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How To Use A Shavette Razor

November 25, 2018

How To Use A Shavette Razor

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Sometimes we like to take short cuts. Going home on a rush hour, we find ourselves using alleys and side streets to escape the gridlock and arrive home faster.

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Or, when working on our laptops, we find ourselves using shortcut keys to save time and accomplish more tasks.

As long as it doesn’t affect the quality of the work or result in negative outcomes, taking short cuts is actually a cool thing to do because you’re doing something in a way that’s much more efficient. In Silicon Valley, they call it a hack.

However, in our world of wet shaving, we call it a shavette razor shave.
 

What is a Shavette Razor?

A shavette razor looks like a straight razor in that it could be a folding blade (like a Western style straight razor) or a fixed blade (like the oriental Kamisori straight razor). The only difference? It uses a disposable blade.

This means that the blade is not resharpened. When a shavette blade becomes dull, it should always be replaced with another blade.

In this respect, it’s more like a double-edged (DE) safety razor. In fact, A Sharper Razor argues that since a shavette relies on DE blades, it cannot be considered as a mini straight razor. Rather, it is a “DE on a stick”, a somewhat derisive putdown, because the shavette can and is often used much like a straight razor.

The Shavette’s History

The name Shavette was actually a brand name used by the German company Dovo to market its disposable blade straight razors. Originally designed and marketed as a barber’s tool for shaving the back of people’s necks, it was also used as an alternative to scissors or clippers for shaping and trimming sideburns and hairlines.

The Shavette became popular when government policies began to require licenses for barbers who provide straight razor shaves. This was because of concerns that unsanitized straight razors could transmit blood-borne pathogens like hepatitis and HIV. In fact, in some areas, regulations required barbershops to have an autoclave to sanitize their straight razors.

Faced with all that hassle, most barbers shifted to the Shavette in order to continue offering real barber shaves. Because its blade was disposable, concerns about sanitation and hygiene was no longer relevant. As its use became more widespread and other companies began their own versions of disposable razor blades, the name Shavette became more and more known as a general term for disposable straight razor blades.

A shavette, then, is your ideal short cut to a clean and nice shave in the world of wet shaving. As an entry-level straight razor user, you can use a shavette to get the same impeccable results provided by a traditional straight razor without going through all that hassle of learning how to hone and strop to produce a really sharp blade.

— Derek Dodds, Naked Armor Founder

Types of Shavette Mechanisms

While most shavettes are compatible with the standard DE or 1/2 DE blades, their mechanisms for holding the blade vary. Here are some of the popular ones in the market according to Badger and Blade.

•  Hinge – With this type of a shavette, one pushes out the latch and half of the blade holder will swing out. You can then place the DE blade in the holder.

•  Screw The blade holder is held in position by a screw. Take the screw out, the blade holder comes off, enabling you to insert the blade.

•  Knob – To place the blade in, you need to unscrew the knob so that the blade holders can come apart and rotate. You can now slide the blade in, rotate the blade holders back before tightening the knob.

•  Pinch – The most common type of mechanism, this involves a lot of work. You slide off the thing that holds the two blade holders together, pry them apart in order to slide the blade in, and pinching it in place.

Difference Between a Shavette and a Straight Razor

Straight razor purists, however, would insist that a shavette is not a straight razor and will never be a worthy alternative to a cut-throat. In fact, in online shaving forums, there’s always a segment that dismisses the shavette’s aspirations to a straight razor’s awesomeness.

Part of this is because of the shavette’s blade. Some say that the smaller, double-edged blade of a shavette does not give the same performance as that of a straight razor’s stainless steel blade.

And yet it’s very convenient, because one no longer needs to learn how to strop and hone in order to keep the blade sharp. When a shavette blade becomes dull, you can just swap it out with a new one.

This is why some new straight razor users are attracted towards using the shavette because of its low upkeep, affordable cost and simplicity.

That being said, there’s also such a thing as too much simplicity. Until recently, the body of a shavette was mostly made out of plastic. It paled in comparison to the craftsmanship of high-end straight razors.

These days, however, there are more high-end shavettes being produced for the market. Like straight razors, they can be luxury products. And just like any top-notch straight razor, they also give a nice and clean shave.  

A Shortcut Razor

A shavette, then, is your ideal short cut to a clean and nice shave in the world of wet shaving. As an entry-level straight razor user, you can use a shavette to get the same impeccable results provided by a traditional straight razor without going through all that hassle of learning how to hone and strop to produce a really sharp blade.

A shavette is lighter, allowing you more control over the blade, so that you can use it in different angles to get your desired beard style. It’s much more than what a pair of scissors and trimmers can do.

For the professional straight razor users, a shavette is a handy tool to carry along during their travels. Its disposable blades allow one to get down to the business of shaving without the stropping and honing. So it’s a more efficient use of one’s own time.

So How Does One Use a Shavette?

Like how one would use a straight razor. It’s as simple as that.

True, a shavette blade may be smaller than a straight razor but it can be used like a straight razor.

First, always remember to prep your face by warming it up with a hot moist towel and applying shaving lather to your facial hair.

Hold the shavette very lightly, like you would a straight razor, at a 30 degree angle from your skin. Any degree higher than that, the odds of you nicking yourself become higher.

Choose a sideburn, start from the top and use small light strokes to go down. To make the shaving area more flat, stretch the skin using your free hand. This will make shaving easier.

Follow the cheek down to the jawline and move towards your mouth. Use really small strokes and be patient. Once you are done on one side, move on to the other side.

Depending on your preference, you can shave in two to three passes. On the first pass, shave lightly. Apply lather and then shave again. Professionals tend to shave against the grain of their facial hair on the second or third pass. For newbies, we recommend that you stick to shaving along the grain until you become more familiar with shaving your face.  

Always use an aftershave when you’re done shaving. Not only does it closes the pores but it also kills the remaining skin bacteria which can cause acne breakouts.

Be Like Samson

Here at Naked Armor, we take our razor blades seriously. Whether it’s a straight razor, a safety razor or a shavette, we make sure that it’s world-class and able to give a luxurious, high-end shaving experience.

Our Samson Shavette Straight Razor, like its Biblical namesake, is a strong durable razor piece for beginners and pros alike. The blade is made from high-end metal and is good for five to ten shaves. If you’re looking to shift to straight razor shaving but don’t want to spend time mastering how to strop and hone, then the Samson Shavette would be a perfect fit for you.

Check it out or better yet, Click Add to Cart to order now.


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