Razor Emporium Beginner Straight Razor Gold Dollar 208 SHAVE READY

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This is your ticket to self sufficiency and manliness. America's greatest generation used straight razors and no you can experience the closeness, the daring, and the satisfaction of using a real razor. The 6/8" blade is easy to maneuver & see. The bottom jimps gives you a good grip and the round tip is forgiving and sleek! Made Shave Ready by our very own in-house honemiester, with sexy masculine custom acrylic scales handcrafted for each blade, this straight was cared for no different than our most coveted straight razors. And at 1/3 the price for the same quality shave as a Dovo, it cannot be beat. And, if you really don't like it, we'll take it back.

  • Best Value Starter Razor - Sharpened by our team and always Shave Ready out of the box
  • Never buy another blade again! Become self sufficient.
  • Constructed from quality hardened carbon steel
  • High quality hardened 3" x 6/8" carbon steel blade is easy to judge angles, strop, & hone.
  • Shave better. Shave like a man.
  • These razors usually can be found online for cheaper but they do not arrive shave-ready. 
  • We grind the bevel and completely sharpen the blade and make it shave-ready for you out of the box. 

23 Reviews

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  • 4
    It's great!

    Posted by Crash on 1st May 2018

    I'm a rookie straight razor user. I've used it 3 times now. I am very impressed with whoever is the current honemeister. I really like the weight of the blade. I definitely recommend this straight razor to 1st times.

    Now for my only complaint. I wish they would have tightened up the pin connecting blade to scales.

  • 4
    Visual Issues, but works great

    Posted by Hagen Boggs on 21st Apr 2018

    I have had this product for a week or two now, and after numerous shaves I can say that this razor is beautifully honed and ridiculously sharp (I have the nicks to prove it). I did, however, have a couple issues with the visual aspects of the product. The website was true in saying that with their high-def photos, what you see is what you get. The problems I had, however were not shown in the product photos or description. Upon opening the box, I immediately noticed that the acrylic scales were a bit roughed up on one side, almost like plastic that's been scraped along concrete. Upon looking at the razor itself, there were two nicks in the top of the blade, where the grind starts, along with a hairline fracture that runs along the spine about the whole length of the blade. While these defects do not impact performance, I was a little disappointed with the state the razor arrived in.

  • 5
    Love it with minor honing touch up..

    Posted by Giacomo Calabrese on 29th Mar 2018

    This razor really is as good as any other higher priced razor in terms of the quality shave you can get with it. I did have to hone to smooth it out some but it was quick and a wonderful shaver afterwards. I would buy of these no problem. You do have to work on other Gold Dollar razors that makes this purchase worth the price.

  • 5
    The 208

    Posted by Brennan Bradley on 8th Sep 2017

    The razor showed up ready to shave. I have had other razors say they would be shave ready, and have not been. This razor was 100% shave ready. It is nice to support quality.

  • 5
    Great Razor

    Posted by John Maynard on 1st Sep 2017

    I brought 2 vintage straights to a local shop to have them honed. They had them for 2 weeks. I got them back and they were horrible.
    I stropped them, still sucked.
    So, before I dropped more money, I figured I give this razor a shot. Night and Day. Great shave, close, great feel.
    Matt and RE have taken care of my vintage Gillette Adjustables (Slim and Fat Boy) and now they're going to get my grandfathers straights to take care of.
    Outstanding service and products from them!

  • 3
    Nice Razor

    Posted by Langston Waller on 28th Aug 2017

    I highly enjoy using this razor. I would have given it 5 stars if it would have came as sharp as it was advertised. The very first time I used it, the blade pulled and tugged my beard like a cartridge razor that hasn't been changed in about a month. You can't take my review to heart though because it is also the first straight razor I've used and it may just be inexperience causing the pulling. overall, 3/5.

  • 5
    Fantastic razor!

    Posted by Alain Arouch on 5th Jul 2017

    Hi, so beautiful razor , not too expensive, very good shave, received completly shave ready, for 1/3 less expensive than dovo... good sensations! The plastic handle is well done, and the Gold Dollar logo on the blade is original! Beautiful look and good job, but you must have experience with straight razors, and so, you like it i'm sure!

  • 3
    Shaveable not shave-ready

    Posted by Max Walker on 13th Mar 2017

    I bought the GD 208 in shave ready condition ("even stropped!"). I tested right out of the box. It shaved, but not comfortably. I took it to my hones to rework it. Second shave better, but I wanted more. To strop this time, it did more than 100 rounds on flat newsprint, a dozen or more rounds on flat leather loaded with CromOx, and finally on clean flat leather. The third shave tonight was much better. It behaves now like a razor and no longer like a scraper. I enjoy working my own razors, but if I buy shave-ready, I expect shave-ready.

    I don't like the rounde point on this razor. There is still a "point" at the end of the cutting edge, and it is hard to judge where it is mid-shave. I may reprofile the tip to a flat or Spanish tip for better maneuvering.

    For that, perhaps I should return this one and buy it elsewhere for $15-$25 since I know I'll have to do the same work on it and can still save some coin.

  • 4
    Excellent Beginner's Straight Razor

    Posted by Jason on 4th Dec 2016

    I’m not new to wet shaving, having converted from cartridges to DE safety razors about 10 years ago. I am, however, new to the world of straight razor shaving. After researching everything I could about straights, I decided the best bag would probably be a cheaper straight that I could learn on, not only using it on my face, but maintaining it, because chances are there are going to be some stumbles.

    Ordering at Razor Emporium (RE) was easy. It took a week for my order to arrive. I can’t attribute that to RE, though. They did drop the shipment in the mail the day after I ordered, and I did go with the free shipping option. It took the US Postal Service 6 days to deliver it. (It was the week of Thanksgiving, though, so there was 1 federal holiday during the delivery time.) The items I ordered came very well packaged, with the razor stored in a plastic pouch and really well-oiled.

    I’m half a dozen shaves in with the Gold Dollar straight. Between being new to straights and questioning the overall quality of the razor I chose, I think the first couple of shaves were probably a combination of my newness to shaving with a straight and having not stropped the hell out of the blade.

    It does seem the blade did come honed; however, “Ready to shave out of the box” does not mean take the razor out of the box and begin scraping your face. You will be happiest if you strop the blade first. Today, after 5 or 6 shaves and having stropped the blade in about 8 stropping sessions of 40 to 50 laps each session (I stropped the blade even on days I didn’t shave), my technique finally seemed a bit better and the blade seemed much more keen to shave than scrape.

    For the reasons I chose this straight, I was tempted to give it 5 stars. It does the job; it’s a good learning tool.

    The reasons I gave it 4 stars: This razor is mass produced in China with cheap materials and cheaper labor. You can buy a beautifully handcrafted vintage straight for about what this Gold Dollar costs. I’ve seen Solingen, Wade and Butcher, and Paul Waldmin vintage razors, in beautiful condition, for sale for not much more than $50. Why did I decide on this then? Because no matter how careful you think you will be, no matter how many videos you watch and think, “I can do that….” You can’t. Not without a lot of shaves and practice. I’ve got water on the scales, in the scales. I’ve accidently misapplied alcohol with an inexperienced squirt of the atomizer. I want to make sure I can apply oil and store it correctly to avoid oxidation. While a vintage costs about the same or a few bucks more for a very-good-condition straight, when and if I decide on a vintage, I want to take care of it well and let it last my lifetime and be handed on in as beautiful a condition as I purchased it.

    Reason number 2 for 4 stars: I’ve seen the same Gold Dollar for sale new for about 20% less than I bought it at RE. That said, I don’t know if the sources selling them were as trustworthy as RE, so I did choose to buy from here.

    All of that said, this was a good purchase, and I’m happy to have bought from RE. No regerts! Eh. Regrets. 

    Thanks for the razor, and, Matt, thanks for all the videos out there. They helped me a lot as I looked into straight razor shaving and stropping.

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