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Shave "Cut-Throat" with a Straight Razor

Get a better, more traditional, and enjoyable shave with a straight razor

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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.

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Decent Razor
10/21/2017
Wood Straight Razor Kit The blade and strop are good but the razor handle seems a little flimsy for this price range. Delivery also took way too long, roughly 14 days from order to delivery - too long for a small luxury item.
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First time with the cuthroat
10/18/2017
Illinois Razor Strop #127 Like when i went to a safety razor, their is a learning curve. It's awesome. Gives me an times past. Love it, kinda nicked my leather, how i have no clue. LOVE IT AND THE CUSTOMER SERVICE outstanding. Looking forward to getting another razor as well as other products.
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Dovo Classic 5/8
10/17/2017
Dovo "Classic" Straight Razor, Black Handle, 5/8" I like this razor but haven’t had it or used it enough to give a productive review. I do know that the customer service at West Coast Shaving has been top notch in all of my dealings with them. Thanks Kevin!
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Awesome razor!
10/13/2017
Dovo 6/8" Straight Razor with Black Handle Shaves like a dream. The honing job is excellent with no mars or imperfections. I couldn't be happier with it.
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New with Cut Throats
10/11/2017
Dovo "Special" Tortoise 5/8' Straight Razor As far as construction and aesthetics I think this razor is superb. I base my opinion on my general experience with knives. Still learning how to shave with a cut throat so I don't have a reference point on which to comment on performance other than to say that it does a good job of cutting hair - and no nicks! I am glad I purchased a round tip - at least until my technic with shaving and honing solidifies. I recommend giving this razor a try.
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Dovo
10/4/2017
Dovo 6/8" Straight Razor with Black Handle Great straight edged razor
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good quality strap for the
9/22/2017
Herold 195J Russian Leather Strop good quality strap for the price
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My first straight razor
9/21/2017
Dovo Forestal 5/8" Straight Razor with Cocobolo Wood Scales I have been researching straight razor shaving for a few years and decided on this razor to be my first. Getting right to my impressions of this razor: I LOVE IT!!! First of all, I've never gotten as close as a shave as I do when I shave with this razor. It truly looks like a piece of art in my shave den. The guys at West Coast Shaving sent out my razor and I had it within three days of ordering it. I also opted on having them hone the razor for me before shipping it and I won't have to have it re-honed for a few more months because of it. I can't wait to shave each day because I know that I have this razor to look forward to.
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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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straight razor education

Everything you need to know to pick the right straight razor

what type of shaver are you?

Are you new to cut-throat shaving, a barber, or looking to take your shave to the next level? Here are our picks for you.

Newbie

If you are just getting started, you need a quality razor that is honed, and a strop. Grinding a straight razor is very labor intensive and few places do it right. This specific straight razor is German-made to the highest quality but does not have any extra frills to keep the price down. We then hone the razor for the perfect, shave-ready edge. The strop in this set will allow you to keep that sharp edge through every shave.

Black Straight Razor Kit
Newbie

Black Straight Razor Kit

Sale: $169.98

Modern Man

This Japanese straight razor is certainly modern. This razor uses replaceable blades, which are inserted through an injector system so that you do not need to handle the sharp edges. The handle does not fold over, a design that pulls inspiration from the Japanese Kamisori razors.

Feather Artist Club SS Japanese Razor, Black
Modern Man

Feather Artist Club SS Japanese Razor, Black

Price: $114.99

Aficionado

We love this straight razor. Besides for excellent German craftsmanship, this straight razor has some beautiful upgrades. The handle is crafted out of buffalo horn, which means that every piece is unique. The spine of the razor is sculpted and gold plated, and the Spanish point on the razor gives it a great look and functionality. The blade has a mirror finish that gives it extra shine. This is truly a razor for the discerning shaver.

Dovo Bergischer Lowe Buffalo Horn 5/8" Straight Razor
Aficionado

Dovo Bergischer Lowe Buffalo Horn 5/8" Straight Razor

Price: $327.36

Barbers

Hygiene is a top concern as a barber. For that reason you will need a replaceable blade straight razor, where you can change out the blade for each customer. The Parker SR1 is a version that can take any double edge blade, which makes it very versatile. While it lacks the history, manliness, and process of a traditional straight razor, it fits the bill for a busy barber.

Parker SR1 Barber Straight Razor
Barbers

Parker SR1 Barber Straight Razor

Price: $18.95

how to use a straight razor

We teamed up with Jason "Ruds" Rudman to bring you these two videos on how to shave with a straight razor, and the different components of a straight razor.

Benefits of Straight Razor Shaving

A masculine tradition

Men have been shaving with straight razors for hundreds of years. Continuing that tradition is a way to connect with the men who came before you.

Better for your skin

The single edge of a straight razor is much better for your skin than the 5 blades on a cartridge razor. You will get a closer, less irritating shave with a straight razor.

More enjoyable

Taking the time to stop and shave with a straight razor is an art that men have enjoyed for generations. The focus required allows you to pull away from the stresses of your life and enjoy the process of shaving.

Better for the earth

Straight razors are the most enviornmentally friendly way to shave. There are no wasteful products that end up in landfills.

Picking the right straight razor:
Blade Type

Choosing the type of blade is the first step of the process. When thinking about straight razors, most people think of what we call "Traditional", almost like a knife on your face. But there are also straight razors where you can change out the blade, a more modern take on the straight razor.

Pros
Perfect for:
Manliness
5 stars = most manly
Maitenance
Affordability
5 stars = most affordable
1 star = least affordable

Traditional- Carbon Steel

The Majority of Straights

Shop All Traditional

Pros

  • Easier to sharpen
  • German Manufacturing
  • Lasts a lifetime (or two)

Perfect for:

  • Most people looking for a traditional straight razor

Manliness

Maitenance

Affordability

Traditional- Stainless Steel

Rust Resistant

Shop All Traditional

Pros

  • Will not rust
  • German Manufacturing
  • Lasts a lifetime (or two)

Perfect for:

  • Shavers that live in very humid area

Manliness

Maitenance

Affordability

Replacable Blade- Double Edge

Takes any Double Edge Blade

Shop All DE Replacable

Pros

  • Easy to Maintain
  • Lower Price Point
  • Takes any DE Blade

Perfect for:

  • Barbers

Manliness

Maitenance

Affordability

Replacable Blade- Injector

Takes a longer injector blade

Shop All Injectors

Pros

  • Japanese Manufacturing
  • Easy to load new blades
  • Modern Design

Perfect for:

  • A modern take on a straight razor

Manliness

Maitenance

Affordability

Picking the right straight razor:
Blade Grind

Blade grind is a term referencing how thin the blade is on a traditional straight razor. Basically, how much of the metal was grinded off. The more "hollow" the grind, the thinner the blade. Nowadays, the majority of straight razors are full-hollow allowing for the sharpest edge. We also carry half-hollows which are better suited for shavers with thicker beards or who shave less often.

Perfect For:

Perfect for:

Most Straight Razor Shavers

Perfect for:

Shavers with Thick Beards

Picking the right straight razor:
Blade Size

Blade size refers to the width of the blade. "5/8" means the blad is 5/8 inches wide. 5/8 and 6/8 are the most widely made straight razor because those specific sizes provide the best combination of maneuverability and weight. The wider the razor, the harder it is to turn corners on your face and get into smaller areas like under the nose. The less wide the razor, the less weight it has which also impacts the performance of the shave. 5/8 and 6/8 are a perfect balance; 6/8 being a little more geared to a thicker beard or less-regular shaver.

Perfect for:

Perfect for:

Excellent Manueverability

Perfect for:

Most Straight Razor Shavers

Perfect for:

Heavier Beard Growth