Straight Razor 101
J Jordan Lambourne

Straight Razor 101

Dec 11, 2021

No trouble for your stubble

Depending on your lifestyle and budget, there are different ways to manage your facial hair. From disposable razor to even razorless cream shave, the world is your oyster. However, nothing gets you the closest and smoothest shave than a straight razor. Preferred method of shaving by James Bond, straight razor shaving can easily be achieved at home with the right tool. Bonus point Moneypenny is there to help you with the process.

What is a straight razor?

Don’t let the look and its rather harsh nickname (“cut-throat razor”) scare you. Straight razor is typically made of two types of steel: carbon steel and stainless steel. It was first introduced in the 1680s in England, and earliest models included silver coated handles that looked like small knives. Straight razors have been the preferred method of manual shaving for more than 200 years now, and avid fans even get straight razor tattoos to show their love for the art and tradition of it. A straight razor gives you the experience of a barbershop shave without having to go to a barbershop. Do we have your attention yet?

How much is a straight razor?

Straight razors can cost anywhere from $10 to a couple of hundreds of dollars, depending on the maker and material. However, these razors will last you a lifetime and you won’t have to worry about buying a new disposable razor every two weeks or so. Looking at it long term, straight razors can be a one-time investment that will save some money in the future.

How do I know if my straight razor is sharp enough?

Straight razors are not as sharp as surgical scalpels, but the beautiful, pristine edge is sharp enough to give you a close, smooth shave. To keep the razor sharp for your shave, do a simple shave test to check. If the blade feels dull and does not give you as close of a shave, it is time to either hone or replace your blade.

What are the pros and cons of straight razor shaving?

Besides the fact that straight razors give you a close shave and save you money in the long run, there are other pros, as well as cons.


Straight razors are eco-friendly

Straight razor shaving is a zero-waste solution. Not having to buy disposable razors on a regular basis, straight razors reduce your carbon footprint and the amount of plastic waste.

You are in control

Unlike other types of razors, straight razors give you the full control of your shave. Your angle, pressure, and technique can accommodate the type of your hair and skin. 


Steep learning curve

Just like all forms of art, straight razor shaving can be difficult to learn at first. Start slow, learn to enjoy the process of straight razor shaving, and you will achieve the best shave of your life. 


Sharp blades are not to be treated lightly. Properly prep your skin, take your time, and enjoy the process of straight razor shaving. If not, cuts from straight razors can be nasty and are definitely not fun.

Ready to start your straight razor journey?

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