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    Default What types of stores sell straight razors?

    Hi, I'm looking to buy a straight razor and don't know where I'd be able to get one in my city (Edmonton, Canada). I'd prefer to buy one in person instead of ordering online.

    What types of stores sell razors? I tried Walmart haha, but all they had were the typical Gilette, Shick ones...

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    Perhaps some beauty supply stores (they'll probably have only the replacement blade style), but your best bet is an antique store.

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    I had the same problem in my area. The only store I had was a shaving store in NYC. Here you could see the straight razors in the case but could NOT handle any of them. Stupid huh. They only had a couple Dovo's and that was it, all the rest were DE.

    After much research online and on the forums I always came back to

    Straight Razor Designs, The Finest In Gentlemens Shaving And Grooming Needs

    They had the best prices anywhere on the web and had them in stock!

    Good luck
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    Sometimes tobacco stores will carry straights, brushes, and/or soaps. I was pretty surprised, but my local smoke shop carries some stuff and so did one I stopped in in Santa Fe when visiting my mom. Those are the only smoke shops I've been in recently, but I figure two out of two may indicate a trend (not very scientific of me...)

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    Yeppers Tobacconists and every now and then you will see a Dovo or TI at a specialty cutlery shop....
    Watch the brands too, you will find some of the Chinese and Pakistani crap out there too, so be very careful if it isn't a Dovo or TI, I would steer clear on new razors....


    I would not buy one there though, go look and touch, but buy it through one of the SRP vendors, the price and selection is way, way, better, strops too....

    "No amount of money spent on a Stone can ever replace the value of the time it takes learning to use it properly"
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    At one of the Tucson malls there is a knife shop which sells some new staight razors, soaps and strops. The razors look cheap and although the tangs are stamped "Solingen", my gut feeling is that they are not. The blades are gold washed and the etches say things like "First Class". The price range is in the $40's, so I hardly think they are made by Dovo. The soaps are Col. Conk and the strops are marked Illinois.

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    If you have an Amish community anywhere near you, some of the Amish shops will carry straights.
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    Hey Man,

    I live in Edmonton and had the same problem. I purchased my first razor from Vintage Blades LLC and they had pretty good service. I ordered a basic Dovo and it shaves well and I still use it. That was a year ago and I am finally upgrading to a new Boker Edelweiss from www.straightrazordesigns.com (Coming in the mail!). I went to a flea market on the south side of Edmonton and bought an antique in bad need of some pro tlc but I can not seem to get it honed the way I want. I have looked around Edmonton for a while and have had no luck finding a store that does a good job selling them. A very basic selection of Dovos can be found for an over the top price at The Knife Shop kiosk in Kingsway if you really want to buy it in person but it will not be honed.
    I hope this helps and have fun

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    Question What NYC Store Let's You See But Not Touch the Razors?

    Quote Originally Posted by crushnbugs View Post
    a shaving store in NYC. Here you could see the straight razors in the case but could NOT handle any of them.
    What store was that? And did they say why you couldn't handle them?

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    Knifewear in Calgary and Kelowna used to, probably still do, sharpen and sell kamisori razors.
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