Straight Razor vs Safety Razor – What’s the Difference?

For the seasoned wet shaver it may seem like a pointless question but at some point we were all new to this and the question of what the difference between a straight razor and a safety razor is one that some may have. If you are one of these people, this article is for you.

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Shave Ready vs Factory Honed Straight Razor?

Several weeks on and I have yet to decide on a new straight razor. One of the issues that had me confused was the difference between a shave ready straight razor and a factory honed straight. If you are searching for a razor you will come across some shops that have their razors listed as being either “shave ready” or “factory honed”, in some cases not listed as either. So, after a bit of research this is what I have come up with.

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Straight Razor – Your First Razor

I have been shaving with a straight razor that a friend’s father had giving me some time ago, but as I continue to shave with it I have find myself wanting to pick up a few more straight razor to not only add to my collection but also my knowledge. I wasn’t really sure where to begin, so after doing some research I thought I would share with everyone my buyer’s guide to your first straight razor (or in my case your second).

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How to Hold a Straight Razor

Holding a straight razor may feel awkward at first, but after a few shaves it will begin to feel more natural. Using your strong hand for this task you want to place the shank of the razor between your thumb, which will be on the bottom side, and first three fingers which you will place on the top of the shank. Take a look at the image to be sure. If you are doing this correctly you should be able to place the handle between your little finger and the row of fingers you hand on the shank, with your little finger placed on the tang.

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Straight Razor Shaving – Preparing the Razor

As I mentioned in my last straight razor post, things can get a bit confusing at first when it comes to using a straight vs a double sided razor. It isn’t as straightforward as lather up and go, you need to ensure that your blade is shave ready. And the way you get your blade ready is by using a razor strop.

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Straight Razor Shaving – Revisited

About a year ago I started using a straight razor – it was a false start. I failed to make it part of my routine and the razor – given to me by my friends father – eventually found its way to the back of the shave cabinet.

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One Blade – Getting Started With Straight Razor Shaving ~ Part 1

In part 1 in this series, we are going to take a look at the elements of the straight razor,

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