As I’ve been exploring in my last couple of posts - desultory as they’ve been - there is a wealth of shaving information available on YouTube. Some of it is very good. You can gather a lot of useful instruction about how to build a lather, what sort of brush is best suited for the task, and why you’d want to opt out of the top-down, corporate driven dominant model of how to shave from the pioneering series of videos posted by Mantic59. He goes into great detail about the whys and wherefores of various razors, blades, brushes, soaps and techniques. Of late, he’s also been including information about straight razor shaving.
Mantic gets a good run for his money from another self-proclaimed expert, Geofatboy, who has, from the start, been a more enthusiastic proponent of the straight razor shave, both for its undeniably machismo appeal, as well as for its less often touted but, for my money, more significant lure as a lower impact alternative to the wasteful misery of multiblade cartridge shaving.
From there, it runs the gamut, from lonely guys sharing notes on technique with nameless friends to runners up from People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive issue, and everything in between.
There’s something all the shaving videos on YouTube share in common, though. It’s a kind of inchoate grasping at what it is to be a man, and how a man should best be most comfortable with his most intimate aspects. Try as they might, none of these videos can rival what, for me, is the very template of men’s grooming. It was the original, and it remains the best. With that, I give you: the Mother of all Shaving Videos: