It's not 2012 anymore. Beards are out. It's time to shave your face. And since the last time you did it, things have changed. Wet shaving provides better results, it's cheaper per shave, the ritual is fun, and it's the only bathroom activity that goes with whiskey.
Alex spent far too long researching which products to buy for his own face, and this kit is the result. If you were to spend four hours tonight on /r/wicked_edge absorbing the wisdom of the world's most famous shaver, Leisureguy, you would likely wind up with this same kit of products, and you'd have wasted four hours.
Our kit includes four items: A Parker 24c double edged safety razor, an Omega S-Brush, a puck of Otoko shave soap, and a high-variation selection of DE blades. If you came to TMAP for the soap, you can get it here. If you have more questions, read on.
Why we picked the 24c:
Let's try an anecdote. There is a bourbon called Elijah Craig. It's an old brand, and it has an interesting history. The whiskey is a first tier product with a middle tier cost. It competes with the $100 whiskeys, yet its normal price is between $25 and $30. It objectively beats everything in its bracket, and subjectively beats the best of the priciest.
The Parker 24c is the Elijah Craig of razors. It costs the same as a bottle of Elijah Craig, and many will tell you: it's as good as a Blanton's.
Why we picked Otoko Organics soap:
Otoko soap is a special formulation of vegan, natural ingredients, created by an American Ex-Pat working with a chemist in Australia. It's hailed for its exceptional shaving results and wonderful smell. It's exclusively available in the USA from These Men Are Professionals. That's why you can order just the soap if that's all you want.
Why we picked the Omega S-Brush:
The S-Brush is a fantastic synthetic shave brush. It, like our razor, outperforms other brushes in its class. And in the interest of avoiding fads and flavors of the week, we chose the product with a long, uncontroversial history of being very good.
How we choose the blades we send you:
We'll send 15 razor blades to you with our kit. You'll read online that DE razor blade choice is almost entirely a matter of personal preference. Feather, for example, is known as a very sharp blade, but many people find it quite uncomfortable.
Because of the fact that it's an issue of personal preference, we will send you a strong variety, so that you can do your own science. If you'd like to read more on this subject, you can read Leisureguy's disquisition on blade choice. The blades we send you may vary from those shown in the image above, but will always include Feathers.