Traditional Wet Shaving & More!
Taylor from Wet Shave Club recently contacted me to review one of their wet shaving starter kits. Disclaimer: I received the kit free of charge.
At the beginning of 2014 I tried the original Wet Shave Club subscription, but cancelled after 3 months due to lack of interest and waining funds; you can read about how it was sold to it’s current owners and what they did to revamp it here (an interesting read).
The safety razor provided has a very nice heft and is based upon the popular Edwin Jagger/Mulhe head design. I spoke with Kevin, a co-owner of Wet Shave Club, and he told me the razors are manufactured in Pakistan. The razors are visually inspected before shipping, and Kevin said that WSC will replace any member’s faulty or broken razor. My razor handle was slightly uneven where the bottom plate and handle screw in and connected, but it didn’t affect the shave at all. I did a smooth 2 pass shave with it and enjoyed the knurling on the handle. The blades fit snugly and exposed evenly. The leather top cover would be nice for travel, but I doubt I’d use it daily (in the photo below, I used it to stand the razor upright).
I initially tried one of the Super Max Platinum blades, but it felt dull and was tugging before the end of the first pass, so I switched to a Shark Chrome blade (I have a preference for Lord manufactured blades in general) for my second pass and touch up.
The provided boar brush was decent quality, and would be a good starter brush for a shaver (however I personally prefer synthetic bristles). I was able to generate adequate lather immediately, although the brush will perform better after a breaking in period. There wasn’t much “new brush” odor, and it only shed 3 bristles during my trial.
The Shave Soap
A 2 oz Ellington’s Natural Shave Soap was featured; it reminded me of Ogallala Bay Rum shaving soap in scent and performance. It lathered quickly, but also dried quickly; I had to reapply lather more than usual. I was able to get a decent shave with it, but wouldn’t buy a refill. While I didn’t care for this soap much, YMMV. In a short interview with Kevin, he listed Mickey Lee Soapworks and Stirling as his favorite shaving soaps. He said that WSC generally tries to feature lesser known brands and artisan soaps in their boxes.
I really like the idea of a wet shaving subscription service and with the expanded product samples, I’m definitely interested in Wet Shave Club again. It is a good starting point for those just discovering wet shaving, or for people, like me, who constantly want to try new products. The initial starter kit including a razor and brush is on par with kits offered by other vendors, like Maggard or Italian Barber. I PIF’d my WSC kit to my barber school friend Anthony; I’ll update this article, or possible post a follow up article after he’s reported back to me.
If you’d like to try Wet Shave Club for yourself, use the code SHAVE5 for $5 off your purchase!
Until next time, Shave Well!
Handsome Rob (Instagram)
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