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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 a wet shave newbie, occassional shaver, head shaver or a total pro? Here are our picks for every type of shaver.

    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.

    $238.98 $155.34

    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.

    $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.

    From $307.36

    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.

    $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 safety razor:
    Head Geometry

    The type of head is the most important consideration when selecting a safety razor. Depending on your skin sensitivity, hair thickness, and experience with safety razors, we recommend different head types.

    Pros
    Perfect for:
    Hair cutting ability
    Manliness
    5 stars = most manly
    Affordability
    5 stars = most affordable
    1 star = least affordable

    Traditional- Carbon Steel

    The Majority of Straights

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    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

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    Pros

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

    Perfect for:

    • Shavers that live in very humid area

    Manliness

    Maintainance

    Affordability

    Replacable Blade- Double Edge

    Takes any Double Edge Blade

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    Pros

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

    Perfect for:

    • Barbers

    Manliness

    Maintainance

    Affordability

    Replacable Blade- Injector

    Takes a longer injector blade

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    Pros

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

    Perfect for:

    • A modern take on a straight razor

    Manliness

    Maintainance

    Affordability

    Picking the right safety 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:

    Full Hollow

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    Perfect for:

    Most Straight Razor Shavers

    Half Hollow

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    Perfect for:

    Shavers with Thick Beards