STRAIGHT RAZOR EDUCATION
WHAT IS A STRAIGHT RAZOR FOR AND WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Great for your shave. How can you get the closest experience to a barbershop shave without actually going to barbershop? With a straight razor of course! The single, sharp edge of a straight razor allows for maximum contact with the skin, allowing you to get the closest, smoothest shave.
Great for your skin. Cartridge razors cut your hair under your skin, which is the main cause to ingrown hair and shave bumps. A straight razor cuts along the surface of your skin, eliminating the skin irritation that you might be experiencing.
Enjoy the process. Shaving with a straight razor is an enjoyable process. It takes some time to learn the technique, but once you do, it transforms shaving from a chore to a an enjoyable event.
Traditional. Men have been shaving with straight razors for hundred years. Straight razors last multiple lifetimes, and can become a family heirloom. Maintaining your straight razor isn't a chore, it’s part of the enjoyment of it all.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN TYPES OF STRAIGHT RAZORS
Grind describes the shape of the cross section of a straight razor.
It takes much more work and skill to get a straight razor to the extra hollow state, and only the most skilled manufacturing shops in the world are able to do it well. The result is a straight razor that is lighter to hold and easier to maintain a sharp edge. The majority of straights that we carry are in the Half Hollow to Extra Hollow Range.
Most straight razors are generally made of two types of steel: carbon steel and stainless steel.
Carbon Steel is a softer metal. The softer steal helps the straight take its shape. They are easier to hone and require less stropping to get to a shave ready edge. It is important to make sure that the razor is dry when not being used, so that it does not rust. Carbon steel are what the majority of straight razors are made from. We recommended starting with a Carbon Steel straight razor.
Vintage blades are a perfect place to begin at if you are looking to straight shaving with a straight razor. We offer lightly restored and honed razors for a great value. Shaving with an vintage piece of Americana also goes hand in with the tradition of straight razor shaving.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR STRAIGHT RAZOR?
Honing. Honing is the process where a straight razor gets its fine cutting edge. This happens when a straight razor is sharpened with a series of stones with progressively higher grit. Most straight razors don’t come honed from the factory.
Stropping. Stropping is the process where a straight razor is rubbed up against a canvas (referred to as Laps) and leather strop. This helps to heat the metal slightly and mold the edge back to a smooth cutting form. Stropping should happen before and after a shave.
Oil. A very light coating of oil should be placed on the end of the cutting edge. This helps to keep the edge protected from any moisture which can lead to rust. Check out this video on how to maintain your straight razor.
HISTORY OF THE STRAIGHT RAZOR
The first style of straight razors was originally made in 1680 in Sheffield, England. Earliest models had handles that were silver coated and appeared similar to many other smaller knifes. In the late 1800s the modern day straight razor started to take its shape to include pins and scales. With the increase of manufacturing, straight razors were being made in America and Europe, with the superior straight razors being made in Solingen, Germany. To this day, the straight razors are still the preferred tools for barbers to give you the closest and irritation free shave as possible.
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