The Appearance Of Straight Razor

Talking about the appearance of straight razor itis just a blade with a handle, have a lot of names for instance cut throat and open razor, it is known as cutthroat because it can give you some cuts on your throat or face because of it’s sharpness and it is called open razor because it can simply fold so when you wish to use you can open it. and talking about its work, its a lot more than a mere blade with a handle. 

Straight razors are from the ‘ Grandpa’s Era’, the era where there was only one way to shave, it was definitely the cutthroat and mind it, it is the only tool which can give the manliest shave.  you too dream of having one but then you know that using it is an art and so is the maintenance henceforth you step back but if your grandpa could lean this art why can not you? you can not because you do not know about the lop holes. it is not that difficult to shave with a straight razor, one cut, two cut, three cut by the forth you get to know how it is done but about the restoration you need to read a little so this article is not about ‘how to shave’ but is about the restoration. 

Talk about the great ropes.

The journey of knowing straight razors starts from learning about the ropes. from A to Z there are two main grinds and other than the two a  few here and there, the main ones are the hollow ground blades and the wedge blades. one is large in size and the other comparatively smaller. Hollow ground blades are the smaller ones and are simply easy when it comes to sharpening so people new to straight razors prefer hollow blades than the wedges. 

Time for some repair

  • You would definitely need a sandpaper to simply re-surface or you may say to get it in a smooth and rust free shape. The strokes need to be even and of course long do not forget patience is the key to the re-surfacing process. 
  • Your next tool needs to be the buffing wheels, these wheels are used as power tools, you will need it if there are any scratches or some patina on the surface of your razor. 
  • you now will need a cloth ( cotton one as you need to clean the blade as the buffing process would have for sure left some residue you can even use alcohol to clean them. 
  • The last tool that you will need is a hammer preferably the ball peen type to easily tight your razor’s pins. 

3) Some tips

  • do not use buffing tool on the edges of your razor 
  • be careful with it ( your razor ) is no less than a sharp knife. 
  • while using your power tools you need to be careful and protect your hand and most importantly your eyes so do not forget to wear the garments. 
  • do not get your blade too hot while using the tools as it might damage the hardness, use cold water. 

Straight Razors – Sharp Blades

Talking about straight razors can be fun as when we look at a straight razor we see a sharp blade and a handle and when we focus on the blade we get goosebumps and on the other hand feeling of adventure, using one can be more adventures as straight razors are straight from Ancient Egypt, first ever way to shave now we have a lot of options when it comes to shaving but shaving with a straight razor is something totally different you need skills, practice and of course a lot of patience, patience because there isa reason why these straight razors are known as cut-throats henceforth one needs to be carefull around these as they are experts when it comes to shaving but straight razors are also experts when it comes to cutting your face. 

There are a few things that one needs to keep in mind before buying an open razor 

1)The country in which it is made

it is very important for one to know about the manufacturing country as this tells us straightforwardly about the quality of steel which the manufacturers use to make the blade. 

razor is produced in France, China, Germany and even in Pakistan now the question is which one to choose, one should avoid buying razors produced in Pakistan and China and buy the ones produced in France and Germany as the best quality razors are manufactured in France and Germany 

2.) Design and the size of the blade is the second thing that one should look at before buying a straight razor 

The size of the blade matters a lot as if the blade is big in size it simply means that it has more steel and more steel indicates the heaviness of the blade if it heavy then you won’t be able to use it properly around your nose 

3.) Material of the handle 

wood or plastic? this what you need to decide it depends on your choice if you feel comfortable holding a plastic handle go for one which has a handle made up of plastic and if you prefer wood then go for the one which has a wood handle. 

4.) Point of the blade 

The point aka the shape is important because of 2 reasons number one is the style and number two there are a lot of options, for a beginner and for someone who is experienced are two different blades, both can’t be satisfied with the same blades as if a beginner would use a square point blade he would definitely get a cut around his nose because using a square point blade requires practice whereas someone who is experienced would love using square blades. 

5.) Price 

the market is full of straight razors some cost a lot and some do not now it is on you which one you wish to buy as the cost tells a lot about the material used the price would tempt you but you need to be smart, investing in one good razor is better than buying multiple low-cost razors every now and then.