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I am a recent convert to wetshaving and am slowly but surely coming to absolutely love its benefits as well as the ritual. Shaving has never been enjoyable for me (been shaving for 19 years or so) and up until now has usually been a painful, bloody mess that left me with unsightly razor burn and nicks. I had reduced my frequency to about once a week with the cartridge razors and standard shaving cream. Sometime last year I did start using a brush and occasionally some shave oil which did improve things somewhat, but it was the addition of the safety razor and the time spent learning how to build a later, etc that brought the most benefit to date.
So in that vein, Mr. Ham's book has been a great resource for me to continue my learning. It is a quick and easy read that is to the point and clear. I enjoy the fact that he is open-minded and just as much into learning as I am. He lays out a bunch of options and suggestions and sends readers off to try them all to find the exact combination that works for him.
Another great thing about this book is its Endnotes. Throughout the book, Mr. Ham references books, websites, shaving products, etc. and quite religiously annotates them with references to his Endnotes. While not as convenient as Footnotes, the Endnote format allows him to expound further as needed on each note without ruining the look, feel, and flow of his book. The first time through the book, I didn't reference the notes at all, sticking to the context of the book as a whole. Now that I use the book as a reference, I will just put my finger on the Endnotes page so I can flip to it quickly when necessary.
Through these Endnotes and other information in the back of the book, Mr. Ham provides readers with a formidable launchpad for further learning. As a matter of fact, that pretty much sums up the book as a whole: A great foundational intro to wetshaving along with a nice push to many other sources to continue your journey. -- Reader Reviews, by Christopher Anderson, Lulu.com, http://www.lulu.com/content/769757
Great Book to read if you are looking into wet shaving. Highly Recommended.Published 11 months ago by ojustme
Sure you can find a million YouTube videos out there with guys shaving. Some of them are very good. Some of them have bad technique and just think they are good. Read morePublished on December 9, 2011 by Robert E. Keto
This book might have been titled, "All You Ever Wanted to Know About Shaving--And More!" It is comprehensive (maybe to a fault) and informative. Read morePublished on July 13, 2011 by Steve in Santa Maria
I bought this book when I decided to try double edged razors after reading a guide to shaving written by a barber in a newspaper. Read morePublished on July 4, 2011 by T Jethro McKeon
I thought about making the switch about a year ago from Machs and what not to DE. After much research on the web and reading a couple of wet shaving forums this book kept getting... Read morePublished on April 17, 2010 by Anthony
This is a very good book for the double edge razor user. There is no information on any other type of razor but the information is very good and very well written.Published on March 1, 2009 by Phillip White
Great book and the start of an excellent reference on wet shaving made easy and practical!Published on January 13, 2009 by Leonard Jacobs