I received a Shaving Factory Straight Razor (replaceable blade system) in my Shave Select box and I have been using it over the past few days. It is my first ‘shavette’ razor so I wasn’t sure what to expect from the razor itself or the shaving experience.
The razor is a low end introductory razor and you can definitely feel it in the sturdy, but plastic, construction. Having said that it doesn’t seem to stand in the way of function once you have the blade loaded.
Loading the blade was simple enough once I realized what was required from me. After folding and snapping the blade in half (in its wrapper) I was able to insert it in its holder and slide the lock into place with relative ease. I feel like there must be a simpler design for this process. The Shaving Factory Straight Razor requires you to slip the blade under these small clips before locking it into place which isn’t ideal when dealing with a blade.
I don’t feel like I can accurately describe the shave experience simply because outside of using my straight razor a handful of times, I have no other experience with this type of razor. Needless to say I was a bit cautious with all of my shaves (every morning for the last 6 days) and as a result managed to not draw any blood. It is definitely a different feel, requiring less pressure than a double edge razor and as far as I can tell a slightly different angle than a straight razor.
Overall, for the price, the Shaving Factory Straight Razor will provide you with a different wet shaving experience, and if nothing else will give you an idea as to whether you want to spend more on a higher end razor like a Dovo Shavette.