This is a updated and expanded 4th edition of the outstanding book "Leisure Guy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving", written by Michael Ham aka Leisure Guy.
This edition has greatly expanded and informative sections
on Boar Brushes, Artifical Badger Brushes and Skincare tips.
A gifted Californian, Michael is a wet-shaving enthusiast who has helped many pogonotomist's with sagacious advice, which he freely gives by posting in numerous shaving discussion groups and also in his very active and popular blog LATER ON.
It is oft noted that we are fortunate to be living in the "Golden Age of Wet-Shaving" and Michael has done yeoman's work to help usher in that Golden Age for countless wet-shavers.
The book is a great tool for novice shavers, but even veterans will find in it a wealth of interesting and useful information. It is a clear, well written handbook of over 100 pages, full of practical advice, useful addresses and website links.
The author's passion for the art of shaving shines through the pages of the book which is divided into convenient chapters covering specific subjects that ranging from "Why to do it" to "What to expect" and it includes a complete step-by-step guide for the pogonotomist's achieving a BBS smooth and gourmet shave.
Michael reviews many popular products used by wet-shavers and the offers a wealth of tips, techniques, tricks and tips, that contribute to the joy of shaving.
The book subtitle is SHAVING MADE ENJOYABLE and the emphasis is on the word ENJOYABLE. Follow the advice and in a few sessions you will become well acquainted with the tactile and olfactory pleasures provided by a good, traditional shave.
This handbook will guide new shavers in their selection of brushes, razors, blades, soaps and creams and accessories that can make a real difference in the enjoyment of the routine shave.
In the words of the Foreword of the book:
For most men, shaving is a daily yet unappealing task: a routine at best, a chore more often. And a surprising number of men believe that they have "sensitive skin", because the tug-and-cut action of the usual multiblade shaving cartridge and the pressure they exert on the razor trying to get a close shave, together with the inadequate beard preparation that a canned shaving mix offers, gives them razor burn, razor bumps and in-grown hair.It is all completely avoidable: the daily shaving task can easily become a pleasurable ritual that leaves tha shaver feeling renewed and pampered and his skin glowing with health. All it takes are the right tools, the right preparation and a little practice.
This book is an indispensable tool that will help make your shave a pleasure. There was a need for a practical, no-nonsense, concise and well written manual and Michael Ham has tackled that task and written the book that needed to be written.
Highly recommended, it will pay back its owners by reducing their learning curve, helping them avoid the pitfalls that may dampen their enthusiasm and weaken their resolve to shave with a brush and a blade. In addition, the Guide will prevent costly mistakes in the purchase of equipment that may not meet the new shaver's needs or expectations.
If you are considering traditional wet-shaving or if you are having problems getting that smooth, irritation-free shave that you know can be achieved with the right techniques, tools and products, you will benefit greatly from reading (and re-reading) this book.