Well, I do love vampire stories...
I hate electric razors. I use a three bladed disposable. I think I have only nicked myself once. I tried shaving cream once to see why people use it, but couldn't figure out what the difference was. It just seemed to desensitize my face so that I couldn't really figure out where the razor was and how much pressure I was using. It seemed to make the experience more dangerous for me. Never tried soap.
I figure if I can do it without a problem, the so can Conan, since he is MUCH tougher than I am. If he needs a mirror, he could always use a watering trough or a standing pool of water. Most civilisations have barbers also. How did the ancient Celts and Egyptians shave?
Soap or shaving cream are used to moisture the skin so that it is more supple.
I think that Egyptian priests used oil to shave their heads as probably did the Stygian scholars.
Concerning the Celts I don't know but just look in the inside of the D20 Slaine RPG Core book. Shaving wasn't their first concern.
Moreover I know that druids considered long beards as a mark of wisdom.
For Conan I think it is not typical (even his square cut) but I can't recall Howard describing a character as having a beard either (even in his Kull stories).
This is just probably because most young men had no beards in the 20's (that is the sort of readers these stories were destined to). It wasn't a custom and Howard could thus have not thought about.
Even before this time many men had beards and/or long mustaches (just look at these old pictures from the American Civil War).
The customs at the beginning og the 20th century was the thin mustache but I can hardly imagine Conan with one. :lol: