We love a well-groomed beard, but a clean shave never goes out of style. Just look at the rise in online razor subscriptions. Dollar Shave Club, the biggest of these communities, has more than 3 million members and was just purchased by industry giant Unilever for a staggering $1 billion. But there is a radical difference between $2 disposable drugstore razors sold online versus the ones used at men’s grooming salons. Which one do you want? Hands down, the second. For starters, the blades themselves are of a completely different quality. On your high-end razor, stainless steel blades are coated with a thin layer of carbon for additional strength, along with one or two additional lubricating layers to ensure a smooth glide.
You’ll notice a massive difference in the handles as well: Crafted of luxury materials like bone and horn, high-end razor handles have been meticulously shaped and sometimes hand-carved to provide an elegant, functional solution to your shaving needs. Grips points, finger rests, and the ability to follow the rounded contours of a man’s face are all considered, and the resulting piece is as much of a work of art to be displayed on your bathroom counter as it is a necessary piece of equipment for performing your daily ritual.
That said, like the faces and whiskers they serve, no two razors are exactly alike, and personal preference always plays a part in deciding which one to use. We asked our A-list team of top grooming experts for their picks when it comes to razors. Here are the seven razors they say they’d use every morning.
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