Well, that technically isn’t a question, is it? Let’s reframe it. Is a safety razor the same thing as a straight razor? No. A straight razor is the stuff of Sweeney Todd's dreams. A straight razor is the old barber style razor that features a blade and a handle that folds in on itself. A red, white, and blue twirly pole, a hot bearded barber, and an equally hot towel are generally involved. We wouldn’t bring that anywhere near your legs, but we are happy to provide hot barbers...we digress.
So why when you google “safety razor” do “straight razors” come up, leading us to ask ourselves a non-FAQ about it? Because razor brands are using the term “straight razor” in their SEO in hopes that you’re searching for any razor and hey...that’s a living breathing customer so why not? We see customers who’ve been miseducated about razor styles commenting that the OUI razor is a straight razor so thought we'd address that here. You know, in this non-FAQ question.
TL;DR- the OUI razor is a safety razor or a single-blade razor, not a straight razor.
We engineer & manufacture our single-blade razor in Germany, working with one of only a handful of remaining manufacturers in the world that craft safety razors. Damn this good taste. It’s a small operation, our team is fairly compensated, our materials are expensive, and we don’t shave rabbits.
Unlike most razors that come from metal manufacturers who make...well anything metal...we work with craftswomen & men who have been perfecting the safety razor for over 100 years. Fur real. Oh, the design is engineered exactly to our specs to be more gentle on the skin than your average safety razor. We’ve tried getting into specifics but it seems to bore folks. In short, it's effective, it’s amazing, it’s made for your best shave. If you're into specifics, read this blog post.
Now, this is gonna be a shocker we know, but hacking away at your skin with a plastic razor and tossing it in the corner isn't doing you any favors. Shaving with a single-blade razor isn't dramatically different, it's simply shaving to take care of your skin.
- Shave at the end of your shower so your skin & hair are soft.
- Apply our shave gel-to-milk because it’s stunning, it works, and it lasts. Just sayin’
- Shave. If your skin is particularly sensitive, shave in the direction of hair growth.
- Keep your skin moisturized (we've got a thing for that) between shaves- it helps to prevent ingrown hairs.
- Store your razor in a dry area. I know, so sorry to share that tidbit but it is also recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology. Bacteria and skin don’t play nicely together.
- Change your blades after 5-7 uses. Again, recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology. We know it’s standard to hold onto blades til it feels like you’re shaving with a butter knife, but it does no good by your skin.
Your razor is designed to last for years, with proper care. Let's start with improper care:
Repeated drops may wear the coating off over time.
Leaving the blade in til the end of time can gather rust.
Keeping it under the stream of the shower.
Getting cleaning products on it (especially ones that contain harsh chemicals).
Now that that's out of the way, we know it can sound like you suddenly have this precious thing on your hands, but a little care goes a long way.
Proper care is:
Store your razor out of the shower, leaving it exposed to steam and moisture can cause rust. Yes, we are making a holder.
Dry after each use, both the handle and the blade. Two seconds to do this really extends the life of your razor.
You've invested in this razor, store it in a cabinet to prevent moisture and other products from splashing onto it and causing erosion.
If rust develops- use a gentle castile soap, an old soft toothbrush, and gently scrub any rust. You can disassemble it and soak it in warm water for a few minutes before scrubbing if there is a lot of buildup. Dry with a towel and store when done.
If your razor seems to be prone to rust (say you live in a very humid environment) apply a little oil after cleaning, as it prevents corrosion by repelling water.