How Do I Shave with this Stuff?!

Shaving with a safety razor isn’t the same as using a plastic drug store razor. Safety razors can look intimidating, but are actually extremely gentle on the skin if you know what you’re doing. The main thing to keep in mind? Don’t use pressure. If you have a good safety razor, it has been built to do the work for you. There is no need to press down on the head of the razor to get a close shave. Below we’ve listed our How-To sheets for your reference. Have fun!

How To Shave – The Copper Hatprintable

How to Shave Your Legs – The Copper Hatprintable

Deadline to Place Orders for Arrival by December 24

 

We are currently shipping many orders each day from our store in Victoria. We do our best to ship your order within 2 days of you placing your order. Shipping times can vary as Canada Post and other couriers get busier closer to Christmas. Below are our recommended order deadlines if you’d like your parcel to arrive before Christmas. Please note that if you are in a rural area, it can sometimes take longer.  When we ship your order, you will receive an email with your tracking information so that you know when your parcel will arrive.

  • Vancouver/Vancouver Island: Dec 20
  • BC: Dec 19
  • Alberta: Dec 18
  • Saskatchewan: Dec 18
  • Manitoba, Ontario & Quebec: Dec 15
  • Nunavut, Northwest Territories & Yukon: Dec 14
  • The Maritimes: Dec 14
  • United States: Dec 11
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The Journey – Our Very Own Shaving Brush

The creation of this brush has been a wild adventure, so we thought it only fitting to name it after the Journey to get here!

We have been hand crafting fine shaving brushes and introducing folks to wet shaving since 2009.  Our handcrafted brushes are all one-of-a-kind and made by Brad, so take a lot of time and energy to produce.  It’s important to us to provide people with shaving options that suit all budget levels, and since the production cost of our handmade brushes can be high, we knew we needed another shaving brush option.  For many years we envisioned an ergonomic, easy-to-use production shaving brush that would be extremely unique, but also less expensive to produce and less expensive to buy.

After years of designing The Journey, we were able to send our design to a small, Canadian machine shop for it’s first production run in 2015! The result is a tall, sleek, heavy shaving brush suitable for any wet shaver.  We set the hair/bristles in the shaving brush handles ourselves, ensuring that each brush is crafted with care and attention.  The handles are crafted from acetal resin, and sometimes, in our special edition brushes, from aluminum.

We’ve designed this brush to be easy to use, comfortable to hold, and to provide a luxurious shave.  We stand behind this brush 100%.

Thank you for supporting small, local businesses and crafts people!

3 Years in Market Square Giveaway!

3 Years in Market Square Giveaway

UPDATE:  Congratulations to Lauren L, the winner of the giveaway, and a big thank you to everyone who entered.   We have to say, it was really powerful to see how many people got involved and shared their stories and well-wishes with us – thank you and happy shaving!

People ask us all the time “how long have you guys been here?”, and it’s kind of a loaded question!

We started The Copper Hat as a business in 2009, but before we had a brick-and-mortar store, we sold our gear online and at many different outdoor markets and craft shows.  In our first few years, Brad would meet people at local coffee shops and at our apartment to get them set up with wet shaving gear.

Markets and Craft Shows Collages

Our first permanent store location was in Rock Bay Square, and Brad both made all of our shaving brushes and sold all of our shaving supplies out of the same 100 square foot space.  Rock Bay Square has quite the history: originally a planing mill at the turn of the century, it now houses the work spaces of dozens of creative makers including leather workers, coffee roasters, jewelers and a wicked ice cream shop!

Brad’s wood shop is still in Rock Bay Square, but in 2013 we moved our store front into a tiny space in Fan Tan Alley.  This space allowed us to be in Downtown Victoria and get to know our neighbours and clients in Chinatown.  While we loved our Fan Tan Alley space, at 80 square feet, it was getting pretty squishy.

Moving from Fan Tan to Market Square

So, in the spring of 2014, we made the leap and started fixing up a new store space, just across the street from Fan Tan Alley, in Market Square.  After a lot of painting, constructing and assembling, we were ready for The Copper Hat 4.0!  3 years ago, on June 1, 2014 to be exact, we opened the doors of our new location in Market Square.  We are so happy to call this historic and funky area home and want to celebrate our Market Square Anniversary by giving away a shave set like none other!

Enter

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We wanted to focus on some of the gear that makes us unique, so we’ve included lots of Copper Hat items as well as some of our other favourites:

The Journey Silvertip Badger Shaving Brush ($119) |  All-Natural Shave Soap ($12) |  Copper Hat Post-Shave Leg Balm ($14) |  Lathering Mug by our Favourite Potter ($39) |  Anthony Gold Natural Aftershave Lotion ($14) |  1957 Gillette “Superspeed” Safety Razor ($79)

You can enter this giveaway either online or in our store.  Limit of 1 entry per person.  We will randomly select the winning name on June 30, 2017 and the winner will be announced and contacted by email.  No purchase is necessary and you don’t need to live in Victoria to win. Good luck! -Kate & Brad

Enter


Canada Post Strike

Due to a potential Canada Post strike, we are currently calculating online order shipping rates one at a time.  Please click here for more information on the potential Canada Post strike. Rates for orders shipping to Vancouver or Vancouver Island will not change ($9).

For orders shipping anywhere else in Canada or to the USA, please select “free shipping” and we will find the best rate for you and contact you with the amount due. At the moment, shipping to Alberta is approximately $15 and to Ontario is approximately $23.

As soon as we know that Canada Post workers are not going on strike, or when the strike is finished, we will change our shipping rates back to $9 ($15 to USA).

Thanks very much for you patience and please contact us if you have any questions.

Kate & Brad

Make It! Craft Show in Edmonton/St.Albert

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We will be selling our handcrafted shaving gear at Make It! Edmonton at the Enjoy Centre in St. Albert this April 8 – 10, 2016. This craft show brings together artists and makers from across Canada and is always a blast! The Enjoy Centre is a beautiful venue and not only includes the Make It! show, but also a full greenhouse, gift shops, restaurant and cafe, fitness studio, grocery store, and many other cool businesses!  If you’ve never been there, it’s definitely worth taking a look around.  If you live in the area, we’d love to meet you in person so that we can put faces to names.  This is a great opportunity for those of you in the Edmonton area to be able to smell shave soap and pick up brushes and other gear.  Our selection at this show will include our handcrafted brushes, soaps, Legs products, and leather travel gear.  Because this is a handmade-only show, we won’t have the full range of products that you see on our website our in the store.  Our brick-and-mortar store in Victoria will remain open while we’re out out of town. CLICK FOR EVENT INFORMATION!

Make It Collage

 

Movember Giveaway 2015

You may have noticed an increase in moustaches around this month, and for many people it’s a sign that they’re supporting men’s health through the Movember campaign. Each November, the Movember Foundation changes the face of men’s health by encouraging men to grow out their moustaches and wear them loud and proud, prompting conversations about men’s health. Participants also raise funds for men’s health initiatives including those fighting prostate and testicular cancer as well as mental illness. Mental illness is a HUGE concern among men, and while we support increased mental health services for everyone, we recognize that it is especially difficult for guys to discuss mental illness.Men's Mental Health Infographic

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This month, we’re talking about mental health, and we’d love for you to join us. Both of us (Kate & Brad) are proponents of the de-stigmatization of mental health issues. Right now we’re giving away a complete shave set to raise awareness about mental health issues, especially among men, through both the Movember Foundation and Partners for Mental Health.

Partners for Mental Health is a national charity aimed at improving mental health in Canada by mobilizing and engaging Canadians to drive fundamental changes. Through their campaigns you can learn more about mental health issues, tell your own story, generate important conversations and pledge your support to improve mental health in Canada.

Where do I come in?

Do you agree that mental health, including men’s mental health, is an important issue and cause? If you do, connect with one of these awesome organizations and put your name in our draw for a complete wet shaving set. The set includes a handcrafted shaving brush made by Brad of The Copper Hat, a double edge safety razor, a pack of blades and an all-natural shave soap made by Kate of The Copper Hat. For the month of November, ahem, Movember, show us your support for either the Movember Foundation and/or Partners for Mental Health and we’ll put your name in a draw for this awesome wet shaving set to be drawn on December 1, 2015.

How does it work?

There are 4 ways to enter in to this giveaway:

1.) If you’re growing out your ‘stache and are raising funds through the Movember Foundation, email us the link to your Movember Fundraising Profile Page

2.) If you’re not growing out your own Mo, but have donated to another person’s Movember fundraising efforts, email us a confirmation of your donation (or send us a screen shot of your donation confirmation)

3.) If you’d like to help make positive change to mental health services in Canada, you can pledge your support for mental health through the Partners for Mental Health website. You can either forward your confirmation email to us or send us a screen shot of your pledge.

4.) Post a photo of how you pledge your support for mental health initiatives and post it on Twitter or Instagram.  Tag it with #mensmentalhealth AND #thecopperhat (so we can find your photo).  This photo can include your awesome moustache if you have one, but it doesn’t have to!

Over the month of November we’ll compile a list of everyone who shows us their support for these important mental health initiatives. On December 1, 2015, we’ll put all of the names in a hat and randomly select someone to win the shave set. If you have any questions about entering this draw, please feel free to drop us a line.

Thank you for joining us in supporting Movember and Partners for Mental Health, and in turn promoting increased mental health services for everyone! -Brad & Kate

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I Voted Giveaway

UPDATE: This giveaway was won by Instagram user in.a.london.fog! We are very grateful to everyone who participated in the giveaway and, more importantly, to everyone in Canada who got out there to vote!

The Canadian federal election is fast approaching and we think it’s important to express your right to vote!  Together with several other small, local businesses we’d like to do what we can to encourage you to cast your vote on Monday, October 19.  Enter to win this awesome gift pack of goodies from local businesses by posting a photo of you at your polling station on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #IVotedGiveaway . You can also email the photo here.   The morning after the election, we’ll draw for the winning voter!  Remember, voting does make a difference!

The items in this gift pack were kindly donated from awesome local artists and businesses:

Over $250 worth of goodies!

Shaving choices that are environmentally friendly, economical and great for the skin!

in the upper courtyard of Market Square, Victoria

A concentrated selection of what the West Coast Maker community has to offer. Innovative, outside the box and always handmade by real people.

in Market Square, just off the upper courtyard, Victoria

Unique, handmade leather bags and accessories made using primarily reclaimed and upcycled materials and a big heart!

check Facebook or instagram for upcoming shows

Extremely beautiful and high quality leather goods handcrafted using the best quality leather and finishing products.

check FB for upcoming shows and markets

Delectable confections handcrafted using organic, Fair Trade, high quality, and natural ingredients.

in the lower courtyard of Fan Tan Alley (Pandora Ave), Victoria

Freshly baked Italian specialties

in the lower courtyard of Fan Tan Alley (Pandora Ave), Victoria

Brewing coffees that we love.

at #122 – 560 Johsnon Street, Victoria

Granola handmade with organic, non-GMO oats, oils, fruit, honey and other Canadian ingredients.  

check website & Facebook for upcoming markets

If you are an artist or business who would like to contribute to this giveaway, please drop us a line!

Recycle your razor blades

A major benefit to wet shaving is that your greatly decrease your environmental impact.  Plastic cartridges and disposable razors are impossible to recycle unless you disassemble them first (that means somehow pulling out the sharp blades – fun!).  Think about how often you shave, and then how often everyone else shaves and then how much waste that can collectively create.  Shaving is one of the most wasteful practices we take part in on a day-to-day basis so by using recyclable safety razor blades, we can dramatically decrease the amount of garbage that makes it to the landfill.

You know that your double or single edge razor blades are recyclable, but do you know exactly how to recycle them?  Most razor blades are made out of stainless steel, meaning they can be melted down and used for new projects.  Specialty metal recyclers can take your blades, you just need to find out who those businesses are in your area.

If you live here in Victoria or can make it to our store on Johnson Street, bring your blades in to us and toss them in our blade collection jug.  When the jug is full we’ll use the blades for a really cool project (it’s a secret for now but we’ll post more details as the jug fills up).

If you don’t live in Victoria and have recycled your blades at a different facility, feel free to post in the comment section so that others in your area can give it a try.

Recycle your razor blades

Recycle your razor blades

Mental Health is Men’s Health

Movember Giveaway Shave Set The Copper HatHere at The Copper Hat we talk a lot about shaving, but we like to talk about a lot of other things, too.

This month, we’re talking about mental health, and we’d love for you to join us. Both of us (Kate & Brad) are proponents of the de-stigmatization of mental health issues. Right now we’re giving away a complete shave set to raise awareness about mental health issues, especially among men, through both the Movember Foundation and Partners for Mental Health Canada.

Made in MovemberEach November, the Movember Foundation changes the face of men’s health by encouraging men to grow out their moustaches and wear them loud and proud, prompting conversations about men’s health. Participants also raise funds for men’s health initiatives including those fighting prostate and testicular cancer. Last year, Movember added mental health to their list of supporting causes and we were very happy to see it there. Mental illness is a HUGE concern among men, and while we support increased mental health services for everyone, we recognize that it is especially difficult for guys to discuss mental illness.

Partners for Mental Health is a national charity aimed at improving mental health in Canada by mobilizing and Right by Youengaging Canadians to drive fundamental changes. Their current campaign is called “Right By You” and is focused on raising awareness about the lack of mental health services available to young people in Canada. Through this campaign you can learn more about mental health issues, tell your own story, generate important conversations and pledge your support for increased mental health services, including a National Suicide Prevention Fund.

Where do I come in?

Do you agree that mental health, including men’s mental health, is an important issue and cause? If you do, connect with one of these awesome organizations and put your name in our draw for a complete wet shaving set. For the month of November, ahem, Movember, show us your support for either the Movember Foundation and/or Partners for Mental Health and we’ll put your name in a draw for this awesome wet shaving set to be drawn on November 30, 2014.

How does it work?

 The ClassicThere are 3 ways to enter in to this giveaway:

1.) If you’re growing out your ‘stache and are raising funds through the Movember Foundation, email us the link to your Movember Fundraising profile page.

2.) If you’re not growing out your own Mo, but have donated to another person’s Movember fundraising efforts, email us a confirmation of your donation (or send us a screen shot of your donation confirmation)

3.) If you’d like to help make positive change to mental health services in Canada, you can use the Partners for
Mental Health online tool to send a letter to your MP and help convince the government to create a National Suicide Prevention Fund. You can either forward your confirmation email to us or send us a screen shot of your form.

Made in MovemberOver the month of November we’ll compile a list of everyone who shows us their support for these important mental health initiatives. On November 30, 2014, we’ll put all of the names in a hat and randomly select someone to win the shave set. If you have any questions about entering this draw, please feel free to drop us a line.

Thank you for joining us in supporting Movember and Partners for Mental Health, and in turn promoting increased mental health services for everyone!

-Brad & Kate