19 Aug 2021
Why you should try a straight razor
It’s not uncommon to be a bit intimidated by straight razors. Which is totally reasonable, they have an incredibly sharp edge and you are keeping it right at your throat. But they are actually pretty easy to use. As with so much else the key is in the preparations.
Prepare your face for shaving
Before you get to the shaving it’s important that your skin is ready. In short: heat will open your pores and cold will close them. That’s why you want to start with warming up your face. When you’re at at barber they usually do this with a hot towel. You can obviously do that at home too, but you might as well rinse your face with warm water och simply take a shower.
Use shaving oil
Shaving oil will soften the beard and act as a protective barrier for your skin. You can apply it before jumping in the shower to really give it time to work. But it’ll also work if you apply it after you’ve showered.
Lather up your soap
It’s finally time to whip your shaving soap into a lather. Take a small piece of soap and press it into the bottom of your bowl. Make sure that your shaving brush is moist and start whipping. Once you’ve worked up a lather it’s time to apply it to your face. Don’t be afraid to use some gentle pressure and “scrub” the lather onto your skin.
Prepare your straight razor
The next step is to prepare your straight razor. It’s common to use a straight razor with disposable blades, meaning that you don’t have to sharpen the edge. All of our straight razors use half of a double edge blade. So a pack with 10 blades will give you 20 fresh blade changes. Carefully grab a razor blade, break it in half and insert it.
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It’s finally time to shave!
When you shave yourself with a knife it is best to start where the beard is the thinnest, up on your cheeks. Hold the knife with one hand, tense the skin with the other and shave with the grain. If you want to go against the grain it’s important to reapply lather. But it’s usually good enough to only go with the grain since the knife and all the preparations give a very close shave. Last but not least, apply some aftershave gel to keep your skin happy.
A straight razor can be a bit pricey to get but it makes up for it by being cheaper in the long run. The razor blades don’t cost much and you get a closer shave. And it’s very fun to use. You can also try a safety razor which is more akin to a regular razor. The difference is that the safety razor uses one razor blade instead of a “cartridge” like the popular brands you’ll find at the grocery store does. This means that a safety razor will be cheaper in the long run as well.
Shave well & be swell!