CLOSER, CHEAPER, GREENER SINCE '07

  • CLOSER

    LESS BURN & BUMPS

    Classic double-edge (DE) safety razors have just one, extremely sharp blade that glides micrometers above the skin. The shave is simply amazing and without the irritation and stubble that you get from multiple blades.

    Unlike multi-blade cartridge razors, safety razors are infinitely customizable: you can easily adjust your hand position and thus the angle of the blade; change to a sharper or gentler brand of blade; or in the case of adjustable razors, the gap between the guard and the blade.

    Nicks and cuts? Once you get comfortable, it is similar to a cartridge razor, in our experience, very rare…it is called a safety razor for a reason! Of course there is a learning curve, but after a few shaves you will be fine.

  • CHEAPER

    SAVE HUNDREDS

    Replacement safety razor blades are cheap, dirt cheap! 100 high-quality Platinum and Teflon coated blades cost between $5 and $30, or $.05 to $.30 cents each. If you change your blade every three shaves, one hundred blades will last about a year.

    Save hundreds of dollars a year over regular multi-blade cartridge (such as the Fusion, Mach 3, Quattro, or disposable razors). Seriously. This is big money over time!

    In an economy like ours, every last dime counts, and moving to a safety razor can save you and your family significant money. This is technology from the Great Depression – but with 21st century blades.

  • GREENER

    97% LESS WASTE

    Double edge blades are incredibly efficient – just a single strip of metal, wrapped in a small piece of waxed paper, and in a small container the size of a matchbox.

    Even with the packaging, they have up to 97% less material than disposables.

    According to the EPA, two billion disposable razors are landfilled annually.

    Wrap used blades tightly in paper and dispose with your household garbage. As household recycling is often hand sorted, please do not recycle to protect workers.Scrap dealers might accept used razor blades, but by driving, the environment might be worse off. Rest assured you are well ahead of the curve.

  • DOWNSIDES

    IT'S NOT ALL GRAVY

    Learning Curve – Like many new skills, it takes a bit of time to learn to use a Safety Razor. Usually after the first week, it feels like second nature, but there are always new techniques to learn in pursuit of a Baby Bottom Smooth (BBS) shave.

    Time – it takes a bit longer to shave with a safety razor than with multi-blade ExtremeMachHydroFusion cartridges. Between lathering and shaving, it can take five to ten minutes. However, these meditative moments are a great way to start

    Upfront Cost – While the savings come from the ten-cent replacement blades, your first safety razor and double-edge blades will cost between $20 and $100, with $50 being the sweet spot.

Since 2007, RetroRazor has made choosing a safety razor kit simple. With thousands of combinations of razor, blade, brush and soap, it is easy to be overwhelmed, but we are here to help you find the best value in old-school shaving for your budget.


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Our recommendations contain affiliate links to Amazon.com which give a small compensation if you do decide to make a purchase. Our selection of razors, blades, soaps and accessories are based on what we feel are the best value in classic shaving. and are always based on the merits of the items.

  • COPING WITH WET SHAVING: THE STAGES

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    by Top Gumby from Shoreline Washington:

    There are supposed to be five stages for dealing with traumatic loss.
    There are twelve steps to sobriety in AA.

    What are the stages a new wet shaver goes through?

    My own journey has gone like this:

    1. Dissatisfaction. There was something not right with the way I was shaving. Too expensive, too robotic. Those five soulless cartridge blades and can of foam have robbed me of…something. There must be a better way.
    2. Curiosity. I wondered, is shaving with a DE razor so difficult? Why did they disappear? Could I do this? Do they even make blades for those antiques anymore? Is DE shaving what made the Golden Age of Hollywood Golden? What would Gary Cooper do?
    3. Research. The Internet is a wonderful thing; no matter how strange you are, there are more whackjobs out there like you! I discovered a wealth of good information and goodwill here on B&B.
    4. Fear. Will I cut myself? What if I’m too much of a klutz? Will my wife have me committed? What if I buy the wrong stuff? Why do you need a styptic pencil, anyway? Will it sting? Will I have little bits of toilet paper all over my face when I go to work? Will this make me officially old and eccentric?
    5. Discovery. Hey, that wasn’t too bad, in fact it was fun! The shave was really good, and the satisfaction…Lather doesn’t have to make a sound like the dentist sucking the saliva out of my mouth with a reverse Waterpic when it’s created, and it feels great! Badger hair? How cool is that! Why haven’t I been doing this all along? Why didn’t anyone tell me?
    6. Obsession. These shaves are great! Almost perfect! What would it take to get to perfect? There must be some insight from the fifty pound Razorbrains on B&B that will improve my prep/technique/post shave/philosophy of life! I must know every variation of razor, aftershave and blade by heart! Hey, what’s this Cologne forum? What’s SOTD? I need to know everything! I demand BBS shaves, and by force of will and improved technique and methods, I can get there! Wait, maybe it’s something I need to get…
    7. Acquisition Disorder. Maybe true shaving happiness comes in a tube, or a a cake, or a pack of different blades? Maybe it’s my brand of Witch Hazel that’s holding me back? Maybe if I had a different razor for each day of the week…maybe each day of the month…Look at this BST forum! Hot damn! They make blades in Nigeria? Gotta find out if they are any good. There’s how many different types of soap? One of each would be perfect! There’s more than one Bay Rum? Must have…
    8. Proselytizing. I gotta let my friends an relatives know how great this is! I can save them from their blind, cartridge worshiping dreary lives! Wait, why are they laughing at me? Fools! You don’t understand!
    9. Serenity. I have become one with my shave. The gear I have is merely a collection of tools that I own, my gear does not own me. Not everyone understands my need to shave, but I’m OK with that. I merely wait, the whiskers return, and I meld technique, tools and mind to find that zone where BBS isn’t a goal, but it visits me when the shaving stars align. It’s a beautiful thing.

    Well, I haven’t really got to that last stage, and I’m stuck in more than one of the earlier stages.

    Is it always like this?

    Posted at Badger and Blade, reposted with permission of TopGumby

  • WATER USAGE AND DOUBLE EDGE SHAVING

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    Be aware of the precious liquid that we use.

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    While water is an essential element to Wet Shaving, filling your sink with a bit of hot water is better than running the tap, or shaving in the shower.

    Using a large bowl as a basin can further reduce the amount of water used , rather than filling a cold sink.

    We installed a hot water circulating pump, and while it likely uses a bit more energy, we save in cold water running down the drain.

  • RAZOR BLADE SHARPENER

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    Ramshackle Solid featured a post about this awesome WWII-era Razor Sharpener

    WWII German Razor Sharpener

    WWII German Razor Sharpener

    With many contemporary blades having exotic coatings, I am not sure how the sharpener would affect the performance? But from a consumption angle, this takes the cake. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…

    A British ad from 1954 ads some additional perspective….could this be the same sharpener?

  • LUCKY LOO LOO: FANTASTIC PLACE FOR ROCKABILLY AND RETRO JEWELRY

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    I was looking for a holiday gift for the little lady. Jewelry is already a safe gift, and so I was looking for some Retro Jewelry. Rockabilly Jewelry was a fantastic search term, and I ran across this site: Lucky Loo Loo.

    Since Rockabilly Girls wear Retro and Rockabilly Clothes, I thought Lucky LooLoo Jewelry was a good choice. They had a pretty great selection of Retro Jewelry, Rockabilly Jewelry, Necklaces, Earrings, Bracelets, Buckles and Accessories. Plus they are based in Portland – love supporting Northwest companies!

  • RETRORAZOR SHOWN ON KOMO-4, SEATTLE’S ABC AFFILIATE

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    King County EcoConsumer Tom Watson highlights the RetroRazor Weishi on KOMO-4 TV

    Another link for the video clip: Green Gifts from Tom Watson and Mary Nam

    Thanks Tom and Mary for the shout-out!

    Here are the other products featured:

    Waste Free Holidays program http://www.wastefreeholidays.com

    Seattle Bug Safari – discounted gift offer for Waste Free Holidays

    Sweet Beauty‚Äôs Mojito Body Scrub – Made with Seattle’s Theo Chocolate

    Elf booties for baby – Made in Seattle from recycled wool sweaters – From Goods for the Planet

    Iqua Sun Bluetooth solar-powered headset

    Hanukkah menorah made from pipe fittings

    Retrorazor – Traditional double-edge-blade durable razor, from Seattle company: Booyah!

    Totes Eco ‘brella – Umbrella made from recycled pop bottles

    Seattle Coffee Shirt – 100% organic cotton, dyed using recycled coffee grounds – From Goods for the Planet

  • HIERARCHY OF BEARDS FROM WONDERMARK

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    Beards have been part of humanity’s hairy history for decades, this tree of beardly bushiness is from Wondermark’s Beard Spotting Guide by David Malki!

    Here is an orderable poster

    Credit to BoingBoing