These kits are perfect for those who have always wanted to try straight razor/ traditional wet shaving but were not certain of where to start. Each kit includes a Shave Ready straight edge finished on a 20K grit stone (smooth as glass) and a strop to maintain this edge.
We understand it can be overwhelming seeing so many varieties of shaving supplies out there. That is why we have gathered the perfect shave kit made for those who may be new or returning to the world of wet shaving or upgrading from a safety razor. Wet shaving is the answer to so many struggling with the high cost of cartridge razors, or the cheap painful shaves from shaver clubs like dollar shave club.
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|1. Give it a Try||2. The Essentials||3. Most Recommended|
|Straight Razor||Shave Ready 208 Gold Dollar||Shave Ready 208 Gold Dollar||Shave Ready 208 Gold Dollar|
|Strop||RE Travel Strop||RE 3" Maroon Latigo & Canvas Strop||RE 3" Maroon Latigo & Canvas Strop|
|Brush||Omega Synthetic||Omega Boar||WSP Pure Black Badger|
|Shaving Cream||Proraso Travel Sample||Arko Cool Shaving Cream||Proraso Green Shaving Cream|
|Lather Bowl||Chrome Bowl||Chrome Bowl||Chrome Bowl|
|Stand||n/a||Brush Plastic Stand||Brush and Razor Stand - Steel|
Left: Omega Synthetic S
Synthetic is soft and whips up a lather quickly. This brush is great for sensitive skin, beginners, soaps and creams! Length: 108 mm
Middle: Omega Boar
Boar hair whips up a lather quickly and easily. Stiff bristles are great for exfoliation. Length: 126 mm
Right: Wet Shaving Products Pure Badger
Pure Black Badger is the most luxurious of the shaving brushes. Soft badger hair is great
for all skin types and builds a lather quickly! Length: 107 mm
Left: Proraso Travel Samples
Classic barbershop scent, easy to lather shaving cream, pre-cream for extra glide, and anti-irritation aftershave balm. Volume: 10 ml
Middle: Arko Cool
Classic barbershop scent, easy to lather shaving cream, enough to last several months. Volume: 94ml
Right: Proraso Green Shaving Cream
Classic barbershop scent, easy to lather shaving cream, enough to last many months,
highly recommended by shavers everywhere. Volume: 150 ml
Posted by KaiSforza on 2nd Jun 2016
So this is a two-pronged review, about the kit and about how I got the kit. Let's start with the kit itself as that's probably why you're here.
The kit itself is fine. I've basically only used the razor and the strop, as I already had a good brush and soap/aftershave, but they've worked out great. Being new to straight razor shaving, it's pretty great.
A while ago I got into double edge shaving, but I don't always shave often. This means that my beard can get pretty long before I decide to lop it all off. With cartridge razors it's just a nightmare, as the head gets clogged and becomes pretty worthless quickly. Double edge razors really improved this, however to really clean things out you've got to take the head apart, at least with some longer hairs.
Starting out with my straight razor, I was expecting a similar starting shave as my first DE razor. Instead it was actually much cleaner, as I started out the first few times by just shaving the flat parts of my face, and finishing things off with a DE razor. Once I had the angle down, I slowly started expanding the area that I was doing with the straight, and was getting my whole face quite quickly. It's very important to know the grain of your hairs, how to maintain the proper angle and pressure, as well as applying shaving soap correctly.
The blade of the Gold Dollar is a bit large and heavy, but if you're coming from DE shaving it gives a similar feel to the heft of a good DE handle. Now that I'm more comfortable with the straight I would probably prefer a lighter, smaller blade, but for a starting kit it's awesome. Their travel strop is quite great, though due to the width you have to use a z pattern to get the whole blade. Not a huge problem, but just a possible reason to get the larger strop. I have only used the pre- and post-shave stuff from the Proraso kit, but they do their job just fine (the pre-shave feels awesome, though). I'm not sold on the boar brush, as I much prefer the softness of a nice badger brush.
For the kit, the value is amazing. If you're looking to get into straight razor shaving, it's definitely worth the price.
Now onto how I got this kit. When I first started shaving with a DE razor from this store, I was living in Seattle. I got a few products (one of the starter kits they don't offer any more and some blades later on), so my information for shipping was on my account. When I ordered this kit I had moved to another state, but had forgot to change my shipping address, so the kit I ordered (and a nice brush) went to Seattle, which was nowhere near where I currently live. Noticing this a few days after the order, I was kicking myself. However, money wasn't too tight and I'd just gotten a bonus at work, so I figured what the heck, I'll just get another one and ship it to the *right place* this time.
I must have checked the address a hundred times after ordering to make sure it was going to the right place. Then, a day after placing the second order I got a message from Razor Emporium, saying that they'd received my original order back, and that they could just ship that to me, refunding the order that I'd just made (minus shipping). So even though I was an idiot, it managed to turn out all right! I'll definitely be recommending this site to friends and family that want to try out wet shaving or get quality shaving products.
Posted by Unknown on 30th Jan 2016
1st. My order arrived very quickly, which was a pleasant surprise.
I've had the kit for a few months now and I found the blade easy to use from the beginning. I would go for a smaller blade when I upgrade, just to get under the arms a little easier. The strop sharpens the blade very well, but the brush was a bit too rough for my liking, so I acquired a softer one and kept the original as a back-up.
Big thanks for posting a video for lady straight razor shaving on youtube. That's how I came to this site.
Posted by Joseph on 2nd Jan 2016
I have talked about straight razor shaving for a couple years now but always put it off due to using my ventage collection of DE razors. Well this year my girlfriend got me the gold dollar 208 kit for christmas and I could not be happier. The kit gives you everything you need to get the full experience of stright razor shaving. Its been a great experience learning how to shave and keeping my blade stropped. If you have wanted to try out stright razor shaving this is the kit for you!
Watch the videos, take your time, enjoy the manliest shave you will ever have!
Posted by Cody Ritchie on 24th Sep 2015
Making the jump from cartridge razors to straight razor shaving seemed overwhelming at first. Trying to figure out everything I needed to just get started seemed confusing. Then i found this kit. A lot of other kits that i found on other sites or amazon seemed like they were missing some essential items or were put together with much lower quality items. Not this one. If you buy this kit you can shave the day it gets to your house. The razor included is indeed shave ready and VERY sharp. My only suggestion to someone thinking about buying this kit would be to buy a badger shave brush and one of the artisan soaps. In my opinion the boar brush is a little rough(especially if you have really sensitive skin or any razor burn). And the proraso while it is not a bad product left my skin feeling a little dry and was lacking on slickness. My order shipped the same day I ordered it and was at my house three days later(not bad for traveling from one side of the country to the other). I would recommend this to any one of my friends and family. Could not be happier with my purchase.
Posted by Primo on 17th Jul 2015
When I was initially looking into learning to straight-razor shaving I was tempted to simply go out and buy all of the full-sized equipment and a nicer, fancier razor. I'm certainly glad I opted for this started kit because as all beginners do, I made mistakes while learning, resulting in the small travel strop now having multiple cuts on it and the razor having some very minor rust around the pin. I'm glad I got the starter kit so that I could make those beginner mistakes with these rather than damaging nicer, more expensive equipment.
My only complaint about this kit is that the brush seems to loose bristles regularly even after multiple uses.