The Comeback of Straight Razors
What people like about using a straight razor is the close shave that it provides and your skin does not get irritated after shaving. Today when men are now focused on skin care, the straight razor is staging a comeback after being relegated to the background for years.
Straight razors first became popular during the early 1700s. This was the preferred shaving method until the 20th century. Before, only barbers were able to use the straight razor to give men a close, fast shave and so it was necessary for men to go to the barber for a shave. Most men did not do their own shaving, they had to hire the services of a barber to do it for them. This was the case until the disposable safety razor was invented.
The straight razor dropped in its popularity because the disposable safety razor was very convenient to use, even though it was quite expensive at the start. Education in barber schools change significantly as a result of the decline in the use of straight razors. They have to focus less on perfecting the ability to shave another man.
Nowadays, we can witness a growing interest in men in learning how to use the straight razor at home. Taking good care of a straight razor blade can actually make your razor last a lifetime. The straight razor has a manly appearance and it offers a close shave and this is the reason why men are now finding an appeal in using it.
Since it does not cause much skin irritation, many men love using it. Ladies love watching men us a straight razor because of its manly appeal.
If you are going to use a straight razor, you need to learn the various stropping methods for blade sharpening. Before each use, your blade needs to be stropped properly. You can use leather or canvas strops for stropping your blade. Stropping is the method of straightening and polishing the blades to keep them sharp and performing well. Honing is also done twice or thrice per years. Blades can be sent out to be honed because it can be very dangerous since the blade is extremely sharp and has no safety features like the modern disposable razors.
People who want to use a straight razor need the commitment of time. If you use a straight razor for shaving every morning, then you need more time and concentration to do it. Men say that it is refreshing and helps them to get focused for the day if they shave with a straight razor. If you don’t have the time to spend to shave yourself with a straight razor then just better stick with your disposable or electric safety razor.