RazorsThere’s a rebel in every crowd, and sometimes what appeals to them the most are the things that were common a hundred years before. Shaving is something most of us deal with daily and never think about, but our grandfathers were aware of a better way. That’s available to us still, provided we are willing to learn the old skills of sharpening and maybe a few nicks as we practice.

The first time I checked out one of today’s straight razors I was very skeptical, but I learned very early in life that the mark of a sharp edge is the ability to shear the hair off your forearm smoothly, and I see no reason not to apply that knowledge to my face. Considering how many times I’ve cut myself with a safety razor that wouldn’t conform to my nooks and crannies and scars, maybe I’d do better with an edge I could actually see and control.

That’s what a straight razor offers. You can see the blade, adjust the angle, cut a straight line the full length of your sideburns instead of piece by piece, and it doesn’t wear out. If it gets dull, all you need to do is strop it a few times and the magical edge returns, sharp and new. Consider how much energy and material goes into a packet of razor cartridges and you’ll see that the old-fashioned straight razor takes a load off the environment. Or think about saving the money it cost to do all that unnecessary packaging and throwaway design.

Some of Our Favorites

Not sure you can maintain a straight razor’s edge? The DOVO Shavette takes full length disposable blades.

The DOVO Straight razor — no one told us a razor could look this good.

Thiers-Issard straight razors are so good that people kept them. Now they’re on Ebay as collectibles.

Read All of Our Razor Reviews Below


Rosewood Straight Razor Blade by Bear & Son | Slip Joint Pocket Knife Shaver 4 1/8 Inch

The Bear & Son Rosewood Razor gives knife lovers a new shaving option — a straight razor with a truly American...
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Linder Straight Razor Shaving Blade | Racing Red Razolution, High Carbon Steel 888109

The Linder Racing Red Razolution straight razor from Linder’s traditionally styled product line offers a perfect shave for the skilled user....
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DOVO Shavette Red | Straight Razor Kit w/ Holder, Extra Blades

Though my instinct is to recoil and wonder why anyone would want to revert to the Dark Ages of shaving, the...
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Dovo Solingen Large Black Straight Razor | Stainless Steel Solingen Steel

As we’ve seen before, an elite and close shave isn’t going to get much better (if at all) unless you’re using...
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Thiers Issard Straight Razor | Stainless Steel Collectible Cutlery

The name Thiers-Issard embodies a sense of class and refined living when it comes to traditional shaving. Historically speaking, the company...
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Straight Razor Shaving: 10 Reasons Why | Save the Earth, Some Money and Your Face

Shave with a straight razor? What is this, 1850? I admit I was skeptical the first time I tried it too....
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Dovo Straight Razor | Solingen High-Carbon Steel Straight Edge Blade

No, you don’t need to be a barber to shave with a straight razor. There’s a thriving community of straight razor...
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