Last updated: August 9, 2021

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Welcome to our big razor test 2021. Here we present all the razors we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best razor for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a razor.




Summary

  • When shaving with a straight razor, you can expect some cuts in the beginning. However, with a little practice you will soon get the hang of it and can look forward to a very smooth and close result.
  • Razors differ in their design and the material used. There is also a distinction between the classic razor and an interchangeable blade razor.
  • The purchase costs are very high. However, with good care, a razor lasts for several years and even generations. This makes the razor particularly sustainable.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a razor

What is a razor?

The razor is used for a wet shave. The sharp razor consists of a handle and a long steel blade. Different materials can be used for the handle. In most cases, it is horn, plastic or even wood.

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A razor provides very good guidance on the skin. This makes shaving particularly gentle and pleasant. (Image source: pixabay.com / Couleur)

The razor blade is made of hollow-ground carbon steel. It can be folded into the handle for better transport and storage.

In the 19th century, the straight razor was largely only used by professional barbers for shaving. However, it then found its way into private use and enjoys increasing users.

What's more, your wallet can rejoice because you no longer have to keep buying annoying razor blades. The blade of a razor usually lasts for years.

What do I need to shave with a straight razor?

When shaving wet with a straight razor, you need considerably more shaving utensils than with an ordinary system razor. You won't get very far with just the razor.

Before every shave, you need a leather strap, because the burr of your blade has to be straightened. This also polishes the blade. To avoid damaging your razor blade, you will need a little practice with the razor.

Now that your razor is ready, it's your face's turn. To prepare your skin for shaving, be sure to use shaving soap, cream or gel. Foam and gel can easily be applied to your face by hand from a spray can.

However, if you decide to use soap or cream, you should buy a shaving brush. A brush holder is also a good idea for storing and drying the brush. To lather up the soap, it is also worth buying a jar.

Wet shaving puts a lot of stress on your skin, so an aftershave is highly recommended. You can choose between alcohol-based aftershave or a gentle balm.

How much does a razor cost?

How much a razor costs varies greatly. Both the manufacturer and the material used play a big role. However, don't be discouraged by the sometimes high prices. With good care, your razor will last a lifetime.

Price range price category
low-priced 20-60€
medium-priced 60-150€
higher-priced from 150€

Experienced users in particular are willing to dig a little deeper into their pockets and spend considerably more than a beginner. In addition, shape, aesthetics and design are a major purchase criterion.

Higher-priced products come with an extraordinary design. Rare wood is used for the handles and very high-quality carbon steel for the blades.

Even today, very high-quality razors are still elaborately made by hand. Hundreds of steps are necessary for the production.

What alternatives are there to a straight razor?

A straight razor isn't right for you after all? Don't worry, there are still a few other options.

The system razor is certainly the first alternative that comes to mind. The blade head usually consists of several blades, which means that unwanted hair can be removed more safely than with a razor.

However, after a few times of use, the blade head needs to be changed. While the razor itself can be bought for little money, the multiple blades are not exactly cheap.

Another option for hair removal is a razor. Compared to multiple blades, the razor blades are much sharper and thus provide a very thorough and smooth result.

A distinction is made between open and closed combs. The closed comb is suitable for beginners, while the open comb is more suitable for experienced shavers.

The purchase costs are significantly higher than for a system razor. However, the razor blades are much cheaper. Thus, the razor scores above all in the maintenance costs.

Decision: What types of razors are there and which is the right one for you?

Razors differ primarily in their blades. The following forms are the most common:

  • Interchangeable blade razor
  • Single-blade razor

In the following, we explain the different types and their respective advantages and disadvantages. We want to help you find the razor that suits you best.

What are the characteristics of an interchangeable blade razor and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The interchangeable blade razor - razor and straight razor in one. The handling is exactly the same as with a classic razor, but the razor does not need to be sharpened or dressed.

Instead, you can simply replace a dull blade as you would with a straight razor. This makes the interchangeable blade razor particularly easy to care for and safe.

Advantages
  • Inexpensive to buy
  • safe to use
Disadvantages
  • Blades must be purchased separately
  • Not all blades are compatible

Another advantage is probably the cost. Although you always have to buy more razor blades, they are much cheaper to buy. That is why the interchangeable blade razor is particularly suitable for beginners. They can practise the correct use without having to spend a fortune.

However, finding the right razor blade can be a little difficult. The closures of the blades differ depending on the manufacturer, just as razor blades can have different sizes and recesses depending on the manufacturer. Therefore, not all blades are compatible with every razor.

What distinguishes a single-blade razor and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The classic straight razor is not only convincing because of its appearance, but also because of its very long life. With good care, a straight razor can even be passed down through several generations.

However, the initial cost of a high-quality razor is very high. However, you will not incur any further costs. Unlike a system razor or straight razor, you don't have to buy more blades.

Advantages
  • Very close shave
  • Long life
  • No running costs
Disadvantages
  • High risk of injury
  • Time-consuming
  • High purchase costs

Time is often of the essence with a straight razor. The blade of your razor needs a lot of maintenance. It needs to be sharpened as well as leathered.

Buying criteria: You can compare and evaluate razors based on these factors

The search for the right razor can sometimes be a little difficult. The choice seems endless. To help you with your search, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the many different razors.

These are the things you should look for when buying a razor:

  • Blade material
  • Blade shape
  • Handle

Below you can read about the respective criteria and find out why it makes sense for you to buy a razor based on the criteria or not.

Blade material

Two types of steel can be used to make the blade. Carbon steel and chrome steel.

Carbon steel is particularly easy to harden, which makes it possible to produce a particularly sharp razor blade.

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For a comfortable shave with a razor, you need a few utensils. The most popular is the combination of shaving soap and brush. (Image source: 123rf.com / 42257169)

However, due to the low chrome content, this product is very susceptible to rust. For this reason, proper care is very important, as this can counteract rust infestation.

Chrome steel, on the other hand, has a particularly high chrome content and is therefore especially resistant to rust. The sharpness of the razor blade hardly differs from that of carbon steel, but sharpening the blade is somewhat more time-consuming.

For beginners, we recommend a razor made of carbon steel. Although it requires a little more care, it is less time-consuming to resharpen and more beginner-friendly.

Blade shape

The shape of the blades is differentiated by the way they are sharpened.

Semi-hollow ground blades are more rigid than extra-hollow or full-hollow. Blades with an extra-hollow grind tend to have a flexible edge and can therefore adapt better to contours. In terms of price, the blades with a full-hollow and extra-hollow grind are somewhat higher.

If you look around a bit, you will notice that in terms of blade width, you will mostly find razors with a 5/8'' or 4/8'' blade. These blades are universal sizes that are suitable for every face shape.

If you are a beginner, you should first check which blade is best for the area between the nose and lips.

Handle

The right handle is very important for good handling. The size of the handle should be proportional to your hand and the ergonomic handle should fit well in your hand.

Whether you prefer wood, metal or even bone is a matter of taste. The same goes for the colour or pattern.

However, you should pay particular attention to the material. It should be as non-slip as possible. If you slip, this can quickly lead to cuts.

Facts worth knowing about razors

How do I shave with a straight razor?

The first thing you should do is prepare your face for shaving. You can either take a hot shower or put a warm cloth on your face for a few minutes.

Now that your pores are open, lather up your shaving soap and apply it with a shaving brush. Leave it on for about 2 minutes. (Alternatively, you can also use shaving foam)

As a beginner, you should start by shaving only the smooth areas of your face. You should avoid the neck until you have had more practice.

Now you can hold your razor at a 30° angle to your skin. To achieve this angle, place your blade straight on the skin and then lift it slightly. Do not apply any pressure while shaving, otherwise you may cut yourself.

If this happens, there are a few steps you should follow:

Steps Execution
Step 1 First you should clean your wound, preferably with water
Step 2 Next, depending on the size of the wound, you should press a sterile compress onto the wound for a longer period of time. For very small cuts, snippets of handkerchief are also sufficient. Cotton wool, for example, is not suitable here.
Step 2 If the bleeding does not stop and there is no compress nearby, a colourless stick for the lips is suitable to stop the blood flow.
Step 3 Another way to seal your wound is to use a so-called styptic pen
Step 4 After the bleeding has stopped, it is usually enough to let the wound air dry.

For a particularly close shave, we recommend three passes. In the first pass, shave in the direction of growth. Then you can apply a little foam and shave sideways to the direction of growth.

In the last pass, shave against the direction of hair growth. However, be especially careful, as most injuries occur during this pass. If you do not have a particularly strong beard growth, you can also do without this step.

After shaving, you should clean your razor. Hold it under water to remove hair and soap residue. Then wipe it dry to prevent rust.

Wash your face with cold water to close your pores. Finally, apply an aftershave or aftershave lotion. This will prevent razor burn and do something good for your skin.

Your shaving brush should also be cleaned after shaving. That way it will last for a long time. To do this, rinse it with warm water, which can be done with a running tap. However, a water bath is also possible.

To dry the shaving brush, you should first knock it out. You can shake it out like a throwing motion to get rid of the first water residues. Afterwards, we recommend storing it upside down in a shaving brush holder.

How do I sharpen a razor?

To sharpen your razor properly, you need sharpening stones. Japanese sharpening stones with different grits are best.

The 1000, 3000 and 5000 grits are for sharpening the blade. An 8000 grit is used for polishing at the end.

Start with the 1000 stone. Before you start, you must soak the stones in water for at least 30 minutes. Afterwards, you can place the watered stones with the coarse grit on top.

The base should be very stable and non-slip. For example, a stone holder or a stable table is suitable. Some whetstones are already supplied with a stone holder.

Now place your blade flat on the stone and guide it over the stone against the edge. However, do not exert too much pressure. Rather, let the blade slide over the stone. When you reach the end of the stone, turn the razor over the back of the blade and then push it back.

How often you actually need to sharpen your razor depends on how often you shave and how much beard growth you have. In most cases, it is necessary every 3-6 months.

How do I sharpen my razor?

To ensure a safe and close shave, it is very important to leather your razor. After sharpening, a fine burr is created that looks like it is frayed in different directions.

If you now remove the leather from your razor, the burr can settle again and the razor is ready for the shave. Because whether you perceive a razor as sharp or dull depends to a large extent on how the burr is aligned.

The first thing you need to do is to use a leather strap. You should fasten it securely, for example with a hook on the wall. As you will be pulling very hard on the strap, it is especially important that it is very well attached.

Now you can tighten the strap and place the back of the blade on the leather. Now turn the blade anti-clockwise until the edge of the blade touches the leather strap. When the edge and the back of the blade are in contact, you can pull the blade off the strap. Do not apply pressure and always work away from the body.

You can repeat this process as needed.

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