This site exists so that to take care of the needs of straight razor users, young and old, new and experienced. You will find the information you need to care for, maintain and use your straight razors and other tools to keep them working well.

With the cost of replaceable blades today, shaving with a straight razor makes perfect sense. Actually, in the long run, you will save money by using a straight razor plus you will have something to hand down to your sons.

A SHORT HISTORY
The first modern straight razor complete with decorated handles and hollow ground blades was constructed in Sheffield, in England, the center of the cutlery industry, in the 18th century. The English produced the first superior hard steel grade in 1740.

The French soon joined the movement producing a highly polished steel, also known as Sheffield silver steel, famous for its deep gloss finish, is considered a superior quality steel and is still used to this day in France by such manufacturers as Thiers Issard.

Daily shaving was not a widespread practice in the 19th century so some men never shaved. Straight razors were the most common form of shaving before the 20th century and remained that way in many countries until the 1950s. The custom of shaving every day among American men is a 20th century innovation.

Straight razors eventually fell out of fashion after the 50's because of the emergence of safety razors in 1901. This new type of razors did not require any serious knowledge to use. The blades were extremely, hard to sharpen, and were meant to be thrown away after one use, and rusted quickly if not discarded.

Around 1960, stainless steel blades which could be used more than once became available, reducing the cost of safety-razor shaving.

Who knows if men are just fed up with paying through the nose for a bit of cheap steel set in plastic that gets thrown away after a few days or if the desire to be macho is rearing its head once more? Let's face it, if scraping off your stubble with three inches of unguarded, sharp steel isn't macho, I don't know what is!

Whatever the reason, there's no doubt that more and more men are now using straight razors for their everyday shave and loving it !

OUR NEW PROMOTIONAL GIFT

As of now, I am starting a new campaign which will allow you to get your straight razors honed for FREE. All you have to do is give one of my business cards to a friend. If they send their razor in to be honed, you will get one credit towards your next honing. Then once you accumulate 3 of these, you will get your next honing for FREE. If you don't have any cards to give out, have them mention your name as a referrer in their shipping envelope with their contact info and you will still get the credit.

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