Shaving is very important for men, although there are certainly some who enjoy the opportunity to take a little time for themselves while making sure they’re groomed just the way they like – these men love the return of the straight razor.
Let’s cut to the chase and look at our best 5 straight razors.
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5. A.P. Donovan 7/8” Straight Razor Set
If you are looking for a complete set, and you are confident enough to brave a 7/8-inch blade, the A.P. Donovan comes complete with a badger hair, mahogany and stainless steel brush, a high-quality abrasive leather strop with a metal carabiner belt and abrasive paste, soap and a carved, decorative wooden box.
- Made of steel Japanese steel.
- mahogany handle
- 7/8-inch blade
The Donovan has a full-hollow 7/8-inch blade which is made from Japanese carbon steel, and it’s balanced quite nicely by the mahogany handle. The shave is comfortable and close, but don’t try this one as your first straight razor because of the size of the blade. It is important to strop and wax to keep the blade sharp.
4. Dovo Silver Shavette Satin Finish Straight Razor
This straight razor is made of German Solingen steel, it has an aluminum blade carrier that the holder fit into.
- It has an aluminum blade carrier
- The holder adapts to all brands of standard double edge blades
- The holder color can either be Black or Red.
This straight razor is another good entry-level straight razor for those that are just starting. Its stainless-steel body for great durability and it comes with an aluminum blade carrier. It fits in all standard double edge blades but Merkur or Derby is recommended.
3. Thiers-Issard 6/8″ Straight Razor
This mirror-polished 6/8” blade is slightly longer than the top two products in our list of the top 5 best straight razors, so it’s more efficient even if requires a little more experience or care when used.
- Thiers-Issard – Made in France
- 6/8″ Wide Blade with Round Tip
- Ebony Scales
- Bijou de France etched in Black
- Premium Calf Skin Travel Pouch
The handle is a masterpiece, made with blonde horn scales, and the Thiers-Issard eagle logo is etched in black on the blade to complete the elegant look of this straight razor. The grip is firm; the razor is extremely well-balanced and the shave is like nothing you’ve ever experienced. It will be a revelation.
2. Boker Straight Razor 140521 King Cutter
The Boker Straight Razor 140521’s blade is hand-ground in Solingen to the exquisite standards the company has been famous for.
- Carbon steel alloy blade
- Plastic handle
- Blade: 5/8”, full hollow, rounded point
The King Cutter has a 5/8” carbon-steel alloy blade, with the alloy actually an improvement on the traditional carbon steel since it lets the blade be ground to an even finer edge. The plastic-scaled handle is the only reason the King Cutter ranks second on our list. It also comes “shave ready,” but it will still probably need some stropping before it’s ready for your face.
1. Dovo Straight Razor Carbon
This straight razor comes with a half-hollow blade and an ebony wooden handle. Its crafted from very high-quality carbon steel, which makes the blade hard, durable and elastic.
- Ebony Wood Handle
- Carbon steel blade
- 5/8”, half-hollow, rounded point blade
The blade is 5/8” wide and has a rounded point, which might not be satisfying to an experienced user, but it’s definitely easier for new users and allows easy shaving of smaller areas of the face. The ebony-scaled handle is another plus since it’s both beautiful and provides a strong grip without slipping in the hand. It also comes “shave ready,” but you would probably need to have it honed and/or strop it a bit before your first use.
It is important for men to groom themselves. But it is also important to be very careful when doing so, as these straight razors can be very sharp and you can sustain an injury if care is not taken.