Good and Bad Straight Razor Brands


This page intend to list any straight razor brand that is good or bad. This page should help someone looking to buy a straight razor by knowing which brands to avoid and which brand to buy. This page was created from Joel's Interactive Guide to Straight Razor Shaving and can be discussed in this thread[1].

General Rule

General rule of thumb, Sheffield, German/Solingen and American made vintage razors are good. Modern Thier-Issard, Dovo, Boker are good too.

Dovo vs. Thier-Issard

Most straight razor users would agree with the following rules of thumb for NEW TI's and Dovos...
  1. A Thiers Issard will often be much more difficult to hone than a Dovo.
  2. A Thiers Issard will typically shave better than a Dovo.
  3. A Thiers Issard will hold an edge longer than a Dovo.
  4. A low end Dovo will typically shave as good as a high end Dovo, where as this is not the case with TI's.
  5. A Dovo will offer the best value, in terms of what you get for the $.
  6. Dovos have better gold wash, gold plating, and pinning jobs.

The Good Brands

This list isn't all encompassing, and is in no particular order, however if listed below, and in condition, it should be a superlative shaver. Again, this isn't comprehensive, but it rather a grouping of some of the more common, high quality razors available at flea markets, on eBay and from fellow forum members to look out for.

From the USA

  1. Waterville
  2. Genco/Geneva Cutlery Co
  3. Case (W.R. Case & Sons)
  4. Winchester
  5. Sta-Sharp
  6. Craftsman (There is also a German version that is superlative)
  7. Hart Steel

From Germany

  1. Dorko
  2. Dubl Duck
  3. Dovo
  4. Bismarck
  5. Puma
  6. Boker
  7. Henckels
  8. Imperial

From France

  1. Thiers Issard (LeGrelot, P. Hospital)
  2. Lecoultre

From England

The Bad Brands

Razors to STAY AWAY from.

By and large most very inexpensive razors, or (by and large) any razor made in Pakistan, India or China. Some brands to stay away from Zeepk, Double Arrow, etc. If the razor is not stamped with a brand name, avoid it.

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