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Leisureguy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving - Fifth Edition: Shaving Made Enjoyable Paperback


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 5 edition (August 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463595344
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463595340
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #638,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael Ham has been shaving for more than half a century, but only belatedly discovered how to shave with pleasure. He began by posting what he had learned from his and others' experience on his blog, leisureguy.wordpress.com. As he learned more, he expanded that brief post into a book for the novice wetshaver.

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An excellent guide for anyone interested in Wetshaving.
Jaysand
This is a great resource, and the Kindle version is excellent since there are many links in the book to take you directly to some of the sites that he references.
Gerald
It actually is a good book, you will learn a lot, and will refer to it frequently as you get better and more information makes sense to you.
Jack Donaghy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anthony on February 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
I retired at 53 and yes lucky me! As you get older people say you get more eccentric and maybe in some ways they are right. I used to get up in the morning scrape a multi blade cartridge over my face in about 3 minutes call this a shave and then hit the day. Don't ask me why but given more time to think I decided that as "The shave" starts my day there must be a way to improve both this experience and my outlook. I thought why is it that people rave about a proper barbers shave done with a single blade? I thought that this step might be one too far so started to look at DE razors on the internet. Living close to Sheffield the home of stainless steel in the UK, I found a supplier and purchased a beautifully crafted crome DE Razor some blades soap and a brush. then thinking "cart and horse" I better find out how to use these things before someone gets hurt...me!!
Well here's the point I bought Leisure Guy's 5th edition of Gourmet Shaving and WOW!! I read it from cover to cover it must be one of the best reference books I've read. Even now 7 months on I still pick it up from the bedside table to find there are still things I'm learning. The morning shave is now something I really look forward to and I firmly believe that it makes me have a happier outlook on my day. The way the book is written is brilliant and putting all the reference material at the back is a great idea as it then doesn't detract from the flow of the book. The only problem I've encountered is how much, after reading the book and looking up some of the reference points, you seem to accumulate additional shaving parphenalia. Not because someone forces you too but as a way of trying products you've never encountered before. In some ways it makes you feel like a kid again!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Buddyjay on February 10, 2012
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If you have a lot of knowledge about wet shaving, then this book is NOT for you. You may find it somewhat entertaining but you will probably already know most of the subject matter. If you are fairly knew to wet shaving or want to learn more, then this is a great book.

Lots of useful information and some great tips.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By marykm on April 6, 2013
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This is a definitive book on the basics of wet shaving. It's a great beginners guide. I've already loaned mine out. It's a quick read that covers all the basics of DE/straight shaving but in simple language. a quick read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Saul Nathanson on April 1, 2013
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I found this interesting and helpful. I recently decided to enhance my shaving experience and try soaps and mugs as well as double edge blade shaving. Previously I knew only pressurized can foams and Gillette Proglide Fusion cartridges. I learned a lot about shaving. I must admit having tried various double edge blades and razors mentioned by the author I still prefer the Gillette product which I feel the author is biased against.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bunny on February 28, 2013
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My husband was interested in learning more about DE shaving so one day I surprised him with a gift set which included this book, a DE razor, a sample back of blades, and a brush & bowl set. Before doing anything else he read this book cover to cover. He says this book provided a substantial amount of information without being too lengthy. He really knew very little about DE shaving and was nervous about giving it a try but after reading this book he dove right in. There's a bit of a learning curve but he got over that relatively quickly and for the first time in his life actually enjoys his shaving ritual now. This book would be a great resource for anyone who is new to the world of DE shaving.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Good on January 2, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Was Introduced to LeisureGuy's DR mastery on Wicked_Edge. The book is a wonderful guide for anyone (like myself) who is making the transition from cartridge shaving to double-edge shaving. Cheers and thank you LeisureGuy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. K. Wilkes on July 4, 2012
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I bought the Kindle edition & was very pleased with all the great information on wet shaving. It has been a very informative source to a beginner like me. The hyper links included in the kindle edition made it easy to check other sources. Overall, it was a great little book that I'm sure I'll rely on many times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jaysand on May 3, 2012
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An excellent guide for anyone interested in Wetshaving. As a first time shaver, this book gave me the knowledge and confidence to complete my first shave with a safety razor nick free. The author's expertise on the subject is undeniable. He clearly defines and explains every aspect of the subject clearly. This book contains a huge assortment of resources that the reader can use to supplement the knowledge contained in the book.

Seriously, do yourself a favor if you are a new shaver and buy this book.
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