Sure, they can be a bit intimidating — but there's no better shave than the one you get from a straight razor properly wielded. And the Bison x Max Sprecher Straight Razor is a near-perfect specimen, made to last for generations to come. Featuring a hefty full-size blade forged from carbon steel, it's made to hold a cutting age that will last and last. The handle (also known as the scales) is made from carbon fiber that will never lose its shape, all while maintaining a light weight for excellent balance. Store it in the included leather sleeve which, like the rest of the razor, is handmade right here in the USA.
Your dentist just got a powerful new sidekick — and no, we're not talking about that weird suction device he uses to remove all your spit, that's old news. The Kolibree Smart Toothbrush ($TBA) is the only existing app-connected toothbrush (for now), and that makes it better. Much better. So, for those of you who couldn't remember to brush your teeth twice a day, or if you forget the most important parts of your mouth on a regular basis, this one's for you. It does all the remembering — and nagging — for you, alerting you via a mobile app when it's time to brush again, tracking your brushing effectiveness, and charting your progress over time. It'll even send updates to your dentist or share them with your family, in case you need a little added reinforcement.
Sometimes a cup of coffee (or three) in the morning isn't quite enough to get you going -- and while you could take up running every morning, it would be a lot easier to just use Pacific Caffeinated Shaving Stuff ($10 and up). Every product in their line of shaving stuff is fortified with caffeine, helping to naturally constrict the veins in your face, keep your skin healthy with antioxidants, and absorb into your blood for a morning boost. Choose from their exfoliating wash, shaving cream, moisturizer, and after shave, each one made with caffeine. All of their products are made in the USA, not tested on animals, and made with a minty scent that invigorates you on even the roughest mornings.
If you're sick of cheap plastic combs that fall to pieces after only weeks of normal usage, it might be time to think about upgrading to the Octovo Ti Comb ($150). Made from high-grade titanium — the same material used in aerospace, marine, and automotive applications — this comb has a black titanium finish making it incredibly durable, lightweight, and resistant to the normal wear and tear that plagues inferior combs. It also comes in a custom Italian leather sleeve so you can take your comb anywhere. Available in limited quantities, this comb is nearly sold out, so get yours now, unless you want to deal with crappy combs for the rest of your life.
There are plenty of things in this world that are out of your control — the weather, tax increases, your mortality — but what you can control are your perfectly-sculpted nails, with this Czech & Speake Manicure Set ($560). This handsome leather-bound set includes eight tools for maintaining your nails — slanted tweezers, safety scissors, nail scissors, nail clippers, a nail file, toe nail clippers, cuticle nipper, and a double-ended cuticle tool — each tool is finished in a matte black coating, and is hand-made in Germany. The kit comes with convenient slots and loops for each of your tools, making them easy to transport and store.
Whether you have a hangnail that you just can't fix, or you're particularly obsessive about the appearance of your nails, the Niegeloh Toplnox Manicure Set ($200) is the one for you. Manufactured in Germany from high-quality stainless steel, this set will last for years without tarnishing or dulling. Each set comes with seven pieces: two pairs of scissors, a pair of tweezers, a nail file, a cuticle clipper, and two nail clippers in different sizes. The whole set comes packaged in a handsome black carrying case with slots for each tool — perfect for storing it away without losing important pieces, or taking it with you on the road.
Get a little more mileage out of your regularly-scheduled trips to the dentist with the Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Black Edition ($190). More effective than your typical toothbrush, this one removes double the plaque, resulting in healthier gums and whiter teeth. The set includes a durable travel case for when you're on the road that also doubles as a USB charging station, as well as a unique charging glass that gives the batteries some juice while it sits on your sink. And with its all-black finish, chances are your roommate won't mind you leaving it sitting out.
Channel your late grandpa every time you engage in the manliest of morning rituals with the Jack Black x Muhle Safety Razor & Shave Brush ($200). This combination safety razor and shave brush takes shaving back to the old days, before razors had multiple blades, vibrating heads, moisturizing strips — and whatever other crap the big shaving companies cram onto a razor to try and make a buck. This classic shaving method helps prevent razor burn and bumps, will giving you a closer shave with less irritation. They feature tastefully-designed long blue handles, replaceable blades, and bristles made from Silvertip Fibre, so you don't have to feel bad about badgers losing their coats to give you that perfect coating of shaving cream.
There's probably no better time than early fall to commit to growing that carefully cultivated stubble of yours into a full-on beard. By the time winter comes around, you won't even need a scarf to keep your face warm. And with Beard Buddy Beard Wash ($14-$24), you can keep it looking clean and nice — no need to worry about your glorious facial hair repelling that special someone. This beard wash is made entirely from vegan, organic ingredients and essential oils that cleanse your whiskers while ensuring a moisturized and healthy face underneath. Each small batch is hand crafted in their shop in California, and comes in either a four-ounce size or a convenient two-ounce travel size (so your beard can even look great on the road).
Take your personal grooming routine back to basics with the Baxter Safety Razor Set ($250). This shaving set includes a double-edged safety razor, a genuine badger-hair shave brush, and a stand to hold both. The razor and the shave brush both have brass, nickel-plated handles, polished to a shiny finish, and featuring a pattern inspired by a vintage barbershop pole. The badger-hair brush perfectly distributes your shave cream across your face, lifting your facial hair, and letting you get a great shave every time.
Take care of all your shaving needs for the next month, season, or year in one purchase with Harry's Fall/Winter Truman Set ($20). This limited edition set includes a Truman handle, in your choice of seasonally-appropriate color schemes: ash fox, headily grange, nautilus captain, or woodsman. It also comes with three blades and shave cream — everything you'd need to avoid stubble for a month. Or, opt for a shaving plan and have blades shipped to your door every month, making picking up shaving supplies one less thing you ever have to worry about.
The buy one, give one movement is going strong with companies like Toms and Warby Parker — now Bogobrush ($40) has entered the mix. They offer a fairly-straightforward concept: a subscription service delivering a simply-made, environmentally- and socially-conscious toothbrush every three months (and for every one you get, an American in need gets one as well). The toothbrushes feature an entirely-biodegradable design, thanks to their bamboo construction. This helps you avoid contributing to the 450 million toothbrushes thrown away annually in the USA, all while helping spread good dental hygiene.