What's new

A bit of help on straight purchasing


I wanna be sedated!
I could see myself continuing my addiction by adding straights. I do not know much about them. I looked at a lot of them today but either the scales were cracked or the blades had pieces missing. What are some things to look for when buying a straight, also what are some good quality brands especially in vintage. Like with DE's I am not much into the modern stuff I prefer vintage and antique. My tastes in straights will probably follow those same lines.

Thanks Guys and Gals,
I know of three major strains of straight razors.

1. Sheffield, or Sheffield England, Broad Arrow marked.
2. Solingen, or just Made in Germany
3. New York (like the Genco you just got)

There are, of course, others. There are great French, Spanish, and Norwegian blades available in vintage.

The best blades will have round spines, with almost no flats from honing. The edges will be smooth, and relatively straight. A slight smile is good. A frown is bad. Taper is bad.

Another thing to watch for is corrosion. If a blade has very dark spots which extend down to the edge, it may have rust which keeps the razor from being worth much at all.


"To Wiki or Not To Wiki, That's The Question".
Staff member
Top Bottom