A well trimmed beard is always a sexy turn-on.
So what better topic to write about today than about the romance of a straight razor shave, right?
There’s a long tradition of genteel romance and history associated with the straight razor and shaving. Among the shaving community, using a straight razor is the highest form of male grooming. It’s the ultimate thing when it comes down to showing how gentlemanly you are in your grooming.
It’s also our go-to thing during special occasions, like a wedding or a date. When you’re skilled in using a straight razor, you’ll be the envy of millions of men stuck with plastic cartridges or safeties. And it’s true what they say, once you go straight, you’ll never settle for anything less again.
The act of wet shaving with a straight razor stimulates the senses to produce a pleasurable experience for the shaver.
There’s the visual experience of seeing how well-made and finely crafted straight razors are. And there is the tactile sensation of holding its handle, reveling in the quality of its wood.
There’s also the aroma of the shaving soap and aftershave which brings childhood memories of watching your dad or grandpa lather and shave. There’s also the sound of the blade, or as some say, the singing of a razor blade, as it slices through your whiskers when you’re shaving.
For the ultimate sensory experience, nothing beats the feel of the shaving brush as it spreads a warm and creamy layer of lather across your face. Having warm lather, courtesy of a moss scuttle, defines the luxuriousness in shaving.
Shaving is a personal act of grooming. But when one does it with a straight razor, it even becomes more intimate because you’re trusting a very sharp blade to scrape off hair from what is a very delicate and sensitive area of the skin. It is so intimate that sharing straight razors is major faux pax.
By this token, having someone shave your hair off using a straight razor is the ultimate personal intimacy. The act of surrendering your chin and neck to a blade to someone else requires trust. That’s why other than your trusted barber and your significant other, it’s definitely difficult to have others shave you with a straight razor.
Shaving is sweet surrender..
Whether you’re touching your own newly-shaved skin or letting someone else touch it (or even if you’re touching someone else’s newly-shaved skin), the sensations are incredibly intense. As the hair grows out, you are treated to a series of new sensations: first stubble, then bristle, then velour, and finally silk. And for some people, that can be a turn-on.
— Derek Dodds, Naked Armor Founder
Seduction is not about the culmination or gratification of desire, it is about the thrill of the desire itself. It’s the sexual tension of wanting that’s being played out for as long as both pairs are able.
That’s why that classic James Bond shaving scene with Moneypenny works. One can also say that the shape of the straight razor becomes a symbol of desire. And as Moneypenny uses it to slowly give Bond a shave, it provides us viewers the thrill and anticipation of letting the sexual tension play out on our screens.
Moneypenny's iconic sexy scene with Bond, James Bond.
For some people though, a straight razor shave can be a fetish. We are not sure how exactly that works but among the leather and BDSM communities, there are fringe groups who find erotic uses for straight razors.
We think it’s because shaved skin can provide many wonderful and ever-changing sensual experiences. Whether you’re touching your own newly-shaved skin or letting someone else touch it (or even if you’re touching someone else’s newly-shaved skin), the sensations are incredibly intense. As the hair grows out, you are treated to a series of new sensations: first stubble, then bristle, then velour, and finally silk. And for some people, that can be a turn-on.
However a straight razor shave turns you on, it helps to have a high-quality straight razor to get the job done. Modern straight razors nowadays are generally made from metal and wood, but we like ours to be finely crafted as durable heirlooms.
Like the ones we have here at Naked Armor.
Our straight razors are made from the finest Japanese steel and high-grade hardwood. There’s nothing more romantic than shaving with a blade that’s produced in the tradition of the samurai warriors and sandalwood handles long used by King Solomon himself in his temple.
But it’s not just about its historical value. It’s also about how it’s designed.
Naked Armor's Solomon Straight Razor.
Naked Armor straight razors are designed in between a full hollow and a half hollow grind. This makes it versatile for different types of hair and different skill sets of users. So whether you’ve got soft or coarse facial hair, or just a beginner or a pro, a Naked Armor straight razor will totally get the job done by giving you the closest shave in a luxurious fashion.
This Valentines Day, if you want to gift your loved one a straight razor, pick a Naked Armor blade. Nothing says I love you more than a finely crafted, artisanal straight razor.
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