Congratulations, you might have a brand new straight razor!
You’ve simply invested within the razor of your goals, and I guess you’re tremendous pumped to shave with it. Unbelievable, choose up that razor up and go for it. After you’re achieved having essentially the most thrilling shave of your life, ensure you prioritize correct care of the razor to get essentially the most out of your funding. A great straight razor can final a lifetime, however they’re delicate devices that want some love. If you happen to observe these directions, your blade will shave you superbly for the remainder of your days.
To make use of the strop, mount it onto a strong hook mounted right into a stud. Pull the strop tight, and gently lay the razor flat throughout the leather-based. The backbone of the razor will naturally set your angle. Draw the razor throughout the size of the strop with minimal strain, main with the backbone of the razor. Once you attain the top of the strop cease your movement, roll the razor gently over the backbone, and begin the movement once more in the wrong way. Repeat this movement 30-40 instances, slowly and gently.
Most good strops include two sides, one clean and one tough. Like sandpaper, begin on the tough aspect and end with the sleek aspect. If you wish to get extra in-depth information about stropping your razor, take a look at our How to Strop Your Razor video.
Care In the course of the Shave
After I shave with a straight razor, I take my time and I preserve my counter as tidy and arranged as doable. Incessantly I discover myself re-applying lather, reaching for the alum block, or shaving cleaning soap off of my arms. Anytime I must set my razor down I all the time shut it. There’s quite a bit to concentrate to when shaving, and it’s simple sufficient to knock your blade onto the ground. Closing the blade ensures that if it does fall, you received’t be doing any harm to the sting or your self.
One other good shaving behavior I’ve developed is to maintain a moist towel draped over the sting of my sink to wipe cleaning soap from my blade regularly. I clear my blade to keep away from smearing shaving lather on components of my face that I’ve already shaved. After I first began utilizing a straight, I’d run my blade below the faucet to provide it a fast rinse. I modified my habits as a result of all too usually a proud new proprietor of a straight razor returns to the store a month later with a chipped blade in want of restore due to a faucet-related collision. We sharpen and restore free of charge the primary time that occurs, however nonetheless. Don’t let this be you.
Taking Care of Carbon Metal
Most straight razors are comprised of high-carbon metal. Any such metal is used extra usually than stainless-steel due to its superior edge retention and sharpenability. Whereas trendy high-quality stainless steels will carry out simply as nicely, carbon metal stays king within the razor world. Maybe it’s merely custom that retains producers from exploring newer steels.
Whereas carbon metal has many advantages, there may be one caveat: it could possibly rust simply. In the course of the shave, there isn’t sufficient time for this to occur. The hazard comes after the shave, whereas your blade rests. Avoiding rust is so simple as holding your razor bone-dry after you’ve completed. After each shave rinse your blade nicely, and dry it obsessively with a towel. In case your razor got here with a pleasant case, retailer it there. If you happen to want to proudly show your shaving blade choose a selection spot outdoors of the washroom, or choose up a bottle of blade oil and apply a drop or two after each shave alongside the floor of your razor to stop rust. If you happen to reside in a moist local weather, oiling your blade is a necessity.
If stropping your razor is like brushing your tooth, then honing your blade is like going to the dentist. The higher you sweep, the much less usually your should see the dentist.
Honing your razor is the act of utilizing a whetstone to take away metal, forming a brand new edge. There are two methods to perform this; do it your self, or give us $20 a couple of times a 12 months to do it for you (and you’ll be ok with half that cash going to charity, discover out extra about this program here). If you happen to like the thought of being self-sufficient otherwise you simply want one other interest, then honing is tremendous enjoyable and funky. If you happen to love the romance of straight-razors however don’t have the time or curiosity to hone it your self, we’re all the time blissful to assist. We propose getting the primary few honings achieved by us as you get to know your blade. We will then assist you select some sharpening stones and, should you like, you may take a sharpening class. If you happen to purchased your straight razor at Kent of Inglewood, the primary honing is free. You may find out about in-store and mail-in honing right here.
Following these steps will be sure that your blade lasts so long as doable. We frequently have prospects are available with their grandfather’s blade for a tune up after being out of service for a lot of many years. The deciding issue on whether or not it can proceed to shave or not is how nicely its earlier proprietor cared for it. Think about 50 years from now, your inheritor may very well be bringing your well-cared-for-razor again in to us for tuning up.