History and Understanding of the Straight Razor

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Understanding Straight Razors


Stropping a Straight razor


Stropping a straight Razor - The three elemental hand movements.


I Recommend the 3.4" Strop over any other size.  Provides The "real estate" needed to stroup from the toe to the heel of the straight razor with each pass.


Jerry Stark Education on how a razor is made properly.


A well-honed razor can cut through any beard. When your beard is like ”steel wool,” it's nice to have the extra weight behind the blade for a smooth cut.

Below you will see the main types of straight razors.  Usually, a ”near wedge” is stiffer than an extra hollow, but if adequately honed, both of them can give a close, smooth, and delicate shave.

As a rule of thumb, some use a wedge type razor when they have three days (or more) worth of stubble. Otherwise, most men tend to stay in the half hollow - full hollow zone.

The hollow grinds can follow your face's angles and imperfections, whereas a wedge, well, could go straight through them.

It goes without saying that the more substantial wedge works a bit better on coarse stubbles, but in my experience, the main reason is -in fact- that wedges are heavier than hollows.

Most men find a full to half Hollow grind for a everyday shave advantageous  especially for those with sensitive skin.  A wedge type or heavy grind is great for those who shave maybe twice a week.  

Maintenance of the razor is also a consideration when choosing a blade type .  A full Hollow grind is more comfortable to hone and maintain because less steel needs to be removed to restore a keen edge the inverse is valid for a wedge type razor where more surface area touches the stone during the hone.

Recommended Starter razors:

Dovo Best or Dovo INOX  (SOLINGEN-Germany)-Made in the design of the best razors before the “safety razor” replaced it.  

The first steel-edged cutthroat razors were manufactured in Sheffield in 1680. By the late 1680s, early 1690s, razors with silver-covered handles along with other Sheffield-made products known as "Sheffield wares" were being exported to ports in the Gulf of Finland, approximately 1200 miles from Sheffield.

The first known occurrence of the term "safety razor" is found in a patent from 1880 for a razor in the basic contemporary configuration with a handle in which a removable blade is placed. Safety razors were popularized in the 1900s by King Camp Gillette's invention, the double-edge safety razor.



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