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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (6 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593057309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593057308
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 1.8 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,823 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Larsen packs his pages with historical anecdote and cheery encouragement. The result is an amusing salve to shaving insecurity." (Financial Times Magazine)

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The Real Man's Guide to Shaving

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Starkweather on 22 Oct 2007
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I considered myself to be a keen shaver before buying this book as I use a safety razor, brush and all the old traditional products. I was skeptical about how much I could learn from Sharp Practice, but was pleasantly surprised on what knowledge I did gain overall. Some little tips here and there can make all the difference when shaving, and I was very glad I purchased this book even for those prospects alone.

Most people buying this book will be looking for advice on the different aspects of shaving, which include preparation, common mistakes and post-shave, which you will get, no worries on that score. But you will also learn about the history of shaving throughout the world and how it all started, evolved and ended up as it is today.

The stories are actually very entertaining and interesting. Other stories include that of author Anders Larsen who talks about his childhood, youth and adult experiences with regards to shaving, most of which have an element of humour and caused me to raise a smile and a giggle from time-to-time. The stories are nice and personal, and I'm glad they were included in the book along with shaving advice, which is what most people, including myself, bought the book for as a priority.

I'd recommend this book to anyone looking to improve their shave and learn about the history of shaving. It's a great read and is translated well into English.

Topics include: Cut-throat razor, safety razor, electric razor, preparation, stropping and honing, head shaving, common shaving problems and moustaches and beards.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By El Yanqui on 9 April 2008
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I'm sure the author would be an entertaining sort of guy to share a pint with as he has some interesting tales to tell. I'm also sure I wouldn't want to spend more time with him than that as he comes across a bit boastful and his tales have more than a bit of... exaggeration.

The problem with the book is after reading about his exploits with one-eyed Cossacks in the jungle, freediving off of oil rigs and wandering the cities of Europe you aren't given much in the way of actual shaving tips or information. There is a lot of history of shaving in the book, and if you're interested in that, you might enjoy it. However even that has flaws; in spite of his research the author doesn't seem aware that Sweeney Todd is a fictional character.

In short, buy this book to read some drinking stories and trivia regarding shaving. If you're looking for a guide or useful information, look elsewhere. I recommend "Leisureguy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving: Shaving Made Enjoyable" available here on Amazon for shaving tips and information.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By OddBins on 1 Dec 2006
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It's very true. Shaving is one of those things that every man takes for granted. Very little is explained to us before our first shave. My father shaves with a hot cup of water, soap and a shaving brush for spreading the suds. To top it all off he uses the BIC razor!

I tried this myself when starting out and realized that I had the skin of a fairy. Few gallons of blood and chucks of skin later I realized I wasn't quite up to the whole shaving technique. This book has explained a hell of a lot of questions that for some strange reason I never asked about!

Absolutely brilliant book packed with wonderful stories about the history of shaving and every question answered that you always wanted to ask but where probably too proud or manly to ask about!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 22 April 2011
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It'd be hard for anyone to write a book about shaving without quite a few history lessons in how we've been pushed from double edge safety razors to multi blade cartridges.

Unless you're expecting a text book on the subject of shaving and how to take exams in the subject I can't see that any buyer of this would be less than fully pleased with this. That said, I'm sure you'd do well in an exam after reading since you'll learn a lot and there can't be much left other than getting your own experience.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rache T on 30 Nov 2006
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A great gift for a son or husband. Found it so interesting what the writer says about men never talking to each other (particularly dads and sons) about shaving, and how the first experience of a shave is often terrible. I get so sick of my husband cutting himself and putting those little bits of tissue paper on his face (don't want my son going through the same!)! This book is full of tips on how to shave (all the different ways, like electric, safety and straight razor), and the history of shaving is very interesting and very funny. A great guide for the men in my life
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Hunter on 4 April 2010
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I could no longer bear to see my boyfriend emerging from the bathroom with a bright red face post shave so I went in search of something to help. As a woman beauty guides are easy to find so I expected to find many books on shaving, but this was not the case. As this was the only book I saw, I bought it for him as a gift.

He read the book cover to cover soon after reading it and was entertained by the tales and keen to try the tips.

I only gave this book 4 stars because the author is not an actual expert on having (although he freely admits this). Also my boyfriend has followed many of the tips, yet his shaving experience is still not a smooth one. Maybe as the author suggests, shaving is just not for him and he should grow a beard? I'm not so sure!

Anyway, even though the book has not cured all his shaving problems, my boyfriend does say that he now looks forward to and enjoys a shave rather than dreading it!
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