Shaving

Conversations over a straight razor

30 Minutes With: Tobias Olsen

We talk to Big T, a.k.a. Tobias Olsen, owner of the beloved Royal Barbershop in Stockholm, about life's second acts, what it takes to be an excellent barber, and how to care for your skin -- and yourself.

The Razor's Edge

The Best Shave I Ever Had

Mycah was grinning like a guy who just ran the table in billiards. A barber, easily in his 70s or 80s, practically danced around him, trimming his hair. The old man was stocky and cheerful and also grinning. The barber leaned Mycah back for a shave, all the while smiling and floating on his toes. And after a quick splash of aftershave and some mentholated powder, it was my turn.

Smooth Operator

About Face: Upgrade Your Shaving Cream

Your face is going to take a few hits over the years: the occasional barroom skirmish, a girlfriend's unpredictable cat, an intimate moment with the bottom of a shallow lake. Take care of it during your morning shave.

Sharpen up

Guide to Life: Shave with a Straight Razor

Alexander the Great told his soldiers to be clean shaven so that the enemy couldn't pull on their beards in battle. And how did ol’ Alex and his boys do it? With a straight razor. You’ve seen the straight razor in your barbershop, and you’ve felt your barber use it on the back of your neck. Now you’re ready to give it a try -- on your face.

The Straightforward Essentials

Kit: Straight Razor Shave

Face it: you need a change in the shaving department. We're here to tell you that a straight razor shave is a good shave, especially if you're willing to take a little extra time every morning and you appreciate history and a good deal of custom. You don’t need to go nuts purchasing everything you see on the newest hipster shaving website, but you also can’t just buy a straight razor and call it a day. We've got your essentials.

Make Mr. Todd Proud

Upgrade Your Shave with these Five Great Straight Razors

There's something to be said for the simplicity of a straight razor shave. In spite of all the shaving gadgets available to the millennial man, the straight razor market is stronger now than it’s ever been. It may involve a little bit of blood at first and a few extra minutes of work, but using a straight razor makes for a close shave and involves a routine that feels timeless and empowering. If you’re ready to step up your shave game, here are the top five straight blades you ought to consider.

A Collection of Vintage Straight Razors

Photo Essay: Respect for the Blade

For many, shaving is a daily nuisance. Not so for everyone, we recently learned when GP writer Mike Henson shared his love of the straight razor shave. We asked him to catalogue his antique collection and got more than we bargained for in passion, history, and a set of beautiful tools.

Shave and a happy wallet, two bits

Harry’s: A Great Shave, A Great Price

Tired of feeling like they were "paying a tax on razors imported from the future", the smart gentlemen behind Harry's (Warby Parker co-founder, Jeff Raider, and his partner, Andy Katz-Mayfield) set out to make a well-groomed face affordable. What they've created is much better than a disposable and much (much!) cheaper than said "future" razors.

A Locals Bar

Hudson Made Beard & Shave Soap

We’d like to regale you with stories of the good old days, when men would go down to the local soapmaker’s shop to refill their scuttle with something fresh and handmade and honest. But we’ll do you one better: Get ye to New York’s Hudson Valley — or at least to the Hudson Made website...

Care for your skin, Kiwi-style

Triumph & Disaster Grooming Products

These days, fame increasingly comes with the chance to delve into product development. Jordan transfered his ups into sneakers; Dre’s cashed in his booth skills on headphones; Beckham shills underwear — these all make perfect sense. Former New Zealand cricket star Dion Nash turned his right-armed bowling skills into… a men’s grooming line. It seems...

It puts the lotion on

Ursa Major Fortifying Face Balm

Is treating your face well too effeminate for you? Get over yourself. Unless you’ve got the symmetry of Matt Bomer or go by first name “Tom”, last name “Hardy”, there’s no good reason to glorify skin like a catcher’s mitt. Ursa Major Fortifying Face Balm ($36) is a great option for topical care this summer....

Shave and save

Dollar Shave Club

Few things pillage your wallet in such shocking fashion like re-upping your razor blade stash. Michael Durbin, CEO and founder of Dollarshaveclub.com was fed up with the price gouging going on in today’s $2.6 billion grooming market, and set out to change the game. As the name implies, for as low as $1 a month...

Bring the barbershop home

Imperial Barber Products

Imperial Barber Products is a new grooming brand, inspired by the founding team’s collective 26 years of experience in the LA and NYC barbershop scene. The made in the U.S.A. line started off with the classic pomade, which the brand boasts is the strongest water-based pomade in the country, and should be good for those...

Pure and Simple

Prospector Co. Grooming Products

Prospector Co. is an independent men’s grooming brand that channels a similar vibe to the Portland General Store. All of their hand-blended, small batch products feature purely natural ingredients and are designed for those who care just as much about what goes on their skin as what they drive, eat, wear, or watch. Distinctive combinations...

Hart Steel from the Heartland

Hart Steel Straight Razor

What man hasn’t had a draw to straight razor shaving. Maybe its the simplicity, maybe its the timelessness, maybe the “green-ness,” but we’d guess a large portion is because it’s flat-out badass.

It's Like Some Kind of Shaving Cream Time Machine...

Portland General Store Tobacco Wet Shave Jelly

By Gear Patrol Reader Amos Kwon Tired of confusing your shaving cream for a can of Reddi-Whip? Annoyed with the green, gelatinous crust that grows overnight on the lip of said can? Then it’s time to engage the flux capacitor and visit the 1920s with Portland General Store’s Tobacco Wet Shave Jelly ($12). Not the...

As Good As Their Plasmas

Panasonic ES-LA63 Electric Shaver

We’re willing to bet that for most of you, you’re electric shaver is either a Gillette, Norelco, or Braun. But we both know you love options, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading Gear Patrol, and we’ve got a higher end option for you, the Panasonic ES-LA63 Electric Shaver. This rechargeable shaver is designed specifically for wet/dry...

A Shave Fit for a King You

King of Shaves Alpha Shave Gel

By Gear Patrol Reader Rory C. Lately, I have been in search of the ultimate shave gel for my daily morning routine. Now finally, after much trying (and face-scraping in the process), I landed on this beauty of a product, King of Shaves Alpha Shave Gel. One of its best features is that it goes...

A Better Shave For About $3 Bucks

Edge Infused Shaving Gel

I hate to shave. I’ve tried every cream, gel, lotion, and aftershave imaginable. I’ve tried every conceivable manual razor and I’ve even overpaid for an electric. For me, the torture of shaving doesn’t stem from the amount of time it takes in the morning or the feeling like it’s a hassle. It’s just that every...

Razor Bump & Acne Treatment

Jack Black 3-in-1 Clear Complexion Solution

Men residing in Southern California are lucky bastards. Why? Because you men don’t deal with seasons. And though I wouldn’t give up Fall or Early Winter for all the 74° afternoons in the world, it would be a failure on my part if I didn’t admit that the assault of dry heated air, cold gusts...

How About Happier Endings?

Truefitt & Hill Barbershop

Admit it. As men getting what we bleed for every NFL Sunday for this past year, we have mastered the art of doing absolutely nothing to perfection. But rather than talk about how you should worship 1080p resolution while devouring honey-glazed duck wings topped with charred jalapenos, I want to share with you something even...

Men-Ü Ultra Concentrate Shave Creme & Facial Moisturizer Lift

Trim The Cost of Shaving Normally Brian would be the one reviewing grooming products. However, he shaved last week and isn’t due for another this quarter. So I was more than happy to add Men-Ü’s Ultra Concentrate Shave Creme and Facial Moisturizer Lift to my daily regimen. In each small travel-sized bottle you’ll be equipped...

Schick Quattro Titanium Trimmer

If you’re looking for a Friday diversion and a free Shick Quattro Titanium Trimmer then we’ve got the thing for you: Schick has a new grooming gadget called the Quattro Titanium Trimmer that combines a four blade razor and trimmer into one simple device, perfect to keep at the office for those late nights out...

The Art of Shaving Carry On Kit

[click on image to enlarge] One of the problems with shaving while you’re on the go is you’ve got a lot of moving parts, and bulky ones at that. We found a solution from The Art of Shaving that’s got you covered. It’s the Carry On Kit. It includes the four elements of the Perfect...

Bold For Men Dry Shave Gel

Shaving these days doesn’t really follow all the traditions your father taught you. Where you once lathered foaming gel and cleaned it off with water, Bold for Men Dry Shave Gel is quite the opposite – and in a good way. A non-foaming gel allows your razor to glide right over your face without the...

Origins Men’s Shaving Line

By Guest Writer Mark Arevalo Getting me to change my shave routine is not easy. You can talk all you want about the benefits skin-conditioning Kukui Nut Oil or Organic Jojoba, but at 6AM when I’m gazing bleary-eyed into my medicine cabinet, I like to reach for something familiar. So… when the folks at Origins...

Hommage Styptic Matchsticks

These are ingenius. They’re matchsticks with an active styptic end that stops shaving nicks and cuts from bleeding. Quick. Positioned as a way to instantly mend shaving mishaps we can think of a dozen other reasons why you might want to have this packed with your outdoor gear or even in the glove compartment of...

The Style Maven | 2007 Gift Guide

Tim Gunn of Project Runway (not that you or I watch the show) would tell you that he’s a style maven. We might agree with that, but a sense of style is appropriate for any man – not just ones who run fashion empires. Taking an extra minute to make sure your shirt is pressed,...

Braun Pulsonic 9595CC Shaver

We talk about shaving a lot here at Gear Patrol. It’s because it’s an essential parts of being a guy and skimping in this area isn’t acceptable. You’re working on your face after all. Of course, we would be misleading you if we didn’t also tell you we’re semi-obsessed with finding, trying and using the...

Gillette Fusion Power Razor

Remember that Saturday Night Live commercial where they parody how the number of blades on hand-held razors is getting out of control? Well, our friends at Gillette obviously took that for scripture… enter the Gillette Fusion Power 3 blade 4 blade 5 blade + 1 “trimming” blade on the back. The battery powered razor emits...

The Perfect Shave Kit by Anthony Logistics

Anthony Logistics has put together a quartet of cleansing, smoothing, and soothing products to make daily shaving smooth and comfortable. Kit includes an 8 oz Glycolic Facial Cleanser, 2 oz Pre-Shave Oil, 2.5 oz Shave Cream, and a 2.5 oz After Shave Balm, packaged in a sporty, black, mesh dopp bag. Cost: $50 @ Amazon.com