A guide to straight razor shaving.
The object of this little book is to furnish clear and full information about the art of shaving. Few men do not experience more or less difficulty in shaving themselves with the straight razor, and many who, after a few unsuccessful attempts, give it up in despair and go to the barbershop.
We believe most of these would much prefer to shave if only they could do as well as a barber. The advantages, indeed, seem to be whole with the man who shaves. In the first place, the shaving is done in the privacy of his own room. He has his own razor, cup, soap, brush, and towels, which can be kept scrupulously clean and sanitary, thus avoiding the constant danger of infection. There is no long wait for the call of "next."
After the outfit's first cost, there is nothing to pay, either for services or "tips." Thus in point of time, money, and health, the man who shaves is a decided gainer."
These early years of the 21st century have seen a resurgence in using the straight razor, the dreaded "cut-throat." Where once lathering up in front of a mirror with a brush of badger was seen as something "old guys do," appreciation of the straight razor shave has come full circle. It is almost universally known to give a far better shave than the modern cassette-style safety razors and resharpenable to boot. The straight is seen by many not just as a nostalgic piece of personal grooming equipment but as an integral part of the daily morning ritual.
This book, first penned in 1905 by an unknown writer for an obscure correspondence course company in the United States, has finally found its place. It has found itself to be the Great Manifesto of the Shaving Renaissance.
Get back to basics, learn the manly art of shaving.