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Thread: Hoping to buy my boyfriend a straight razor for Christmas, any recommendations?

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    Any round point 5/8 to 6/8 will be good for a beginner and beyond. Dovo and Boker are decent brands. Hart is an American brand and is more expensive.

    The prices go up as the the blade width goes up and what the scales are made of influence the price. The main thing is the blade been well honed. If you buy from straightrazordesigns, Lynn Abram will hone it, thesuperiorshave, Jarrod, the owner will hone it and if you buy sight unseen from thewhippeddog, Larry will hone it. All are great honers. Thewhippeddog sells vintage blades and will be much cheaper and can be bought in a kit with strop and pastes and such.

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    Oh, I just noticed you're in my neck of the woods as well, Trillium! From where do you buy?

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    Yes your going to the right place. Ijust wanted to make sure. It will make a very fine gift. Make sure you steer him to this website when he gets it. Straight shaving has a bit of a learning curve and we will be here to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexa View Post
    Oh, I just noticed you're in my neck of the woods as well, Trillium! From where do you buy?
    The same place as you do. If your boy friend runs into problems with the use of a straight, just PM me and maybe we can meet up for some face time. I found it helped me alot when i was starting out. Sometime reading and watching a video doesnt anwser all your questions.

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    I am new myself and I have gone about every route possible and have bought 6 razors for various reasons so I am somewhat familiar with what is reputable. By NO means am I saying he needs multiple razors. You only need one to use for the rest of your life with proper care. Here are a few sites I can highly recommend having bought from all of them.

    Straight Razor : Double Edge Razor : Shaving Products Supplies : Merkur Safety Razor : Badger Shaving Brush : Men's Grooming Products : VintageBladesllc.com
    Vintage blades NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH VINTAGERAZORBLADES, is a sponsor of this website and has a nice selection of top quality razors for beginners to experienced. They have EXCELLENT customer service. They will field any questions you may have prior to the sale and will handle any further questions after the sale promptly. They will guide you through the entire experience which is a good thing to utilize if you are a new buyer. Also every razor comes professionally honed by Lynn Abrams who is an expert honemeister and the founder of this site.

    Whipped Dog Straight Razor Shaving Equipment
    Another great site for beginners. Larry offers extremely low prices on shave ready razors that are professionally honed. They are sold sight half seen, as in they will describe the razor but there are no pictures because it helps him keep his prices low. The razors are high quality vintage razors which I am learning that I like better than new ones as they have character. He is also an excellent communicator and will happily answer any questions you may have.

    The Finest In Gentlemens Shaving And Grooming Needs

    Another sponsor of this site. All razors sharpened by Lynn Abrams and excellent customer service with great communication. They have a wide variety at good prices.


    When you look for razors make sure they are professionally honed, not must factory honed. Especially for a beginner a professionally honed razor is a must if not for any other reason as a point of reference as to how sharp a razor should be. If you buy a factory honed razor you may want to send it off to be professionally honed which will take a couple weeks with an additional cost of 15-25 dollars.

    Hope this helps.

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