What is Straight Razor Shaving?

A straight razor is a razor with a long blade set in a handle and in traditional and current western versions the blade has the ability to fold into the handle. The straight razor is sometimes called an open razor or cut-throat razor.

During prehistoric times there is documented evidence that men used clam shells, stone or flint knives, and even sharpened blocks of iron to shave and cut their hair with. By the Bronze Age many cultures had developed razors designed specifically for shaving and by the 5th century B.C. razors were in common use throughout the world. These early razors were often constructed by the local blacksmith and the quality of the metal and edge could be extremely variable based on an individual’s given skill. It was not until the late 18th century that the first modern straight razors were introduced in Sheffield, England. In 174o Benjamin Huntsman developed the first hard grade steel suitable for use in the manufacture of blades and while this process was initially rejected b the English it was, albeit reluctantly, adopted by the French. Once the success of the French straight razor manufactures was readily apparent the English and eventually the rest of the western world adopted this process resulting the legendary “Sheffield Silver Steel.”

The straight razor was until the early 20th century the most common form of shaving and due to the skill and costs associated with using and owning them, shaving was usually done by a professional barber. It was not uncommon for men from all levels of society to visit the local barber on a weekly basis for a shave and hair cut. The introduction and mass production of an affordable safety razor, most notably by Gillette, in the early 20th century quickly changed this and by the 1950’s the straight razor shave was a dying art.

In recent years the straight razor has made a significant comeback as the desire for a more personal and ritualized grooming experience has manifested itself in modern society. Today many barbers proudly offer a straight razor shave and this trend shows no real signs of stopping. The retail consumer has also embraced the straight razor as they have become more affordable in comparison to the mass produced alternatives, particularly over a period of several years of ownership.

The straight razor is a time-honed tool, designed to give you an extremely close and accurate shave. There are many straight razors available on the market to choose from based on the steel used, functionality, scale materials, and brand. We will be talking about this more in the weeks to come. If you want to learn the different ways to hold a straight razor go here.

 

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Review: Palmolive for Men Classic Shaving Cream (with Palm Extract)

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“Not the most protective, but still pretty good, the smell is amazing, it smells like a good cologne, and a little goes a long way, I am most assuredly purchasing this again when I run out.”

– Andrew ( Sacramento, CA )

“I can remember using Palmolive BRUSHLESS in the plastic tube when I first started shaving about 15 years ago, and I will always have a fondness for that stuff. When I discovered the shaving brush, however, that stuff went bye bye and I don’t even think you can get it anymore. So I just had to try this stuff here. I used an ample sized dollop in my bowl and it whipped up in a pretty nice looking lather. I had to use a little bit more cream than with, say, Proraso. The lather goes on great, provides a fair amount of slickness, but not quite enough to make this a great cream. The smell is really nice- kind of lemony, with floral notes and an overall vegetal character that kind of took me back in time. A little bit like an old drug store or something. If you want to try something different and you already have a “regular” soap, I’d say give this stuff a shot- for the price, it’s pretty darn nice! And isn’t there something supremely manly about using some shave cream that you grandfather might have used back in the 50’s?”

–  Shave Like A Man (Orlando, FL)

To shop for you Palmolive Classic Shaving Cream click here.

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Geo F. Trumper Soft Shaving Cream

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Geo F. Trumper is “The finest traditional gentlemen’s barber in London” Recently we have seen many of the Geo F, Trumper shaving creams leave the warehouse. It seems to be a trend this month. So, we spent a little time testing and trying the shaving creams out understanding which scent is best for your skin and what each shaving cream consists of. Take a read below to find out about the different shaving cream scents and see what our customers have to say about it.

Scents:

Lime (Normal to oily skin) – Hints of tangy sharpness of tropical limes and vibrant citrus flashes.

Sandalwood (Normal skin) – Exotic aroma with a woody, yet peppery scent.

Rose (Sensitive to normal skin) – Warm and uplifting rose scent with natural therapeutic properties.

Violet (Sensitive skin) – Subtle tones of violet for a crisp, clean, and fresh scent.

Almond (Dry or normal skin) – Refreshingly nutty aroma which is soothing and softening.

GFT ( All skin types) – Woody scent of cypress and tarragon with mandarin, bergamot, and lemon.

Coconut Oil (Sensitive to normal skin) – Contains natural moisturizing properties extracted from fresh coconut pulp.

Customer Reviews:

Jason ( Georgia, GA)

“I have been wet shaving for just a few months now, but being new to this, I have tried several shaving creams already. I come back to my Trumper Coconut Cream every time. This is my favorite shaving cream of all. And I have somewhat sensitive skin, but since I started using the coconut on a regular basis I have almost no irritation. Love it! Trying a couple of the other scents I got in a sampler pack, but coconut is still my favorite.”

Chris (Richmond, Virginia)

“I have tried many different creams, foams, gels and everything under the sun for my face, but this product has me sold. I use the Violet shave cream in conjunction with Trumper’s Sandalwood skin food for post shave and have seen nothing but great results. For someone has extremely sensitive skin like mine, I would highly recommend using this product. A little goes along way and the scent is fresh without being overpowering. I would be interested to try the coconut scent next.”

Michael (Naples, FL)

“I’ve been wet shaving for about 2 years now and have tried a wide variety of creams and have to say that Geo F. Trumper’s is one of the best. So far I’ve used Lime and Coconut, you don’t need to use a lot, great lather, and subtle smell. On the high end price-wise but worth every penny!”

James (Huber Heights, OH)

“I have to shave almost everyday because of my job and its rough on my face. I used this shaving cream and I won’t buy anything else. I have used the lime, lavender, and sandalwood, all smell great but not over powering.”

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How to hold a Straight Razor

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We know many of you are curious about the straight razor. It is an extremely intimidating shaving tool. When using this tool you have to know how to use it, especially the way you hold it. Knowing how to hold a straight razor is vital because you need to have grip when shaving with the straight razor so it does not slip and cut your face.

Hold the straight razor with your dominant hand. The positioning of the fingers can vary slightly with each person. Find what is most comfortable for you. Keep the wrist flexible and don’t let the grip get too strong. Let the grip be enough for the razor to remain steady between the fingers during shaving. Please do not rush this shaving process. Take time when using a straight razor. Go slow and steady especially over the lip area and jaw line. If the razor feels unsteady use the other hand to support the hand holding the straight razor. When switching to shave the different sides of the face, switch the hands. Do not try and shave with the opposite hand to the opposite side of the face. This will cause a lot of problems. The best results to a close shave would be to learn the different grips for the different parts of the face.

There are many ways to holding a straight razor but we decided to choose the top 6 most comfortable and easy to grip ways to hold a straight razor. Try these out and let us know which best suits you and why.

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To shop for Straight Razors go to www.RoyalShave.com

 

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