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Killer Kamisoricut-throat razor noun [C] UK (US straight razor)

a type of old-fashioned razor with a long blade that folds out from the handle

(Definition of cut-throat razor noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary)

If you really want to learn...

January 20, 2011 — P

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With the previously incomprehensible development of turning shaving into a hobby has come the same propensity for "acquisition disorders" (ADs) that plagues many other hobbies.  And while the commercializing of a hobby is fundamentally problematic for some, there's a more important reason I blanch at the praise and enabling of ADs: it retards the learning process... Read more »

Razor review: "Robert Williams custom"

December 14, 2010 — R

Razor in box with wrench.Custom or not, a USD 350 razor should at least come shave ready. This one does not, but that is not the only problem.

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1942 German Helmet, or "No, I'd rather not have Nazi replica with that razor"

October 31, 2010 — R

Just for the record, the shop owner would be in for up to three years in prison for this (cf § 86 StGB Dissemination of Means of Propaganda of Unconstitutional Organizations).

Heil America

The Definitive Guide to traditional shaving internet forums

October 13, 2010 — R

Perfect post by Bruce Everiss:

I have done a lot of research and put a lot of work into producing this article. Everything in it is purely my opinion and should not be taken as fact. Also that opinion will change over time, so this is just a snapshot. Do your own research and find what suits you, your opinion may well differ. Forums have the potential to be a useful way of trading information, they are also excellent for trading shaving kit, in fact this latter are what they are mostly suited for. However often they are, largely, nasty places and here’s why...

This makes for an excellent read, and I could not agree more with Mr Everiss's assessment of the situation. Read more »

Roadwarrior shaving, or travelling in style

October 10, 2010 — R

20101010: Sanssouci, Godrej, ThäterTravelling with a straight razor can be a bit of a challenge. This old travel bag solved my problems, however. It came to me via a member of gut-rasiert.de  for seriously little money, but has all the stuff I need for travelling.

No, this will not make it as carry-on luggage, unfortunately.

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Coticule weekend, or 'why did I miss this?'

October 4, 2010 — R

Bart and his merry men went to visit the lost mines of... errr... the Coticule mines in Belgium, and kindly provided this travel log. Well worth a read! 

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Custom Razors

September 30, 2010 — P

giraffe2The resurgence of cut-throats has spawned a new generation of craftsmen who are creating some truly gorgeous works of functional art.  From Tim Zowada to Robert Williams, this new breed of razor makers captures our collective imagination with their creative designs, captivating lines, and attention to detail.  As a buyer, there are a lot of features to consider before commissioning a razor by one of these talented craftsmen...

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Linen, or pimp your SRD strop

September 30, 2010 — R

Linen closeupStraight Razor Designs (aka SRD) is a really good online store for cut-throat paraphernalia. They produce a line of strops that deliver excellent quality at great prices. The owner, Lynn Abrams, has honed a good number of razors and decided that webbed fabric makes for a good alternative to linen. I never liked its feedback, look, and feel, though. So when the topic of linen came up at coticule.be, Torolf from Norway offered linen strops. I was sent two, and have now replaced the webbed fabric with linen. I cannot say whether the performance is better, but the feedback is excellent, and the look and feel are much better now - in my opinion.

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It's the hands, Stupid...

September 26, 2010 — P

handswww.astrophoto.com" style="float: left; margin: 4px;" height="127" width="100" />There's an old saying here in the States, "it's not the arrow, it's the Indian". In some cases, it is very clear and easy to see that skill is more important than tools. I'm reminded of the commercial with Spike Lee asking "Is it the shoes?" That commercial was a classic, and I remember realizing at a very young age that Michael Jordan was telling the truth. You see, I had a pair of his shoes, but never quite reached his level. Interestingly enough, there's a disclaimer at the end of that commercial "Mr. Jordan's opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Nike, Inc." Like all humor, it's funniest when there's an element of truth to it. Nike wanted the consumer to at a minimum think, "if they're good enough for Michael Jordan, they're good enough for me" and at most think, "maybe part of it is the shoes..."

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Neotoma, or less is more

September 25, 2010 — R

20100119: Henckels "72" 6/8The promise of simplicity is a major contributing factor to the attractiveness of cut-throat razor shaving. There can be a lot of truth to that. One razor, one hone, one strop, one brush and cream - and you are fully equipped for the rest of your life. An initial investment of between €50 and €300, depending on how much luxury you want.

But there is also diversity. There are thousands of different razors out there. Dozens of hones and strops. And so on.  Why not try them all? 

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