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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|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 or English Bridle & Canvas Strop||RE 3" Maroon Latigo or English Bridle & Canvas Strop|
|Brush||Omega Boar Travel||Omega Boar||Razor Emporium 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|
|Nick Solutions||n/a||n/a||Styptic Pencil|
Left: Omega Boar Travel
Boar whips up a lather quickly and easily. This brush is great for travel use and trying out wets having! Length: 76mm
Middle: Omega Boar
Boar hair whips up a lather quickly and easily. Stiff bristles are great for exfoliation. Length: 126 mm
Right: Razor Emporium 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
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I purchased the shave starter kit and was very pleased with the blade as well as the poraso shave products. The blade is a refurbished Gold Dollar and is working well!!
Absolutely awesome starting kit. Everything you need to get started and amazingly sharp and ready to shave out of the box. Could NOT be happier with my purchase. Shipping was way quicker than expected and FREE
If you are thinking about it, BUY IT!!!
Recently to writing this review I got interested in straight razor shaving. I did my research, or so I thought, and went to a Men's "shave store" in the local fancy shopping center. A number of variables, including a sales person who was clearly very new and left on his own to man the shop, and a straight razor that wasn't properly honed and prepped for sale, led me to a very disappointing and expensive experience. All the hype of straight razor shaving seemed to fly out the window in those first weeks of very underwhelming and frustrating shaved. I wasn't going to give up yet though! I had been following the Razor Emporium online and saw their video on their starter kits. Thank God for that. This kit comes prepped, with a razor that is already balanced, honed, and stropped. Man, it made a world of difference. The kit also comes with some great Proraso product, some of which I hadn't tried until the kit. I regret not finding this kit earlier - for the price and experience it is an absolute miracle. Cannot recommend this kit enough. Thank your Razor Emporium for putting in the work and attention to detail, and for this awesome kit. I foresee buying this kit as a gift for some of my friends come the Hollidays.
Overall, the kit came with everything it stated online and was packaged nicely. I didn't receive it until 3 weeks after I ordered it but it was worth the wait. The GD 208 razor was shave ready and looked nice. I did get quite a few nicks but that's the result of using a straight razor for the first time and being a newbie to straight razor shaving inspite of all the video tutorials I've watched. As I'm doing this review I've used the razor a total of 3 times already and I've seen an improvement in my techniques and had less nicks. I'm still trying to get accustomed to using a straight and I know eventually by practicing I'll be a pro in no time. The proraso shaving cream smells pretty good and lathers nicely. The pre-shave proraso cream smells just as good as the shaving cream and you can feel the menthol on your skin and if you like menthol like I do you will get a pleasant menthol scent emanating from it. The aftershave balm has a mild pleasant scent and is not overpowering at all. I didn't get any menthol feel on the skin and don't smell any in it. It made my skin feel good and smooth. I didn't get any dry feeling. The metal bowl is decent and sturdy looking and does the job if your looking to dab some of the cream in it and swirl the brush it came with inside as well. I've done the latter and developed a pretty good thick consistent lather with hardly any bubbles and nice peaks. I only used maybe a teaspoon of water to get those results. The brush is pretty small, smallest brush I have in my arsenal but it does the job for a brush with synthetic hair. What do you expect from a starters kit? Hopefully this review was helpful.
It's a pretty good starter kit. I have no complains with the way the razor shaves and for the price you definitely can't go wrong. Also I received the product faster than expected, good logistics.
Awesome product with an affordable price!
The handle on the straight razor is a bit flimsy
Had I known, I would have chosen one of better quality.
Also, the writing on the blade is a bit aggravating. I saw it on the picture when I ordered it. I didn't like it, but thought I could live with it
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.
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.