A few years back, I discovered that using a quality straight razor was actually fun to learn, a soothing ritual and a good way to save money, all in
one. Let's look at the cost of using a modern razor.
Gillette Fusion Proglide refills : $32.97 for a pack of 8.
Gillette Mach 3 : $ 15 for an 8 pk or up to $32 for a pack of 15.
Schick Quattro : $11.50 for a 4 pack.
There's several others, all about the same price. Or, you can buy a bag full of those single blade disposables, which IMO ain't worth havin'.
Electric shavers are ok and start around $60 and go as high as $600, but I've never gotten a very close shave with one. All these prices are quoted
from from WalMart or Amazon.
Now, let's say that pack of 4 lasts you a month. Some will get longer use per refill, some less, but we'll call one month the average. Depending on
which you use, this is gonna cost you around $ 130 to $395 a year. Multiply as needed for every one in the house who shaves with their own razor.
Enter the Straight Razor.
I bought mine as a kit. Razor, shaving soap, brush, bowl and strop for about $150. $150 for something that will most likely last me the rest of my
life vs paying that amount every year, year after year. I got a good quality razor and maybe even be something I can pass down to my son. No buying
refills every month, no one always borrowing it to shave their legs and leaving it in the shower to rust and dull, turning it in to a torture device
instead of something to shave with. All you have to do is take care of it, strop before each shave and keep it in it's case when you're not using
it. You can even send them back to be resharpened for free if they get too dull. They Do Not have to be resharpened
every time, just stropped,
which hones them to a nice, shave ready edge. Now, you can go as high as you like when buying one. I've seen hand made straight razors over $2,000.
For something you're just going to shave with, that's insane. [ Although I have seen some beautiful
work ] If you're a collector...well,
it's your money, do what ya like. I would if I could afford it........ Didn't claim to be sane.
But, if you've ever had a barber shop shave and enjoyed it: a hot towel, rich, thick lather in a warm bowl, the ease of a wickedly
blade, a $150 will be a good start. Mine is a Japanese style blade,[ this is the exact one I have ]
and does a great job. Most, such as Dovo, another good
brand, are the folding type and usually what people think of if you mention straight razors.
You also find some really great shaving soaps when you start looking past the canned foam crap.
My favorite [ and my wife's ] is Taylor of Old Bond Street Eton College, although it comes in many different scents such as Sandalwood or LemonLime.
There are several good brands out there, you just have to experiment and pick your own favorite. With a good brush and a little warm water, you're on
your way to an extremely close shave.
Yes, you're going to nick yourself, some times badly. [There's a reason they're called cut throat razors ] but, if you're careful and take your
time, once you learn to use a straight razor, I don't think you'll ever go back to that cheaply made, but expensive to use, plastic junk that
you've got now.