How is a straight razor constructed?

The modern razor is perfectly balanced by the manufacturer and lies perfectly in the hand. Both shell parts of the handle are available in a wide variety of materials, but in machine production they are mostly made of easy-care plastic. Classic designs used to also consist of ivory as well as noble and exotic halters. The so-called tang is placed directly on the grip shell.

The so-called alder then immediately passes into the actual knife. After a few decades of sleeping, the world of Männ enjoys this extensive morning ritual again. In the meantime the skilful use of the razor is part of the male facet of good sound and the interest in the celebrating wet shave is constantly increasing.

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The straight razor blade

The sharpening of a blade is one of the most important quality features of a razor. The benefits that the user can look forward to depend crucially on the sharpened shape of the blade. It determines the necessary flexibility and the shear of the cutting edge. In order to guarantee uniform top quality, the master grinder shapes the steel blank into a first-class razor blade.

The most common blade grindings for high-quality knives are the axe and the hollow grind. However, the popular hollow sharpening clearly comes first. While the rough cut of the hatchet produces a wedge-shaped contour, the so-called “wedges“ are known today, but rarely used. The extremely sharp edge of this demanding knife is traditionally excellent, but the razor itself is relatively inflexible and rigid. Only a very gentle person will be able to handle this knife well, especially as it is quite difficult to adapt to skin irregularities.

Hollow grinding

In hollow grinding, the blade is discharged from the bridge to the cutting edge in a predefined shape. The result is a concave hollow on both sides, resulting in a very thin cutting edge that is extremely sharp at the same time. Several grinding passages produce the desired hollow shape. The most common ones are ¼, ½ and 1/1 shape, but small manufacturers also offer their own special cuts.

A razor with ¼ hollow blade is relatively inflexible and comes very close to the sharpening of the axe. Beginners are therefore well provided with the much more flexible semi-hollow and full-hollow razors and their risk of injury is largely reduced. A further increase in the singing blades. Their extra-hollow cut makes the extremely sharp and extremely thin blades an unwanted composer while shaving. The shaving of the beard hair alone causes vibrations, the tones of which develop a certain backdrop.

The blade height

The razor blade achieves its unique quality not only through the finely tuned combination of heat and grinding, but also through the excellent choice of material. Stainless and non-stainless steel blades, which are made of damask and others made of stainless steel, often impress with an extremely long service life. Corresponding gold’tzungen’ of the manufacturer make from the blade an unmistakable single piece and express the quality of the producer. Depending on hair growth, different widths of 4/8, 5/8 6/8 or 7/8" blade etc. are traditionally offered.

If you look at the razor from above, you can see the division of the blade into cutting edge and sides. At the end of the blade, the so-called head, which is sharpened in different shapes, exits.

The round head

The round headIt has rounded ends, which is a highly recommended head shape especially for beginners who want to start a wet shave. The risk of injury here is zero.

The straight head

The straight headIt exits at right angles at both ends of the blade. If the blade is equipped with this head, a precise contour is achieved. Its pointed ends, however, call for caution, as improper handling can lead to injury.

The Spanish Head

Der Spanische KopfIn contrast to the round head, it is not rounded outwards but has a slight radius inwards. Optimal for contour guiding.

The French Head

Der Französiche KopfThe contour is ä;similar to that of the straight head, but here the head is extended in a quarter circle and tapers towards the end of the blade.

The handle

His chosen material is used for decorative purposes and should fit well in the hand. More than 80 years ago tortoiseshell was still used, nowadays noble to exotic Hölzer, horn, bone, metal, mammoth tusk and plastic are used. The feel of the metal is rather smooth, whereby in earlier times the handles were often elaborately decorated and worked with inlays and almost represented small works of art. Very easy to care for is the processing with razor with plastic handle which is widespread today. Those made of wood should be cared for especially carefully, so that they do not warp unnecessarily or dry out and become brittle.

The back

Razors represent the true art of shaving. The razor helps the user to handle the razor optimally. The razor's bridge plays an important role in this. The fact that the razor is blunt and easy to handle helps both when opening the knife and when pulling it off. In order to be able to maintain the knife properly, it is regularly sharpened on a leather belt. During this process, the bridge lies at a flat angle to the blade and the belt.

The alder

Alder and rods are ground in about 15 different work stages until they can be given the desired fine grinding. The tang represents the direct connection between the tang and the tang, but is often marked with the name of the manufacturer. If the manufacturer and the blade manufacturer are not identical, there is usually a direct reference to this at this point.

The Angel

It is the most exposed part of the entire razor. When the knife is opened, the tang is the immediate extension of the alder and directly connected to the bar. The finger cavity provides the perfect grip and easy handling of the razor


The cutting edge

She is the heart of every razor. Its quality is crucial to whether a knife is popular or not. The blade is usually made of stainless carbon steel, damask and stainless steel. A rule of thumb says: the hollower the grinding, the better the blade. However, this theory depends very much on the strength of the beard growth.