Top Product Picks From John

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John Koontz, co-owner of West Coast Shaving, has tried more products that he can keep track of. He is the very definition of a wet shaving enthusiast. So when he recommends a product, we always listen up. It all began many years ago when he asked for and received a bunch of shaving supplies for Christmas to wage war on his horrible razor burn. And after realizing that a wet shave was the only way he'd ever shave again, his new hobby turned into a passion and then turned into West Coast Shaving! We asked him to pick a handful of his favorite products from the vast amounts cluttering his sink. Have you tried all of his top picks and the? Let us know if you agree in the comments below!

Merkur Futur Razor

"Of course, I've tested a ton of razors, but I keep coming back to this one because it just works for my face. The blade angle is a little different than most and it results in a more comfortable shave for my technique, blade choice, and beard. While it is adjustable, I haven't adjusted it in 8 years. I find I like it a bit on the mild side with a sharp blade. I use the matte version because it's a little easier to hold with wet hands than the polished version."

New York Shaving Elizabeth Shave Soap

"I have far more shaving soaps in my bathroom than razors (i won't allow myself to call it a collection). I think the New York Shaving products are hidden gems that need more attention. I like to change it up daily on my soaps, but I keep reaching for this one at least once a week. The performance is wonderful and the scent makes me happy."

DR Harris Windsor Aftershave Splash

"I'm a sucker for the Windsor scent and use the aftershave splash regularly. I have oily skin so the splash gives me just enough moisture after a shave without causing any residual stickiness and isn't heavy."

Baxter Deodorant

"It may be a bit hard to get excited about deodorant, but this is what I use every day. Works well and smells good. It tends to last longer for me as well."

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s9 December 10, 2015 12:10 PM reply
Thank you, but one of the most critical tools of the wet shave, the brush, was glaringly omitted from this list.

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admin33774 (Store Admin) December 11, 2015 12:26 AM reply
Yes, aware of the omission. The problem is I have too many favorite brushes and I couldn't decide. Many of my favorites are from Simpson.

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mel1189 January 2, 2016 11:07 PM reply
Good post, but I'd also love to hear your recommendations on brushes. I bought my husband the Perfecto 100% Pure Badge Shaving Brush recently and he loves it. Little to no shedding (this had been his main complaint with other brushes), high quality brush at really affordable price. Check out a review here:

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John Nixon December 15, 2015 11:49 AM reply
The first and only DE razor I have bought is the Merkur Futur. It's weighted perfectly, works beautifully and has done so for somewhere around 15 years! I did, though, learn the hard way how to best use it. I wanted the best stuff from the get go so I dropped in a Feather blade, whipped up some lather with my new super badger brush and opened the adjustment about half way between 'least' and 'most'. Took my first swipe and immediately a river of blood started flowing! A second swipe brought on a 2nd river. What I really opened up was my face! Ever since I have kept it set on 1. Well, except for a couple of times when I tried opening it up again just for the heck of it and got similar results! Ever since then I have kept a big block of alum handy. Setting it on 1, for me, makes this quality razor truly a 'safety' razor and probably about the best you can buy.

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Ed Urbanski January 12, 2016 10:51 AM reply
I recently got a Muhle R89 Twist DE Safety Razor and like it a lot. A thinking of going to a straight razor. You apparently do not use a straight razor . . . . if not, why? Was thinking of getting a Ralf Aus - Solingen 5/8 Rosewood Scales, Round Point. You do not carry the Ralf Aus Brand. Why not? Would also appreciate any comments regarding straight razors. Thank you!

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admin33774 (Store Admin) January 13, 2016 12:25 AM reply
Hi Ed, I actually do have and enjoy a number of straight razors. I just ran into kids running around the bathroom and I decided I would put them away until they are a bit older. So they didn't make it to my favorite list. As to other brands, we're always looking to expand our product lines, so thanks for the suggestion. We will look into it.

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Ed Urbanski January 13, 2016 1:23 PM reply
Thank you, John for your comments! Being in my late 70's now, I understand your comment about "kids running around" in the bathroom. Also wanted to say that I received excellent service on all my dealings with WCS. Love your monogram shaving towel! Ed

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Ed Urbanski February 1, 2016 8:09 AM reply
Hi again John! Was wondering what setting you used on your Merkur Futur Razor, and what blades do you used (your favorite ones)? Thank you for sharing! I am thinking of getting the Futur myself.

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kkish57673 (Store Admin) February 8, 2016 11:58 AM reply
I asked John for you and he likes the the Red Personnas on a mild-med Setting on the Futur.

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Ed Urbanski February 8, 2016 12:08 PM reply
Thank you! I did get the Futur from you (used it today, great razor). Also ordered the Merkur Progress which is scheduled to arrive today. After I try it shaving, I will probably be sending it to Eric Maier and get it "converted" into a Mergress! Has John ever tried a "Mergress"? Any comments regarding the Mergress?

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kkish57673 (Store Admin) February 8, 2016 2:46 PM reply
I don't believe John has tried the Mergress.

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Ed Urbanski February 9, 2016 11:39 AM reply
Has John tried the Merkur Progress? I have now bought 2 of the Merkur Progress Long Handle Adjustable Safety Razors and I really like them. I also have the Futur which I like as well. The Progress has a smaller head which would allow a little more movement flexibility. I will be sending one of my Progress to Eric Maier for him to convert into a "Mergress". Will then compare the Mergress with the Progress to see what differences, if any, the conversion process accomplished other than replacing the plastic knob with a Stainless Steel one and coloring the "dot" on the Progress.

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