Honest Abe Curation
WCS Latigo Leather strop, 3” with D rings: Many have heard of, and appreciate, the work of the reclusive Mountain Mike. Living in a secluded area of Mt. San Jacinto, he crafts these beautiful strops by hand from Latigo leather. He cuts the leather to a 3” swath to cover the whole width of the blade and dons the end of the strop with stainless steel D-rings for a secure grip while stropping. Pre-conditioned leather ensures a supple, even surface for the razor to glide along: no oil or conditioner needed! For Lincoln’s premium straight razor, it seems only fitting that he’d have an all-American strop to accompany it.
Mitchell’s Wool Fat Shaving Soap: While Williams Mug shaving soap was, in fact, available since the 1840s, I’d like to think Honest Abe would’ve kicked it up a notch. He was a no-nonsense man, which means that he’d use a soap that smelled decent, but more importantly, got the job done very well. Enter Mitchell’s Wool Fat Shaving Soap. A tallow-and-lanolin-based shaving soap (which produces a notably slick and dense lather with a light, detergent-like scent) would befit the Gentle Giant and his daily grooming regimen.
Tabac Shaving Soap: While Tabac has only been in production since the 1950s, I thought this soap deserved a spot on this list. If Abe wanted to switch it up a bit, it likely would have been with a soap scented with one of our country’s oldest agricultural endeavors: tobacco. Tabac is a “love it or hate it” scent profile, but according to many historical entries, perfumes were usually only categorized between floral and musky. Tabac, however, has it all! Notes of orange, lemon, lavender, geranium, oakwood, vetiver, musk, ambergris, tobacco and musk (plus a few others) make this a powdery, floral tobacco perfectly fitting the times of our 16th president.
Pinaud Clubman, Lilac Vegetal: Edouard Pinaud opened his famous house of perfumes - appropriately named the “House of Ed Pinaud” - in the 1840s. He quickly gained massive success with his high-end grooming products and fragrances and, soon, was commissioned by Napoleon III to produce an aftershave for the Hungarian cavalry: an aftershave he called “lilac Vegetal”. This scent also falls in line with many other fragrances of the 17th century, with a light, floral musk perfect for capping off Abe’s manly shave.
WCS Flare Silvertip badger brush, Faux Horn: The use of badger hair shaving brushes can be traced back to 16th-century France. Its properties made it highly desirable for luxurious shaves from the first use. While originally sporting longer handles (for barber use only), shorter handles worked their way into many shaving brushes as personal grooming gained popularity. Various animal horn and tusk was a popular material during the 17th century -- and has a ridiculously classy appearance. For a comfortable shave, this timeless design of shaving brush would perfectly suit the traditionalist.
Abraham’s Beard Conditioner, Barbershop: One of Lincoln's staple features was his epic and distinguished beard. This was no beard of the disheveled (though the man himself often was), but a beard of care and attention. While a beard acts to warm the face and protect it from the elements, it can also severely dry out your skin, largely defeating its very purpose for many! Not only does this beard oil bear the name of one of our finest presidents, but is scented with Barbershop-inspired notes of bergamot, basil, oakmoss, and white patchouli for a clean, crisp scent. Let’s face it: bathing was not always a frequent practice during the 1800s, so clean scents such as this one really helped to mask any unwanted odors!
Acca Kappa Military Style Hair Brush, White Bristle: Acca Kappa was born in the 1860s, and focused on making high-end hair brushes. Since this time, their brushes have been made of high quality - and oftentimes unique - wood in which rests natural boar bristles. The age-old design and functional materials made this worthy of adorning Lincoln’s (and your!) counter-top for an efficient and reliable hair groom to last a lifetime.