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The Art of Shaving – Buying and using a Straight Razor

The forgotten art of the Straight Razor 7 of the best blades available today Some of the best straight razors in the world do not get used by most men today. In a parallel universe, the modern gentleman still uses the device to shave his follicular densities. He strides down the street in his top hat and coat tails, carrying himself like an eagle gliding on powerful northerly currents. His eyes sparkle with the knowing assurance that true masculinity has not faltered and devoured itself in the blinding glare of the modern insipid teeny-bopper culture. He is a man. And he does not apologise for it. This world could be real, but unfortunately, it has been lost. Where did the fine tuned techniques of beard cultivation disappear to? The hapless safety blade destroyed a rich tradition and consumed a culture of honourable beings serving society in the highest of crafts – by shaving, trimming and maintaining beards. We have become lost as a culture. Manliness is a characteristic that is no longer prized. We are told its wrong and made to feel inferior for it. We are told to ignore the primordial brewing of our homo sapien brain. But why? The metrosexual of the 2000’s mocked the bearded man and the androgynous male became the epitome of cool. Millions of men and women lost their way and the sexes became merged in a cruel dance that lead to a loss of modern identity. Suddenly it was okay for you to cry like a sissy if you stumped your toe. Real men, do cry,! That’s true. But for valid reasons. Your girlfriend left you in a bad way? Then cry. You broke a nail? Don’t. Stop. This brings us to our fundamental disconnection with identity. There is confusion. Who am I as a male? What is my purpose? The tool is a reflection of the man Don Norman in his book the design of everyday things tells us that knowledge is in the world. While he is referring to the psychology behind understanding the functions of objects, I believe we can extend this notion to include knowledge of ourselves and our culture through the object. Enter the Straight razor. The narrow-bladed straight razor defined the male sex for centuries. First invented in 1680 in Sheffield, England, the considerable skill required to weild the tool created countless generations of talented barbers, highly skilled in the art of grooming. It is time to return to our culture of craftsmanship and skill, we must prize the talent and hard work that goes behind the expert operation of this instrument. The straight edge razor still exists today and we can learn to sharpen and hone our skills in its usage. Here is a roundup of the best straight razors available today:   Here are the best straight razors for the modern gentleman A.P. Donovan – Professional 7/8″ Straight Razor Wow, this one is really nice. I imagine this as the kind of blade the man/God Thor would use to trim his face. He would definitely be using the best straight razor created by mortal men. This one comes in an ornate wooden box and the steel used in the blade is a particularly unique quality tempered steel alloy. Mmmh, tempered steel alloy. Those words create gear lust right there. The unique combo creates a very hard carbon steel which works great for maintaining a sharp blade and although its on the higher end of the price spectrum you do get what you pay for. It will stay sharp for longer than usual when compared to other brands. It’s an awesome product to buy and is great quality for the price. It comes sharpened and oiled so thats one less step to worry about. And what about that polished wooden handle? So dapper it will make a tux look like a track suit. Shop for it Now     Sawtooth Shave Co. Straight Razor This one sports a ‘King Cutter’ style blade shape and is one of the finer best straight razors available. It uses Japanese Stainless steel and has a minimal design with a curved mahogany handle. This is the type of straight razor your great grandpa used while shaving in the trenches of some God forsaken war zone. Relive the spirit of another era with this clean and sharp blade. It’s a well put together utensil and feels weighty in the hand. Pair it up with a good shaving cream and after shave balm and you’re good to go. Shop for it Now     Parker SRX Heavy Duty Okay, so this one is a folding model but it also uses safety razors. Safety razors? Dafuq you say? Look, chill. For a lot of newbies out there this is exactly what they need in their shivering hands. They haven’t developed the fine tuned motor skills to weild heavier instruments. Seriously though, if you are new to straight razors, your first time around the block you’re gonna look like you just had an intimate session with Edward Scissor hands. Take it one step at a time. This model is a great entry point into this new world of shaving and you don’t have to worry about sharpening the damn thing. Parker is a respectable brand that also happens to make great pens. I trust them, maybe you should too. Shop for it Now     Velvet Forge – Black on Black This black on black cut throat style straight razor from Velvet Forge is a beautifully crafted instrument. Delivered in a leather carry case the first thing that will impress you is the very well thought out packaging. In addition to the leather pouch you get a tin box which is nice enough to be a gift. The device itself has a genuine steel blade and comes sharpened out of the box. This is definitely one of the classier altenatives out there at the moment, the black steel finish looks professional and will impress the most […]

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