Benefits of Using a Straight Razor

September 06, 2020 7 min read

Benefits of Using a Straight Razor

Naked Armor

When we are torn between having to stick to the status quo and doing something different, we often ask ourselves, “Will this be worth it?”

Published by Naked Armor

Switching from a disposable razor to a
straight razor has many benefits not just for you but for the envinronment as well.

May the choice be a huge change in our lives or as simple as what to buy from the groceries, it would still create a weight emotionally and psychologically. So what would be the best thing to do when you come across this type of situation?

Just simply ask yourself, WHY? Why would I suddenly take the leap?

If you are fond of using disposable razors, it will be hard to swallow if you suddenly plan on shifting to straight razors. Here are some of the benefits of a straight razor as against the disposable ones which might change your mind as you browse through this article.

Quality of the Shave

Material used for the blade

First of all, what is the primary factor that affects the quality of the shave? It would be the quality of the blade or the materials that make up your razor blade.

Most of the straight razors available in the market would give emphasis on the quality of the material they are using. The height of such quality would even go to a great quality Japanese Steel used in samurai blades with hardness ratings of 61-65 HRC imported in large sheets and with the blades cut out by hand.

Also, the fact that the blades are cut out by hand creates a more accurately defined blade than when it is mass produced as in the case of disposable razors.

Going back to material composition, disposable razors have affordability as their goal since they are only for one or a limited usage. So, in order to meet the desired price of the market, they have to adjust their costing which would actually limit their capability to use high quality steels.

Naked Armor's Solomon Straight Razors are made from Japanese Steel blade with algum wood handle.

⚫ Single Vs Multi-blade Razor

With having to shave often, convenience paved the way into the creation of the multi-blade disposable razors. This is perfect for men on the go, to use before they go to the office and to bring with them during travels. The demand for this arose when the consumers were instilled with the notion that the more blades there are, the closer the shave you can get.

Such a notion, however, is not accurate. The most common multi-blade razor with three blades works like this: the first blade pulls up the hair follicles, the second one cuts them and the third is to make sure that there are no hair strands left uncut. It might make sense when you think about it because of the added assurance brought about by the third blade; however, letting you cut more hair in a single swipe is not directly related to the closeness of the shave you are getting.

A single-blade razor, like a straight razor, greatly reduces the blade friction and can be used in a different angles compared to a multi-blade razor.

A single blade razor, however, will let you shave in different angles which is helpful because facial hair grows in different facial structure and shape. This ability to adjust to different angles will give the closest shave you can possibly get.

Another issue for multi-blade razors is the friction that it creates on your skin. With the blades placed on different angles and have different levels of sharpness, thickness, etc, letting all these blades with different texture slide through against your face will surely create fiction which could give you razor burns. And this is what we are avoiding, the nicks and bumps which are preventing us from having a flawless finish.

So if you are still indecisive between the two, their differences are elaborated further in this article.

Weight

How does the weight of the razor affect your shave? Straight razors tend to be heavier than the disposable ones since it is either made out of steel blade and handle or a steel blade and a wooden handle. Most men would prefer that their razors are heavier because it tends to be easier to use especially on downward strokes.

However, the matter is not really whether or not the razor is heavy but that the weight and your ability to handle it when using all the different angles in shaving. This skill requires a getting used to.

It will be difficult for you to adjust to the weight of the razor if you are to throw it every after use.

With the cost-saving characteristics plus you contributing to the lessening of plastics in our landfills, the switch to straight razors would probably be heavier on your decision scale now.

— Derek Dodds, Naked Armor Founder

New Hobby

A hobby is not created overnight. Usually, it starts when you try something new and you get fascinated by it. This is how most men have felt toward straight razors. One day, they decided to shift from disposable ones and fell in love with the process.

There are various reasons why you get hung up on this method of shaving. First of all, it is a classic. Yes, some decades ago, it may have been surpassed by the convenience brought by disposable razors, but we cannot really deny the fact that the straight razor brings class to those who use them. At a certain point in time, this was even considered a luxury service.

Second, you are free to do your shave the way you would want to do it. There are no limiting standards or guidelines that would prevent you from trying new things. This leads us to our third reason - you can experiment. You and your straight razor will be like buddies out on a quest to achieve that perfect shave that is best suited for you.

Lastly, the gears make it more fun. Shoe laces also spark up a shoe collector. A motorcycle aficionado will also be hyped up by cool decals and accessories. The different tools needed for your straight razor will also add up to the exciting method this type of razor offers. From the shaving of your face, up to the maintenance of your blades, it will never be boring. The fun even goes up to the aftershave.

Environment-friendly

With all the different establishments in the world trying to go green - paper and eco-bag rather than plastic bags, bamboo and metal straws instead of plastic ones, reusable lunch packs instead of disposable containers - I think it is also time for us to shift our shaving routine to being kinder to the environment.

Disposable razors use plastic in shelving the blades and in their packaging, as well. If we use such razors once or a few times, for some, and throw them as often, we are contributing to the percentage of non-biodegradables in the planet which may be harmful especially to the future generation as its negative effects can be felt on a long-term basis.

Benefits of a straight razor

Benefits of a straight razor

This is where the straight razors may come in. Complete kits usually come in a wooden box and not in plastic packages. And unlike using disposable ones, there’s nothing to be thrown out in a straight razor since this type of razor will last for a really long time and it’s made from recyclable and biodegradable materials. So, you are not only saving your skin from the razor burns, but also the planet.

Practicality

Because this type of razor and method of shaving have long been considered to be luxurious, many would get intimidated and would think that this is expensive. At one point, when you start, there will be a higher cash outflow compared to buying disposable razors in bulk; however, let us give it a look on a long-term basis.

A basic straight razor would cost you about $90.00. And if you want to equip yourself with the complete kit, as this will always let you save more than when you buy them individually, the set would usually cost approximately $150.00 on a travel kit and $200 on a basic set. This is often composed of the following:

  • Japanese Steel Blade
  • Leather Travel Case
  • Leather Strop
  • Badger-Friendly Shaving Brush
  • Tin of Shaving Soap
  • Tin of Sharpening Paste
  • Handcrafted Wooden Box

Yes, you may think that this is expensive; however, please think again if we place them side by side for years with a disposable razor.

Cost of straight razor vs disposable razor over time

Cost comparison of a straight razor and disposable razor over time

Giving the chart a quick look would tell you that in only four years of switching from disposable to straight razors, you will be saving approximately $1,000. Since the straight razor is believed to last for a lifetime, if given the proper care and maintenance, you may try to calculate the difference on your own.

You may start out by calculating how much your current razor is and multiplying it by how many you will be using for the entire year and try to multiply it even by just 5 years. Even without considering the increase in prices throughout the years, you will still see that the spot outflow for your straight razor now is lesser than the figure you have computed. Here’s a more detailed explanation of how much you are saving when you stop buying disposable razors: The Economics of Straight Razors vs Disposable Razors.

Make the Switch

With the cost-saving characteristics plus you contributing to the lessening of plastics in our landfills, the switch to straight razors would probably be heavier on your decision scale now.

In wet shaving with the aid of a straight razor, you are not just pampering your face by giving it a comfortable shave, you are also turning a daily chore to an unwinding and relaxing activity. You are the conductor of your face and facial hair and if you make the straight razor your stick, you will surely create a perfect harmony.

Check out our website for great offers and high-quality straight razors and shaving products.

 

 

Essential Naked Armor Reads:

Straight Razor Maintenance
Beard Balm or Wax: Which Has Better Value and Why
Carbon Steel vs. Stainless: Which One is Best for Shaving?

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