Is A Straight Razor The Best Shave?

September 11, 2018 5 min read

Is A Straight Razor The Best Shave?

Naked Armor

The world’s best barbers always have a straight razor in their toolbox to give their clients a detailed shave.

Published by Naked Armor

There is a good reason why more and more men now prefer shaving using a tool that was invented by our forefathers in the 17th century than using safety razors.

Although it takes time to learn how to shave using a straight razor, its benefits are worth the effort.

That is why the world’s best barbers always have a straight razor in their toolbox to give their clients a detailed shave, especially along the neck and beards.

Not only does a straight razor looks better than a normal safety razor, they also give a smoother shave.

But the big question is: Is a Straight Razor the Best Shave?

The answer is YES.

There are many benefits that come along with using a straight razor as opposed to using a safety or basic cartridge razor as discussed below.

1. You Cut Down Your Grooming Costs

Most people usually think that buying a straight razor is a waste of money. However, that is not the case. In fact, you'll be ablet to save more if you buy a straight razor than a regular safety razor.

While it is true that a straight razor can cost up to $250 (including the cost of strop and brush), buying blades or cartridges regularly for your safety razor will be more expensive in the long run.  

Straight razors and its accessories may cost you more than buying a normal safety razor. But the good news is, its a one-time investment. Once you make a purchase, you won't need to buy another one since it will last for a long period of time.

You will not have to worry about blade or cartridge replacement as it is usually the case with the basic cartridge or safety razors.

A straight razor only needs to be sharpened a few times in a year but the razor itself will last for 20-30 years.

If you do your math, you will discover that it is far much cheaper than using a disposable cartridge razor or a safety razor that needs regular blade replacement.

2. It Gives A Close Shave In Less Time

Although safety and cartridge razors provide a close shave, theirs is nothing compared to the close shave that straight razors are capable of doing.

Out of all wet shaving razors, straight razors provide the best close shave because they have the sharpest blades. They cut beards closer to the skin than any other type of razor.

Safety razors, meanwhile, have a small guard that prevents them from getting close to the skin. This means that it can take up to seven passes to get the result that you are looking for.

Straight razors only take a single pass to cut off your beard. This means you spend less time in front of the mirror shaving. It also reduces the incidences of skin irritation.

The best part is that you won’t be forced to shave every day because they give a close shave.

3. It Helps You Get Rid Of Rashes, Bumps And Skin Irritation

Do you always suffer from skin irritation, bumps and rashes after shaving?

If your answer is yes, then its because the razor that you are using is irritating your skin. One thing that has made straight razors very popular is that they don’t irritate the skin because they give a close shave.

Skin irritation is caused by frequent blade friction on the skin. Since a straight razor cuts closely and cleanly in one single pass, you won't need to repeat each pass.

Rinsing after every pass also helps as it prevents bacteria and skin cells from gathering around the hair follicles whose hair was improperly cut.

Straight razor shaving also helps exfoliate the skin, scraping away dead skin cells. This helps to prevent rashes, redness and skin irritation.

Every time you shave with a straight razor, you will feel more confident and good about yourself because you have accomplished something.

— Derek, Naked Armor Founder

4. Straight Razors Are Environmental Friendly

Aside from giving you a clean shave, straight razors are also environmentally friendly. They don’t pollute the environment, unlike safety and basic cartridge razors that require you to throw away blades and cartridge to the landfill every week. When properly maintained, a straight razor can serve you up to 30 years.

Disposable blades and cartridges are made of cheap metal, plastics and other harmful chemicals that are dangerous to the environment. The good thing about straight razors is that once you buy one, you will have it for life.

You can use it for as long as you want because they have been made to last. A straight razor will not only give you a clean smooth shave but will also help to protect the environment you live in.

5. It Will Make You Feel Manly

The experience that you will get from using a straight razor will make you feel manly. It's not an easy tool to use but when you finally learn how to do it, it will give you a massive sense of accomplishment.

Every time you shave with a straight razor, you will feel more confident and good about yourself.

6. It Gives You Total Control

Although cartridge razors allow you to adjust its blades, it won't allow you to reach every corner of your face.

However, that is not the case with a straight razor because it gives you total control. Its design allows you to control the pressure, angle or any other factor that you need in order to accomplish that clean and smooth shave.

Shaving with a multi-blade razor can be compared with an old pickup while a straight razor can be compared to a smooth luxury car.

Although both cars will take you to your preferred destination, one will be very uncomfortable while the other one will be a smooth ride.


If you're thinking about ditching your safety razor or disposable for a straight razor, then by all means, you're on the right track.

A straight razor will give you a far more comfortable and closer shave than a safety or a disposable razor.

Although you will need a bit of practice to perfect the art of shaving with a straight razor, the benefits that you will get makes it worth trying.

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