Sharp Practice: The Real Man's Guide To Shaving Hardcover – 6 Nov 2006
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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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Simply as a guide to the potential buyer this book did arrive with a marked dust cover. I assume this was from a previous shop or sales sticker having been removed.
In defence of the seller, I did receive an email prior to arrival to state the above and to offer a refund if I where not happy.
To be honest the book is more elegant without the dust cover.
As for the content - this book deserves a warm review.
The author covers the subjects history and a general guide to shaving methods and means.
He includes general history of shaving as well as a personal account of his own past which coincides with shaving techniques.
This is not a step by step tutorial but a good pointer for those thinking a little deeper about which correction to go with regard to a personal shaving routine.
I tend to buy books only for them to be company for the bookshelf.
But since this book arrived it I have not put it down and it has been great company for me.
I would recommend this book.
Anders Larsen also gives us some info on technique, perhaps not enough for some officianado's but this book is essentially a collection of anecdotes with some technique thrown in to keep the reader interested.
Downsides? Its a little too short for the price, but hey, I'm not going to go below 5 stars for that. Another slight issue which seems a common trait amongst shaving authors is that there is little or no input from the opposite sex. This forgotten section of the population could add fabulously funny and informative stories to these Gent's publications, I could think of many myself as I'm sure you could too.
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.