First off, Happy Birthday to my lovely wife. I’m a pretty lucky guy, still not quite sure how I won her over. She is an amazing mom, wife, friend and person. She spoils me, puts up with me, encourages my passions and puts up with my sh*t. Not a day goes by where I don’t think about how lucky I am.
So, I’m a month in to my wet shave journey and I’m really getting in to it. Since getting my initial kit from Shave Valet I have steadily added to my gear. Knowing that during my travels I would have the most time to enjoy a wet shave, I wanted to build a travel kit to take with me. I hopped on Etsy and found FrugalShave. He does 3D printed wet shave gear. I picked up a travel tin (about the size of an altoids tin) that holds my razor and a few blades. I also grabbed a travel brush with case and a blade dryer to keep the sharps away from Cole. They were great additions, I highly recommend checking him out.
Then I joined a Facebook group called the Canadian Wet-Shavers. It is a great group of enthusiastic wet shavers across the country. Quite often people will post a Shave of the Day with the soap/blade/razor/pre-shave/-post-shave. There are lots of tips and great information to be found. Members are always posting items for sale and trade. There I picked up another razor (Rockwell 6c with multi plates for adjustable shave) so I could leave my RazoRock 3 piece open comb in the travel case. I also have grabbed a few new soaps, which is already becoming a bit of a problem 😛
That is also part of the fun, there are TONNES of artisan shave products available. Unique scents and product lines that will cover ever taste and mood. So far some of my favs are Proraso Green (cooling old school cream), RazoRock Emperor (a cool manly scent), RazoRock Classic (sweet almond/marzipan), Italian Barber Amici (Amber/GrapeFruit) , and Henri et Victoria Cognac and Cuban Cigars (think Poker night with the boys). The soaps stick with you for the shave and often they have a matching aftershave that will linger a bit longer.
And lastly, to add to my collection, my lovely wife made me a few lather bowls (photos also by my lovely wife at finelite.ca). These are awesome for working up that lather with your brush. They also look fantastic. Check out her fantastic pottery work. Told you I was a lucky husband 🙂
If this looks interesting to you, check out Shave Valet and ask him about it. Shahan is fantastic and will tell you everything you need to know to get started. In fact, tonight he is having another free intro class, a great opportunity to get you started. And if you live in Saskatoon, he will deliver your purchases right to you. Talk about customer service!
We are planning a meet up soon to have a beverage, talk shaving, and probably trade some goodies. Get started today and maybe you could join us!
Happy Shaving – J