Best Razors

There are a ton of options out there for safety and straight razors. It’s an industry that is exploding with bespoke brands to compete with the large corporations, but very few of them are sourcing and assembling their razors in the states. That’s why we set out to find the companies that are producing the highest quality razors and doing all their manufacturing in America. Below, you’ll find lots of details about our top recommendations and all of the factors that went into our research process.

Our Findings

After our due diligence, we found 4 brands that we think are making the absolute best razors in the USA: Timeless Razor, Sixty8 Provisional, Hart Steel, and The Blades Grim. Each of these companies have their specialties within the straight and safety razor categories. Whether you have sensitive skin or don’t want to worry about sharpening your razor blade too often, you should be able to find an option here that suits you well. That being said, make sure to do your research! Feel free to use the factors we considered below in your search as well.

Top Recommendations

Best RazorsBest for:
Timeless Bronze RazorSafety Razor
Sixty8 Provisional Co. Working Man Safety RazorSensitive Skin
Hart Steel Round Point Straight RazorStraight Razor
The Blades GrimBeing Shave Ready

Recommendations: Going Deeper

Below are tons of details about each of our top picks. We get into all of their features, what we liked, what we didn’t like, and where you can find them.

Best Safety Razor

Timeless Bronze Razor


First up is the bronze double edge safety razor from Timeless Razor. We were super impressed with the performance of this razor and it is very different from any other product that we tested. It’s made from solid C954 Bronze, which will give you a bit of a different feel than the typical titanium or stainless steel safety razor. It has a 0.38 mm blade gap, which is a bit wider than normal and will result in a milder shave, but this blade definitely got through tough hairs well. The handle is thick enough that it feels solid in your hand and can also stand up on its own on your bathroom sink counter. Overall, this safety razor makes a great shaving companion either for yourself or as a gift.

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Things we like:

  • Close, but mild shave
  • Cool bronze design
  • Sturdy handle
  • Etched design on the bottom of the handle and back of the blade

Things we don’t like:

  • Ages over time, which might be a turn off for some

 

Best Safety Razor for Sensitive Skin

Sixty8 Provisional Co. Working Man Safety Razor


The Working Man Safety Razor from Sixty8 Provisional was easily our top pick for sensitive skin. The razor handle in particular is really well designed for a close shave while minimizing nicks and cuts. It weighs twice as much as the typical razor handle, which allows the actual razor to do all of the work versus you “pushing” the razor across your face, which causes unnecessary friction. The handle is also 5/8″ taller than normal, allowing you to view the edge of the blade on some of those difficult angles. The razor head is pretty typical and accepts pretty much any double sided razor blade. If you purchase the razor, it comes with 10 blades to get you started. The Working Man Safety Razor also comes with a very cool handmade wooden box, which is a nice touch.

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Things we like:

  • Smooth shave
  • Easy to grip
  • Longer handle for better viewing angles while you shave
  • Handmade storage box

Things we don’t like:

  • None

 

Best Straight Razor

Hart Steel Round Point Straight Razor


The Hart Steel 6/8 Satin Finish Round Point Straight Razor is an impressive and professional straight razor. The steel they use is no joke – the razor is made from 0-1 tool steel, triple-tempered, and heat treated in a molten salt bath. All of that to say, this razor stays sharp and handles well against decarbonization and oxidation, both of which occur naturally in the shaving process. We really like the balance of this razor as well. It felt very good in hand and I felt confident handling it. This Hart Steel straight razor also comes with a few different customization options. You can choose from 6 scale styles: the default black resin or some really nice options like maple or walnut. Each razor comes with a storage box, wrench, and instruction manual.

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Things we like:

  • Blade stays sharp
  • Holds up well to the natural elements of shaving
  • Handles well
  • You can customize your scale

Things we don’t like:

  • Travel case and some other accessories cost extra

 

Best “Shave Ready” Straight Razor

The Blades Grim


Similar to the Hart Steel razor, the blade quality of The Blades Grim razor is really impressive. In our research, the blade was a bit more polished than the competition, so we think it is the most “shave ready” and not needing any sharpening initially. The hardness levels of the blade also indicates really good durability, so we doubt you’ll need to sharpen it very often. The carbon fiber handle of The Blades Grim razor also felt very good and was easy to operate. If you’re a professional barber or want an incredibly high quality shave, this is the straight razor for you.

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Things we like:

  • Extremely sharp blade
  • Durable
  • Easy to grip/handle
  • Smooth

Things we don’t like:

  • Pricey, but worth it if you like a high quality straight razor shave

Recap: Best Safety and Straight Razors Made in the USA


Factors We Considered

Steel/Metal Quality

Right off the bat we had to look at blade quality. So many razor manufacturers cut corners and make their blades with “mystery metal” to save on costs. We looked for razor blades made with stainless steel and that had documentation on testing results for hardness and tempering. For straight razors, they needed to have a hardness level over 60. For safety razors, the hardness level was less important because most people will pick up their own blades.

We also made sure that each of our top picks went through some sort of treating process to solve for natural oxidation and carbonization issues that occur in the shaving process. You’re in a damp environment when you’re shaving and metal’s exposure to water naturally causes rust, so it needs protection.

Aggressiveness

For safety razors, there are 3 big factors for how close of a shave you’re going to get (how “aggressive” your shave is):

  • Blade gap – The distance between the guard and the blade edge. The smaller the blade gap, the milder the shave.
  • Blade exposure – How far the blade extends past the guard. The more exposure, the more aggressive the shave.
  • Blade angle – The angle of the blade against your skin. Sharper angles give you a more aggressive shave.

Handling

A good razor has to handle well. The 3 biggest factors here are typically the weight, height, and diameter of the handle. We liked heavier razors because that allows the razor to do all of the work in the shaving process. If the handle is too light, your hand has to do more work, which causes more friction, and consequently, nicks and cuts. Longer handles also help you get to to better viewing angles in those harder to reach places along the jawline. And lastly, a wider diameter handle allows you to grip your razor better.

Sharpening/Polishing Ability

Especially for straight razors, your blade needs to be easy to sharpen. Typically it just requires a bit of oil and and a strop, which is a flexible strip of leather or canvas that you can use to polish and straighten your razor blade. If you take care of it correctly, you should only need to polish every couple of months or so, depending on how often you use your straight razor of course.

Value

We also looked at price when evaluating the best razors. We eliminated several brands where we thought the product quality didn’t live up to the price tag. Ultimately though, it’s all about what you’re comfortable with and within your budget. Happy shopping and let us know if you have any questions! Any favorite American made razor blades that we missed?