With many options for shaving out there, I have found that using a straight razor is my favorite method.
Men have been shaving with straight razors, sometimes called “cut throat razors” for centuries. Straight razors are traditional tools that consist of a handle with a blade attached that folds over for protection.
For those who don’t know any better, they look like kitchen knives and they have definitely earned the name “cut throat.”
I’ve personally found that nothing wakes me up in the morning and makes me feel more alive than holding a full blade to my throat for my morning shave. It looks and feels absolutely epic and will bring some excitement to your morning routine.
Why shave with a straight razor as opposed to a safety razor or a cartridge razor? They work better!
The sharpness of straight razor blades cuts closer than any other shaving tool on the market and prevents hair from growing back quickly.
Additionally, shaving with a straight razor creates much less waste than other shaving methods.
Despite how primitive they look, with a bit of practice, they are completely safe to use and give you the best shave possible.
Kick it old school and invest in a cut throat razor! Here is a summary of my 5 favorites:
DOVO German Classic ⅝ Blade – Best Straight Razor for Beginners
The company was founded in the Solingen region of Germany in 1906. With over 100 years of experience in crafting luxurious shaving tools, it is safe to say that they know what they’re doing.
The German Classic is made from Swedish carbon-steel that is wear-resistant.
Resin scales protect the full hollow ground, round pointed blade.
The understated “Solingen” logo etched on the face of the blade gives a timeless, classic look and the black handle is equally sleek and simple.
Since it is cheaper than other models, it is a great deal for someone who is just beginning with straight razor shaving and it’s simple design makes it fantastic for learning.
At the same time, it is still sharp enough to provide an extremely close shave for professional straight razor users.
The high-quality scales mean that the blade requires barely any maintenance. To ensure that the German Classic lasts a lifetime, simply dry it completely after each use and store it in a well-ventilated area.
There is an option to order the razor pre-honed so it can be used immediately after purchase.
Some users complain that the scales look flimsy and not very aesthetically pleasing. Because of this, it might not make the best gift but still does its job fantastically.
The German Classic is a great quality razor for a great value.
Feather Artist Club SS – Most Unique Straight Razor
This uniquely designed razor doesn’t fold up like other traditional straight razors on the market. Instead, it has a stationary handle that provides excellent grip and makes it simpler to maneuver.
It is easier to adjust to straight razor shaving with a model like this. However, if you are accustomed to traditional open razors, you may have to acclimate a bit.
Its swooping design looks frondeur and puts the sharpest part of the razor in the optimal position for the closest shave possible. The rounded head creates a “soft” shaving experience and prevents any damage or irritation to the skin.
Heat-resistant resin scales provide a great grip.
Another fantastic feature is the disposable blade that is easily changed with a pinch mechanism.
Maintenance is simple; the razor can be disinfected in boiling water and is easily taken apart when it’s time for a deep, all-over cleaning.
This razor has been praised for its innovative design and the fantastic shave it delivers.
Boker King Cutter ⅝ Straight Razor – Most Traditional Straight Razor
They have been making razors in Germany since 1896 and are known for their experience and meticulous attention to detail. Each razor goes through 170 production steps to ensure high quality in every aspect of the razor.
“King Cutter” is certainly a razor made for a king with its pristine craftsmanship and fantastic design.
The ⅝” blade is one of the thinnest blades that have ever been crafted, which delivers a shockingly close shave and no irritation.
This hand-ground, full-hollow blade is made from a combination of carbon and stainless steel. It is some of the highest-quality steel available.
The ivory scales are light, which helps to provide balance, but still durable. It is a well-weighted handle that will fit into your hand perfectly and feel comfortable.
An added bonus is that the handle is water-resistant, which protects the razor from wear and tear.
Maintenance is easy. Simply ensure that the razor is completely dry after each use and it will last a lifetime.
Each razor is beautifully engraved and comes with a certificate of authenticity.
This razor doesn’t have jimps on the upper and lower parts of the tang like many other models, which some users don’t like. It also doesn’t come pre-honed so it won’t be shave-ready directly from the package.
Overall, it is a premium quality razor that sells at a more affordable price than many others on the market.
Hart Steel ⅝ Square Point Straight Razor – Best Metal Quality Straight Razor
Hart Steel is a well-respected American company that has earned a great reputation since its founding in 2009. They began with the sole mission of bringing straight razor shaving back to the United States and creating grooming tools that are works of art.
Hart Steel razors are comprised of parts only from the United States and each individual razor is made from start to finish by one single craftsman to ensure consistency and high quality.
The blade has a smooth finish, a quarter hollow grind, and a square point tip, which makes for a more precise shave in hard to reach areas.
Hart steel is strong and tool-grade metal that has been surface-ground and heat-treated in a molten salt bath, protecting it from wear and tear down the road.
You can order the handle to be customized however you like from a range of options including black resin, oak, and maple.
This razor is fantastic quality overall. The grind is even, the blade is polished perfectly, and the scales look lovely.
Although this razor is beautiful, it doesn’t come with any etching or decorative details. If you prefer for your razor to have a few frills, especially at such a high price, this might not be the razor for you.
It also comes sharpened so you can start using it immediately from the box.
Hart provides exceptional customer service and if your blade seems to be getting dull, they will hone and strop the razor for you to restore it to original sharpness.
The price tag is high, but for such a wonderful grooming tool, it is well worth it.
Discommon Forged Carbon 6/8 Straight Razor – Best High-End Straight Razor
If you think it is absurd to spend over 2 grand on a razor, then this one may not be for you. But, if you take pride in having amazing quality grooming products and are willing to fork over the
cash for an incredible razor, you will love the Discommon Forged Carbon Straight Razor.
Discommon is the first ever company to produce a razor (or knife for that matter) using “net-shape” execution of forged carbon. This forged carbon process is the same one that Lamborghini uses for cars and that Callaway uses for golf clubs.
Proudly crafted in the United States, the blade features a unique “dual concave grind,” hand ground by Joseph Bowen in his world-renowned style.
It is then given the Richter Precisions rose gold color coating, which gives the blade an unmatched hardness and durability.
Finally, the blade is sharpened by a honing expert to deliver the absolute sharpest, most efficient razor that you can buy.
Aerospace sourced carbon is incorporated into the waxed handle to provide excellent grip and a sleek look.
This razor features custom titanium hardware and bronze washers.
It also comes with a custom leather case designed by This Is Ground of Los Angeles.
Some users have reported that although it is a fantastic razor, the price is still ridiculous and that it is not worth such an extreme amount of money.
Overall, this stylish, sleek, luxury razor is truly a work of art and fine craftsmanship that will last a lifetime.
What to Look for in a Straight Razor
When shopping for the perfect straight razor, here are a few important things to look out for:
- Steel quality – higher quality steel means a higher quality shave
- Grind – the best straight razors are ground with a hollow
- Blade width – 6/8 and ⅝ are the best, but it depends on what works best for you personally
- Blade type – straight tip, square tip, or soft tip (all have benefits and drawbacks)
- Maintenance – the best razors do not need frequent sharpening and will last a lifetime
- Look – invest in a razor that is sleek and easy on the eyes