This was the first question that I had when I began researching Straight Razors. Most people who might be curious to try simply do not know where to buy a straight razor.
I figured that I could find one in an old antique or hardware store or similar, but I wanted to get a brand new one that was top quality, and couldn’t think for the life of me where to look.
Fortunately, I have found many places now, and will share them with you here.
Where To Buy A Straight Razor: A Brief Guide
Amazon has a reasonable variety of straight razors available, for varying qualities. Some of them will cost you less than $10 and are not even worth considering, while others will cost you over $200 and are top quality.
One negative about these is that they do not come shave ready (need to be sharpened by a professional).
Another negative is that a lot of them are sold by third-party vendors and there is no guarantee that you are getting real quality or just re-labelled blades.
In my experience, if you want to get a brand new blade, it is better to go to a dedicated shaving site.
I discovered this website after doing a little more digging, and was very impressed with what I found.
While their razors are not pre-honed either (it’s usually better to send your blade off to a professional anyway), there is a much larger variety available on their site. You also feel that these people are legitimate vendors and you are going to get good quality.
Only downside: Ship only to the US.
If you live outside the US, heritage shaving is the next best thing to amazingshaving. You can find a couple of great “starter” blades which are top quality, and International shipping is fast.
Amazon is another alternative, it’s up to you.
If you want to buy good quality on a budget, or you want to search for something a little bit rarer and more “collectible”, eBay is the place to go.
You should be careful to make sure the vendor is trusted, and make sure you choose a blade in relatively good condition (or know somebody who can repair it for you at low cost). If you have any doubts or suspicions, choose another blade/vendor.
Some real bargains can be found on eBay and just because a blade is second-hand, does not mean it will not be a great investment. The money you save could go towards buying the other essential shaving items. (Scroll down for more)
Which Razor Should I Buy?
This really depends on you. I assume that you are looking to buy your first razor, so I am going to suggest Dovo Best Quality. This is a great “entry level” blade that mixes quality with affordability. Spend more and upgrade to a Dovo Master’s if you wish, or check out some of the Dovo blades on eBay if you want to save a bit of cash.
There are many great razors out there, so spend some time in our product section to learn more and find something suitable for you.
What Else Do I Need?
Shaving is not just as simple as buying a straight razor, waiting for it to arrive, and then getting on with it. If you wanted to do that, you would be better off goign to your local supermarket and buying a Gillette cartridge razor. This is luxuryshaves.com, so you want luxury.
Here are some of the things you need:
- Razor Strop
- Badger Hair Brush (Recommended)
- Sharpening Hone (If you want to learn how to hone)
- Shaving Soap (So much better than foam)
These are one off purchases (except for the soap) and will contribute so much to your shaving experience. Don’t cut corners or you won’t get the great shave that straight razors can give.
Maintaining Your Razor
The great thing about switching to a straight is that once you have it, you won’t need to buy one again. As long as you use proper maintenance, you will love your blade forever.
Read my guide on correct razor maintenance to learn more.