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Straight Razors

We offer classic straight edge razors from Boker, Dovo, Parker, and Feather Artist Club for the traditional man who wants to keep his shaving old-school. New to Straight Razors? Get a quick education HERE and shop our curated Straight Razor Recommendations.

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Straight Razor Education

Many wet shave enthusiasts believe these straight blades offer the ultimate close shave and swear your face stays smooth longer. Straight razor shaving is an art that many shavers are readopting. A large sharpened piece of steel on your face is the ultimate vintage way to shave.

Types of Straight Razors

Traditional straight razors are what most people think of when they think of straight razors. It is one piece of metal that needs to be sharpened through honing and stropping in order to maintain its edge. Because the manufacturing of traditional straight razors is a very manual process and not many manufacturers are able to create quality blades, the price tends to be high. We carry Dovos and Bokers in this category, two manufacturers that are known for their quality.

Replaceable blade/ disposable straight razors have the same basic shape as traditional straight razors, but they shave using a disposable razor blade. They are often called "shavette" razors. These straight razors require much less maintenance, are made of varying materials, and are at a lower price point.

Carbon Steel vs Stainless Steel

Carbon steel is able to get much sharper than stainless steel, but it also dings and rusts much easier- so it requires a little more maintenance. If you go with a carbon steel straight razor, make sure to allow the blade to dry after every shave and to strop regularly.

How do I get the Ultimate Shave?

See our blog post with tips from our master honer on how to get the ultimate shave out of your straight razor.

Straight Razors Reviews
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Heavier than the Dovo Shavette is a plus
2/22/2017
The Parker has a stainless blade holder vs. the Dovo plastic. It's heavier, which makes it easier for me to control. The plastic "handle" is a little off angle, so I have to be careful closing it, but iOK for the price. Don't get the Parker with the metal "handle", it doesn't balance as well.
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Good introduction to straight edge shaving
2/18/2017
Parker SR1 Barber Straight Razor "This should be one of the alternatives if you are thinking about switching to a straight razor but are uncertain of your ability to shave with a straight razor, to strop a straight razor, and to hone a straight razor. It takes regular DE blades that you snap in half while they are still in the paper. Your shave will depend on techniques and the quality of the DE blade, not your sharpening skills.



Light weight. Average to low finish quality. But very functional. If this is your first foray into the world of a straight edge, make sure you also buy an alum block, a styptic pencil and good after shave balm. You WILL cut yourself. You WILL have serious razor burn. And your shave will NOT be very close until you learn the technique. Good fun for less than $20. Not a Feather, but solid value for the price point.
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Good learner, I don't have anything else to compare too.
2/16/2017
Parker SRW Barber Straight Razor "I wish you had specified that the blades I ordered with this were too big!
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The best straight razor
2/7/2017
Parker SR1 Barber Straight Razor "I am not new to straight razor and this is the best that i have ever had..
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Strop review
2/4/2017
Illinois Razor Strop #127 "I have no previous experience with razor strops so I cannot reasonably compare. I'm happy with the quality of this strop and it's a nice useable length. VERY impressed with WCS customer service.
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First Straight
2/1/2017
Dovo 6/8" Straight Razor with Black Handle "This is a well made instrument. I had WCS hone it for me and it is really sharp. It feels really good in your hands and shaves really nice. It's really good quality for the price. Definitely a good starter straight razor.
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An excellent straight
1/27/2017
Feather Artist Club DX Japanese Razor "The short version: This is a very easy to use, aggressive straight razor that is expertly designed and crafted. This is an excellent razor and I would recommend it to anyone from someone new to straight razors (myself) to experts. Before we start, my level of straight razor shaving is close to none. I attempted it with some genuine straights (not shavettes) and all they did was pull on my beard. I also found them to be ungainly and clumsy to use. They were too big where I didn't want them to be big and the handles were too long. It was difficult to get my technique and an overall painful experience. I wanted to restart though. My neck is extremely sensitive and I keep hearing about how straights are excellent for that issue. The Japanese straights solved the length issue. They were not lying either. Straight razors are excellent for shaving necks. It was between the SS and the DX and I went with the DX. I will probably pick up the SS too. Other reviews I read say they are both great and the blades are interchangeable. First off, I think I need to mention the grip. I wouldn't typically include this in a review, but it is so different from holding a straight that if you don't understand how to hold it, you won't have a good time. You hold this razor like you would hold a knife. You pinch it where the blade tapers to the handle, just above the razor blade. This allow maximum control over the blade, making it very easy to maneuver. The blade is a nearly perfect length. It isn't so long as to make finding flat surfaces on my face difficult but it is longer (and sharper) than a DE blade by about half. It is also wide enough to make shaving my upper lip relatively easy, though I still have problems with it. The DX is pure joy to use. It is terrifying at first but one I found the proper angles to use on my side burns, it glides. It contours to my neck once I figured out how to hold it and stretch my skin the correct way. Also, because it is so sharp and the blade is so exposed, I find that I self limit pressure. By the second shave, I had no razor burn, even on my neck. I also love not having to worry about honing. I understand this isn't a genuine straight razor, but it is really easy to use and it is really pleasant. The blades are extremely sharp and glide easily over my skin. My wife is happy that I get to remove shaving stuff from our house. It is a win-win. I should also mention that the DX is very aggressive. I used the blades that attempt to prevent nicks and nearly the entire honed surface is exposed. This might be to mimic a genuine straight razor experience. This is also pure stainless, so it doesn't rust. In my apartment, anything that can rust in the bathroom, does. It is also trivially simple to take apart and clean but the blade stays held in place. Basically, with this razor, you get what you pay for and then some.
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Cuts
1/26/2017
Dovo Shavette Straight Razor, Stainless Steel Handle "Dang. It's light. Had the tip guard. Can see the blade well with the red holder. My go to razor.
Number of questions: 4
Barry
December 23, 2016 3:46 PM
Q:<p>Do you have any tips for someone that is new to Straight Razors? I got my first one yesterday and I used it, but I really didn't know what I was doing, so I ended up finishing the shave with my DE razor.</p>
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kkish57673
December 28, 2016 11:03 AM
A:We would recommend watching a youtube video on how to use a straight razor. You will need to patient because there is a big learning curve for straight razors.
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Customer1
October 6, 2016 6:28 PM
Q:How does the grind affect the shave?
Customer1
October 6, 2016 6:27 PM
Q:What size is best for beginners?
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kkish57673
October 9, 2016 3:51 PM
A:The most common sizes are 5/8 or 6/8. We like to recommend the 5/8 because it is a little easier to control the blade.
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Customer1
October 6, 2016 6:21 PM
Q:What is the difference between carbon steel and stainless steel razors?
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kkish57673
October 9, 2016 4:02 PM
A:The carbon steel is easier to sharpen and can get sharper. The only negative to carbon is it can rust very easily. So we recommend make sure the razor is completely dry before you put the razor away. The stainless steel tends to hold its edge longer, but it is harder to sharpen. Also being stainless you don't have to worry about the razor rusting.
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