Best Straight Razors Cut Throat Reviews UK 2017
The straight razor, or the cut-throat, as it is better known in the UK, has been around for years. In Barber shops across England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, barbers have plied their trade, with the good old-fashioned cut-throat and a leather strop.
I remember my first shave with one of these some 30 years ago, and I have had many more since then. If there is a better shave to be had, then I have yet to discover it. Imagine the scene, a hot towel, pre-shave oil, the warm cream and a skilled barber with a straight razor doing what they do best.
That is all finished off with the perfect sprinkling of after shave.
It truly is an experience that every man should try at least once in his lifetime. After all they have been doing this since as far back as 3,000 BC, so it is an age old tradition. Mind you, back then, they used initially sharpened bone before moving to copper.
Here at the Shaving Emporium, we would recommend finding a barber in your own local area who offers such a traditional shaving service, and then go and give it a try.
This type of experience also happens to make a wonderful gift idea for any man. We would recommend doing this before trying it on your own at home.
You need to get a good understanding of what to do before attempting this on your own. Here is a video below that shows how good the experience can be from beginning to end.
Video On How To Use A Straight Razor
We have included a video below, on exactly how to use a cutthroat razor.As you can see from the video, this can be a bit of an art.
However with the invention of what is called the folding straight razor, this popular way of shaving truly entered the home.
Top 5 Straight (Cutthroat) Razors in the UK
Below we go into a lot of detail, on what the best straight razors are, and this includes a buying guide. There is a lot of information below, that we recommend reading.
However, we also know that some readers may be in a hurry, and simply not have the time to read our extensive guide. For that reason we have included below, a short and summary table, on what we believe to be the top 5 straight razors in the UK market.
The majority of these cost under £10. You may also find these cheaper online, but we have shown the Recommended Retail Price. (RRP)
Pure Wood Shaving Product, Straight Cut Throat Beard
Saaqaans BSR-01 Shaving Product Straight Cut Throat
CANDURE® - Professional Straight Cut Throat Razor
The Bluebeards Revenge Straight Razor
Parker 34R Stainless Steel Shavette Razor
Straight Razor UK Buying Guide
In the early days, these blades would have been left open, which was fine in a barber shop, but far from ideal in the home. These blades are very sharp and with children around the home, they would have simply been too dangerous to have around.
They still need to be kept out of the reach of children, as these do have extremely sharp blades.
Which Brands Make Straight Razors for the UK Market?
There are a number of brands and I have listed the most popular below:
Types of Blade
So as you can see there are a wide choice of brands to select from. You will find that there are two types available, which are a "fixed blade," and "replaceable blades."
Fixed Blade Style
The fixed blade means just that. It is the type of blade that will need sharpened regularly by using a leather strop. This is the very traditional method. These can not be replaced but they last for years.
The other type of cut-throat razor has a holder for a blade. With those you insert a standard razor blade in to that. That means to change the blade, you simply have to replace the old one with a new one.
The bottom line is that both of these will give you a pretty amazing shave. When it comes to making your choice, it comes down to the ease of use by changing a blade, or if you prefer the traditional style, and like the idea of sharpening a fixed blade.
Here is an article on how to sharpen a straight razor, using a leather strop.
Each of these types of blades has their own merits. The replacement blade is usually a cheaper option, and changing the blade is a pretty simple process. The fixed blade style is more traditional, usually more expensive and you will need to buy a leather strop, and sharpen it on a regular basis.
We at the Emporium as you can imagine, are sticklers for tradition, but a few of our contributors use the separate blade option. Let's have a look at some of the best straight razors, that you can actually buy in the UK.
Styles and Handles
Once you have made your mind up about which blade type you want, the next big decision will come down to your preferred style of handle. The handles come in a wide variation of choice.
Popular choices are stainless steel, imitation ivory and the more traditional wood.
The Dovo Range of Straight Razors
This is the best known of the brands who make straight razors. Dovo are a German company based in Solingen, and have no doubt, their products are high quality. They make a whole range of quality products including hairdressing tools, scissors, manicure sets and razors of course.
The Dovo range of straight razors would be best known for their unique style. Set 5 different brands of these razors down on a table, and the Dovo one will be easy to pick out.
They have been around since 1906 and they do know what they are about. Remember that style as you will not see it anywhere else.
We have done full reviews of the Dovo range of straight razors which you can read by clicking here.
The Parker Range of Straight Razors
Anyone who has been wet shaving in the UK for any length of time will be well aware of the Parker brand. They have been around for some years now and their popularity comes from the fact, that they make good quality razors, at affordable prices.
Straight razors can be as cheap as a few pounds and all they way up to a few hundred at the very high end of the market. The average prices though sits around the £15-25 mark for a decent quality.
Most Parker straight razors will sit at the lower end of this average. The one I have shown here is the Parker 31R Stainless Steel Straight Edge Razor, which retails for under £15 in most places. you will find these still being used by many of the barbers throughout the UK.
So there is no questioning the quality and we think they are a great way of getting started, with straight razor shaving. You can read full reviews of the Parker range of straight razors by clicking on this link.
Bluebeard Range of Cutthroat Razors
Bluebeards is a relatively new company to the world of shaving and they have certainly made a bit of an entrance to the UK market. They have set their market out pretty clearly as being for "real men" who want a "real shave."
Essentially they are trying to serve a market of men who are utterly fed up with having a 5 o'clock shadow by lunch time.
They started first by producing a shaving cream and have gone on to produce other shaving products based on the success of their first few products.
I have included one of their straight razors here, pictured above and known as the Bluebeards Revenge Shavette Razor, which is priced at just under £10.
This one gets good reviews, but we have not tried this one out yet, so will reserve judgement until we have. You can read full reviews of their range by clicking here.
Those would be the most popular brands, and certainly the biggest selling brands of these types of razors in the UK.
Luxury Straight Razors
For those where money is no object, and I am sure there are not many, there are specific ultra high quality straight razors that cost a whole lot of money. At this end of the market a razor will set you back around £250.
The Feather Artist Club, Damascus, Dovo, German Revisor, Executive Shaving all offer cut-throat razors at this type of price point. I have shown the Feather Artist Club ACR-DWPG DX Teak Handle Folding Disposable Blade Razor just below.
That will set you back around £270 of your finest pound coins.
They are priced at this amount because of the high quality of metal used in the blade and also the material used in the handle.
This we think is a lot of money, but of course you get the quality. This is the type of blade that has to be sharpened after every shave to keep the blade in a state of super sharpness. This type of razor is for really serious shavers.
Fixed Blade Razors Need a Strop
We have done a separate article on those which you can read on How To Sharpen A Straight Razor For The First Time?
However we wanted to mention them briefly here, because if you decide to buy a fixed blade straight razor, then it will need to be kept sharp. The best way, and the only way we feel, is to use a strop.
These come in many different sizes and the quality varies a lot. So does the price. The one I have shown is one at the lower end of the price scale, but these go all the way up to some pretty serious money.
They should always be made from leather. In days gone past in the UK, many teachers adapted these and actually used these for corporal punishment in schools. so apologies to the older men if this picture brings back painful memories.
Their proper use is of course to sharpen a cut-throat or straight razor.
Straight or Cutthroat Razor Conclusion
This form of shaving will not be for everyone. using an electric shaver, or one of the disposable razors are still the most common forms of shaving. Those who have tried shaving with a DE safety razor, may also want to try this form of cutthroat shaving.
It does take some practise to master the technique, and a little blood may be spilt along the way. For me it is worth the effort of trying it out.
My main method of shave is the DE razor, but when I have some time, then I like to grab the cutthroat, sharpen it on my honing strap, and enjoy what is probably the best shave in the world.