Category Archives: Shaving

Taylor of Old Bond Street

The shaving soaps pictured below are made in England. They currently (in 2013) cost £7.95 but a 150g tub lasts for ages. They seem to help prevent in-growing hairs and shaving rash. Taylor of Old Bond Street also sell at least one razor that is made in England, the “Jermyn Street Travel Two-Piece Mach3 Razor in Leather Box”, which uses the foreign made Gillette Mach 3 blades. They might have more razors that are made in England if you visit their shop? They also sell made in England shaving cream, made in England shaving brushes (one of which is pictured below), plastic shaving brush holders which are apparently made in the UK (although they do not say made in England on them, which worries me), and UK made moustache wax; as well as being a London barbers and selling a variety of other mens grooming products (some of which, like the soaps, are made in the UK). You can buy their products in their shop in London, or at Selfridges, London, or through their website or elsewhere online. The premises of Taylor of Old Bond Street are actually in Jermyn Street, not Old Bond Street by the way. I use the Eton College variety of shaving cream and a Taylor badger shaving brush, both of which are fabulous.

Taylor of Old Bond Street also make a moustache wax in a 30ml tin and another in a 15ml tube, both of which are made in England.

Mr. Taylor’s Moustache Wax is also available from The Gentleman’s Shop in Hungerford, Berkshire. Their website is at www.gentlemans-shop.com (Enter “wax” in the Search-by-Keyword field). The Gentleman’s Shop stock a wide range of shaving and grooming products.

Taylor of Bond Street also sell a very easily manoeuvrable and comfortable to use ivory coloured moustache comb (I040) in their shop which, whilst it is actually made in Europe, is at least apparently finished in the UK.

Without doubt, Taylor of Old Bond Street is one of the best shops in London.

www.tayloroldbondst.co.uk

http://www.tayloroldbondst.co.uk/

Taylor’s shaving cream. Made in England.

Taylor’s shaving brush. Made in England.

Razors and Other Shaving Related Products Made in the UK

British made shaving products…

Now that Gillette and Wilkinson Sword make their razors abroad a good alternative is a King of Shaves razor. Their Azor razor (pictured below) is very lightweight (great for travel). It takes a bit of getting used to if you usually use say a Mach 3 and you need to press a bit harder but it gives a good shave and is almost impossible to cut yourself with. The razor and the blades tend to be ever so slightly cheaper than Gillette too. King of Shaves razors are designed, assembled and packed in the UK (I think the blades are Japanese), so this is a bit of a compromise. I don’t think there are any totally UK made razors anymore. That said King of Shaves tell me that their handles are designed & manufactured in UK too, in Chesham, Bucks and the last razor I bought from King of Shaves says made in the UK on the packaging. Good to know. These are very good razors.

http://www.shave.com/

King of Shaves Azor razor.  Made in the UK.

King of Shaves Azor razor. Made in the UK.

King of Shaves Alphaoil Shaving Oil.  Made in the United Kingdom.

King of Shaves Alphaoil Shaving Oil. Made in the United Kingdom.

King of Shaves L'Aazor razor for women.  Shaver handle made in the UK.

King of Shaves L’Aazor razor for women. Shaver handle made in the UK.

There are also Bolin Webb Razors, which are made in the UK and take Gillette mach 3 blades (which are now made abroad) – http://www.bolinwebb.com.  These are also available from Kiniki and Meccanica.

Taylor of Old Bond Street also sell at least one razor that is made in England, the “Jermyn Street Travel Two-Piece Mach3 Razor in Leather Box”, which again uses the foreign made Gillette Mach 3 blades. They might have more razors that are made in England if you visit their shop? They also sell made in England shaving cream, made in England shaving brushes, plastic shaving brush holders which are apparently made in the UK (although they do not say made in England on them, which worries me), and UK made moustache wax; as well as being a London barbers and selling a variety of other mens grooming products (some of which, like their soaps, are made in the UK). You can buy their products in their shop in London, or at Selfridges, London, or through their website or elsewhere online. The premises of Taylor of Old Bond Street are actually in Jermyn Street, not Old Bond Street by the way. I use the Eton College variety of shaving cream and a Taylor badger shaving brush, both of which are fabulous.

www.tayloroldbondst.co.uk

Taylor's shaving brush

Taylor’s shaving brush. Made in England. Photograph by author.

Taylor shaving cream

Taylor shaving cream. Made in England.

For razor strops I have found this company on the internet, “Miller” strops, whose razor strops are hand-made in England – http://www.strop-shop.co.uk. A razor strop is a flexible strip of leather or canvas used to straighten and polish the blade of a straight razor, a knife, or a woodworking tool like a chisel.

All Murdock London own brand shaving accessories (I’m not sure how they define accessories) are made in England – they sell straight edge (or cut throat or single blade) razors, double edge safety razors, modern blade razors (again taking foreign made Gillette Mach 3 blades), shaving bowls, shaving creams, shaving oils, pre and post shave balms, hair gels, skincare products (such as face wash, moisturiser, hand cream, etc.), colognes, candles, moustache wax, beard shampoo, beard conditioner, beard moisturiser, wash bags, socks, and so on, as well as being a London barbers. Simply fab barbers shops.

http://www.murdocklondon.com

Murdock Ernest Double-Edge Razor.  Made in England

Murdock Ernest Double-Edge Razor. Made in England

The Murdock website also has some great tips (promoting their own products but so what, these are useful tips) on things like the perfect wet shave, 5 rules for growing a beard, why it’s good to use a shaving brush, applying hair wax and keeping a quiff in place.

Edwin Jagger have a manufacturing facility in Sheffield, England and sell double edge razors, razors that take the mach 3 and fusion blades, shaving brushes and shaving accessories, some or possibly all of which are made in England – http://www.edwinjagger.co.uk

Rooney (“R. A. Rooney & Sons Ltd.” or “City of London Brushworks”) is or was a British brush manufacturing company, making or assembling shaving brushes in London, but I am not sure if they are still going.

I saw some Coates shaving cream online (they used to make shaving brushes too), but I think they have gone bankrupt now.

Culmak make bristle (badger and non-badger) shaving brushes, non-animal bristle shaving brushes and shaving soap. They still manufacture all their products in the UK. Their products can be found mainly at small pharmacies or can be purchased direct from their factory via their website – http://www.culmak.co.uk

Culmak Vega Nylon Bristle Shaving Brushes.  Made in England.

Culmak Vega Nylon Bristle Shaving Brushes. Made in England.

D R Harris, the London Chemists, sell shaving creams that are made in England.  They state on their website that “the majority of our products are still produced by traditional methods, being hand-made and packed in our own premises in London.” They also sell a great range of colognes, moisturisers, etc. and skincare items for men and women and many of their own brand products are made in England – http://www.drharris.co.uk

Nanny’s Silly Soap Company products are (all?) made in England and include hard shaving soaps, soft shaving soaps, and pre-shave soaps (face wash), as well as various soap bars, bath bombs, body butters, lip balms, and scrubs, plus a Vulfix shaving brush – http://www.nannyssillysoap.com

The Bulldog range of men’s grooming products is made in the UK.  Shaving gel, shaving cream, face wash, moisturiser, deodorant, etc.

http://meetthebulldog.com

Bulldog

For face wash, face scrub, moisturiser, and such you might also try Rhino Skin Armour whose products are all manufactured in the UK.  Also, all Lush products sold in the UK are all made in the UK. All Neal’s Yard products are made in the UK. A few Body Shop products are made in the UK (check the packaging). Have a look under my men’s grooming category.

The Dandy Gent shaving and hair grooming products are made in Derbyshire, England according to an advertisement I saw in a magazine. As it does not say this on their website, you will want to check this before buying – http://www.thedandygent.co.uk

Jack Dean (a range by Denman; the hairbrush makers) for men has some products made in the UK, but not all (you will want to check which before buying). The majority of Denman products are UK made apparently, but not all. Some of the Jack Dean range is UK made, looking at the labelling, such as the body scrub bar pictured below which clearly says made in UK on it. The range features classic hair lotions and tonics including Eau de Quinine, Eau de Portugal and American Bay Rum and body wash, body scrub bars, hair and scalp tonic, shampoo, pomade, styling paste, after shave balm, a club brush and a military brush (which can be used to brush hair or beards; disappointingly this JDMB55 Jack Dean military brush is foreign made and I assume the JDCB Jack Dean Club Brush is foreign made too. For a military brush, you may do better with something like the Kent MC4 – a small boys / travel / beard bristle brush which is made in England). Jack Dean products are available on their website – http://www.denmanbrush.com/acatalog/Jack-Dean-Grooming.html

Jack Dean American Bay Rum Body Scrub Bar. Made in UK.

Jack Dean American Bay Rum Body Scrub Bar. Made in UK.

Kent MC4 Oval Military Bristle Brush. Made in England.

Kent MC4 Oval Military Bristle Brush. Made in England.

For more hairbrushes made in the UK, please click the hyperlink.

Did you Know?  Nylon was developed by Du Pont and named after New York and London (I saw this on a Jack Dean advert on the back of the January 2014 Chap Magazine; not sure if this is really the case but anyway it makes good sense!).

The Gentle-Man Range (eau de toilette, face wash, moisturiser, shave balm, shave cream, body wash) is formulated in Great Britain. The design and packaging is done in Great Britain. The products are made in Great Britain – http://www.gentle-man.co.uk

The Sheffield Skin Company appear to make their products in Sheffield (not sure about the origin of their packaging or items such as shaving brushes, so you will want to check) and their range includes shaving soaps, aftershaves, and face packs for men – http://sheffieldskincare.co.uk

Floris sell razors (that take mach 3 blades) and shaving brushes that are made in England.  Their fragrances are also all made in England, as are possibly more of the products they sell – http://www.florislondon.com

Trumper (Geo F Trumper), the London barbers, sell made in England shaving brushes. It is not clear from their website which, if any, of their other products are UK made – https://www.trumpers.com

Some Kent Brushes products are still made in the UK but unless what you are wanting to buy says made in England on it then it is probably not British made.  Their razors are not made in the UK.  Their shaving brushes are made in the UK, using components supplied from the EEC. Please note that, despite somehow giving the impression otherwise, the Kent Moustache and Beard Comb is not made in the UK. For a military brush, the Kent MC4 is a good choice – a smallish boys / travel / beard bristle brush made in England – http://www.kentbrushes.com

New Forest Shaving Brushes are hand finished in England (the brushes themselves are made in China) – http://newforestbrushes.blogspot.co.uk

Cyril R. Salter sell a variety of shaving products (trade only) including their own brand shaving brushes, shaving cream, strops and so on.  Of their own brand products, their shaving cream, shaving brushes, shaving scuttles and bowls, and shaving soaps are made in the UK. Their straight razors are made in Solingen, Germany as well as their strops – http://www.cyrilrsalter.co.uk

Penhaligon’s sell a razor set that is assembled in Sheffield.  Their perfumes are made in England.  It is not clear from their website what else that they sell that is made in the UK and possibly nothing – http://www.penhaligons.com

Truefitt and Hill in London is apparently the oldest barbershop in the world and they sell made in England double edge razors and modern blade razors (taking mach 3 blades). It is not clear from their website what else that they sell that is made in the UK and possibly nothing, but it rumoured on the internet that their shaving mugs are made in England and that their shaving brushes are made for them by Vulfix in the Isle of Man – http://www.truefittandhill.co.uk

According to the Chap Magazine of Dec/Jan 2014, Creightons in Peterborough are possibly the people who actually manufacture the shaving creams for the Three T’s – Geo F. Trumper, Truefitt and Hill, and Taylor of Old Bond Street.

Creightons in Peterborough (Creightons plc) are manufacturers of fine English toiletries. They manufacture a wide range of personal care and beauty products for other brands in their own factory (as well as working with other manufacturers) and have their own range of brands. As far as I can gather, most of their products are made in England, but as always you will want to check if products are not labelled as such. Creightons own Potter and Moore. Creightons have a factory outlet store located in Peterborough and products from that store are available online at their Beauty@Creightons website. Creightons / Potter and Moore make shaving products, hair products, fake tan, toiletries, foot care products, anti-bacterial hand wash, and so on; under a variety of brand names.

http://www.creightons.com

http://www.beautyatcreightons.co.uk

http://potterandmoore.com

Creightons Vanilla & Macadamia Cocoon Hand Cream. Made in England.

Creightons Vanilla & Macadamia Cocoon Hand Cream. Made in England.

Creightons Spiced Vanilla Body Butter. Made in England.

Creightons Spiced Vanilla Body Butter. Made in England.

St James of London mens grooming products (by Creightons, see above) are made in the UK. Individual product country of origin is not given, so you will want to check. Aimed at the American market, prices on their website are in US dollars. Products are available in Sterling at Beauty@Creightons – http://www.stjamesoflondon.com

There are a number of grooming tips at the St James of London site mentioned above, such as “Irritated, bumpy skin can be avoided by using a high-quality double-edge razor”.

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A gentleman shaving his head.

Travel tip – Fixed-cartridge razor blades (disposable razors) are allowed in hand luggage on aircraft; double edge razor blades are not (they would have to go in the hold in checked baggage).

Abbeyhorn do a range of shaving brushes, beard brushes and moustache combs, all made in Lancashire, England I understand – http://www.abbeyhorn.co.uk

Trestle Shop (Tender) sell a made in England cow horn comb, which comes in a made in England from Japanese denim case – http://www.trestleshop.com/natural-cow-horn-comb-in-a-denim-slip/

Captain Fawcett’s extra strength moustache wax, shaving brush, razor handle (takes mach 3 blades), and shaving soap (note the bowl is made in India) are made in England.  Their website does not specify country of origin for their other items so I assume these are foreign made – http://www.captainfawcett.com

Simpsons (Alexander Simpson) Shaving Brushes are based on the Isle of Man. They are owned by Progress Shaving Brush (Vulfix) Limited and made in London. Progress (Vulfix) Limited themselves  manufacture shaving brushes, razors and shaving accessories sold under the Vulfix brand or branded for other companies, some or possibly all of which are made in England.

http://www.simpsonshavingbrushes.com

http://www.vulfixoldoriginal.com

http://www.progress-vulfix.com – trade only.

VULFIX 404 'The Grosvenor' BADGER/ BOAR SHAVING BRUSH. Made in England.

VULFIX 404 ‘The Grosvenor’ BADGER/ BOAR SHAVING BRUSH. Made in England.

Simpsons Polo 8 Super badger shaving brush.  Made in England.

Simpsons Polo 8 Super badger shaving brush. Made in England.

The online tobacconists Bonds of London sell Vulfix shaving brushes branded with their own name (internet only – the Bonds of Oxford Street shop is long gone) – http://www.bondsoflondon.com

Ernest Wright and Son Limited Moustache / Nose Trimming Scissors are made in England – http://www.ernestwright.co.uk

Ernest Wright and Son Limited. Moustache / Nose Trimming Scissors with rounded safety ends, for trimming moustache, nose, ears, beard or other facial and body hair. Made in England. Four inches in length TOTAL. Hard-wearing carbon steel blades for long-life precision edge retention. Should be stored dry.

Ernest Wright and Son Limited.
Moustache / Nose Trimming Scissors with rounded safety ends, for trimming moustache, nose, ears, beard or other facial and body hair. Made in England.

For moustached adorned chaps you might like to try the following for British made Moustache Wax:

MR NATTY’S MOUSTACHE TWIZZLE WAX – “Empires are built with this” – “This clear moustache wax is slightly harder than normal moustache wax, so it’s great in warmer and cold climates – like trips abroad – and it lasts rather a long time. Work your finger around in the tin to create warmth, then rub together thumb and forefinger then apply to your fine moustache” – They also make shampoo, lip salve, beard elixir, shave soap, after shave, candles, and a handy universal soap that can be used as soap, deodorant, shave soap and shampoo (but not toothpaste). All Mr Natty preparations are made in England and call comply with the maximum airline size of 100ml. Please note that their wash bags are made in the USA.

http://www.mrnatty.net

MR NATTY'S MOUSTACHE TWIZZLE WAX 10 ml.  Made in England.

MR NATTY’S MOUSTACHE TWIZZLE WAX 10 ml. Made in England.

MR NATTY FRANK'S BEARD ELIXIR.  Made in England.

MR NATTY FRANK’S BEARD ELIXIR. Made in England.

Beardbase Beard Oil is made in Britain. As they point out on their website “by using beard oil, you can soften your beard hair and skin underneath, banish beard dandruff and solve the problems of itchy, wiry beard hair”. I assume their other products are foreign made  – http://beardbase.co.uk

Scoundrel’s moustache wax and beard oil is all labelled as being “made in Nottingham” – http://www.scoundrelswax.com

Foad Wax is made in London, England. Medium-firm or soft-medium – http://foadwax.com

Captain Fawcett’s extra strength moustache wax, shaving brush, razor handle (takes mach 3 blades), and shaving soap (note the bowl is made in India) are made in England.  Their website does not specify country of origin for their other items so I assume these are foreign made.

http://www.captainfawcett.com

Taylor of Old Bond Street make a moustache wax in a 30ml tin and another in a 15ml tube, both of which are made in England.  The premises of Taylor of Old Bond Street are actually in Jermyn Street, not Old Bond Street by the way. Their web site is at www.tayloroldbondst.co.uk   (Enter “wax” in the quicksearch field).

Mr. Taylor’s Moustache Wax is also available from The Gentleman’s Shop in Hungerford, Berkshire. Their website is at www.gentlemans-shop.com (Enter “wax” in the Search-by-Keyword field). The Gentleman’s Shop stock a wide range of shaving and grooming products.

Tony’s Barber Shop Wonderful Moustache Wax is made in England.  A quote from the Handlebar Club website about this products – “Tony has been making it for about ten years and does it all himself locally in Devon. His grandfather and father were both barbers and the recipe has been passed down.” His shop’s web site is www.tonysbarbershop.co.uk. Click on the “Moustache Wax” link at the left.

Roo’s hair pomade by Scott Fraser is made in England – http://scottfrasercollection.com/product-category/grooming/

Keep an eye out to see what Beaufort London have to offer when they launch – gentlemen’s grooming products and accessories made in Great Britain – http://www.beaufortlondon.com

Bounder Extra Firm moustache wax is made in England –  http://waxindustries.com

Fat Jacks Tash Wax is made in the UK – http://www.fatjackstashwax.com

Penhaligon’s Movember moustache wax is possibly made in the UK (on the basis that all their scents are made in England), but I am not sure, so please check before buying.

http://www.penhaligons.com

Mr King’s Marvellous Moustache Wax is made in the UK. Their website has a video on how to wax your moustache. Their other products are foreign made I assume.

http://mrkingswax.bigcartel.com

MR KING'S MARVELLOUS MOUSTACHE WAX.  Made in the UK.

MR KING’S MARVELLOUS MOUSTACHE WAX. Made in the UK.

Murdock’s Marvellous Moustache Wax, in 15ml Natural or Quince Oakmoss scents, like all the Murdock own brand grooming range, is made in England.

Murdock do a traditional shaving and beard and moustache trimming / shaping service too. Have a look at this short article on the Tweed Pig – Murdock London – Demon Barbers of London

http://www.murdocklondon.com

Murdock's Marvellous Moustache Wax.  Made in England.

Murdock’s Marvellous Moustache Wax. Made in England.

Should I use moustache wax? – a link to Q&A at The Handlebar Club. There are also pages with various moustache wax suppliers and useful FAQs about handlebar moustaches. Founded in 1947, the Handlebar Club’s qualification for membership is “a hirsute appendage of the upper lip, with graspable extremities” and no beards.

You may also enjoy the Hirsute for Happiness website, which is written by a man with a handlebar moustache and beard and is for those with an interest in moustache, beards, and associated grooming products. Plus you may enjoy Norton of Morton, a website brought to you by protagonist G.M. Norton (an aspiring English gentleman on limited means); it follows his quest to lead a gentlemanly existence where he celebrates chivalry, good manners and decency and it includes a moustache growing guide.

Moustache wax will keep your Mo in fine fettle. Moustache is sometimes spelt as “mustache”, particularly in the USA. The pronunciation of moustache is a little bit different in the USA too. Talking of the USA, the Art of Manliness (a US based website) has an article on How to Grow a Handlebar Moustache and a video about How to Trim a Moustache.

This old archive article also explains how to grow a handlebar moustache – Mustache Summer ’99.

This article in the Daily Mail has some great pictures of Handlebar Club members. Below is a video about the Handlebar Moustache Club (the Handlebar Club).

There are articles on moustachesbeards and goatees on wikipedia.

A link to the men’s health charity Movember – http://uk.movember.com

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Which is the correct spelling:  Moustache or Mustache? An Englishman spells it moustache, whilst an American spells it mustache. Moustache is also the preferred spelling in all the main varieties of English outside the U.S.

The Pencil moustache. Often associated with spivs, this caddish moustache is closely cropped and thin enough to have been traced by a pencil, hence the name. Here it is illustrated by Sir David Niven (in The Pink Panther, 1963).

The Pencil moustache. Often associated with spivs, this caddish moustache is closely cropped and thin enough to have been traced by a pencil, hence the name. Here it is illustrated by Sir David Niven (in The Pink Panther, 1963).

You might like to note that, despite somehow giving the impression otherwise, the Kent Moustache and Beard Comb is not made in the UK. Many websites claim the Kent moustache comb they are selling is British made.  Kent have categorically told me it is not British made.

Abbeyhorn make various moustache combs and beard brushes, as well as shaving brushes; all made in Lancashire, England I understand.

The Murdock Moustache Comb is made for them by Abbeyhorn and is made in England.

Murdock Moustache Comb.  Made for Murdock by Abbeyhorn.  Made in England.

Murdock Moustache Comb. Made for Murdock by Abbeyhorn. Made in England.

Scotweb sell an oxhorn moustache comb, possibly also made for them by Abbeyhorn – http://www.scotweb.co.uk/products/oxhorn-moustache-comb-with-handle/

Harrow and Penny sell a made in the UK moustache comb, again possibly made by Abbeyhorn – http://www.harropandpenny.co.uk/collections/all/products/moustache-horn-comb

Taylor of Bond Street sell a very easily manoeuvrable and comfortable to use ivory coloured moustache comb (I040) in their shop which, whilst it is actually made in Europe, is at least apparently finished in the UK.

Taylor of Old Bond Street I040 moustache comb.  Made in Europe; finished in England. Photo by author.

Taylor of Old Bond Street I040 moustache comb. Made in Europe; finished in England. Photograph by author.

What constitutes a proper moustache? This article on American site Handlebar Moustache Life entitled “The Moustache Zone – Stray Not!” explains. More detail in the link, but see the picture below. “…what area constitutes legit moustache growth. For a handlebar moustache it will include only hair growing within the upper lip area. This extends out to the sides and usually stops at the smile crease that arch up and in toward your nose. The lower limit is generally at the corners of the mouth. ”

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First Olympian Beard Oils: refined blends of rare oils, herbs and plant extracts for the discerning beard wearer are made in Britain. http://www.beard-oil.co.uk or http://www.firstolympian.com

Murdock sell made in England beard shampoo, beard conditioner, beard moisturiser, etc.

Bedfordshire Beard Co shave and beard oils are blended in Bedforeshire, England – http://www.bedfordshirebeardco.com

The Tweed Pig has a Gallery of Great British Beards.

Excuse Me Miss

Total beard porn

Two gentlemen with beards.  From the Tweed Pig article "Murdock London - Demon Barbers of London"

Two gentlemen with beards. From the Tweed Pig article “Murdock London – Demon Barbers of London”

An American gentleman with a big moustache and goatee.  From the "Handlebar Moustache Survey by James of Georgia" on Handlebar Moustache Life

An American gentleman with a big moustache and goatee. From the “Handlebar Moustache Survey by James of Georgia” on Handlebar Moustache Life.

Daniel Craig Movember 2011

Daniel Craig Movember 2011

Daniel Craig Movember 2013

Daniel Craig clean shaven and Movember 2013

Tom Selleck in Magnum P.I. publicity photo, 1980.  A classic American moustache.

Tom Selleck in Magnum P.I. publicity photo, 1980. A classic moustache.

Brad Pitt with his goatee (March 2009)

American Brad Pitt with his goatee (March 2009)

Ben Kingsley at event for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, 2010

Ben Kingsley at event for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, 2010, with a very agreeable goatee.

John Hurt (as Dr Who) and Billie Piper (as Bad Wolf) in Doctor Who, The Day of the Doctor, November 2013.  John Hurt is sporting a handsome goatee.

John Hurt (as Dr Who) and Billie Piper (as Bad Wolf) in Doctor Who, The Day of the Doctor, November 2013. John Hurt is sporting a handsome goatee.

The chaps of the Handlebar Club gathering in Bath for their annual general meeting 2013

The chaps of the Handlebar Club gathering in Bath for their annual general meeting 2013

A gentleman from the Handlebar Club at a gathering in Bath in 2013.

A gentleman from the Handlebar Club at a gathering in Bath in 2013.

Prince Michael of Kent with his simply fabulous beard.

Prince Michael of Kent with his simply fabulous beard.

James Robertson-Justice with his fabulous beard

James Robertson-Justice with his fabulous beard.

Gentleman with beard (from Cravat Club website)

Gentleman with beard (from Cravat Club website).

Oliver Reed

Oliver Reed with beard.

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton with a ‘frozen’ beard.

A shaven headed gentleman with a beard and glasses

A shaven headed gentleman with a beard and glasses, from Murdock London.

A moustachioed train at Reading station 21.12.13

A moustachioed train at Reading station 21.12.13. Photograph by author.

Out of interest the badger hair is used in shaving brushes is mostly imported from China and British badger hair is never used.

My Moustache Cup sell a range of British made traditional earthenware cups designed to make it easier for a moustachioed gentlemen to enjoy drinking tea – http://mymoustachecup.com

A shaving forums for those of you who might be interested:

http://badgerandblade.com

I have tried various shaving products, but I generally use my vintage Gillette made in England Double Edged Safety Razor that I picked up on e-bay for £8.45 (including postage and packing) or my new made in England Murdock Ernest DE razor or a King of Shaves Azor (which I find better for shaving my head), together with a Taylor’s shaving brush, Taylor’s Eton College shaving cream (in a tub usually) and Lush facial moisturiser (sometimes Seaweed moisturisers from the Body Shop; which are made in England; or E45 cream). Sometimes I use a Philips electric razor and beard trimmer, but these are made in China. I checked with Philips who have confirmed that all Philips products are now made in the Far East. I use my old Philips made in England electric razors sometimes and these are still going strong despite their age. For DE blades I use either Wilkinson Sword (which are made in Germany) or Feather (which are made in Japan). Incidentally Derby DE blades are made in Turkey and Merkurs in Germany. This article on the Murdock website discusses blades. I use Mr Natty’s Twizzle moustache wax on my tash sometimes and Mr Natty’s Beard Elixer in my goatee.

Vintage Gillette Safety Razor~made in England.

Vintage Gillette Safety Razor~made in England. Photograph by author.

A vintage made in Gt Britain Phillips battery shaver.

A vintage made in Gt Britain Philips battery shaver.

Does anyone know of any other current British made cut throat razors, double edge safety razors or modern blade razors?  Or any British made electric razors?  Or British made razor blades?  Or other British made shaving soap and shaving accessories?

King of Shaves Azor razor. Made in the UK.