When something is priced so low, it is going to attract a lot of attention and even make some purchases. Unfortunately, the Kriegar straight razor is not “well priced” and twenty dollars spent on this razor would be twenty dollars wasted. I hate to be ‘blunt’ but this is not a good quality razor.
There are many cheap knock-offs out there, Gold Dollar being one of the more infamous, but Kriegar definitely comes close to the bottom of the pile. It is just not well made, with cheap material, will not hold an edge and will not ever be truly sharp. Some manufacturers have spotted the gap in the low-budget end of the market, and filled it with junk.
Why Does A Kriegar Straight Razor Make Sales?
I think there are a couple of reasons for this. The first is that some people are not well educated or experienced with the straight razor market. They assume that the expensive $100+ brands are just “designer” brands and the cheaper lower end ones are just “budget” brands. Unfortunately when it comes to a razor, or any knife, using cheap, poor quality metal is basically a waste of time.
Another reason is that some people just can’t afford to pay over a hundred dollars for a razor, or they want to try out straight razor shaving first before making the switch to a superior blade. The problem with this is, if your first ever shaving experience is with a cheap blade, you are not very likely to enjoy it enough to want to invest in a good blade.
Can you imagine someone telling you to use a plastic knife and fork as a trial for buying silver cutlery?
Finally, a lot of the negative reviews about a kriegar focus on the wrong things. Most people complain that the blade arrives blunt and requires professional honing. This is actually true of all blades, so someone who knows a little bit about razors might just rule out these negative reviews and assume that once honed the kriegar straight razor is perfectly fine. It’s not.
What Can I Buy On A Budget?
If you are on a budget and do want to just try shaving out for a little while before investing in something more expensive, that is perfectly fine. There’s no reason why everybody should be forced to pay in the hundreds for a razor.
On this page you’ll find the best straight razors out there, which includes a mixture of price ranges.
Or you can check out our “best bang for buck” razor below.
Best Budget Razor.
- Solingen Steel
- Wallet Friendly
Best Bang For Buck.
- Solingen Steel
- Well Made
- Closest Shave
- Japanese Steel