Shave Sets: The Complete Package


We realize that for those who are new to wet shaving, it can be an overwhelming routine to set up! What razor will work best for me? What kind of blades do I need? What is a brush for?

Where can I find the best soap for my skin?

We have tried to make the transition into wet shaving simpler for you by supplying all-in-one wet shaving sets that include everything you need to get started. Our sets are definitely not just for beginners any savvy wet shaver who is looking for some new and unique products will be interested in taking a look.

How does it work?

Rather than pre pack shave sets for you, we will help you select the components of your personalized ensemble. We have listed a few examples on our SHAVE SETS page to give you an idea of what your set will look like, but we will leave the choosing up to you. The price of your set will depend on what razor and soap/cream you select, but most come in between $80 and $110. If you would like specific information on pricing of sets, please let us know

You will choose (from our store)

1] A Shave Brush, turned right here at The Copper Hat
2] A Razor (double edge, single edge, injector or straight)
3] A pack of Blades for your razor
4] A puck or tube of Soap or Cream

Then we pack your choices with

1] A Stainless Steel Lathering Bowl (great shape and size for lathering)
2] A 100% Cotton Barber Towel (perfect for hot towel treatments)

All wrapped up in an actual cigar box (may contain scratches and stickers… we just think it adds to the cool factor)

Too Much to Think About? Like the idea of an all-encompassing wet shaving cigar box set but have no idea what to choose? We can help! We will ask you a few questions and then compile a set perfect for you (or the person the set is for.)

Why Make The Switch to Wet Shaving?

New Safety Razors


Why Make The Switch To Traditional Wet Shaving?

So you use a cartridge razor and canned foam from the drug store. You can shave with your eyes closed and it takes you 32 seconds flat to do so. But do you also smell like a 15 year old boy covered in generic body spray (men) or a sugar plum fairy (ladies) because of your canned foam? Do you dread buying another pack of cartridges because you could buy a few meals instead? Do you get razor burn, ingrown hairs or rashes? Do you ever wonder how many plastic cartridges you throw out a year and what that’s doing to the environment? For you, there is The Copper Hat! Here are our top reasons to make the switch:

Do the Math

Modern razor blade cartridges are a waste of money. Currently, a mainstream drugstore charges $16.99 for 4 cartridges. That’s $4.25 a blade. We used to use cartridge razors and we found that each cartridge lasted about 5 shaves. So if you shave every second day, that’s $154 a year spent on razor blades. At The Copper Hat, most of our double edged blades are $2 for 5, that’s 40 cents a blade, meaning $15 a year spent on razor blades. If you shave with a double or single edged razor, blades are $14.56 a year. That’s a $139 difference.

Watch what you are Throwing Out

Every cartridge that is thrown out from a drug store razor is composed of a number of different plastics and metals that cannot be separated and recycled. Disposable razors are even worse. By using a Copper Hat double or single edged razor you ensure that the only thing you ever replace is a single blade and the joy in that is that the blade is one metal that can be recycled (check with your community recycling program on how to recycle sharps). While it is easy (and necessary) to toss out your cartridge razor handle when styles change and it is no longer compatible with blades, our razors have used the same blades for decades and are much too beautiful to throw away. And hey, if you get a straight razor, you will never have to worry about blades anyway! Also, by taking in one of our vintage razors, you are helping us keep the wet shaving tradition alive and keeping safety razors out of glass cases everywhere!

The Brush Makes all the Difference

The most important part of the wet shave is arguably the brush. Canned shave foam can contribute to razor burn because it is composed mainly of air, making it so light that a razor blade can easily shave under, not through it. Traditional shave creams and soaps are formulated to prep and condition your skin while the shave brush distributes product evenly and helps raise hairs for a closer shave. A brush exfoliates skin, removing dead cells and leaving skin properly prepared for your shave. Not only does the brush assist in skin preparation, it also allows you to discover endless shave specific soaps that don not smell like generic body spray.

Quantity Does Not Equal Quality

As you draw a 5 blade cartridge over your skin, the first blade acts as a snowplough, dragging your shaving cream with it. Now, multiple blades are shaving unprotected skin – that is like dry shaving over and over again every time you use that razor! The result: irritated skin smeared with a gooey substance deposited by your cartridge to camouflage razor burn.

It is an Art

Wet shaving.  It just sounds cool. And it is; it is all about slowing down enough to get a quality shave that you enjoy rather than rush through. When you begin to wet shave you discover an array of razors, blades, brushes and soaps with which you can customize a shave routine that suits you perfectly. There are so many combinations that half the fun is in finding your next favourite razor or aftershave. Not only does wet shaving give you the ability to personalize your routine, it also allows you to display it. How many people are proud to exhibit their plastic cartridge razor and can of foam on the bathroom counter? I bet you would rather show off a nickel plated twist-to-open double edged razor, mug of bay rum shave soap and custom turned ebony shave brush? We would.

Who We Are & What We Do!

The Copper Hat is a husband and wife endeavor situated in Victoria on beautiful Vancouver Island, BC. We created The Copper Hat because of our own frustration that came from shaving with typical drug store supplies.

We each struggled with extreme skin types, one oily and one sensitive & dry. We were overwhelmed by the increasing cost of multi-blade cartridge razors and the terror cheaper razors reigned on our skin. When Brad started a job that required him to be clean shaven every day, he took matters into his own hands. He tracked down his first vintage double-edged razor and a shaving brush and, for the next several months, his most common saying to Kate was “feel how smooth my face is!” After observing Brads excitement, Kate began wet shaving and could also never go back to the drug store habit.

We started The Copper Hat because we know that we are not the only people who are tired of spending too much money on large blade cartridges that will just be thrown away. Although recent technology has brought us 5 blade razors, vibrating blades, and razors with built-in shave foam, the finesse of this personal care routine seems to have been lost in the fast-paced chaos of our daily lives. We stock high quality razors, blades, soaps, and other shaving supplies so that you can enjoy a personalized shave that is suited to your hair and skin type.

Our goal is to help you feel the benefits of shaving with high quality products, whatever skin type you have, without spending a fortune. For that reason, a number of our razors are vintage, but still in excellent shaving condition. Not only are they more economical than many new safety razors, they were also crafted with time-tested materials and each has its own history.

Alongside our razors we stock our specialty product, our very own lathe-turned shaving brushes. We turn most of our brushes from wood, but we are also delving into the world of stone, acrylic and nylon. Our high quality brushes are set with premium silver tipped badger hair, and we are also beginning to work with synthetic bristles and horse hair.

The Copper Hat endeavors to bring the class back to shaving by supplying you with excellent products to enjoy every time you shave. We believe that by taking the time to prepare the skin and shave using appropriate techniques and quality supplies, one can achieve a magnificent shave while promoting and maintaining healthy skin, free of dryness, razor burn, and excess oil.

Please take a look at our “What is Wet Shaving?” section to learn all about this skin care lifestyle.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Shaving!

Kate & Brad