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Hand-Forged Grooming Gear from Studebaker Metals

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Studebaker Metals is a small metalworking operation based in Pittsburg, PA that makes a unique line of shaving tools and other everyday accessories. Every piece in their collection is made the oldschool way — pounded out with a hammer, anvil, and a few other basic hand tools

Grooming

The Manual Guide: How to Prevent Razor Burn

Razor burn is the bane of the smooth-faced man’s existence. For all your efforts to stay clean shaven and sharp, you’re rewarded with irritated and uncomfortable skin. But not to worry —...
with the right precautions, this most bothersome phenomenon can be avoided. Here’s how to prevent razor burn: 1. Pre-shave Slap a nice hot towel on your face for a minute or two to open up your...
pores, then follow that up with a nice exfoliating scrub. This works wonders for your skin, and also helps perk up the hairs on your face to get them ready for the shave....

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Grooming

Harry’s Rolls Out Shaving Gel and Moisturizer

Remember Harry’s? Just in case you forgot we’ll jog your memory. Harry’s was the razor brand created by Warby Parker founder Jeff Raider and Bain alum Andy Katz-Mayfield last year. They are known...
for their stylish, but affordable ergonomic razors. (Note: the Warby Parker of shaving.) Harry’s announced today they are releasing a new skincare line for men to compliment their razors. It’s both...
affordable and all natural. We got in touch with Harry’s to get you the details. The line is a simple and easy two-piece set that includes a Foam Shave Gel and After Shave Moisturizer. Harry’s Foam...
Shave Gel is a...

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Grooming

Getting Dirty: Mud and Sea Salt Products To Clean You Up

Sea salt and mud – they’re miracle minerals that can change the way you take care of your hands, face and even hair. The Dead Sea is one of the lowest places on earth, known for its healing...
properties and ability to improve your skin. Fun fact: we once walked in with razor burn and walked out with clear skin. Granted, it burned like a mother. If you don’t have the time to travel across...
the world, here are some awesome products you can try. Don’t be afraid to get a little dirty to get a lot of clean. AHAVA...

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Grooming

Step It Up With Anthony High Performance

Grooming is an essential part of every guy’s daily routine (or at least it should be). Anthony Sosnick has always been good to our skin, and now things are about to get even better. If you like Anthony...
Logistics, you’ll love taking it up a notch with Anthony’s High Performance Line. The line includes three products that will step up your skin care regimen. High Performance Eye Cream. Because...
we all need a little help in that department when we have a lot to do with very little sleep. This eye cream will also take care of crow’s feet for guys...

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Grooming

The eShave Guide to Fall Grooming

Summer is fleeting. This means fall is upon us and beards are back — or not. At the very least, carefree summer grooming is out the door. When you’re ready to roll off the beach or check back in, we...
teamed up with eShave to help you brush up for fall.  Here’s our suggestions for your fall grooming regimen:  FACE MOISTURIZER: Try out êShave’s paraben-free White Tea Face Moisturizer. It’s an...
extra light lotion made with natural sunscreens to protect the skin from harmful UVA and UVB. Yes, you still need sunscreen in the fall. It’s also infused with vitamin E...

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Grooming

The Men’s Soap Shop: Grooming Products in a Flask

Samuel Lopez founded The Men’s Soap Shop as an ode to when grooming was a cherished daily ritual for a men. What started out of his Boston apartment has become grown into a full-fledged small business...
that features handcrafted soap and aftershave made from all-natural ingredients. The Manual quizzed a spokesperson for the company about how the idea for The Men’s Soap Shop came about, why they opted to...
package their aftershaves in flasks and which of their scents is the most popular. How did the idea for The Men’s Soap Shop come about? Samuel Lopez has always longed for...

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Feel Good Friday, Grooming

Feel Good Friday – Tico Shave Oil

It’s a fact: as men, we use lots of shaving cream. Even we gents with beards still have to shave the neck and cheeks so as not to look like a crazed hillbilly. And if you have been reading this site for...
a while, you know we like our products to be as organic as possible. If you think about it, you are slapping this stuff on your face in a hot shower with open pores. Do you want ingredients seeping into...
your skin that you can’t pronounce? Enter Tico, the 100% USDA Organic all-in-one shaving solution. Rayner Smith had...

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Grooming

Birchbox Opens Its First Store in Manhattan

Calling all grooming hounds! If you’re a dedicated follower of Birchbox, you’ll be psyched to know that the game-changing, online club for the beauty and grooming industry, has opened its first...
brick-and-mortar in Manhattan. Located at 433 West Broadway in the heart of SoHo, Birchbox’s first freestanding emporium brings to life the 2000+ products from 250 brands seen until now only on its...
website, though unlike a Duane Reade, Beauty Bar or Sephora, Birchbox organizes its products by category so shoppers can compare products more easily or simply duck in to grab a full-sized version of their...
favorite product they...

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Grooming

The Manual’s Guide to Summer Hair Care

That mop on your head can really make or break a job offer, romantic evening or family photo eternally framed on your mama’s bookshelf. While it seems like hair shouldn’t be that hard to control, there...
can be lots of factors. Now that we are knee deep in the kiddie pool of summer, we turned to third generation barber, Thorin Decatur who owns one of Manhattan’s most happening barber shops, Decatur &...
Sons. No bells and whistles here (i.e. no flat screens gents!) just great barbers who know what the hell they are doing. We headed over to Thorin’s on...

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Fashion & Style, Grooming

15 Dopp Kits That Go The Distance

Because we weren’t exactly sure where the word “dopp” came from, we headed to the library to explore this fascinating puzzle. And by “library” we mean Wikepedia. And by...
“fascinating” we mean mildly interesting. But still, you’ll be thrilled to know that the term dopp kit originated from one early 20th century leather artisan, Charles Doppelt, a German...
immigrant who dreamt up his namesake toiletry case in 1919. If you’re on planning on slighting dear old Charles and going with, say, the British Isles preferred definition [that would be 'sponge...
bag'] or sticking with everyone’s favorite Deutschland (grooming bag) designer, we’re...

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Grooming

The Manual Guide to Vetiver

If you pay any attention to fragrances at all, we’re sure that you’ve heard the word vetiver. If you’ve ever wondered what vetiver is, it’s a tall grass that has a multitude of uses. It can help...
stabilize soil, act as animal feed, and protect crops against animals and pests. It also has an alluring scent that is refreshing, woodsy and earthy all at once, which is why so many fragrance companies...
use it. Vetiver also has the power to stimulate a developing economy; in Haiti it provides work for over 30,000 small-scale farmers. Now how’s that for an added...

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Grooming

The Beardbrand Explorer’s Kit

The calendar officially says that it’s summer and we know your immediate future is full of travel plans. Whether it’s a wedding weekend, a beach getaway or a vacation abroad, you’re going to be on...
the move over the next few months. But being constantly en route can be hard on your hygiene—especially if you like to wear a beard. That’s where the Explorer’s Kit by Beardbrand comes in. Even if...
you aren’t a hipster with a lumberjack beard (or even if you aren’t an actual lumberjack with a legitimate mountain beard), good facial hair maintenance is key. No matter...

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