BTW I read that the Roman legions used pumice to scrape off their beards and that civilians were shaved by barbers once a month.
From, A Closer Shave by Pinfold, it's also mentioned that due to an 1163 Papal decree forbidding monks to let blood, the task of bloodletting went to barbers who practiced shaving, hair cutting and other surgical procedures. Thus, the formation of a guild of French barbers and surgeons in 1361.
He mentions that the first narrow bladed folding straight razors were first listed by a Sheffield, England manufacturer in 1680. And also that the invention of cast steel in 1740 yielded blades that held an edge far better than previously available.
In 1769 a french cutler published a book that proposes that men should learn to shave themselves. And goes on to describe that common razors were wide at one end and tapering into the handle with no shoulder separating the blade from the tang. (easy to have a finger slip and get cut)
Lastly, that all of the signers of the Declaration of Independence were clean shaven (including the one from South Carolina who had an elaborate comb-over but was actually clean shaven).
[SIZE="1"]Razor: Straights, Gem 1912, & Grandpa's '66 Gillette Superspeed
Brush: Shavemac 22559 Pure, Simpson Polo #8 Best, Vulfix 662 Pewter Super Badger
Cream: Proraso Green
Soap: Mama Bear[/SIZE]
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- Benjamin Franklin