As far as I know, only water was used, possibly oil/grease of some sort.
The Japanese, in general, have little to no facial hair. Most shaving was only done to the top of the head(Which explains the asymmetrical grind Japanese razors have)
Let me check a book I have, I might be able to find something on technique.
[QUOTE=rabidpotatochip;1182821]Thanks... I was chewing on a carrot stick and snorted some out my nose... :lol:[/QUOTE]
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