What is a straight razor?
A straight razor has a blade that can fold into its handle. It is also known as a "cut-throat razor". Straight razors were in common use until the 20th century, when safety razors were invented. A resurgence is currently taking place in the UK.
A razor blade made from steel is a strong and durable blade that can withstand a lot of wear and tear. This type of blade is often used in razors, knives and swords because it is able to hold an edge well and is not easily damaged.
What are scales?
Straight Razor scales are the two pieces of material (usually wood, bone, or synthetic) that make up the handle of a straight razor. They are attached to the blade via pins, screws, or rivets, and provide a comfortable grip for the user's hand.
You can purchase the scales in a set of 2, or order one block which you then cut into 2 parts. Typically 3mm thickness material is used.
They can be made from acrylic/plastic, metal, wood or bone. The scales, once cut to size, filed, shaped and sanded become the handles of the razor.
Replacement Horn / Ivory Scales
Vintage straight razors were often made from ivory / horn, thankfully ivory is now banned in most countries. If renovating older razors you can used replacement scales in alternative faux ivory or other natural materials such as wood or bone.
Kirinite Handle Scales
Kirinite acrylic is a particularly good material to select for scales as its unique properties give the user a great grip, perfect with wet hands. Kirinite has a huge selection of colours and designs, it is used in many objects such as pens and hunting/fishing knives. The more Kirinite is polished, the better grip it provides.
Closest shave using a razor
To get the closest cut possible using a razor, follow these steps:
- Soften your hair by taking a hot shower or using a hot towel. This will make it easier for the razor to glide over your skin and avoid nicks and cuts.
- Apply shaving cream or gel to your wet face. This will help to further soften the hair and protect your skin from the razor.
- Using your sharpened razor, shave in the direction of hair growth. Be sure to rinse the razor frequently to avoid clogging and irritation.
- After you have finished shaving, rinse your face with cold water to close the pores and soothe any irritation.