Straight Razor

Shaving with a straight razor is a ritual that’s been enjoying its comeback in recent years. And not just because it’s so stylish – it can also leave your skin smoother. Want to discover the magic of classic shaving? A straight razor requires a steady hand, lots of concentration, enough time, and a few tools that are indispensable for a perfect shave.

What Do You Need for Shaving with a Straight Razor?

 

  • A shaving soap and a shaving brush to better prepare your skin for shaving. Best shaving brushes are made with badger hair.
  • An alum stick to stop bleeding from minor cuts if necessary.
  • A good after-shave lotion or after-shave balm to soothe your skin.
  • A sharpening stone in case your razor needs sharpening.

How to Shave Correctly Using a Straight Razor?

  1. Wet your skin with warm water.
  2. Use the brush to transfer the lather from the shaving soap to your face and leave on for about 1 or 2 minutes.
  3. Start shaving your facial hair without pressing down too hard. Hold the razor with your thumb and three fingers under a 30° angle. Stretch your skin to prevent cuts and start shaving in the direction of growth, in small sections, then proceed in the opposite direction.
  4. Rinse your shaved skin with water and use your after-shave products.
  5. Rinse both your shaving brush and your razor.

How to Take Care of a Shaving Razor?

After each shaving, wipe the razor down thoroughly and let it dry. If you don’t shave very often, oil your razor a little bit to preserve the blade until your next shaving.

Will you try a safety razor by Wilkinson Sword or Zew which resembles the shape of modern razors? Or maybe a classic straight razor that looks more like a folding knife?

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