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Okay folks so as human beings in theory we’ve come a long way from our walk on all fours, knuckle dragging past. Consequently we still carry some of those wonderful traits from that by gone era, mainly hair from our head to our toes. Most of it, especially making an appearance on our legs, backs [...]

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Types of Razors and Shavers Category 1

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Over the years there has been a progressive development in shaving technology and thus a number of various instruments have been created in search of the perfect close shave. That being said the tools of the trade so to speak can be broken out into the following categories.

Category 1: Straight Razors

Straight razors also known quite often as open razors or cut-throat razors are open steel blades sharpened on one edge that can be folded back into the handle, not to far in concept from pocket knifes. Sharpness of the blade is critical in achieving a close shave with these instruments; a dull blade would most likely results in cuts to one’s skin. Made from either high carbon steel or stainless steel, shaving with a straight razor is an art and typically the handling of such razors is often left up to the barber. Straight Razor

Construction: The blade rotates on a pin through its tang between two protective pieces called scales: when folded into the scales, the blade is protected from damage, and the user is protected from injury. Handle scales are made of various materials, including mother-of-pearl, celluloid, bone, plastic and wood. They were once made of ivory, but this has been discontinued, though fossil ivory is still used occasionally.

There is also a sub category of straight razors known as disposable straight razors. These are similar in look and function but which use either a standard double edged blade or specially made disposable blades. Many razors of this type are referred to as “shavettes” although this name was originally restricted to a razor manufactured by Dovo in Germany.

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