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Leisureguy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving - Sixth Edition: Shaving Made Enjoyable [Kindle Edition]

Michael Ham
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The sixth edition of the complete beginner's guide to traditional wetshaving---brush, shaving cream or soap, and safety razor with double-edged blade---is a major update of the previous edition: a third larger, with a new chapter, new sections, and covers new aspects of shaving such as DIY products and guidelines on collecting. Reviews of new razors and other shaving products are included, and the appendix now includes well over 100 on-line vendors as well as forums and reference sites. The book provides excellent guidance for beginners putting together their first shaving kit and discusses tradeoff considerations in the initial purchases.

Traditional shaving is enjoyable and thrifty: double-edged blades are as low as 7¢ each---a year's worth of shaves for $3.50---compared to the same amount spent for one single disposable multiblade cartridge. The recommended beginner razor, one of the Edwin Jagger DE8x series, will last a lifetime and uses a recently designed head that easily provides a comfortable shave using techniques described in the book.

The multiblade cartridge's tug-and-cut action often results in skin irritation, razor bumps, in-grown hairs, and razor burn---thus all the "protective" shaving preparations and "soothing and healing" aftershaves now offered. Most men with these skin problems decide that they have "sensitive skin," never realizing that the problem is their daily use of a multiblade cartridge whose its tug-and-cut action, made even worse by the shaver pressing hard to try to extend the life of the (expensive) cartridge.

The book also includes a chapter on shaving and skin problems, including information on how DE shaving can help those who have acne as well as how to cure and prevent razor bumps and in-grown whiskers.

The book is a complete instruction manual and guide in itself, but it also includes links to a host of resources on the Web to complement the book. Included with the book is a comprehensive list of on-line shaving vendors and other sources of equipment and supplies for everything you need to get started.

It's a perfect gift for Father's Day, Valentine's Day, birthdays, graduations, and bar mitzvahs---and a particularly apt gift for men who shave daily but when asked whether they actually enjoy shaving answer, "No. I hate it." Give them this book so that they can look forward eagerly to their next shave---not an exaggeration. Men who have just started DE shaving frequently write that they wish they could shave more than once a day and look forward eagerly to the next shave.

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Michael Ham started traditional wetshaving 50 years ago, when it was simply "shaving." He hated it because he didn't know how to do it and the only instructions available at the time were limited to "be careful and try not to cut yourself." So for most of 40 years he wore a beard or used a multiblade cartridge and canned foam, which made shaving a tedious, boring, hateful chore. Then he stumbled into the shaving the old way, but this time around he learned how shaving could become something he truly enjoyed---and he wrote this book to help other men look forward to their daily shave as with the same eagerness he now feels.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1166 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477436804
  • Publisher: Pogonotomy Press; 6 edition (August 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008VMG9HC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,000 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
By Joey V.
I've been a longtime Amazon shopper, but this is the first thing I've purchased here that's made so much of an impact that I needed to write a review. Pardon the length of this review; I appreciate very detailed reviews myself so that's how this ended up.

To be honest, while waiting for the book I had a mixture of excitement to see what it was all about and regret since I was already finding a ton of information on various fora. However, I was wrong for feeling that way. Everything in the book from the preface to the Appendix is absolute gold for anyone just entering the wetshaving world.

While it is true that much of this information is out on the internet, what you're paying for is Michael's style injected into his explanation of this hobby/art. I find it a lot easier to understand any given subject matter if the person explaining it is passionate about it. That is definitely the case with this book. While the typical "guide" books simply present material in a "do this, not that" style, this is more akin to sitting and chatting with the author over a nice glass of Lagavulin.

The reason I know this book more than worth the $12 is that reading it not only taught me a lot, but also simultaneously prompted many questions that I'm excited to explore. I've made one pass at the book so far, and I'll definitely be referring to it time and again as I get deeper into wetshaving. Some reviews say this book is pretty useless for those who are already experienced. While I can understand that sentiment (since the book is targeted towards beginners), I feel that in some cases experienced shavers may derive even more from this book than beginners.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every man should have this book. September 25, 2012
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This book will be especially helpful to you if you have to have shave everyday and it makes you miserable, if you avoid shaving because it irritates your skin, or if you are tired of spending money on expensive multi-blade cartridges for your current razor. The methods and products described in the book are now considered traditional-it is how most people in the world shaved until the 1970s. The razor most recommended by the author can be had for about $30, I got one for less right here on Amazon this year. Blades for it can cost less than a dime and no more than 50 cents and they will last several shaves. I was already using the razor plus a good shaving brush and quality shaving soaps for some time before I read this book. I thought I had it all down but my shaves improved when I tried some of Hamm's suggestions. Not all of them worked for but many did. You will encounter some small typos and errors as this appears self-edited but they did not detract from the book enough for me to lower my rating. While much of the information in this book can be found online in shaving forums, I'm not aware of anyplace else where it appears in such a well organized manner. The book will guide you through everything you need to know to start getting great shaves and saving money. I wish I had had this book when I was learning to shave or even 10 years ago. It could have saved me a lot of misery.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and thoroughly researched June 23, 2013
By Shawn
Format:Kindle Edition
You can learn what you need to know in a few hours with this book ... or you can spend a few weeks reading various sources on the web. I've done both ... and what "Leisureguy" summarizes in his book is an excellent compilation of the collective advice on the web. His research, insight, and writing style is worth the small price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic resource January 12, 2014
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This book is a great resource for anyone. Everything from using the correct water temperature to making your own shave oil...this book covers all the bases. I highly recommend keeping it on hand because it has answers to just about any shaving-related question.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you want to know about shaving February 1, 2013
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Leisureguy imparts his decades of experience to answer any question you could possible have about wet shaving. I bought this book based on other people's experience with it and because Leisureguy is so very helpful on the forums.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Was lost without it October 12, 2012
By Steve
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This edition and book in general has helped me tremendously in the transition of Mach 3 to traditional DE wet shaving. Suggests products, the entire process, and technique to turn shaving into a n experience to look forward to. A must have or "newbies".
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth reading & eye opening January 23, 2014
By Mogambo
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Months ago I converted back to shaving with a double edge razor. Love the shave, but something was missing ... the "experience". Years of shaving in the shower with a multi-blade, no prep and in less than a minute had dulled my shaving skills. I accidently found this book and bought it right away. Read it in a day, ordered some shaving necessities and have now established my personal "experience". I tried most of Ham's ideas and decided on which I preferred. I love the book because of the transformation it made on my shaving life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome June 18, 2014
By Aaron
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This book is so comprehensive, there is no need to search for other material. So many great tips on what to buy (with a myriad of information in the appendix providing many researched vendors, forums, etc.) how to save money on what you buy and very descriptive instructions for proper shaving.

It can be slightly convoluted in the telling of the information (and thus certain pieces of information can be difficult to locate again later) since it is presented in a more story-like manner, but it does make the reading more enjoyable.

It changed the way I shave for the better... MUCH better!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
There is almost too much data! But you can use this book to find anything you need. Perhaps biased against multi blades.
Published 6 days ago by Paul M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good presentation and treatment of the topic
Very good presentation and treatment of the topic. Worth reading to the novice, good review for the young adept, and may produce a gem or two for the folk who can teach the rest of... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Merle ApAmber
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Product and service would recommend to anyone. Thank U
Published 12 days ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative book
Leisure man knows his stuff. I'm glad I read this book. I picked up a couple good tips.
Published 1 month ago by Chris Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars This was the best book I found to introduce men into personal grooming
I have been wet shaving for 52 years. This was the best book I found to introduce men into personal grooming. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steven Toushin
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and thought provoking.
I thought this would be a waste of time but it really was informative and made me reconsider many aspects of my morning ritual. My shave has improved since I started reading it.
Published 1 month ago by Mode Man
5.0 out of 5 stars If you hate shaving read this book
When the author says this is a book you should give every man he's not kidding.

This is the most in-depth book on the subject of shaving. Read more
Published 2 months ago by BILL W
5.0 out of 5 stars Great investment
Mr. Ham put a lot of thought and effort into this book and it shows. I was debating between DE and straight shaving and eventually went with straight. Read more
Published 2 months ago by William Hays
5.0 out of 5 stars Iam 65 years old and thought.. At my ...
Iam 65 years old and thought .. At my age what do I need a book on shaving for ? But I have learned a lot by reading this book . Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chuck Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
not the wealth of wonderful that Reddit made it out to be
Published 2 months ago by Brian E. Hunt
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I'm retired now and follow my interests: books, reading, movies, cooking, and the like. And shaving.

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