past months and most of it was good.  Life gets busy and ideas that seem great at the time sometimes get shoved aside.  Well, it's time to put this one back on the center burner.

Welcome back, or welcome for the first time, to the Shave Fanatic!  All things traditional shaving is the topic here from razors, brushes, blades, soaps, technique, history, modern stuff, you name it.  If it's about shaving it will be discussed.

I hope to hear comments from you when you like something I write here.  Or, if you disagree I also hope you'll speak up.  I'm not afraid of a little discussion and as subjective as shaving is, there's plenty of room for that.

So here we go!  Shave Fanatic 2.0!


Yeah, yeah, yeah, boring stuff here but I feel it necessary for the sake of complete transparency to make a statement since I'll be revi...