10 Reasons Why You Should Shave With A Straight Razor

April 03, 2020

10 Reasons Why You Should Shave With A Straight Razor

10 Reasons Why You Should Shave With A Straight Razor

The savings

 A straight razor may not be cheap, but you have to consider it a one-time investment. When properly cared for and sharpened, a high-quality razor could very well last you a lifetime. In a matter of a couple of months, the higher price of the straight razor can be paid for with the savings on cartridges. Disposable blades, on the other hand, can really rack up a tab: It's estimated that men spend $10,000+ on razors in their lifetime. The cartridges and packaging also generate plenty of waste (over 10,000 tons each year), so making the switch to a single blade would be good for the planet as well.

Helps Prevent Razor Burn and Ingrown Hairs 

Instead of having multiple blades coming in contact with skin, the straight razor needs just one. Low-grade multi-blade razors can pull on hairs and cut them below the surface of your skin, often causing ingrown hairs. Similarly, if your skin is sensitive, having three blades run across the skin can cause painful agitation. Every time a blade runs across the skin a small microlayer of skin is removed, that is why a multiblade cartridge only does more damage and irritates the skin. A straight razor counters both of these problems, trimming each hair to the perfect length in a single, easy stroke.

It's Not as Dangerous as You Think 

Although it seems very dangerous, shaving with a straight razor isn’t much more dangerous than any other shaving method. However, while the lack of a guard does make it riskier than a safety razor, it's highly unlikely that a careful shaver will suffer more than a nick. Just avoid applying pressure the weight of the blade does the work and ensures that every motion is perpendicular to the blade. Gravity will take care of the rest.

You Get to Use a Leather Strop

 If the act of using a straight razor isn't satisfying enough, consider this added bonus: A straight razor has to be sharp to achieve a quality shave, and the way to maintain this precision edge is through the use of a strop. The process brings to mind a medieval blacksmith's whetstone. This can be learned very quickly through youtube tutorials as this skill is more “Easy to learn hard to master”.

It's the Easiest Way to Shave a Beard 

If you are one to grow a bushy beard in the winter and cleave it off in the spring, you know how it becomes quite a process. This is where a straight razor really comes in handy. A full beard is much more than a cartridge can handle, getting clogged in a matter of seconds. Requiring external tools such as clippers to do the razor’s primary purpose SHAVE.  A straight razor, on the other hand, has no spaces to clog, so you can easily shave off your full mane with a single stroke of the blade.

Changes The Way You See Shaving

When any man starts growing facial hair he sees shaving as something a man GETS to do and that facial hair and needing to shave are rights of passage. But we have all got to that point where it becomes merely another chore to keep yourself groomed and maintain your appearance. But by switching up your shaving in such a drastic way, you breathe new life into your routine. The learning curve also makes it fun again!

Creates A Practical Family Heirloom

Every holiday is filled with pointless gifts that hold little real-world use and provide no more than just something to have. The gift of a straight razor can be much more than just a nice gesture. A straight razor is a symbol of a lost time, the age when men were men and shaving was manly. It’s something a man can actually use the rest of his life and potentially pass on to the next generation. Another bonus that people don’t think about is the bonding potential. For a father to son, nephew, cousin or close friend. 

Fun To learn/ Develop A New Hobby

Shaving with a straight razor is not hard necessarily, but because of it being a lost art. Challenge yourself to do something difficult and learn how to use a straight razor. Its always beneficial to learn new skills and broaden your horizons, especially now with everyone locked up. This would be the perfect time to really test yourself and learn this lost art.

Better For The Environment

By reusing one singular blade for the foreseeable future, you completely eliminate the need to buy any cartridges or double-edged razor blades. A straight razor is the most expensive upfront investment by needing to buy not only the razor but a nice leather strop. But in the long run, if the razor is properly maintained it should last longer than any other kind of shaving razor.

Full Control Over Your Shave

By eliminating the rectangular head of cartridge or safety razors, with a straight razor, you have one large blade to position against your face. That makes it a lot easier to get in those trouble spots (such as under/ around the nostrils).