Alex Karpenko, 35, who teaches English, was taught how to shave with everyday objects by his Second World War veteran grandfather.
Mr Karpenko, from Nizhny Novgrod, Russia, started with a sharpened axe but now uses his spade.
He said: "Razors are an expensive, unnecessary luxury. My grandfather told me that during the war he used to shave using anything.
"I was so impressed I decided to do the same. I must say though, when my wife first saw me standing in the bathroom with an axe to my throat she was pretty horrified.
"So I decided to hang up the axe and use a sharpened shovel instead – I think it's probably a bit safer."Post published in: World News