Safety razor companies
Safety razor companies
This following blog is about the safety razor companies which we sell products of. Like Giesen and Forsthoff who are a 1920s German company. Who survived through difficult times throughout the 20th century and still make excellent product’s. During the 80s an 90s they were known for light weight short razors like the TTO which sport the butterfly mechanism. Which is a very traditional style of razor that spins to open and insert the DE blade. These come in many colours and are relatively inexpensive. We have been outstanded in the companies new Vintage range which is bang on with a understatted cool. Using precious hard woods and plated chrome, they forge these excellent safety razors in Solingen the home of German shaving. They are rather large razors that are perfectly made which come in brilliantly presented boxes.
Taylors of old Bond Street
This great company started in 1845 as a barber shop. Mr Jeremiah Taylor was himself a barber who also made and sold lotions from oil extracts from the shop. In guess where? Bond street London. Now in Jermyn street they have perhaps the most abundant stock out of any gent’s grooming company anywhere. A strong safety razor they have made for sometime now is the 13500 which is nickle and a wonderfully ornate. The design has a great lattice work that is wonderfully cast. This slightly smaller razor has a wide head for really ploughing through that growth. It is a really elegant razor and we obviously support English Industry.
These razors are quite the oddity. A 195o’s stylish company that again sell zinc razors that are cast at the factory in Italy. The style of razor is very Art Deco which we love. But the very unusual thing about them is they produce non aggressive and aggressive razors. There is no middle ground but we think it’s great we are given the extreme options. The hard shaving range is called Classic and the non aggressive is Gentile. I am also a sucker for a gold razor for reasons of glamour and arrogance.
We have a large amount of this German companies safety razors on the site. Known for there impeccable build quality, this family business started in 1945. In East Germany they made no profit under Soviet rule and survived and thrive today as one of the best shaving companies in the world. There best known razor is the R89 which is a real powerhouse it is chrome and perfectly machined. Muhle generaly make middle aggressive razors that are a great standard of shaving. They have a great choice and diverse range of style and pricing reflectively. Also they have a really top range which are limited edition that are made from precious wood and sterling silver.
Safety razor and the not bothered.
Some people are keen for the best shave possible. Which i can understand, however I have things to do. When I originally started safety razor shaving I was keen for the smoothest chin in the world. Pretty much everyone who has experienced a professional wet shave from a barber. Rubs their chin after as to check how the abrasion stands up to their personal shaving method. I would then rub my face throughout the day and the begining of the next day saying how uniformed even the growth back was. Until i needed to shave again. I stopped doing this with a safety razor ages ago as my goal every morning is to remove the stubble from my face. Not to compare it with that of an Essex girl as my hair will only grow back. Perhaps waxing monthly would suit some men, this would only work if they had the lightest of facial hair. Facial hair that could only be compared to that of an Essex girl. Otherwise the waxing would scar the face and still hair would grow back. My brother in law asked me for advice on behalf of a friend who shaves sometimes several times a day. Always he would shave at lunchtime as his hair has such a rapid growth. Understandably he found this a real chore everyday and considered waxing from a professional. Who then informed him due to the mass of stubble he has would have scars on his face. Also that his hair would grow back on his face making the painful task pointless. I suggested the fierce Muhle R41 as a tool for him to really slay a few layers of skin of his face. I also suggested that he should shave with two passes every day for reasons of exfoliation.
When I have spare time, which is not often I test out different methods of safety razor shaving. To get that closest shave possible for my customers benefits as much as mine. I shave everyday with one pass but sometimes I may apply a J turn or hook. This is a great move for the bottom of the cheek where my stubble gets thickest. The method being pull the razor straight down the face and then twist it ending with a 90 degree angle. This seems to be a deeper shave and takes a few layers off anything in it’s path. You can also employ this with great care on your neck. Also reading the map of your stubble is a great idea as my neck hair goes the opposite way as my neck. Another brilliant although different condition for the shave is when you have a few days growth. Is the blade buff this is pretty close to the exact technique used by barbers. This is when you dont take the blade of your face but you drag the blade back and forth on the hair. It is amazing how little you become cut from this method and is a great way to relieve a weeks camping beard.
Shaving with a safety razor
As strange as it may sound, but last night a safety razor saved my life. Not so much last night but more in my old life. I have as you can see created a rather appalling play on words based around the disco song by Indeep. However there is an element of truth in all of this. I used to not care about my personal appearance for a few reasons. One of which was my party lifestyle that led me to be weary for the week ahead, also the fact that I was poorly guided in my adolecense. Luckily my parents don’t read this, but they realize their failings due to me constantly reminding them.
The other and main convoluted point is, despite shaving in the 20th century was made for efficiency. It sure enough became a lot less glamorous. A moulded lump of plastic and some sports bag branding, was all I had to look forward too in the mornings. That and extortionate prices of cartridge blades. I sadly went one step lower and used the multipack bags of disposable razors. That’s right things were dire. I also spent a large amount of time in my teens without a girlfriend. I realize how ironic this is due to my social standing and great cheek bones. But it’s true, sometimes I applied deoderant but generally I did not compete with other peers. Also i was in a vicious circle. Why shave? I asked myself, for I have not a girlfiend to take too the ball.
Then something big happened to me, which was my finding of traditional shaving. It represented a better era of mens elegance and also items that were made to last. None disposable goods made by craftsmen and used by gentlemen. Which is what a safety razor is really. I see it is as a lead guitarist and singer in the band. the shaving brush on base and the soap of my choice on drums.
We are driven by imagery, like the man saving for a mortgage imagines the modest house. The actor student imagines the oscars. When I shave now I immediately think of my high end shaving kit that provides me with an excellent shave.
How safe is a safety razor?
An interesting bold question recieved by Mike in Somerset. I considered this question from some different angles, which led to more questions. But now I believe to have a concise enough answer for my readers. Compared to what? is my first question to answer Mike’s question. How safe is a safety razor? A Mach 3 cartridge razor can sever ones chin and lead to embarressing marital photo’s. I am single too all those lady shavers out there don’t worry, it was an example. Right back to mikes question, which quite frankly Mike I find obtuse, I mean you are really suggesting that they are unsafe aren’t you?
Mike firstly don’t just buy a safety razor, or restore a early gillete. Which can start you off on the wildest of horses that would be unsafe. I bought a razor for looks for my first. The only subject where this works is finding a lady friend. I bought the gnarliest of toothed safety razor and had a hard time with it. It almost made me loose faith in traditional shaving all together. Choose a middle aggressive razor like muhle or Giessen or a non aggressive razor like Feather.
I shave most days with a Fatip. I have an exceptional technique in which I have refined over years of shaving and understanding the grain of my beard. Also I see my face in sections and subtract the lather in flanks. Although a neck and chin should be treated differently. I recommend pushing your head back and tilting your chin down making your chin bloat. This feels like a poor shaving surface, however it will make it boyant for a safe shave, it will also do the same for your throat.
I find to eliminate cuts, if that is your fear. Thinner blades have a flexibility which gives that bit of insurance from cuts, like Lord or crown. That is my best answer mike also there are some gold dust tips in there for your knowing.
Safety razor shaving
Safety razor shaving
If you don’t have a beard you shave. Wether it’s once a week or everyday. I am a every day or every two day shaver, therefore I value my safety razor as a life tool. A razor isn’t a one off tool that you need for a specific job. Like a magnet on a string which is only purpose is to retrieve metal objects which have fallen down drains. That has come into use once in your professional life. A razor is something that is a tool for constant manintenance. My mother used to buy me a bag of bics every 6 months or so and also a can of presurized foam. As this was the same method of shaving used too shave her beard off, when the circus wasn’t in town. I alway’s viewed shaving as a nuisance and once or twice even had the lack of dignity enough, to try and burn off my teenage fluff with a cigarette lighter. I cringe at this memory as I am obviously now shaving royalty. Now my shaving shelf is worth a few bob and for good reason. One of which is that I work in the high end shaving Industry. Another is that gent’s grooming as a lifestyle choice is key to a happy existence. When I summarize the golds and chromes, and the vintage and modern shaving kit I have. I feel pride. Also It is my duty to condition this kit like a vain SAS soldier. I hate slovenly care of quality goods, people that treat there nice stuff like trash clearly demonstrate that they have a lack of respect for everything Including themselves. If you call us or email us we will tailor make you a shaving kit. I assure, you will be delighted with the results.
Fatip Gentile Black safety razor