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.
Everything you need to know to pick the right straight razor
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Straight razors are the most enviornmentally friendly way to shave. There are no wasteful products that end up in landfills.
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.
The Majority of Straights
Takes any Double Edge Blade
Takes a longer injector blade
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.
Most Straight Razor Shavers
Shavers with Thick Beards
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.
Heavier Beard Growth