Shaving with a straight razor has become somewhat of a “lost art” in today’s frenetically-paced world of instant gratification. If you have been thinking about giving straight razor shaving a try, one of the best ways to do it is to invest in a straight razor set that gives you all of the basic equipment and supplies you need to get started off on the right foot.
Although straight razor shaving sets abound, only a few can pass muster in terms of cost-effectiveness and quality of materials. The Shave Ready straight razor set definitely falls into this category.
Main Features And Highlights
The Shave Ready straight razor set gives you an awesome head start on learning how to shave with a straight razor by including all of the necessary tools and supplies you need to lack nothing during the learning process. By saying that, I’m not implying that this set is only for beginners; experienced straight razor shavers could also benefit from this all-inclusive and ultra-convenient set. Here’s what you get with this package:
- A 6/8″ classic round point high-carbon kiln-hardened steel Gold Dollar “cut throat” straight razor (quite a mouthful)
- A 2-oz. container of The Blades Grim “Highly Praised” Luxury Shaving Soap
- “The Purest” satin tip synthetic shaving brush
- A kick-butt G.B. Buckingham & Sons leather strop
- A straight razor box
- An 8-page booklet entitled “Straight Razor Starter Guide” that helps beginners learn the shaving and stropping process
While some straight razors – especially if they’re part of a set – can exhibit lackluster performance, the Gold Dollar razor included in this set is the real deal. The blade has been fire-hardened and oil quenched, which means that it is one tough cookie. It’s highly durable, built to last, and holds a sharp edge with impressive facility.
This straight razor is also very easy to hold and use, which makes for hassle-free shaving and fewer cuts. Unlike many of its synthetic counterparts, the shaving brush is very easy on the skin. The “Highly Praised” luxury shaving soap is absolutely excellent; it produces a fantastic lather in the bowl, has a great smell, and goes on nice and smooth. The strop is no slouch on quality, either; it does the job of honing the blade well, and is definitely constructed for durability.
Pros And Cons
The most obvious benefit of this straight razor set is that it gives you everything you need to start straight razor shaving right away – no extra trips to the store, and no waiting for separate accessories to arrive in the mail. As mentioned earlier, the straight razor included in this set is a solid performer. Yeah, the scales aren’t as fancy as you will find with pricier razors, but the actual shave this razor produces is on par with any more expensive counterpart. Another great benefit is that the razor comes with lifetime sharpening, so you can ship it off for sharpening any time your blade loses its edge. Speaking of sharpening, the leather strop is slightly stiffer than what you might find with pricier strops, but it’s nothing that would constitute a deal-breaker in terms of honing capability.
One very minor drawback with the strop is that it’s not as wide as the blade, which means you will have to strop in an X-shaped pattern in order to cover every part of the blade. Hey, this isn’t a big deal, and it will actually only serve to further sharpen (no pun intended) your overall straight razor shaving skills.
Ease Of Use
Each element of this shaving set is of a high quality, which means less frustration and greater ease of use. It’s not like some other sets I’ve tried, where it seems like the razor was the “star” of the kit and everything else was borderline crappy. No, this set contains quality accessories through and through.
Value For Money
This is where the Shave Ready straight razor set gets two huge thumbs up from me. Other sets of comparable quality could easily run you a hundred bucks or more, but this set delivers the goods without leaving you with empty pockets. The razor, soap, strop, and brush leave nothing lacking, and allow you to keep more loot in your wallet.
Would I Recommend This Product?
You’re darn right I would! If you’re just starting out on your “journey of discovery” with straight razor shaving, you will find everything you need in this shaving set. Heck, you even have a manual to help you figure everything out along the way. So yes, I give the Shave Ready straight razor set high marks and my wholehearted recommendation in every category.