I had a long chat to my grandfather this week after he came to visit.
The discussion turned to shaving after he noticed I didn't wear a beard anymore, and I hauled out my new collection/obsession with DE's, brushes and soaps.
He was very impressed the the softness of a badger brush and the scents of newer soaps.
He still uses a brush and a locally made shaving cream that I too use. But seeing his brush made me laugh. Its a horse bristle, no boar available when he started shaving here, but he remembered receiving it as a birthday gift in 1946!!!! Awesome that it could last daily shaves for that long!
He noted that during the war, blades were very hard to come by and he used to hone them in a glass. They were honed so many times that eventually, he had to modify an old gillette to be able to shave with blades that were not nearly as wide as they should have been ... and could only afford new blades when the old one snapped from being too thin..
He now uses a regular 2 blade razor but after showing him an old straight I had bought, he said he still has his fathers straight somewhere at home and will look for it for me.
His father, my great-grandfather, apparently could never get around using these new-fangled, advertising driven, 'disposable', inferior things we call 'double edge razors'
was a great, nostalgic chat...
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