Taking your time to do things properly brings huge rewards, in this case you'll enjoy the badassery - the meditative moments, and the best shave ever. Straight razors can be used as your exclusive shaving method or in conjunction with a double edged safety razor to take care of business on those hurried mornings.
These European style straights have two main parts, the blade and the scales (sometimes called the handle). The blades are measured in 8ths of an inch from edge to spine and the thinness measured by the “Hollow”. The taller blade provides more momentum and the thinner the blade gives a more sensitive feel. The scales provide a cover for the edge, counter weight to the blade and are made of different materials. Both parts contribute to the style of the razor. Be sure to check out the Leather strops too, they're a necessity.