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Essay #3: The Roberts Method and the Systematics of Wet Shaving

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I'm frequently asked how I discovered my unique method of shaving. Did it all come to me at once, much like a Eureka! experience? Or did it emerge slowly out of the mists of my imagination? Did somebody teach it to me? Or did it involve a slow process of incremental learning until a grand conception finally materialized? Or was I in fact simply born to the role of super talented groomsman to the rich and famous?


Essay #2: Wet Shaving and the Search for the Perfect Shave

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Throughout my various writings on the subject of wet shaving, I have frequently examined the factors that determine the quality of a man’s shaving experience. In addition to frequent bits of history, I have generally discussed shaving as an extension of a man’s grooming experience and personal well being.


Method Shaving Video: From Mix to Finish

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Charles Roberts hosted a live demonstration of his Hydrolast system of shaving.  We were given the opportunity to film this event at his store, Enchante, in downtown Austin, TX.  In the video Charles covers the principles of cutting forms that he has developed over the years to achieve the best shave possible.  This demonstration clearly shows the level of performance for which his products are formulated, especially for unequaled cutting performance using Feather DE razor blades.


The Art of the Shave: Introduction of Essays

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No one knows exactly where or how the miracle of wet shaving originated. It is generally believed that during the 18th century, certain members of the French aristocracy began cutting their beards into various shapes and configurations using hot water and a straight edge. Further adaptations to this crude process soon followed. In London, at about the same time, barbers began giving shaves to wealthy patrons. This worked well, for barbers were the only ones permitted to perform medical surgeries, thus enabling them to develop a very lucrative side business shaving beards, an easy addition to their regular surgical duties as they already possessed the scalpels, cutting and shaping utensils required to efficiently cut hair. 


Essay #1: The Third Revolution in Men's Shaving

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It has often been said that there are two types of revolutions in the world. The first is typically a noisy one, full of sound and fury, yet in the end signifying nothing. This type of revolution tends to be convulsive, violent and short-lived. And despite the passionate and all too hopeful expectations that they often inspire, this kind of revolution rarely satisfies anyone’s needs—except those of its leaders. Most people look upon such revolutions as bad things—and they usually are.

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