At first glance Shavettes and Straight (cut throat) Razors appear similar, there are in fact many differences between them. A Shavette is related more to a safety razor than a ‘proper’ Straight Razor in that the blade used is a mass produced, disposable wafer blade.
The true straight razor takes some time to master (many months) and does take extra care (stropping after each shave and honing around once per year). A good straight razor will last a lifetime if cared for properly though and the blade never needs changing!
Shavettes are well suited to the travelling man or those who just have less time on their hands but still want to achieve a close shave. They are also kinder to the skin than multi blade cartridge razors and cause less irritation.
It is commonly believed that Shavettes are used as an introduction to shaving with a straight razor this isn’t really the case as the ‘straight edge shaving experience’ between them is very different, so each needs to be mastered separately.
The first Shavettes were developed by Dovo of Solingen specifically for barbers who used them in place of scissors or clippers for trimming hair and shaping the hair line. They are available today under many more brands such as Parker and Feather.
Barbers began to look for other options to the traditional straight razor when health and safety became more of an issue and Shavettes became a good solution. Shavettes began to grow in popularity as the demand for them from the end user grew as an alternative to disposables.
There is a place for both Shavettes and Straight Razors to be used depending on the daily circumstances.
Whatever you decided to shave with enjoy the experience.
Eddie and the team