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The Wet Shaving Chain

In the Wet Shaving Community I have seen plenty of rumors about a variety of things. It doesn’t surprise me. The WSC is filled with people from all walks of life and with so many different personalities in a pot, it’s going to boil over due to contraries and misunderstandings. I’ve said it before, this is a passionate group of people. It happens every day – people discuss what’s better than another thing, this person did that and it goes on and on. Even if the information is false and there is documentation that proves that it is, people continue to spread the malicious and aggressive campaign against others. It’s a vicious chain of anger.

David Wilcox is a singer/songwriter based out of Asheville, North Carolina and he writes songs from a very emotional place. I don’t know how he does it, but he is able to reach down deep into a well of understanding and write songs that hit the heart of matters that are important to us as a species.

He has a song called “Chain of Anger.” The song is about a father and son, and the father’s relationship with his father. The character of the song has had enough because the character’s father has just hit his son in front of him. He says, “You rage again and we will disappear. Your father’s chain of anger stops right here.” There are great metaphors in this song that perfectly frames for the listener that enough is enough. To better understand the context of the song, here is a link to David’s lyrics to the song and the video on YouTube.

I am here to formally request that the chain of anger be stopped right now in the Wet Shaving Community because enough is enough. We have too much to lose and nothing to gain from it. Everybody gets in each other’s faces about issues that are petty and it will do much more damage than we’ve ever dreamed.

I am saying that if we don’t stop this nonsense, the Wet Shaving Community will continue to splinter as it’s done for many months, into a group of small focus tribes whose sole purpose will be to either combat the anger or perpetuate it.

I don’t know about you, but in my eyes, what I see is total chaos when it comes to these allegations and rumors. They are flying around like baseballs in a field. The thing is, the WSC isn’t some baseball park where you are warned in advance that you could get harmed by incoming foul balls.

Look, we’re adults and we can beat this by stopping the gap between us and start acting like we need each other here.

Our future depends on it.


Special thanks to David Wilcox who wrote the song and inspires me daily with his gift of songs and stories. You can find out more about him at davidwilcox.com.

Matt Gray can be reached at matt.gray@wetshavingtimes.com or you can write a reply below.



  1. Matt Broderick says:

    Great article and very to the point. My only point of contention is that this is not something that has been going on for months, but rather years. Case in point, most of the online forums started out from the SRP yahoo group. Due to different reasons groups of people left to start their own forum. Some have done quite well, while others have faded away.

    Anyway, keep up the good work. Looking forward to seeing more content.


  2. mkgray69 says:

    Thanks for your feedback Matt!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. shaversoaper says:

    Glad I’m not the only one who’s noticed this. For a community of primarily grown men, there can be a whole lot of gossiping and bickering. But, on the other hand, I’ve also seen a lot of generosity and helpful advice. I think the latter outweighs the former, but there is still a whole lot of drama at times.


  4. Tbone says:

    That is a very well written post, and I think it echoes the sentiments of many wetshavers. I think Matt hit the nail on the head. Most of the wetshaving forums were started as the result of discontent on an existing forum. Forum A begat Forum B, which begat Forum C, and so on. Add in the conflicts of interest injected by financial and advertising motives, and it is surprising that things aren’t much worse. It is not just wetshaving forums that are this way. The online fountain pen community is at least as bad, if not worse. Many people behave on forums in ways they never, ever would in person. It might seem like a disaster, but it isn’t really.

    Wetshaving forums are quickly fading into the sunset due to behavioral issues, but that’s OK and no big loss. If they are dumb enough to fight with each other, then let them. Blogs, online videos, and wetshaving retailers have now taken their place. These channels are doing a much better job of spreading the word, educating people and showing the options available. It is all the information and more without any of the drama, which makes things peaceful and relaxing. The increasing presence of brick and mortar specialty retailers shows that wetshaving’s future is secure.

    Thank you for creating this blog, and for helping to make the world a more peaceful and relaxing place!


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