First of all, wet-shaving and all the accoutrement attracts me greatly, but I see myself eventually being overloaded with soaps and creams and aftershaves and oils and blades and razors and brushes--so many different things. Has anyone ever felt smothered by all of these expensive collectibles, albeit usable collectibles? I already have a sizable shaving cabinet: 4 soaps, 4 creams, 2 pre-shave oils, 2 aftershaves (balm and splash), 3 straight razors (2 are on the way), a strop, a DE razor (and 50 Feather Blades + 13 Merkur Blades), a Shaving stand, 2 shaving brushes, and the empty boxes of everything I have bought (the Trumper's gear serves as decoration)...and this is nothing compared to what it could become in the near future, and what it has become for many of you. Now, I don't mean to knock anyone for having huge shaving cabinets--trust me, I am envious on one level. But on the other level, I feel overwhelmed by the avalanche of scented regalia.
I have realized that the art of shaving lies not so much in the copious jars, bottles, and flavors of cream, but rather in the practice mastering a dangerous and beautiful tool--as a painter with his brush. From this understanding, I seek a simplicity in shaving that I haven't yet found.
I seek the most essential knowledge and tools to realize this simplicity. I do not want to pamper myself as much as care for myself and know the limits of what I am capable with razor sharp steel in my hand--my utility and the utility of my tools.
Who found more pleasure: the barber or his client?