Also, it is becoming perfectly clear to more and more people, that even though the latest disposable razor cartridges include 3-4-5 blades in one, they still cannot provide as close a shave as a good straight razor can.
Overall, a straight razor can give you a close shave at a very good price. So can a good safety razor with replaceable double edge razor blades.
So, if you are considering moving to one of these traditional types of shaving but are still wondering which one is better for you, here are some of the main differences as well as the pros and cons of safety razors vs straight razors:
Straight razors are also referred to as “cutthroat’ razors, and you have most probably seen them used in movies and namely in the numerous barber shop scenes in mafia movies. These razors are more like knives and can actually be a very dangerous and even a deadly weapon. This is why they have been gradually replaced by the safety razors and the plastic disposable ones or the electric shavers through the years. Also, when the AIDS epidemic first began decades ago, the use of straight razors by professional barbers became prohibited in a number of countries and regions because of the dangers of safety issues and the possibility of spreading the HIV and AIDS virus through accidental nicks and cuts during shaving with the same straight razor.
At a glance: Straight edge razor or Safety razor?Whichever old-school variant you pick, the result from your shaving will be much better than that from shaving with disposable or multiple blade cartilage razors. The reason is that both will provide you with the closest shave possible via the so-called wet shaving process.
Plus, shaving with these old fashioned shaving tools will not be accompanied with the usual irritation which follows much of the modern shaving. The reason is that both types of old fashioned razors have one single blade, which is sufficient to provide the perfect close shave, and yet cause less irritation to the skin, because of the reduced contact with the skin during shaving, as compared to shaving with razors with double, triple or more blades.
Also, both the safety and straight razors are much more hefty and thus stable and of higher quality than the plastic disposable ones. This requires the use of little or no pressing during shaving unlike the pressure which needs to be used when shaving with the light plastic razors.
Also, their heftiness and higher quality build make them more stable to hold and use, more durable.
So despite having their own pros and cons, both the razors are definitely a great choice for people who want a high quality shaving experience, less irritation and less money spent for shaving.