Men are like diamonds; they have certain attributes that can only be revealed through intense pressure, and a rough careless cut can rob them of all charm and attractiveness.
And while any quality razor can make a man feel smooth like a baby’s bottom, only a straight razor will make him feel “smooth” like a ‘50s greaser. There’s just something exhilarating about expertly dragging an extremely sharp blade across the face, staring danger straight in the face with a smooth, straight-shaved face to show for it.
For generations, a trusty straight razor has brought out the best in men, both inside and out.
The Straight Shave Project Kit features a handmade 4/8” Böker straight razor forged in Solingen, Germany, the revered City of Blades. The esteemed “made in Solingen” title is strictly reserved for blades made in and subjected to that region’s rigorous quality standards, just like Scotch Whiskey, Champagne Sparkling Wine, or Hidden Valley Ranch.
This top-notch face scraper boasts Anthracite handles and a carbon steel blade with extra hollow ground for extreme sharpness and edge retention. It can be aligned and sharpened against either side of the Böker leather span strop, the paste composite for rough stropping or natural leather for fine stropping.
While we’re not always the most selective about what we put on our face, we exercise major discretion regarding what gets on our razor. Renegade Shave products make the cut.
Renegade shave creams primes the face for a close, comfortable shave, and the Alum Bar and After Shave soothes any wounds and face nicks made from the shaky hands of straight razor excitement. The result, a clean shave and an amazing smelling 6-8 inches between the nose and shoulders.
The Straight Shave Project Kit is giving men a sleek new handle on the sensation of old-fashioned shaving.
In an awesome cardboard box (NOT A CRATE). Corrugated C Flute cardboard with regular slotted style...told you it was awesome!
02/10/2017 Aaron Reynolds Straight Edge Shaving Kit 1
I got this kit for Christmas. It seems like a cool idea, however I wish they had given this kit to 10 guys before they actually released it and witnessed the results. There is a reason why 9/10 guys walk by those high end shaving stores in the mall, comment that it would be cool to do, and then keep on walking. The reason being that we know in our heart of hearts that this will only lead to bloodshed.
The kit itself comes with the blade, sharpener, shaving cream, and antiseptic bar (for when you cut yourself, which will happen a lot). The blade is very sharp but the handle is cheap plastic. Unless this is the most expensive shaving cream in the world I can't imagine it taking more than $40 to produce everything. Speaking of the cream, I can't get this stuff to lather. It smells nice but I quickly went back to my own cheap stuff from a bottle. They should include a brush if you are expected to use the cream instead of opening it for the pleasant aromas. The antiseptic bar creates a miasma of doom
The instructions are mostly beard jokes, Mancrate style. I appreciated the humor more in another kit I got which wasn't trying to hurt me. Instead I went online to watch videos of people using these. Herein lies the problem, I do everything they ask but the blade still pulls each individual hair out instead of cutting them. I was able to do about 1 inch in the side burn area which should be the easiest area of the face. Unless you have a professional barber in the family to personally walk you through shaving I would guess you aren't getting past this point. I suggest you purchase one of their other, less painful, kits.
MAN CRATES EDIT:
Thanks for your feedback Aaron. I'm sorry to hear that you were dissapointed in your Straight Edge Kit. Straight edge razors certainly aren't for the faint of heart, and there definitely is a learning curve to using them.
All of our products are tested thoroughly before they're released, and this product is no exception. The folks that participated were novices, and were able to learn how to get a good shave going pretty quickly, and were able to work up a pretty good lather with the soap included that was also tested for use with the blade we include. As for the septic bar "miasma of doom", we've never once encountered a pleasantly scented Alum Bar and would think that rubbing perfume into a shave cut would only make things worse.
As for the blade itself, it is a german made Böker 4/8" with a carbon steel blade. A quick search on the internet reveals that the blade we include is extremely high quality. Böker is renowned for producing great razors and retails for a pretty high price (close to what we're selling the crate for) without all the extras we've thrown in. These extras include the sharpening strop, also made by Böker, which reveals high quality reviews and a decent retail price if searched as well.
Switching from a disposable or electric razor to a Böker straight edge is like switching from an automatic to manual transmission when driving. In the beginning it can be hard to find the gears and make the car run smoothly, but after some practice and mis-starts you'll be shifting like a pro. We've had quite a few guys try these out since they were released and we've found that it does indeed take some time to adjust to shaving this way, but we've also heard that once these guys got the shaving process down that they were hooked. For the record these men did use our instructions paired with some internet research as well.
Overall, we're not happy until you are, and we're sorry to hear that this product wasn't a great fit for your needs. Feel free to reach out and let us know if there's anything else we can help you with. Our number is 866-902-7260 and our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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