- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: Pogonotomy Press; 7 edition (May 9, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 151151583X
- ISBN-13: 978-1511515832
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Leisureguy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving the Double-Edge Way Paperback – May 9, 2015
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It will teach about the different safety razors, shave brushes and how to use then, shaving soaps and creams and their properties. Skin issues and budgets and about whatever you might have a question about in regards to double-edge (DE) shaving. The appendix has lists of online forums, references, and online vendors (by country) for your convenience. 'LEISUREGUY'S GUIDE TO GOURMET SHAVING THE DOUBLE-EDGE WAY' Edition 7.0 - MAY 2015. by Michael Ham, is the very best book on double-edge safety razor shaving. Over two hundred pages of more knowledge than you knew existed on the subject. I gave my 6th edition to a friend who's interested in taking up traditional wetshaving.
It's also worth noting that a large portion of this book is devoted to debunking popular myths about shaving. Our fathers (or mothers) probably told us how to shave, but it's likely that they weren't any more expert authorities than anyone else. Ham is a fountain of knowledge and gives good tips for the tools of the trade and proper prep, shave, and treatment. He also has sections on body/female shaving issues, so this book is not just for guys. Most importantly, Ham repeats the mantra of "your mileage may vary" (YMMV) throughout. Although he makes his own recommendations, he always tempers it with the advice that you just have to experiment for yourself. Thankfully the options for DE shavers are incredibly varied, and arguably more varied than for cartridge shavers picking up supplies at the corner drugstore. It's fun to go down the rabbit hole of various websites and fora, but it's also helpful to have a seasoned guide like Ham showing giving you a bit more context.
I’ve been wet shaving since the summer of 2006. I participated in a popular wet shaving forum and sought desperate help from the shaving elders. Leisureguy, among many others, was there and offered helpful recommendations. It took me a little time to perfect my technique and lather-making skills, but I got there. And now, 9 years later, I’ve not touched a cartridge razor. Never again. Leisureguy’s 1st edition of this book was instrumental in helping me perfect my technique.
I recently purchased his latest edition, the 7th, and read it cover to cover. It’s hard to describe just how much more information is in this book as compared to the 1st edition. It’s like the first book was an executive summary and this 7th edition is the full report. It’s amazing. The amount of research that went into every recommendation and point of instruction in this book must have taken many years. There’s specific quotes from wet shavers, citing of surveys and Leisureguy’s personal experience that make up his recommendations and instructions for the new (and seasoned) wet shaver.
In this book you’ll learn why wet shaving is superior to shaving with a cartridge razor—and it’s not just the price point. You’ll learn what equipment generally works well for the new wet shaver who wants to get started, but doesn’t know what to buy. You’ll learn why face prep is so important and how to do it. You’ll learn what makes a good shaving soap or cream and how to properly make true lather with each. You’ll learn how to shave with a safety razor—the mechanics and technique. You’ll learn about differences between various safety razors. You’ll learn not all blades perform the same for every face and why purchasing a blade sampler is so important. You’ll learn the ins and outs of the post shave—to include alum blocks, nick/cut sealers and aftershaves.
You will learn it all.
One item I’d like to touch on that’s so important for many men, especially young men and black men, is how wet shaving can alleviate most if not all problems associated with acne, ingrown hairs and razor bumps. In this book Leisureguy talks about those specific problems and he offers specific steps and products that will help a wet shaver overcome such painful and frustrating face problems. Many men report great success with these very steps and products.
I read a recent review of this book where the reviewer gave Leisureguy one star due to “lots of typos” and “repeating the same paragraphs over and over”. I found just one typo in which two words were not properly separated by a space. That’s it. Also, I did not find there was a repetition of paragraphs. Rather, there is a repetition of main points and ideas. This is a guide, after all. Important points are always reinforced in different ways in any guidebook or handbook. That’s how a learner realizes which points are very critical to any topic of discussion. Sort of like how a professor might slap his book three times as he provides instruction, thereby informing the students: this is an important point!
That one-star review was very unfair and should not be taken seriously.
I wish you pain-free, comfortable and enjoyable shaves, men. This book will help you get there. Thank you for taking me there, Leisureguy.
If you are confused about how to start or have a lot of questions, this is the guide to get you started. The author has done a good job of laying out the landscape of the tools and mechanics of wet shaving. This new 7th edition is easily the best. I also have the 6th edition and this newer edition covers a lot more. Just as a FYI, this book does not cover shaving with a straight edge razor and focuses on double edge razors. The sections about non razor related products are still helpful regardless of the kind of razor you use. The book does a good job of covering shave prep, brushes, soaps, creams, and post shave.
I was the guy that used to shave once a week or only when needed. I was also tired of spending money on shaving cartridges. It was a buddy of mine told me to check out wet shaving. The long term costs of wet shaving are so much cheaper and the process so much more enjoyable. Now I enjoy the process of traditional wet shaving and shave almost everyday. I consider wet shaving my daily moment of zen.