With the rise and rise of facial fuzz, the primitive value of a wet shave has been somewhat forgotten. What goes up, must come down, and we're anticipating an imminent resurgence in Patrick Bateman-style smoothness. So, in a bid to get ahead, we've hunted down a few of our favourite shaving kits from around the web.
1. Though this kit, rather bizarrely, doesn't come with one of Baxter's brilliant custom Double edge Safety Razors, the Californian company do a mean set of lotions, potions and balms cooked up to a formula created by Baxter Finley himself back in 1965. www.baxterofcalifornia.com
2. Tucked away on Mayfair's St James' street for the past two centuries, DR Harris is one of London's oldest pharmacies - as the Edwardian stylings of the immaculately-finished shaving kits attest. The four piece set above is available in both ivory and ebony. For a little extra after-care we'd recommend investing in the ginger and lemon face moisturiser, it's up there with the lip balm - which, incidentally, is brill. www.drharris.co.uk
3. Japanese design company Maruto Hasegawa Kosakujo has been manufacturing precision tools for the past eight decades, and they've got it down to a fine art. Though it's more about beard management than clean shaving, the "Faceman" kit is still a favourite at Esquire HQ. Manufactured in super-high quality stainless steel and aluminum, the kit has been designed to provide ultra-accurate facial hair control. www.nico.or.jp
4. A challenge to DR Harris in the heritage stakes, Geo F Trumper has been around in one form or another since the mid-19th century. Alongside providing cut-throat shaves from its Mayfair headquarters, Trumper also manufacture some of the most beautiful shaving kits around. This art deco inspired number will set you back around £170, but for a little slice of history, we think it's worth it. www.trumpers.com
5. Designed by recent graduate Jacques-Elie Craig Ribeyron, this trimmer, razor and shaving brush set is one of the slickest we've seen. Hammered out in suitably masculine black PVD-coated steel, the kit - exposed nuts, bolts and all - will have you reaching for your razor at every opportunity. Let's just hope it goes into production sooner rather than later. For more information visit www.ecal.ch