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We Review The Best Straight Razor
Choice For 2016

If you're the kind of person who has become fed up with ludicrously priced multi-blade razors and other such products that don't even offer all that great of a shave, it may be time for you to switch to a straight razor.

Straight razors are efficient, cheap, and more reliable than their modern counterparts, and they often even provide a closer shave than the most expensive five-blade razors on the market today. They are also a product that is simple, but that when done right can be really amazing, like a good shaving soap. On top of that, they even have a really cool history.

In this article, we will review the top five straight razor choices based on what is on the market today, however if you are looking for something that is a bit more 'safety concious', we would recommend skipping this and heading on over to our round up of the best safety razors.

1. Straight Edge Barber Razor by Utopia Care​

The number-one rated straight edge razor on the market today, and the best straight razor by our accounts, is the Straight Edge Barber Razor by Utopia Care.

The Utopia Care features a unique blend of materials that allows it to have an even greater longevity than plain old stainless steel- it coats a brass body with chrome plating, just like the straight razors of olden times. These materials are even stronger than stainless steel. Thus, this razor is almost guaranteed not to rust, tarnish, or dull for a very long time.

This straight edge razor features an ergonomic grip that allows for both greater safety and greater comfort when shaving, and its flip-able blade cover allows you to keep your blades protected when not in use. 100 Derby blades and a money-back guarantee seal the deal for this best-in-class razor. If you're looking for a cheap and effective alternative to modern razors, or if you're just looking to begin your journey into straight edge razors, the Straight Edge Barber Razor by Utopia Care is the way to go.

​2. Classic Samurai CS-102 Stainless Steel Professional Barber Straight Edge Razor

The CS-102 is, like the two razors below it on this list, made of surgical-grade stainless steel. User reviews have stated that this is a great starter kit for the price, but this is also due to the fact that it comes with 100 Derby blades, just like the Equinox.

There are honestly a lot of reasons to love this razor, but with straight razors you are primarily looking for a really strong and durable product and something that is going to last, which is exactly what the CS-102 gives you.

It is also easier to change blades on this razor than it is with any other razor on this list, making it suitable for those with clumsy fingers or shaky hands, especially those who may be new to using a straight razor in the first place.

3. Equinox Professional Barber Straight Edge Razor

​The classic and timeless Equinox Straight Razor advertises itself on a platform against modern shaving and razors, which it argues are overly expensive and unreliable. In fact, Equinox is so confident in its product, it even offers a 100% money-back guarantee if you are at all unsatisfied with it.

The straight razor is made completely out of stainless steel, and it has been designed with ergonomics in mind; there's nothing worse than having to hold a razor at an uncomfortable angle. Perhaps most notable is the fact that the Equinox Straight Razor comes with 100 blades from none other than Derby, who provide arguably the best straight razor blades on the market today.

4. Parker SR1 Stainless Steel Straight Edge Barber Razor

​The Parker SR1 is most notable for the fact that it is manufactured by Parker, which has been one of the best straight razor brands for over 40 years. It features a curved exposure at the edge of the blade compartment, which can help minimize cuts for beginners.

The blade arm is also 100% genuine stainless steel, which, as opposed to aluminum, does not rust or tarnish easily. This razor comes with only five replacement blades, but they are from the brand Shark, which is as well-known as Parker when it comes to blades for straight razors. If you're looking for the most reputable brand on this list, the Parker razor is the way to go.

5. Diamond Edge Professional Straight Razor​

​The Diamond Edge Straight Razor is one of the best straight razors available for one simple reason: its price. At a little under seven dollars, this is the perfect straight razor for those looking to experiment with this medium of shaving for the first time.

It is also the most stylish of the bunch listed here with its matte black plastic handle. This razor includes ten replacement blades from an unnamed generic brand. While this may seem unsettling, user reviews have stated that this incredibly cheap razor is a great way to decide for yourself whether or nor straight edge razors are the way to go for you.

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Mike Maxwell
 

I'm a 26 year old guy who loves talking about shaving, cars, and tequila. If you've always wondered what happens when you combine the three, my professional opinion is that you should probably enjoy each one separately (in moderation).

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