From the Archives: The Art of Axe Shaving

When desperate times call for desperate measures, turn to this 100-year-old method for a clean shave
February 17, 2013Words by Jeff Masamori

Back in 2013, things at Huckberry were a bit Wild West—we were shaving our beards with axes and our Art Director was writing Journal articles. We’ve come a long way since then (and bought some proper grooming gear), but we’re proud of our humble beginnings. So to stay in touch with our roots, we’ve rummaged through our archives to bring you this old article about an even older tradition.
 


 

Pick up any men’s magazine and you'll see that vintage and heritage products are all the rage these days. This wave of nostalgia has breached all men’s categories, including shaving, which has seen a resurgence in straight razors and safe razors. Yet, there’s another even more analog alternative that hasn’t hit the mainstream: axe shaving.

Back in the 1930s, traveling axe salesmen would pull the maneuver to demonstrate the sharp edge and superiority of their product. The proof was in the smooth, stubble-free pudding.

Around that same time (1919 to be exact), a blacksmith named Josef Schmitt founded Adler Axes in southern Germany to create tools made for long-term outdoor use. Unlike the art of axe shaving (and 2013 Huckberry Journal articles), Adler has stood the test of time. So, 100 years after Schmitt established the heritage company, we collaborated with Adler Axes for a Huckberry Exclusive hatchet

We recommend it for chopping wood or displaying on your mantel (yeah, it’s that good looking). We can’t officially endorse replacing your razor with a hatchet, but if you’re feeling especially McGyver-y (or desperate), let us know how it goes.
 



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