5 Things Wet Shavers Can be Thankful for this Thanksgiving

November 24, 2019 5 min read

5 Things Wet Shavers Can be Thankful for this Thanksgiving

Naked Armor

It’s good to be grateful, even if only just for the small things.

Published by Naked Armor

There are benefits to having a grateful attitude. Not only does it make you happier, it also improves your relationships, your health, and your productivity. It also makes you resilient against life’s adverse challenges.

So it kinda sucks that we only have one holiday every year to compel us as a culture to give thanks for our blessings. Thanksgiving Day might be, on the surface, full of partying and feasting, but it’s also a significant holiday for us Americans because we’re encouraged as a culture to adopt a grateful attitude. We should have more occasions to cultivate this positive attitude.

There are many things to be grateful.

Here at Naked Armor, we can think of five major ones in the world of wet shaving. Without these, modern wet shaving wouldn’t be what it is today: flourishing and surviving in a new century.

So in the spirit of the celebration, here are five things wet shavers can be thankful for this Thanksgiving Day.

Gillette’s Invention of the Safety Razor
Brearley’s Discovery of Stainless Steel
DOVO’s Shavettes
Moss and Bonnyman’s Ceramic Scuttle
Wet Shaving Fora

Gillette’s Invention of the Safety Razor

Say what you will about King Camp Gillette’s business model, but he sure did make shaving more popular and safer for everyone.

The invention of the safety razor in 1895 was a game changer because it enabled more people to shave conveniently without fear of getting their throats cut by a straight razor. It also made shaving accessible for the public. Men no longer had to go to a barber salon to get a clean shave because they could do it at home with a safety razor.

It also enabled women to participate in the joys and social pressure of shaving. The safety guide on Gillette’s razor emboldened women to use the razor for shaving their legs because they no longer had to worry about the blade getting too close and accidentally cutting their skin.

Today, the safety razor segment is projected to grow and dominate the global women’s razor market. Shaving is truly no longer a man’s exclusive domain.

Brearley’s Discovery of Stainless Steel

Can you imagine a world without stainless steel? We would never have achieved our modern society without stainless steel. Similarly, modern wet shaving wouldn’t be what it is today without the discovery of this metal.

When Harry Brearley of Sheffield, UK discovered how to formulate stainless steel in 1913, he wasn’t even thinking of making a new alloy. He was trying to solve the erosion problem of the internal surfaces of gun barrels for the British army during the onset of the First World War.

He did this by adding chromium to the molten iron to produce a metal that did not rust. And because of this, Sheffield itself became synonymous with steel and metallurgy.

Between the years 1919 and 1923, the use of stainless steel was adapted to the manufacturing of surgical scalpels, tools, and cutlery in Sheffield. Naturally, it was also used for straight razors and because of this development, straight razors became even more popular.

Stainless steel razors are harder but flexible and more importantly, resists corrosion. It made the shaving experience more comfortable, easier, and safer.

Thanks to these online fora, there’s a whole network of wet shaving aficionados eager to share information and promote the love for wet shaving. Whether you’re a newbie looking for recommendations or a shaving pro looking to swap shaving tricks or trade heirloom razor, everyone is welcome here. The camaraderie among these groups has been instrumental in keeping the art of wet shaving alive in this day and age.

— Derek Dodds, Naked Armor Founder

The Rise of DOVO Shavettes

Shavettes first appeared in 1908 as a brand of disposable straight razor blades made by DOVO, a high-end German manufacturer of straight razors. The DOVO Shavette was developed for barbers as a tool to shave the back of people’s necks or shape and trim sideburns and hairlines.

These days though, barbers use them as an alternative to straight razors. Because of strict government policies on hygiene and sanitation, barbers were no longer allowed to use straight razors unless they have an autoclave to sanitize the blades. The shavette was the next best alternative.

Shavettes are essentially straight razors but with disposable blades. It’s the best way to get a close shave similar to a traditional straight razor without going through the hassle of stropping and honing.

Among wet shaving newbies, a shavette is the best razor to use in order to get a close shave but without having to need mad straight razor skills. Because of the shavette, lots of newbies were able to experience a straight razor shave and later commit to learning how to use a traditional straight razor.

Moss and Bonnyman’s Ceramic Scuttle

Anybody who has used a warm lather knows how it can make the wet shaving experience luxurious. But it can also be tedious replacing the water in the shaving mug to keep the lather warm. Thanks to Dr. Moss’s design and pottery maker Sara Bonnyman’s ceramic making skills, we now have the modern scuttle.

The modern scuttle is designed to have an inner chamber that traps the heat from the hot water so that the lather stays warm longer. Because of this, many men have more time to luxuriate in the feel of warm lather on their faces. It truly defines the luxuriousness of a wet shave

Wet Shaving Fora

Thanks to these online fora, there’s a whole network of wet shaving aficionados eager to share information and promote the love for wet shaving. Whether you’re a newbie looking for recommendations or a shaving pro looking to swap shaving tricks or trade heirloom razor, everyone is welcome here. The camaraderie among these groups has been instrumental in keeping the art of wet shaving alive in this day and age.

Here at Naked Armor, we’re particularly grateful for the online community because it has allowed us to reach out to visitors like you and share our posts about male grooming and our awesome inventory of straight razors and shaving products.

This will be our fourth Thanksgiving as a shaving website and blog and that’s an awesomely grateful thing to have. We’d like to think that our staying power is, in part, due to the fact that we carry a great line of world-class and dependable razor products.

For instance, our straight razors are made of Japanese steel and valuable algum wood. It’s also designed to incorporate the benefits of using a full hollow and half hollow blade grind. It’s a luxurious straight razor that’s guaranteed to give you the closest and comfortable shave.

If you’re in the mood for some Thanksgiving splurging, why don’t you check us out. We’ve got some great discounts for you this holiday season. Visit our site.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

More Essential Naked Armor Reads


The Newbie Guide to Straight Razor Shaving
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How To Hold A Straight Razor

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