Best Straight Razor: Dovo Forestal Straight Razor
What it is: Straight razors — blades without safety guards or bells and whistles — are making a comeback, thanks to growing anecdotal evidence that they are less irritating against the skin and provide a closer cut. (The drawback being they can cut way too close if you’re not paying attention.) The Forestal is streamlined and elegant, and collapses into a wood handle for easy storage.
Why you want it: Made in Solingen, Germany (the blade capitol of the world), the Forestal uses a 5/8” carbon steel bar to provide an insanely close, precise shave. Plus, there is nothing like holding a bare blade up to your neck every morning to make you feel alive.
What the pro says: “This razor is crafted of carbon steel with a beautiful wood handle. Most straight razors are not pre-sharpened from the factory, but this one has been sharpened professionally by hand. When you receive the razor, all you need to do is wipe off the oil and give it an initial stropping.” —Alfredo Ortiz C., co-owner and creative director for Brooklyn Grooming
Where to get it: $197, amazon.com
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