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Classic Shaving Is Back – But For How Long?

Fun report from Sheila Hagar of the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin in Washington about the rise and rise of what she calls “classic shaving” – old-fashioned cut-throat razor shaving.

She quotes Karen Willey of, who tells her that real razor shaving has moved into “full lather” over just the past few years. “Not only are men remembering watching their fathers shave with traditional razors, the entire classic shave industry recalls a time when America treasured craftsmanship.”

And she interviews a manager at the Duluth Trading Post, who says that straight-edge razor sales have been rising steadily over the past three years. “These guys we sell to, the straight razor hearkens back to how you got ready for a Saturday night with the wife or church on Sunday morning. This is a shaving experience. Someone said, ‘It makes me feel like a gentleman again.’”

But is this a trend that is going to last. Not according to a hairdresser named Ellen Saager: “It can’t last, Ellen predicted, ‘because it is so time-consuming. And how long are they going to go before they cut themselves? Those safety razors were notorious for slicing people.’”