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Here at the Dandy Cat we support whatever style of facial hair you champion and as such we stock everything the bearded gentlemen needs, but for this article, those who proudly shun the razor may wish to look away, as this is an introduction to #proper shaving.

We stock a variety of high quality razors and blades, all of which we have used and all of which we recommend. As users of these #proper razors ourselves we also know just how confusing they are to behold at first, so we like to dispel the myths and break down the jargon surrounding the mysterious world of shaving, allowing you to make your own choices and hopefully enjoy the best shave you have ever had.

Whilst almost any "modern" razor will give you a clean shave, their disposable cartridge system makes them seem a far less modern idea when viewed through the eyes of a life less plastic. The life cycle of a cartridge razor is short, merely a matter of weeks. The hybrid of plastic and metal that makes each cartridge system seem so desirable means they cannot currently be recycled.

What if you need to shave? If the cartridge system is not the answer then what is?

The answer is quite simple really, adopt a more stylish shaving routine. Ditch those disposables and use a Double Edged Safety razor.

Merkur 34C DE Safety Razor

The Double Edged (DE) razor has been around for years, since the Victorian period in fact, and is a veritable master class in excellent product design. A good weighty handle with a closed or open combed head (depending on your ferocity needs) and a beautifully angled, super sharp razor blade make the design of any DE razor a delight.

The first thing that most people see is the price. DE razors seem expensive, but that handle and comb will outlast you if care for them right. Those scary looking blades that give you that "oh so close" shave are fully recyclable too. Sounding better already aren't they.

Those recyclable blades are quite sharp though and that can breed fear in the casual observer. This is understandable, a razor blade is sharp by design and sharp things are dangerous, everyone knows that; no one wants to start their day with a quick shave followed by a trip to A&E.

#proper razor blades safe in their box

A good quality razor blade will be be made from corrosion resistant steel so forget those images you have of rusting old razor blades in antique shops, the blade will also be safely held in a recyclable dispenser until needed. You then slide the blade out, unwrap it from its paper sheath, hold the blade by the thin, non-cutting edge ends and carefully place the blade in the razor before locking it in place. Your DE razor is now good to go. Once it has done its job, which will several shaves later, you can remove the blade and place it in a metal tin safe from harm. These tins can hold over 100 blades in safety and once filled you can pop them into your recycling bin happy in the knowledge that no blade will escape or harm a soul, and that the tin, together with its contents of used blades, can be recycled and given another life.

We will review our blades, razors and other lovely things we stock for shaving in due course, but for now you can pop in store and see them for yourself.

Feel free to ask us a question about DE razors, we will happily try to answer any you have and we promise not to push a razor on those proud individuals who live by the beard.

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Updated: Sep 26, 2019

“Just what is The Dandy Cat?”

This is a question we get asked a lot.

Are we a barber? Are we a shop? Are we a venue? Well, the short answer is that we are a little bit of all of the above.

The Dandy Cat is about choice; a carefully curated collection of nice things, predominantly for the gentlemen; stylish haircuts, opulent grooming products and delicately distilled spirits.

Don’t be fooled though, we are not exclusively for men, we have many stylish women who pass through our doors, after all, style isn’t about gender; it’s a state of mind, an attitude.

We wanted to create a space for like minded people to meet, discover new ideas or products and relax, safe in the knowledge that their “manliness” won’t be judged on their likes or dislikes.

This blog is a way-in for those that would like to know a little more before they walk in the shop door.

The Dandy Cat

Over the course of this blog we intend to highlight some of the amazing products that we have in stock and give you a strong reason as to why we stock that product in the first place. Nothing we have is bought thoughtlessly from a wholesaler for profit, everything we stock we use, and everything is of the highest quality from the best brands. The majority of our brands are locally sourced but we also stock brands from further afield, as long as they offer something special.

Luxury should not be defined by expense or it’s disposable nature. Everything we stock is sustainable, paraben-free or vegan; and it is the quality of these products and the way they improve your daily routine that gives you that feeling of indulgent pampering, not their price. Being stylish shouldn’t cost the earth.

We have tested all the creams, razors and blades (and dismissed many along the way); we have worn the cologne, had our hair cut by the master barber and used the products they recommend; we have washed with the soaps and face washes, listened to all the vinyl and tasted each and every one of our delicious spirits.

I know what your thinking, it is a hard life.

What is The Dandy Cat then?

The Dandy Cat is about you and your style, whatever that may be. A place where you can browse luxury products, a place where you can enhance your own personal style (or discover a new one) and a place where you are always welcome and can be yourself.

“People will stare, make it worth their while” – Harry Winston

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