It’s a fact that straight razors are more popular now than they’ve been in decades. Some proponents say there’s no closer shave than with a straight razor. Others collect them because they’re a connection with the past. Still others just like the look of them. Here are a few straight razors both new and very old built from various materials that are worth a look or three.

Straight Razors

Rough Ryder Stonewashed Straight Razor

If you’re just dipping your toe into the straight razor market, there’s no more affordable way to check them out than the Rough Ryder Stonewashed Straight Razor. It’s only $8 and features stonewashed, cast metal handles and a 3” stonewashed 440A stainless steel blade.

Rough Ryder Stonewashed Straight Razor Details

  • 440A Stainless Steel, Black Stonewashed Finish
  • 3” Razor Blade
  • 0.1875” Blade Thickness
  • Cast Metal Handles
  • 6.5” Closed
  • 8.5” Overall

Timor Olive Wood Handle Straight Razor

Made by Gliesen & Forsthoff, the Timor Straight Razor is an excellent mid-range option from a renowned maker of excellent razors. Made in Solingen, Germany it features a 3” carbon steel blade and an olive wood handle. Although carbon steel does require a moderate amount t of care, it is incredibly easy to keep shaving sharp.

Straight RazorsTimor Olive Wood Handle Straight Razor Details

  • Carbon Steel, Mirror Polished
  • 3” Razor Blade
  • 0.1875” Blade Thickness
  • Olive Wood Handles
  • 6.375” Closed
  • 9.375” Overall
  • Made in Germany

Straight Razors

Antique Cattaraugus Cutlery Co. #225 “Indian”

Perhaps the absolute best way to collect a legendary and incredibly rare old brand is through straight razor. An original early 1900s Cattaraugus in great condition with little blade wear can cost a small fortune and even then, the odds are incredibly good that it’s either been re-worked, re-bladed, or re-handled. That tends to be less true of old straight razors. Thus, you get the connection with the old brands for less money and generally less risk.

The antique Cattaraugus Cutlery Co. #225 “Indian” Medium Straight Razor was made in Little Valley, N.Y. sometime between 1900 and 1925. This fantastic knife is just one such example of a relatively reasonably priced antique knife that’s in excellent shape. If you decide to make this a user, it’s has a 3” blade built from old carbon steel, which takes a shaving sharp edge with ease. It has little blade wear and gorgeous composite handles.

Straight RazorAntique Cattaraugus Cutlery Co. #225 “Indian” Details

  • Carbon Steel, Mirror Polished
  • 3” Razor
  • Composite Handles
  • 9.5” Overall
  • Made in the USA

Whether you’re a user or collector, straight razors are trendy and provide a connection with the past. If you’re interested in these knives, click any link in the article or simply click the button below.

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