edge razors, with harden steel blades, were made in the 1700s in England. Since then, straight edged razors have evolved. The discovery of silver-steel in the 1820s made the metal used to make the blade of the razor look shiny and by 1840 it had replaced cast steel. Not long after, hollow grinding blades made an appearance, hollow grinding means that the sides of the blades cross-section are concave.
|Extra Hollow Ground, 1888 Germany|
|SS St Louis engraved ship on blade|
|Gillette Safety Razor, 1950s|
Shaving is a rite of passage for many young teenage males maturing into men. Whether a straight-edge razor or a safety razor, antique razors are making a comeback. A movement is on the rise with the younger generation of males, this generation is embracing the old traditions and shaving styles of their grandfathers by bringing back the razors of the past. There are many reasons for this return to the basics in shaving. Using a straight-edged razor or safety razors does not irritate the skin like the plastic disposable multi-blade razors can and they handle the toughest facial hair while providing a superior smoother, closer shave. While the initial investment may be high on these razors, it is an investment that pays for itself. Once the technique is acquired the investment in a straight-edged or safety razor will last a lifetime and the shave it provides is the closest cleanest shave ever. With very little training, skill, and knowledge, you will end up saving 50-70 dollars a year, by not using disposables. Not to mention the greener aspect of adding less garbage to our landfills. Also, why not display your beautiful shaving tools, with a sense of pride. Are you ready to join the shaving revolution? A onetime investment in a straight-edged razor can provide you with shaving nirvana for the rest of your life.