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  • Straight Razor Comparison Guide

    Last updated: March 21, 2023

    The sheer variety of straight razor styles is a mixed blessing. While it ensures that the perfect razor is out there for everyone, for those who aren't familiar with all the options, choosing one can be daunting. This handy comparison chart should help clear things up for both beginners and experts alike.

    Glossary of terms

    • ⅝”, 6/8”, ⅞” etc. - The height of a straight razor is measured in eighths of an inch, and gives an impression of the blade size.
    • C-135 Carbon Steel - A very hard Japanese steel that is made specially for Thiers Issard. While this steel can rust, it has fantastic edge retention and sharpens beautifully.
    • Edge Retention - Average period between professional honing on whetstones. Based on average hair coarseness, and good stropping technique with a quality strop. Learn about stropping technique here.
    • G10 - An incredibly durable and moisture-proof composite material, very stable and simple-looking.
    • Pakka Wood - This ultra-durable material is made with thin veneers of wood, pressed together and impregnated with resin. Highly resistant to moisture.
    • Acrylic - A simple handle material that is highly stable over time & when exposed to moisture, but can be delicate.
    • Round/ Spanish/ French/ Square Point - This describes the end section of the straight razor, check out this article all about points.
    • Scales - Fancy Razor-speak for handles. These fold over the blade to protect both the edge and the user.
    • Swedish Carbon Steel - As the name implies, this is a non-stainless steel from Sweden which is affordable and easy to work with. While it won’t keep it’s edge as long as other blades, it’s relatively easy to hone.
    • Water Buffalo Horn - This natural material is gorgeous, and each set of scales ends up with a completely unique look as a result.
    • Wood - Various woods are used for straight razors. While extra care is needed with wood handles to avoid moisture, they can be easily treated with wax and give the razor a classic look.