For some of our readers having the bare essentials in wet shaving gear/ wet shave collection and accouterments is a sign of their class and proof of their refined choices.
Others may be persuaded that the art of wet shaving couldn’t possibly be concluded without a constant attempt to build on and extend their wet shaving skill set with concomitant gains in tools, soaps, lotions and potions.
The simpler the better
Since wet shaving has been practiced in every conceivable country in every conceivable location, it is obviously not meant to be a complicated, time consuming or space consuming activity.
Whether out in the wilderness or in your fifth avenue New York apartment, all you really need for the best that wet shaving has to offer is a safety razor and blades, some shaving cream and water. Really that’s it.
This minimalist approach is definitely not for everyone and forum folks claim that without a shaving brush, a wet shave can never be. We admit there is an unspoken joy in getting by with the bare essentials. In fact having more or better gear doesn’t necessarily translate to a superior wet shave.
It could very well be the opposite. We recommend you scour the online forums and look for advice that is coherent and founded on first-hand experience.
Final Thoughts on the Minimalist Rig
These minimalist set ups can be enormously cost effective (a plus in anyone’s book) but preclude creativity and skill development. Spartan setups will mean you are shaving just like grandpa but the wet shaving experience has evolved a bit and sticking to a bare setup could mean you could also be missing out on some luxurious aspects of the wet shave.
Go big of go home
Since this is a lifelong commitment (at least that’s how we feel about it), the approach that cultivates a curiosity and exploration of all things ‘wet shaving’, is enormously rewarding for those who know. The extravagant wet shaver believes that the more you learn about wet shaving the more nuanced your approach becomes.
As you grow you will want to experiment with more sophisticated or specialized equipment. It’s inevitable that the tools will grow as the tradesman’s knowledge and skill set does.
Final Thoughts on the Extravagant Rig
Advantages include a constant ever expanding collection that will become a growing source of pride and joy. In addition, the greater the tool set, the more versatile the wet shave experience can become. Disadvantages are that this kind of extravagant collection requires space to house it all and an equally expansive budget to expand on and maintain it.
There you have it folks, something to consider when putting together your rig. Extravagant or limited, it doesn’t really matter as long as the wet shave lives on.
If you have tips on set up and rig compilation that you find particularly compelling or novel don’t hesitate to let us know. Wishing you every success in compiling your ultimate wet shave rig!