Considering buying a straight razor? Does the thought of lining up your beard perfectly or a close manly shave like grandpa used to brag about excite you?
A Quick History
The art of getting the closest shave possible is something that has intrigued gentlemen around the world for thousands of years. Roughly 400 years ago, the folding straight razor came about in England, and quickly became the go-to shaving tool for hundreds of years. Over the past 75 years, the disposable razor has gained a heavy foothold due to the fast pace of global industrialization that men struggle to find routine in.
There is good news, however. In recent years, men around the world have started to open their eyes and take more pride and care in the tools and products they use to achieve a quality morning ritual. The modern days of throw-away are gone, and straight razors (as well as safety razors) have found resurgent popularity as society becomes more budget-conscious.
They’re not as expensive as you’d think.
You may find yourself wondering “aren’t they expensive?”, and the short answer is “yes”. That beautifully crafted steel and handle can run you a few more dollars than the average general store razor. Those who have an appreciation for quality tools and experiences will always pay a higher premium for a quality blade that will outlast themselves. With the proper care, both straight razors and safety razors can last a lifetime. inevitably, $5-$20 packs of disposable plastic razors will add up quickly, making the one time purchase of a vintage-style razor an easy investment for many gentlemen, as it easily pays for itself.
Choosing what to buy?
Surely, you don’t want to look as if Sweeney Todd got ahold of you after you shave in the morning. Just as any shears, knives or swords, you must remember that the quality of steel takes utmost importance If you pay for cheap steel, you can expect cheap steel to perform as such on your face.
It is a good idea to consider blade and handle size as well, as there are many different razor models on the market. Be sure to do your research first by reading reviews on the brands you are considering. If you are still unsure, feel free to contact us at The Vintage Grooming Co. at any time, as we are always willing to help point you in the right direction for what may suit the needs of your morning routine.
Taking Care of Your Razor
Before you decide to take the leap to straight razor shaving, you may also ask yourself whether or not you are prepared to maintain your razor’s edge and quality or, if you would rather take it to a professional for sharpening every so often. Some gentlemen enjoy the ritual of sharpening and oiling their own blades, while some of you may live a busy life and gain more from paying a few dollars to have your blade brought back up to shaving quality. If you ever need any advice, or are looking for a sharpening service, don't hesitate to contact Vintage Grooming Co.!
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