More and more men are discovering the lost art of shaving with a straight razor. Also known as a single blade razor, this type of shaving blade will give you the closest shave possible. However, there is an art to it, and you need to take your time and practice. The following are three tips to get you started.
Protect your razor holder
Straight razors fold out from a case similar to a pocketknife. A problem you can have with your razor, without taking precautions is rust developing inside the holder, and this can spread to the blade. This is due to the water you are running over the blade in your bathroom sink. The solution is to dry the blade with a towel after each water rinse. After you have shaved a portion of your face, you will rinse the hair and shaving cream from the blade under running water. After this, wipe the blade on a towel so there is no water left on the blade. A dry blade will prevent rust.
Don’t attempt to shave your entire face
If you are using a straight razor for the first time, don’t attempt to shave your entire face. Straight razors take more skill to use, and you need to practice. It is best to start with the easiest portion of your face, namely the sideburns and cheek areas. You need to understand the proper angle to shave at without cutting yourself. You can finish shaving with whatever shavers you have been using in the past. After a few days, you can begin to expand your newly developed skills to the upper lip, chin and neck areas.
Spend enough time sharpening your blade
Along with a straight razor, you will need a leather strop. You will find that it takes time to learn how to use a strop, but it is something that must be done every time you shave. You need to make 40 to 60 strokes with your blade to keep it in optimal condition. Often beginners don’t spend enough time sharpening their razor, but you must learn to do this or you will find yourself shaving with a dull blade. It also takes time to learn the proper angle for the blade stroke as well as the pressure. Beginner’s often press too hard with their blade. A light pressure is all you need.
When you first begin shaving with a straight razor, you must go slow and pay attention to what you are doing. Do not try to do everything the first time. You should learn in steps, but when you are finally shaving with a single blade razor, you will find yourself with the closest shave imaginable.