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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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blown away
3/28/2017
lovin it
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My first straight razor.
3/25/2017
I can be picky. Long ago, I grew tired of electric "razors". And then I grew tired of shelling out dough for cartridges with blades that barely felt as sharp as my pocket knife. My safety razor with Wilkinson Sword blades was better. But, something drew me to finally getting a straight razor. I collect knives and don't mind honing them. So, I shopped a bit, and settled on this one.

I bought it about a month ago and have used it three times. I have never used one before, only watched videos on how it should be done. But it was far easier than I could have expected. If you purchase it as "honed", you get one of the sharpest things on the planet, I swear. It fits the hand nicely, so that makes things a bit easier. The blade is flawless, literally. I can do a hanging-hair test on it and watch the hair fall to pieces *every* time. But, the proof being in the pudding, I tried it on my wiry stubble. I could hear it taking off whiskers, but I sure didn't have to push. I'm stropping it before each use, and I bought a 4000/8000 stone for when the time comes, but for now - it just whisks the hair right off. I am extremely pleased with this one. You have to use care and proper technique, and respect its sharpness, but that should go without saying. I honestly can't tell if straight razors are just easier to use than I thought, or whether the quality of the razor contributes much to the ease-of-use. Either way, I'm happy with this razor, wish I hadn't waited so long, and will be telling friends about this retailer too.
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Sharpened my razor with ease
3/25/2017
Sharpened my razor with ease
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Dovo "Astrale" Ebony 5/8" Straight Razor
3/22/2017
Beautiful razor...great smooth shave for the 1st time, but had to send it off for rehoning after only 1 shave. Fast shipping!
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Sharp and elegant
3/10/2017
Dovo "Astrale" Ebony 5/8" Straight Razor "What can I haven't used it for long buts it's the closet shave I've had with the most beautiful razor I've used.
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Great Razor
3/8/2017
Dovo Shavette Straight Razor, Blue with Black Handle "Ordering, shipping, and receiving this item went very smoothly. This light razor is easy to use and shaves close. Take your time when shaving and it will do what it is designed to do effortlessly.
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Amazing Razor. But make sure you can handle it.
3/5/2017
KAI Captain Standard Folding Razor "I'll be honest, I completely ignored the "not for the faint of heart" suggestion in the product description. I guess you could say I'm bold (or really foolish). Anyway, this was my first ever foray into "straight razor/shavette" wet shaving. I had never even held one in my hand until this got delivered to my house. I've been using a safety razor for the past two years and boy did the Captain come with a learning curve.



The first shave, my face looked like I had gone through the medieval Asian torture "death of a thousand cuts." However, through steady, patient practice and lots of YouTube videos, I can say now that I can get a proper shave without cutting myself at all.



I'm not sure, but I can assume that other, cheaper shavettes would probably be a better beginner option than this. However, this thing leaves my face so hairless that I think it has the power to revert puberty.



As a standalone product, it is exceptional. Probably not for a novice, like I myself was when I got this, but you simply will not get a closer shave than this. And none of the hassle of a true straight razor. Just a pop blade once a week (daily shaving) and you're good to go.



Easy to disassemble, clean, disinfect, dry, and put back together. And unlike a straight razor, you won't develop sloppy habits/cut at unnatural angles cause your bald has dulled and you can get away with it. This thing will punish you if you don't concentrate. Overall, I can safely say someone would be very happy with product in the end and I would gladly recommend this.
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Second razor
3/4/2017
Dovo "Special" Tortoise 5/8 Straight Razor "This is my second straight razor. I opted for the hone. I've straight razor shaved for about 8 months, and this razor out of the box was exactly what I wanted but could never achieve with my last one. Not even close. I thought I had been doing something wrong the whole time, turns out it was what I was using. Not sure how much of a difference was the razor or the hone, but either way I am very happy.



Feels very solid, very sturdy compared to my last razor (Boker classic), feels like it weighs about twice as much which adds confidence. Jimps are very nice to have. I'm honestly scared to even strop it for fear of losing the crazy sharp edge it has. Not to mention it's nice to look at.
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?
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kkish57673
October 9, 2016 3:49 PM
A:The grind of the razor reflect the personal coarseness of the hair. Coarser the beard less of a hallow grind you will want. A coarse beard would be great with a half hallow grind. Someone with a light beard would be before off with full hallow or singing hallow. Just a hallow grind is right in the middle and is also a great overall starting point.
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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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