A well-groomed visage is the base upon which all sartorial offerings are subsequently placed, and for this reason there must be no compromise on quality. Furthermore, a gentleman surrounded by attractive grooming items which bespeak a more elegant era will be more up to the task of spreading bonhomie and anarcho-dandyism than someone with a bag of Bic razors and a tin of shaving foam.
Old Colonial Shaving Soap
The Chap has spent months sampling various traditional scents to come up with Old Colonial, a new shaving soap with a subtle yet mesmerizing blend of sandalwood, tobacco and lime. Old Colonial is manufactured entirely in Blighty and comes in a large half-pound tub, guaranteed to last you at least three months with daily shaving. The scent has been chosen to evoke a Colonial plantation of the 1890s, and will leave your skin feeling fresh and zingy as well as reassuringly old fashioned.
Best Badger Shaving Brush
A good shaving soap or cream should not come anywhere near your face other than upon the bristles of the fur of one of England’s loveliest creatures, the badger. “Best badger” means that the bristles come from the ‘pars costails’ of the badger, with the remainder of the brush made up of finer and more pliable hairs from other areas of the body. This one is a decent size, chunky and solid to handle, and will produce voluminous lather on the old fizzog.
Badger/Bristle Shaving Brush
The perfect combination of badger hair and bristle makes this an ideal entry-level shaving brush. The 50/50 ration of plumage means there is just enough bristle in there to give the brush sufficient spring for a decent lathering, and just enough badger hair to ensure a soft, gentle spread of one’s favourite shaving soap among one’s own bristles.
Cyril Salter Open Razor
The open razor was used as a symbol of English gentlemanly tradition in the last James Bond film Skyfall for good reason. Also sometimes known as a “cut-throat” razor, don’t let the gruesome nomenclature put you off. This is the most traditional and precise way to remove one’s stubble, and with a little instruction and a lot of practice, you will soon have the billiard-ball smooth chin of a dapper secret agent.
Muhle Safety Razor
For those not yet ready to take on Bond’s shaving methods, an original safety razor, with its replaceable double-edged blades, still reeks of gentlemanly tradition. The blades last very much longer than your average Mach 3, and of course the razor itself is a far more beautiful object to behold, and to hold. This one is by renowned German company Muhle.
Timor Safety Razor
This slightly more economical safety razor by Timor is equally magnificent to behold and is also made by those reliable Germans with Solingen steel, and it comes with one complimentary blade. Because both sides are used, each blade is guaranteed to last you for at least six shaves, if not more.
Merkur Razor Blades
These double-edged blades are for use with old style safety razors, such as those made by Merkur, see above. The 10 double-sided Stainless Platinum blades are individually wrapped and come housed in a plastic safety dispenser. Each side of each blade will give you at least three excellent shaves, making you huge savings in the long run.
Taylor Moustache Wax
Taylor of OLd Bond Street have been maintaining gentlemen’s plumage for centuries, and their legendary moustache wax has been imitated and parodied countless times. Stick to the original whisker stiffener and you will never have to saunter along Jermyn Street with a drooping lip weasel.
The Chap Gift Set
This new version of our classic gift set is bound to set potential chaps’ (or their spouses desperate for suitable gift ideas) pulses racing, for it contains: a large tub of our brand-new shaving soap, Old Colonial, plus a pure bristle shaving brush; a handsome briar pipe (similar but not necessarily identical to the one pictured); a tin of Brown Study, The Chap’s own tobacco blend; a combined pipe tamper, reamer and cleaner tool; all wrapped up in a paisley snuff handkerchief in a sturdy hinged tin bearing The Chap logo. Also included is a Chap greetings card.