June 11, 2010

Review of Cyril Salter Straight Razor (and a Chance to Win One)

cyrilsalterstraight.jpgLast month I received a Cyril Salter 5/8 straight razor from Shaving Shack to review, and as it's my first straight razor experience, I wasn't sure what to expect from it. But after using it as my secondary shaving tool for a while, I've really grown to love it.

I know that veteran straight razor enthusiasts might be pickier in their evaluation of the blade, but I found that once I got the hang of the correct angle and pressure to use, I was able to get a good shave without much effort. My initial efforts were clumsy and left me reaching for my safety razor to finish off the job, but persistence was the key for me. Shaving with a straight razor is one of those experiences that really separates the men from the boys, and a skill which isn't very common anymore - so taking the time to learn how to use one was worth it.

According to Shaving Shack:

"This fine open razor is manufactured by Cyril Salter, one of the most reputable grooming suppliers in the world. From the composite black handle comes a hollow ground blade manfactured in Solingen (Germany) and forged from high-carbon steel. This truly is an affordable piece of craftmanship and ideal entry into the masculine world of straight razor shaving."

The razor was ready to shave right out of the box (something I wasn't sure would be the case, as I had read that it might need to be honed before the first shave), and I have to admit that I was a bit wary of placing a naked razor's edge directly against my face. But after playing around with my grip on the razor, I found that I was able to get comfortable holding it and drawing it across my face. After getting the angle correct, I found that the hardest part was shaving the opposite side of my face - as a right handed person, it was easy to shave the left side, but I had to switch the grip around to shave the right side, which initially felt very strange.

I'm happy with the Cyril Salter straight razor, and think it's a great entry-level razor for those who wish to begin learning the art of old-school shaving. I also have a feeling that now that I've had a taste of straight razor shaving, I may be looking for other razors to add to my collection. The Cyril Salter is great, don't get me wrong, but I've seen some other razors on the market that better qualify as 'eye-candy' due to fancier handles, etc.

Shaving Shack is partnering with us here at Shaving Stuff to give away one of these Cyril Salter straight razors to a lucky reader. To enter, simply go to Win a Cyril Salter Solingen 5/8 Open Razor Round Point and enter your details. The winner will be notified by email. Don't delay - it's your chance to pick up a free straight razor!

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Posted by Derek Markham at June 11, 2010 9:10 AM
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