A fixed blade razor, a straight razor was the most common razor for men until the 1950s when safety razors were made widely available. You can get a much smoother shave than any other method once you master the art of straight razor shaving. It can, however, be dangerous and has a long learning curve. While you are climbing up this curve, your shaves could be a lot worse than with a disposable razor, and you’ll probably cut yourself at least once, even with the repeated warnings to go carefully and slowly. Once you have mastered straight razor shaving usually in about 100 shaves, you’ll be able to give yourself a shave that is much better than any other.
To get started with supplies, straight razor shaving can be a bit more expensive than disposables, however once you have all the gear you are set for life and won’t have to buy cartridges or blades again. The only thing you’ll need to rebuy is the occasional tube of shaving cream.
Below are the top 10 straight razors in 2015 review so you can find just the right one to get started with.
10. Blue Shavette Satin Finish Straight Razor from Dovo
This is a German Solingen steel straight razor. It features a carrier for aluminum blades that the holder which is red fits into. The holder can also adapt to any brand of regular double edge blades. This razor is lightweight and easy to use right out of the box.
9. Shavette Straight Razor with Steel Handle from Dovo
This Dove straight razor is affordable and convenient, perfect for travel or anyone who is just starting out with straight razor shaving. This razor’s use of inexpensive stainless steel blades which are disposable makes the purchase of the strop, hone and most other accessories totally unnecessary. This will lower your cost and any difficulty factors and the versatility of this razor made it a popular choice of professional hairstylists and barbers worldwide.
8. Pro Master Razor Safety Notch Barber by Luxor
Have no fear of getting nicks or cuts with the safety notch blade design of this straight razor. It is perfect for precision detailing and cutting, and is made from a surgical grade stainless steel. This razor was designed for the master barber, but can be used at home as well to get that perfectly smooth shave. The build of this razor is excellent and will last you for years to come.
7. Professional Barber Straight Razor from Equinox International
This straight blade razor from Equinox comes with 100 Hi-Chromium blades. It is just right for use in the barbershop or at home for personal use. It has a rounded exposure at the end of the blade compartment which helps to lower cuts. The disposable blade system will switch out the old or rusty blades so you can shave like new again. Equinox has plenty of other beauty products that you can use along with your razor.
6. SR1 Stainless Steel Straight Edge Razor by Parker Safety Razor
If you want a straight razor of barbershop quality but don’t want to be stropping or sharpening all the time, this product is great for you. This straight edge barber razor has a stainless steel blade arm of the highest quality. It is made for barbershop and professional use, and has a snap lock to keep the blade in place. It comes with five Shark super stainless ½ blades, which are thought to be premium barbershop blades by a lot of professionals. The razor will also take half a double edge blade, too.
5. Shave Ready Carbon Steel Straight Razor from WSP
This razor comes to you in a free WSP travel/storage bag and already professionally sharpened for your use. Experience the daring closeness and satisfaction of a real razor. It has been made from real high carbon steel and has also been hardened, therefore it will hold its edge. The 6/8” blade is simple to see and maneuver, and the bottom jumps provides a great grip. The point is rounded so it won’t accidentally stab you, and it is affordable as well.
4. Shave Ready Shaving Straight Razor from The Shave Network
This 6/8” round point classic straight razor has been professionally honed, or sharpened, for you, and you’ll love the closeness of the shave you get with it. it is made of kiln hardened high carbon steel so it will hold its edge. It is easy to see and use and you get a good grip with the bottom jimps. This is a great choice for beginners due to the round point and this razor is also very affordable.
3. SS Folding Handle Razor from Feather
This replaceable blade shaving razor is superb and is constructed of the most quality materials for a comfortable shaving experience. Stainless steel was used to make the body, which gives you a smooth shave and resists heat, impurities and chemicals. The rounded shave head and optimal blade exposure gives you a smooth and soft shave and the enamel handle gives you an superb grip and plenty of control. It is made from a resin which is super engineered and resistant heat.
2. SS Japanese Straight Razor from Feather
The stainless steel body of this straight razor gives you a smooth shave and resists chemicals, heat and other impurities. The head of the blade is a one-touch, spring-mounted mechanism that can be dismantled easily and reassembled for cleaning. The razor is disinfectant and autoclavable safe. Changing out the blade is easy and quick.
1. Classic Straight Razor Half Hollow Ground by Dovo
This cut throat straight-edge style razor has an ebony handle and looks good. It shaves the old-fashioned way and is excellent for grooming side burns and mustaches. It is made of Swedish steel and is ready to use right out of the package. You’ll get a closer shave than you ever have before with disposable razors, and you won’t want to go back to using them.