Did common people used to shave with fire?
November 9, 2009 10:11 AM Subscribe
Before the sharp steel razor became generally available, what did most people shave with? Fire seems the best choice. Right?
posted by penciltopper to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (35 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So I'm living any time prior to the last 400 years or so.
I'm an everyday Joe/Jane, not rich enough for luxuries.
But whatever culture I'm living in mandates a shaved face/legs/head/whatever.
I've heard of bronze age razors and cutting hair with knapped volcanic glass, but it seems to me that it would be a lot easier to just take it off with a burning twig.
Not to mention less painful - I imagine a copper or obsidian razor would probably be like shaving with a carpenter's plane or a piece of broken glass.
And I suppose that the nobility got up to all kinds of fancy things; but I'm more interested in the common person than some kingling who had a team of slaves responsible for plucking each individual hair.
What does the hive mind know about popular deplilatory habits of the previous couple of millennia?