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Leisureguy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving - Fifth Edition: Shaving Made Enjoyable Paperback – August 31, 2011

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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, As he learned more, he expanded that brief post into a book for the novice wetshaver.

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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: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,072,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anthony on February 9, 2012
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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!!
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 C. Mills on February 4, 2012
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If you are thinking about getting into shaving with a safety razor, read this book before buying any other shaving supplies. This book is your doorway to the world of old-fashioned, classic shaving!

The book "flows" well. I read it in just 2-3 evenings. It contains useful, sage advice for those who wish to ditch the plastic disposable multi-blade, expensive cartridge razors we have been brainwashed into buying for the past few decades, and cross over to a healthier, more sustainable method of shaving: shaving with a safety razor. The author is a guru among the safety razor shaving community for shavers of all experience levels.

I started using a DE safety razor about 3 weeks ago. I'm 42, and it feels like I'm just learning how to properly shave! Just a few weeks ago I didn't know "classic" shaving still existed. Just because your local store only has cartridge razors and canned foam shave cream, doesn't mean this whole other world of shaving doesn't still exist! And there is so much to learn: various styles of safety razors, brands of blades (each with different qualities!), soaps, creams, brushes, etc. Learn how to properly prepare your face (ie "beard" area), how to create lather with a brush and soap, which safety razors are recommended for beginners, etc. This book will help you sort all this out and get started.

"Leisureguy" regularly shares his wisdom on [...]and other shaving forums, and was "redditor of the day" on February 1st, 2012! The online forums are a great resource but having this book on my desk for a quick reference is very useful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Argonaut on October 30, 2011
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Want shaving to be an affordable, luxurious pleasure instead of an expensive pain in the neck? This gem of a book is most useful for those taking up traditional wet shaving. Even experienced shavers will likely learn a thing or three from its contents. I certainly did. Those young men about to start shaving will perhaps benefit most of all. I wished I had read this book a few years back before starting traditional wet shaving. Heck, I wish I had read it decades ago before I started shaving.

Michael Ham, aka Leisureguy, thoroughly covers the various aspects of traditional wet shaving with a safety razor - the why, the how and the various equipment options available. Razors, blades, brushes, soaps, creams, and the techniques for using them are covered in detail. Shaving for those with skin problems, such as acne and razor bumps is also discussed. Although the book is complete without them, there are also numerous citations and references to online information sources. The appendix contains a lengthy list of shaving products sellers, as well.

There are those who would say "Why should I buy a book when I can go online and get the information for free?" To that I reply "Because online information is scattered in many different places, some of it correct and some of it incorrect. This book separates the wheat from the chaff, with the information right at your fingertips, all at a very reasonable price."
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