In the latest James Bond film Skyfall, Naomie Harris uses a cut throat/straight razor to give 007 the shave of his live. “Sometimes the old ways are the best,” Naomie says as she shaves him with the iconic razor.
Shaving with a cut throat razor is certainly one of life’s pleasures, as it gives you the closest possible shave. But it takes time to master the technique, and you’ll certainly need a steady hand and plenty of practice.
If you haven’t shaved with a straight razor shaving before are are keen to learn, I’d suggest starting out with a Dreadnought shavette razor. Not only will this help you learn the correct technique, but you’ll also save on the expensive up-front costs of a straight razor and its maintenance. The shavette razor uses changeable blades, meaning no stropping or honing.
Dreadnought teamed up with Jacks of London to put together a short spy-inspired film that shows you how to achieve the correct technique when using your brand new cut throad shavette razor. They also talk about the correct way to prepare your face for a shave, holding the razor in the correct way, shaving in the right direction, and after care for your skin when the shave is complete.
Rush into a straight razor shave without any preparation, and you could end up Sweeny Todd-ing yourself!
I’ve been using the shavette for a few weeks, and the difference is undeniable. It’s an art that takes some time to perfect, but it’ll transform your mundane morning ritual into something much more exciting.