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Shaving Saviors: Got a Match?

If there were one flawless, all-purpose shaving solution, it would have been adopted by every guy in the world by now. Truth is, we have different skin, different faces, and different tastes. In a world where every guy finds the routine that’s perfect for him and him alone, shaving saviors come in many shapes and sizes, and from all eras and schools of thought. Here we take a look at old school disposable septic stick matchbooks.

“Who got a match?!” asks David Byrne before launching into a performance of “Burning Down the House” in the concert film “Stop Making Sense.” Sounds improbable, but here’s one answer: guys who cut themselves while shaving.

The styptic “match” is a single-use alternative to the styptic pencil, which has long been used as a means of stopping bleeding from shaving nicks. Cut your face while shaving? Apply one of these instead of turning your face into patchwork of toilet paper bits.

Here’s how: Just snap off one of the matches, run some water over it, and rub the match head gently over the cut (after having washed and dried your face of course). The antiseptic blotting agent will stop bleeding, sterilize the cut, and close the wound. It might sting a little bit, but it definitely gets the job done. These are cheap and disposable so they’re especially convenient for travel. However, you might have to travel to get them, or at least order from overseas. Find them for sale at There’s also some good explanation about styptic sticks at

Note: There’s a reason you don’t see styptic pens and matches around as much today. It's because shaving technology has advanced to the point where we aren’t mauling our faces every morning. As far as saviors go, these are strictly reactive measures. Attempt a dry shave with an axe and we can see you needing a few of these matches. Sounds like something we’d see Ron Swanson trying at his desk. But if you’re using a smooth shaving cream that actually protects your face while you shave, you can stop nicks and cuts before they even exist. We recommend eshu, Anthony Logistics® for Men, or ZIRH, alongside a clean and sharp razor. With that combination, odds are you’ll only need matchbooks for remembering that great bar you were at last week.

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