Best Straight Razors: Beginners Guide

Shaving with a straight razor doesn't have to be complicated. I've actually written a guide on building a straight razor kit for beginners and I highly recommend you check it out.

You can easily learn how to shave with a straight razor and it doesn't require you doing anything fancy.

It looks cool as hell and will impress your friends when they look in your shaving cabinet. 

"People look in your medicine cabinet, I hope you know that"

Quick Summary Of The Best Straight Razors For Beginners

DOVO Straight Razor

DOVO Full Hollow Straight Razor

  • Carbon steel razor blade
  • Ready out of the box
DOVO Silver Steel Straight Razor 5/8'' Half Hollow...

DOVO Silver Steel Straight Razor

  • Made in Germany
  • Wood handle
Stainless Steel Straight Razor, Silver Merlin,...

Stainless Steel Straight Razor

  • Japanese steel
  • Lifetime warranty
Parker's American Made Premium Straight Razor for...

Parker Premium Straight Razor

  • Carbon steel razor blade
  • Made in America
Feather Black SS Japanese Straight Razor

Feather Black SS Japanese Straight Razor

  • Ergonomic gum handle
  • Unique non-folding style

What To Look For In a Straight Razor

There are lots of guides that will get bogged down with the small details that make up the razor, but ultimately what you're looking for are some simple ideas

  • Quality steel blade

All the blades on this list will be made of a quality carbon steel or stainless steel that will in all likeliness last longer than you will.

  • Blade

How the razor feels in your hand should probably be the most important thing on this list, but I think that the length of the blade is as important. Some people prefer a shorter blade when using such a precision tool

  • Honing & Sharpening

My recommendation is always to get your blade sharpened by a professional and learn to hone it at home. Here are some great leather strops you can use.

  • Price

It should go without saying because you can spend upwards of $500 on some straight razors. Like many things in life, there is a limit to how much value you can get past a certain point. Value is what you get. Price is simply what you pay.

DOVO Full Hollow Carbon Steel 5/8" Straight Razor

DOVO Straight Razor
  • Crafted from the highest quality materials

We live in a time where we throw a lot of stuff away. It's become so easy. Something gets used up and is no longer as good as it was, what do we do? Throw it out; get a newer and better one. Happens all the time with cheap shaving razors you see in your local stores. They're even referred to as "throwaways".

There's also a little plus for me here: straight razors are iconic in that they're a novel way at shaving. Not everyone today knows how to shave with a straight razor. Life has become faster.

People don't have time. But I say make time for this. There's something about shaving with a straight razor that screams cool for me.I can't remember getting this close of a shave without developing ingrown hairs. Haven't had any ingrown with this thing yet.

If you're looking to take that next step and switch to a straight razor for shaving, this is a good starter blade.

Pros

  • Great value
  • Handle is easy to hold

Cons

  • Plastic handle isn't the most luxurious

DOVO Silver Steel Straight Razor 5/8'' Half Hollow Ground Blade, Ebony Wood Handle

Wow, what a razor! This thing looks beautiful and seems extremely well constructed. I can tell a lot of care went into this. There is no 'ebenholz' emblem on the handle but that's fine, I prefer it without.

Everything else seems as pictured. I love the ebony wood handle, it's worth paying the extra 20 bucks or so over plastic.

This razor comes sharp sharp sharp! It was shave ready right out of the case, though I still stropped it a few times for posterity. This thing passed the hanging hair test right out of the packaging with flying colors- Again, I can see a lot of care went into this product.

Pros

  • Upgraded ebony handle is definitely a good investment

Cons

  • Not a fan of the gold markings on the blade
  • Not a true straight razor

Stainless Steel Straight Razor, Silver Merlin

Stainless Steel Straight Razor, Silver Merlin,...
  • THEY WILL LOVE YOUR FACE - Shave with your new professional stainless steel straight razor. For a...
 

The Merlin Straight Razor is made with a powdered steel handle and a stainless steel blade. It's an elegantly designed straight razor that's meant to shave you like it's nobody's business.

When i received this razor, it felt nice in the hand, but the blade was not sharp enough. Even after numerous stropping. This razor most likely needs some time honing on a whet stone before its usable.


Pros

  • Comes with a leather carrying case
  • Made of Japanese steel and great durability

Cons

  • The harder steel needs to be sharpened for a while or taken to a professional

Parker's American Made Premium Straight Razor

Parker's American Made Premium Straight Razor for...
  • Made from American mined O-1 carbon steel. There are no old forgings or "mystery metal"
  • Made from American mined O-1 carbon steel. There are no old forgings or "mystery metal"
  • Surface ground before and after heat-treating. These razors are guaranteed to be straight for ease of stropping and honing.
  • Quarter Hollow Ground - Easier to Shave with and requires less frequent sharpening than thinner blades
  • Triple tempered for a final hardness of 62-63 HRC.
  • Finish honed on a Japanese 12K grit water stone and hand stropped. Every blade is "shave-ready" right out of the box
  • Two tips: respect and go sloooowly. The 6/8 is wider than others, so adjust accordingly. You will get much better the 2nd shave.

    I liked the quarter hollow grind. There is more "meat" on the blade for longevity and continued service.

    Pros

    • Comes from a brand that's been in shaving for generations
    • Quality carbon steel that will give an amazingly close shave

    Cons

    • Wider blade is tougher to get under the nose

    Feather Black SS Japanese Straight Razor


    Feather Black SS Japanese Straight Razor
    • Super-engineered resin handle for excellent grip

    I find this razor to be of excellent quality, far above many of the lesser designs/brands available at major American retailers. This isn't junk, and it isn't cheap by any means. Fit and finish are excellent.

    The blades are quite sharp and smooth. That being said, "sharp" is far from all that matters where razors are concerned. These razors are plenty sharp, AND smooth. 

    The angle is different from either traditional straights or kamisori blades. It's not at all hard to pick up; my first shave with the Feather was excellent, and I anticipate all future shaves will be equally fine.

    If you are interested in straight edge shaving I say get this product. If you are new to straight edge shaving just watch videos online first and take your time. Don't expect a quick shave off the bat like you are used to with a disposable. This straight edge requires patience and concentration. If you are in a rush, shelve this razor for that shave and go with something easy.

    Pros

    • Slightly easier learning curve
    • Razor is very smooth across the skin due the angle

    Cons

    • Cheap plastic cover

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