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    As the title suggests I am interested in the functional benefit, if any, of a folding type razor over a fixed handle razor. Apart from the safety of the blade stored within the handle is there any arguments for one over the other?

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    Just IMHO, the ability to fold the handle, straighten it, or holding it somewhere in between when I'm shaving is mighty handy. Full disclosure, I've never had a fixed straight razor, or shaved with anyone else's. Every time I see one I feel like the fellow who made it forgot something.
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    Are you referring to a Kamisori? If so, the traditional grind is different, and therefore uses a different technique to shave and hone. Though each have their fans, not sure one is better than the other, but just different.
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    I was more thinking a traditional straight razor just with a fixed handle. I have seen very old English variations like that just wasn't sure if they would be more difficult to shave with.

    I really like the look of fixed styles.

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    USA custom razor maker Robert Williams makes just that. Calls it The Purist and a lot of guys seem to like it. I think Charlie Lewis might make one, Mastro Livi ....... they are out there and, matter of fact, if memory serves I'm pretty sure Bruno has made one or more.

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    Oh yes! Charlie Lewis indeed makes one! And a fine one at that! Took one pass to get the hang of it!
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    What I have found is that it's a preference thing. Actually, the folders are WAY easier to store & take up less room as if you safely store a fixed razor you will have a base for each one unless you make a custom one for yourself. I don't know about a kamisori though as I have never used one or had one in my hands.
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    Scott speaks the truth. You cannot just toss one in a drawer!
    I expressed my concerns of storage to Charlie, sent it back to him and he made me a nice box!
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    I use both and find the scaled version very much easier to use. With the scales at 90 degrees I notice that the fingers either side have far greater control than having the same hand position on a fixed.

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