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Sharp Practice: The Real Man's Guide To Shaving Paperback – 4 Jun 2007

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New edition edition (4 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552155071
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552155076
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.5 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,024,477 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) -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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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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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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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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This book arrived this morning after a lengthy wait. Looking at the books cover I expected an A to Z bible about all things related to shaving. Quite an interesting and amusing read and think it would make an ideal present for someones 16th birthday or Xmas stocking filler. My disappointment about this book is Anders Larsens omission on safety razors. There is no mention on the history or makes of safety razors including Merkur, Parker or Edwin Jaegur etc. Why include a picture of traditional Merkur in this book, if no mention is made? For some reason Larsen believes that safety razors are on their way out while he favours the use of multi blade cartridge systems. Mention however is given to choosing straight razors and the careful use of them. Rather than discussing straight razors such as the very expensive Thiers-Issard make of razor, he could have discussed more on the cheaper but equally reliable shavette straight razors. Larsen does cover on the varied selection of shaving items such as soaps, brushes, alum and aftershaves and gives illustrations on how to shave. Great if you are curious but terrified about using a straight razor (cut throat)I believe both safety and straight razors are gradually making a comeback, partly because most people are fed up burning a hole in their pocket upgrading to the latest Mach 9, twelve bladed whisper glide razor and can of squishy pretend soap. I would have liked more mention of the different brands of proper shaving products and less mention of hair clippers and baldness. In conclusion, Larsens book is ideal as a how to guide to shaving but misses out bits on the old fashioned traditional razors, making a comeback. Either Larsen has expensive tastes in his choice of razors or lacks enough research on safety razors to include in his book. Because of this I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.
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