A straight razor is an old-fashioned razor with a single blade that folds up into it's own handle, they are also known as cut throat razors. Often seen in movies, either in westerns as intended or rather sinisterly in gangster films. A recent James Bond film gave straight razors sex appeal and so these razors have become desirable items to have and use. They do require great skill to sharpen and a steady hand sto shave with.
Straight razors require considerable skill to hone and strop and require more care during shaving.
A shavette, looks similar to a straight razor with one major difference, the blade of a shavette is replacable. They take a standard double edged blade broken in half, the blade is disposed of when it becomes blunt so there is no need to hone or sharped a shavette.
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