Every man has the right to a great shave and every great shave begins with a well honed razor—not a dollar razor.
In the beginning . . .
Naked Armor’s founder grew up with a gun in his hands and his father taught him how to recognize a well put together rifle.
In fact, as a boy D'rock's father made him assemble and dissemble those riffles over and over until he knew every part.
Again and again.
He learned early about steel and the precision—a great weapon was the result of the materials used to make that weapon. Shitty craftsmanship lead to bent barrels and jammed bolt actions.
Years later when D'rock was looking for more challenge, he picked up the bow and arrow and learned the importance of a sharp edge.
He never imagined that the arrow edge would one day help him develop the ultra sharpness of Naked Armor razors.
Like a dull arrow, a dull straight razor is useless.
Taking the principles from those days along with his father advice, he searched out the best steel and materials available to handcraft Naked Armor’s razors.
We found that Japanese steel was the best steel in the world and decided that all of Naked Armor’s straight razors would be hand crafted with only samurai strong steel.
If you don't start with the best steel, you won't end with the best straight razor.
As far back as the seventh century Japanese warriors wore a form of lamellar armor, this armor eventually evolved into the armor worn by the samurai.
Good enough for the Samurai, perfect for the Naked Armor straight razor.
After we figured out the blade part we turned our energy to the handle. Our research lead us to the best deep grained woods in the world and perfectly balanced hardware for the end caps to make sure the straight razor felt good in your hands while shaving.
We found a wood call algum—yea, we had never heard of it either.
According to the Book of First Kings, algum was used, together with cedar and pine, in the construction of Solomon's Temple.
Those crazy early carpenters didn't stop there, they also used the wood to craft the musical instruments for use in the Temple.
Isn't a straight razor like a musical instrument for your face?
Next we went to Brazil and found Amazonian sandalwood—the second most expensive wood in the world.
Sandalwood forms the foundation of the Brazilian Wet Shave Kit, a great alternative to the straight razor in case you want to diversify your shaving tools.
It's nice to have options.
Next, we looked to round off our kits with a great brush, strop, and soap. We used the finest leather for the strop and added high-quality brass hardware.
The brush handle, made from solid wood, feels great in your hand while you dip the brush into your soap dish.
And the soap . . . let's hear from one of our customers about the soap.
Dad taught D'rock to always respect animals, especially the endangered ones. After decades of hunting and fishing with his Pops he learned how important it was to respect and honor the animals that faced extinction.
Going against the industry standard, he decided that he would not include any badger killing brushes in his kits and released the first kits with a non-animal hair brush.
Any great hunter knows that hunting isn't about killing, it's about the connection to something greater and it comes with great dignity.
Naked Armors perfectly crafted brushes help create a rich lather for the shaving and aren't brittle like badger brushes.
Thank you for reading our story—we look forward to bringing more great shaving products for many years to come.
~ D'rock, Naked Armor