Everyone has their favorite razor type or brand, but in my opinion the best razors for shaving are ones you won’t find in a highstreet store or down the local supermarket. I am talking about something that your Grandfather would have been very familiar with, and you probably see in antiques stores occasionally. Straight Razors.
They are actually experiencing a bit of a revival now and on the Internet can be found quite easily. Men are turning back to straight razors out of frustration with the prices of replacement blades for modern style razors, the lack of smoothness in those shaves, and the general superiority of straight razors.
In a nutshell, here is why a straight will always beat a modern razor:
- Sharpness. No matter what manufacturers say, a straight will always be sharper than a modern safety razor.
- Flexibility. You can rotate these blades to all sorts of angles thanks to a nice handle and blade positioning. No whisker goes unshaved with a straight.
- Price. They last for life. Buy one and forget about shaving bills again.
- Sexiness. They just look cool.
- Smoothness. Because they are sharper, can get better angles, and easier to navigate your skin, they will produce infinitely smoother shaves. Even noticeable visually.
You needn’t worry about difficulty using them, or cutting your skin to pieces. Yes, it is a naked blade you are putting up against your skin, but with a little practice (I suggest a balloon), you will master it in no time, and it will be smooth sailing from there. Do not fear the blade, love it.
You equally needn’t be put off by the relatively high prices that straight razors appear to have. Remember these boys will last for life, and apart from the occasional honing service (send it off to get sharpened) for $20, you won’t need to spend another dime on your shaving tools again.
You also needn’t worry about having to hunt out antiques, because there are many places online that you can find brand new straight razors for sale.
Finally, don’t believe that shaving with a straight razor takes time, effort, and concentration, and is therefore not suitable for the busy person. This is the wrong kidn of thinking. Yes, it does take longer, maybe 5 minutes longer at a stretch, and you do need to concentrate more, but you are thinking of shaving as a necessary chore. This should not be the case.
If you start using a straight razor, you will no longer see it as a chore, but as an enjoyable pastime, and will gladly give up an extra 5-10 minutes to shave. Besides, the blade is so sharp you will only need to shave every other day anyway.
There is no question that the best razors for shaving are straight razors, the only question is, why haven’t you tried it yet?