Soap & Skin Care

SHAVE SOAP & SKIN CARE

Soap & Skin Care

A key element of the wet shave is a good quality soap or cream. Shave specific soaps and creams are formulated to generate a thick lather that lasts much longer than canned shave foam. This allows the soap or cream to protect and moisturize your skin as you shave. Shave soaps and creams come in a multitude of scents (including unscented) and formulas for people with various skin types. In general we have found that traditional soaps and creams are much gentler and less likely to irritate sensitive skin.

Shave soap commonly comes in puck form that you build lather on top of inside a bowl or mug. Shave creams often come in tubes or tubs and a small amount is lathered in a separate bowl. Soaps and creams have many of the same characteristics, and we do not recommend one over the other. We sell our own all-natural, hand-made soap as well as many brands of traditional soaps, aftershaves and balms.

Our Copper Hat soap has an all-natural base and is complimented with natural butters and essential oils. It comes in a variety of fun and exciting scents that invigorate your skin but wash off cleanly when you’re finished. We love our shaving soap because we’ve tested it over and over to make sure it is moisturizing without being oily and easy to lather without over drying the skin. The traditional soaps and aftershaves we sell are from tried and true shaving companies that have been around for decades. Most of them are not all-natural, but are a treat just the same.

A Quick How To

If you are using a shave puck (a hard bar-type soap), put the puck in your lathering bowl/mug and fill it with warm water for a few minutes. Soak your brush (always pointing down) with warm water either in the stream from the tap or in another bowl/mug (this will fill the bristles with water and help lather the soap). The brush only needs to be soaked for 30 seconds or so. Before lathering, shake most of the water off of the brush and empty the water from the bowl containing the puck. Next, swirl the brush around the puck of soap quickly until lather appears (if you are using a cream from a tub or tube, put a quarter-sized amount into your bowl to lather). A good lather should take about 1 minute to build. If it seems like not much is happening after a few seconds, add a few drops of water. If the lather is very bubbly, there is too much water in the mixture and you should shake the brush out a bit more. The optimal lather will look just like whipped cream, fluffy, thick and white, but few bubbles.

The best way to ensure your skin is ready for an optimal shave is to start with a shower. This fully moisturizes the skin and makes your hair softer and easier to shave. Using an exfoliating wash is also a great way to get your skin ready. If you cannot shower first, try a simple hot towel treatment, soak a barber towel with hot water and place it on your face/skin for a few minutes. At the very least, splash your skin several times with warm water and rub it into your pores. Skin should be damp when you apply lather. After you shave, rinse your skin thoroughly with lukewarm water and splash it once or twice with cold water to close the pores. Some people can go without any after-shave moisturizer, but we do recommend using something. There are many options available, but any cream/lotion/balm that cools your skin and leaves it moisturized is perfectly fine.

Razors & Blades

SAFETY RAZORS, STRAIGHT RAZORS & BLADES

Razors & Blades

There are a lot of razors out there, so let’s clear up the mystery. A straight razor is the oldest and most notorious razor out there. Sometimes referred to as a straight edge or knife, the straight razor has been given a bad rap thanks to horror movies like Sweeney Todd. This type of razor consists of a single, permanent blade that folds down into its scales, or handle. A straight razor is sharpened using stones once every 60 or so shaves and is then stropped on a piece of leather, or strop, each time it is used. The younger brother of the straight razor is referred to as the Safety Razor, deemed such since it is in fact safer than a straight razor. The 2 main types of Safety razors are double edged and single edged (DE’s and SE’s). Both types take single replaceable blades and are shaped more like the razors common today, like a T. Single edged razors have one cutting edge on the side of the head while double edged razors have 2 cutting edges, one on each side of the razor head. SE and DE safety razors are fairly similar in operation, but DE’s are more common. There are more divisions and varieties of razors, but these are the basic classifications.

At The Copper Hat we have collected and tested razors in every category, and we are always happy to answer any questions you may have. Below is a detailed description of each type of razor. Please note that we carry a mix of vintage and brand new razors; we do so to keep our prices reasonable and because we know that our vintage razors have stood the test of time for decades and still perform like the day they were originally purchased. Because they do have history on their side, however, some of our vintage razors are not looking as shiny as they used to. For that reason we offer re-plating services to return them to their original sheen.

Double Edged Razors

Double edged razors (DEs) differ from razors available at the drug store because their precision comes from the weight and angle of the razor, rather than the number of blades. While newer cartridge razors may boast multiple blades, they often contribute to sloppy technique that can leave you with razor burn and ingrown hairs. When the first of multiple blades drags the shaving cream in front of it, the remaining blades actually dry shave the skin; not something you are looking for in a good shave. Our razors are a perfect example of quality over quantity.

Double Edged Safety Razor

Double Edged Safety Razor

The 2 sided double edged blades allow double the shaving time before rinsing and generally last for 4 to 7 shaves. Our razors range in age from brand new to almost 100 years old and were built to stand the test of time. They make excellent daily shavers and are very inexpensive to maintain (see Blades to purchase), not to mention beautiful additions to your shave den. DEs typically come in 2 styles: 3 piece and twist-to-open. It is very simple to put a new blade into either style of DE. With a twist-to-open you simply twist the lower portion of the handle and the head of the razor (silo door style) opens up. To open a 3 piece you just twist the head of the razor until it comes off of the handle and place the blade between the 2 head plates.

DEs are fantastic for any experience level shaver and are one of the styles that we most often recommend for new wet shavers. Most DEs place the blade at an angle that is very easy to shave with, and those that have more extreme angles are listed as such in our descriptions.

Blades

All of our double edged razors take standard double edged blades.  We stock a number of different brands of blades and recommend trying a variety of them. Every shaver reacts differently to particular blades and it is a good idea to try a few to pin point your best combination. For example, double edged “Feather” blades are extremely sharp (yes, all blades are very sharp, but these guys reach a new level), so we recommend getting some experience with other blades first. On the other hand, some people prefer an extremely sharp blade, so they may want to start right off with Feather. To make this easier, we also offer sample packs so you can try a bit of this and a bit of that before you choose a favourite.

Please remember that the blades we sell are individually wrapped, but are still very dangerous if not unwrapped

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carefully. Make sure you never touch the sharp edge of the blade (remember, DE blades have 2 sharp edges) and always dispose of used blades in a sealed container marked “sharps”, or better yet, in a handsome blade bank (see ACCESSORIES).

 

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The single edged razor (SE) is another option for shavers who prefer not to use a straight razor. SEs in our store come in 2 major categories that are really quite different: regular and injector. Both use a blade with one edge that lasts 4 to 7 shaves and tend to be slightly more aggressive than our double edged razors. Regular SEs are very straightforward to reload; you simply open the hinged head plate, pop a blade in, and close it. The angle of the head can present a challenge for new wet shavers; while those with some experience boast the regular SE shave as being superb.

The other SE style is the Injector razor. This type of razor requires a blade injector (available in the BLADES section) to push an old blade out while simultaneously inserting the new one. We love the injector razor because it is very easy to use and light weight. This style of razor is excellent for women because its ease of use provides excellent control on hard to reach/see areas and long straight aways. 00174

Like double edged razors, our SEs make excellent daily razors and are very inexpensive to maintain. They differ from razors available at the drug store because their precision comes from the weight and angle of the razor, rather than the number of blades. Remember, multiblades act like little snowploughs, dragging the shave soap off of your skin. Say no to dry shaving, say no to multiblade cartridges.

Straight Razors

These razors may conjure up images of horror movies, but in reality, a straight razor is an important skin care tool. If you ask a straight razor shaver why they do it, they will most likely tell you it is because they could never go back to anything else: the straight razor shave is an extremely close shave. Unlike most razors, straights do not use replaceable blades. The blade of a straight razor is generally sharpened using sharpening stones and pastes every 60 shaves (this varies person to person depending on coarseness of hair, type of razor, etc), like a knife. To keep a straight razor blade in optimal condition, it should be cared for by stropping it before (and for some people) after each shave. Your straight razor shaving and care techniques may be different than other peoples’, but we highly recommend that you do your research before using a straight razor if you are inexperienced. Better yet, find a barber in your area who specializes in straight shaving and treat yourself; once you learn and practice the techniques yourself you will never go back!

Straight Razor

Straight Razor

Some straight razor terms: A strop is the piece of leather used in the process of stropping a razor, or realigning the fine burrs on its shaving edge. The width of the razor is measured in inches (ex: 3/8″). Very wide (7/8″) and very narrow (3/8″) blades can be a bit of a challenge to wield, so we generally recommend 5/8″ or 6/8″ for first time straight shavers. The scales of a straight razor are what some would call the handle; the material that protects the blade when the razor is closed. Some of our straight razors have been restored by talented craftsmen while others are listed as-is with the option of a custom restoration. If you have any questions about straight razors or restorations, please let us know.

A Quick How To

Remember, your Copper Hat razor is probably a lot heavier than the one you bought at the drug store. Because of its weight, your razor will easily do the work for you; be sure not to push your razor down onto your skin or hold it too tightly. The best way to hold a double/singled edged or injector razor is to grasp it at the very end of the handle with your thumb and a few fingers. For men, it is best to start by shaving the entire face with the grain. Usually one pass will achieve optimal smoothness, but if another pass is needed, we recommend re-lathering the entire face and shaving once more across the grain. For many women, however, shaving against the grain on the first (and usually only) pass works just fine. Straight razors are a bit of a different story; please contact us for straight razor how-to information.

The Brush

THE BRUSH MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE

The Shaving Brush

Shaving foam from a can is gross. Canned foam is largely made up of air bubbles and therefore has a very hard time lubricating and protecting skin. Foam also tends to soak into skin, leaving an itch-causing residue when you rinse. A shaving brush, on the other hand, will leave you with smooth, irritant free skin.

A shaving brush creates a thick, skin protecting lather and distributes it evenly so that your razor does not shave exposed skin. The bristles of the brush exfoliate your skin, effectively removing dead skin cells right before you shave, ensuring your razor has the clearest path possible. A shaving brush also lifts each individual hair (by running it against the direction of hair growth after you lather) so that the razor slices through them rather than over them. Another bonus of the shaving brush is that by combining its exfoliation and distribution of soap it can greatly improve skin affected by acne.

By trading in your canned chemical goo for a shaving brush and luxurious soap you can go from a mediocre, irritating shave to a “feel how smooth!” spa-like experience. Who knew such a little brush could do so much!

One of a Kind & Hand Crafted

Buckeye Burl Silvertip Shaving Bruch

Buckeye Burl Silvertip Shaving Bruch

All Brushes by The Copper Hat are lathe-turned by The Copper Hat owner, Brad. Each brush handle design comes from his imagination and he never uses patterns. He uses a variety of handle materials including exotic hardwood, acrylic, and recycled styrofoam. Brad also welcomes and encourages custom brush requests. How cool would it be to give your Dad a shaving brush turned from a branch of the tree he built your treehouse in? What about framing timbers from a 100 year old hotel or antique acrylic insulating rod? Please contact us if you are interested in a beautifully unique, custom shaving brush.

Vintage Restoration Brushes

Brad also restores antique shaving brushes, removing the worn out bristles, setting new bristles, and cleaning and

Restored Antique Shaving Brush

Restored Antique Shaving Brush

polishing the handles.  We often have vintage restores for sale and also offer restoration services for your own shaving brush.  Since all brushes are in different conditions, before providing restoration services, Brad will take a look at your brush and and give you a quote based on the work you’d like done. Please contact us for more details.

The Copper Hat Shaving Brush Bristle Types

Silvertip Badger hair is of the highest quality for shaving brushes and is excellent for mixing up a thick lather. Silver tipped badger hair is extremely water absorbent, very soft to the touch, and great for all skin types, especially sensitive.

Finest Badger hair has very soft tips, similar to Silvertip Badger, but has much more “backbone”.  In shaving brush terms, backbone describes how floppy or stiff the bristles are.  Finest has lots of backbone, so it’s great for those who shave every few days, but are still looking for a luxurious brush.

Pure Badger hair is similar to silver tipped badger hair in that it is very water absorbent and soft. It is, however, slightly more stiff than the silver tipped hair and can be a bit rough for sensitive skin shavers if used every day. It is great at quickly lathering soap and exfoliating skin.

Black Badger hair is extremely water absorbent and mixes up thick lathers quickly.  It is stiffer than silvertip badger hair and can feel a bit rough for sensitive skinned shavers if used every day. It is great for exfoliating skin and lathering hard and soft soaps.

Boar hair is coarser than badger hair and synthetic bristles.  This brush is excellent for leg shaving, but most face shavers find it a bit too rough.  Boar hair exfoliates very well, so is great for covering the surface area of the legs quickly.

Horse hair is coarser and stiffer than badger hair and is excellent for those without skin sensitivities. It does not absorb as much water as badger hair, but more than synthetic bristles. Horse hair makes a great entry level brush.

Synthetic hair is a nylon, man-made material. It is not as water absorbent as animal hair, but is extremely soft and is excellent for people with very sensitive skin and for people who do not use animal products.

Care Tips

To ensure your brush lives a long life, it is important to care for it properly. Always hang your brush upside down to dry when you are done using it (see ACCESSORIES for brush stands). When you soak your brush before use, only leave it in the water for about a minute. Rinse your brush in warm water when finished, and do not pull hard on the bristles. Some shedding of bristles should be expected for the first several lathers.

A Quick How To

If you are using a shave puck (a hard bar-type soap), put the puck in your lathering bowl/mug and fill it with warm water for a few minutes. Soak the bristles (always pointing down) with warm water either in the stream from the tap or in another bowl/mug (this will fill the bristles with water and help lather the soap). The brush only needs to be soaked for 30 seconds or so. Before lathering, shake most of the water off of the brush and empty the water from the bowl containing the puck. Next, swirl the brush around the puck of soap quickly until lather appears (if you are using a cream from a tub or tube, put a quarter-sized amount into your bowl to lather). A good lather should take about 1 minute to build. If it seems like not much is happening after a few seconds, add a few drops of water. If the lather is very bubbly, there is too much water in the mixture and you should shake the brush out a bit more. The optimal lather will look just like whipped cream – fluffy, thick and white, but few bubbles. Make sure your skin is damp, then swirl lather onto your skin moving your brush in a circular motion. Once you have distributed a thick, even layer over your skin (you may choose to go over the same spot with your brush more than once), pull your brush over your skin against the grain of your hair growth (this lifts the hair so that it is easier to cut). Now you`re ready to shave!

Shave Sets

COMPLETE SHAVE SETS

Complete Shave Sets

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? These are all very common questions.

We have tried to make the transition into wet shaving simpler for you by creating 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.

We gather a variety of our favourite (who are we kidding, we love everything) products to make up the ideal shaving routine. We endeavour to provide sets at many price ranges so that everyone can partake in the perfect shave! Most shave sets contain the 4 essential wet shave components:

  • Shaving Brush
  • Shave Soap
  • Razor
  • Blades

Shave sets are all completely customizable and we are happy to accommodate substitutions and custom orders… adding other goodies like aftershave, a brush stand or a blade bank can kick your set up a notch! Most of our shave sets are packaged in an authentic cigar box (may contain scratches and stickers… we just think it adds to the cool factor).

If you are looking to customize a complete shave set and would like our help with some suggestions, please fill out our Custom Shave Set Builder form.  The information you submit will help us to tailor an excellent shave set to your needs.

Please don’t hesitate to let us know if we can help you build the perfect set for you!

Why Make the Switch?

WHY MAKE THE SWITCH TO TRADITIONAL WET SHAVING?

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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. At The Copper Hat, most of our double edged blades are $2 for 5, that’s 40 cents a blade. $4.25 or $0.40; it’s up to you.

What Are You Throwing Out?

Drug store razor cartridges are 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; a blade that is one metal and can be recycled (check with your community recycling program on how to recycle sharps). While it is necessary to chuck your cartridge razor handle when styles change and it is no longer compatible with blades, new and vintage double edged razors are standardized and have used the same style of blades for decades; there is no reason to ever throw one away or replace it. And hey, if you get a straight razor, you will never have to worry about blades anyway! Another environmentally unfriendly component of drugstore shaving is the aerosol can of foam. Can you imagine how many of those cans are used up and tossed every year? Use a puck or tube of shave soap instead, your skin and the Earth will thank you!

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 prepare and condition your skin while the shaving 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 provide essential skin preparation, it also allows you to discover endless shave-specific soaps that don’t 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. There is no reason for a razor to have more than one blade. If you use a good quality, sharp blade, it will give you a better shave every time. Do it right, do it with one.

Wet Shaving is an Art

Wet shaving is all about slowing down enough to get the best quality shave; a 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 Olivewood shave brush? Come on, that even sounds impressive!

Awesome Vintage Avon

Selection of Vintage Avon Bottles

After a recent massing of some very cool old Avon cologne and aftershave bottles I thought I’d throw up a quick snippet of the companies history.

n 1886, David H. McConnell started the business in a small office at 126 Chambers Street, in lower New York City. In 1892, Mr. McConnell changed the company name when his business partner, who was living in California, suggested that he call the business the California Perfume Company, because of the great abundance of flowers in California.

The California Perfume Company, Inc. of New York, NY filed their first trademark application for Avon on June 3, 1932 with the USPTO. Part of the description for goods and services provided to the USPTO included “perfumes, toilet waters, powder and rouge compacts, lipsticks,” and other toiletry products. First use and commercial use for Avon by the California Perfume Company was on September 1, 1929. Registration was granted on August 30, 1932. The trademark is owned by Avon Products, Inc. of New York, NY. The status of the original stylized word mark for Avon is expired

They’ve been around for a little while and in that time have made some very creative bottle shapes.  Although I do use some of the vintage aftershaves still as a treat it’s sometimes recommended not to for good reason.  You never really know what’s happened in that bottle in the last 20-50 years.  For that reason a common practice is to rinse the bottles well with hot water and decant your current favorite after shave splash into the bottle.  Being that a lot of newer aftershaves come in plastic bottles this gives you a classier looking shelf with a little flair.

There are a few of us who even swear that the scent of an aftershave in a plastic bottle decanted into glass matures and mellows a little.  But who knows.

Cheers

Brad

Save for Father’s Day!

Celebrate Father’s Day and save!  From now until June 16th save 10% off the price of all in stock and custom assembled shave sets!

If it’s a custom set you want, stop by www.thecopperhat.ca and drop us a line.  We’ll work with you to assemble the perfect one of a kind set just for your dad.

Cheers

Brad

How To Get The Best Shave With Your Copper Hat Equipment

Preparing your Skin:

The best way to ensure your skin is ready for an optimal shave is to start
with a shower. This fully moisturizes the skin and makes your hair softer and easier to shave.
Using an exfoliating wash is also a great way to get your skin ready. If you can’t shower first,
try a simple hot towel treatment – soak a barber towel with hot water and place it on your
face/skin for a few minutes. At the very least, splash your skin several times with warm water
and rub it into your pores. Skin should be damp when you apply lather.

Lathering Soap & Prepping your Brush:

If you are using a shave puck (a hard bar-type soap),
put the puck in your lathering bowl/mug and fill it with warm water for a few minutes. Soak
the bristles (always pointing down) with warm water either in the stream from the tap or in
another bowl/mug (this will fill the bristles with water and help lather the soap). The brush
only needs to be soaked for 30 seconds or so. Before lathering, shake most of the water off
of the brush and empty the water from the bowl containing the puck. Next, swirl the brush
around the puck of soap quickly until lather appears (if you are using a cream from a tub or
tube, put a quarter-sized amount into your bowl to lather). A good lather should take about 1
minute to build. If it seems like not much is happening after a few seconds, add a few drops of
water. If the lather is very bubbly, there is too much water in the mixture and you should
shake the brush out a bit more. The optimal lather will look just like whipped cream – fluffy,
thick and white, but few bubbles.

Lathering your Face:

Make sure your skin is damp, then swirl lather onto your skin moving your
brush in a circular motion. Once you have distributed a thick, even layer over your skin (you
may choose to go over the same spot with your brush more than once), pull your brush over
your skin against the grain of your hair growth (this lifts the hair so that it is easier to cut).

Shaving:

Remember, your vintage razor is probably a lot heavier than the one you bought at
the drug store. Because of its weight, your razor will easily do the work for you – be sure not
to push your razor down onto your skin or hold it too tightly. The best way to hold a
double/singled edged or injector razor is to grasp it at the very end of the handle with your
thumb and a few fingers. For men, it is best to start by shaving the entire face with the grain.
Usually one pass will achieve optimal smoothness, but if another pass is needed, we
recommend re-lathering the entire face and shaving once more across the grain. For many
women, however, shaving against the grain on the first (and usually only) pass works just fine.

Finishing Touches:

Once you have rinsed your skin thoroughly with luke-warm water, splash it
once or twice with cold water to close the pores. Some people can go without any after-shave
moisturizer, but we recommend using something. There are many options available, but any
cream/lotion/balm that cools your skin and leaves it moisturized is perfectly fine.

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