Shaving is a dreaded part of every men’s morning routine. Whatever your choice of shaving instrument, the complaints are mainly the same. The irritation, nicks, cuts, and stress. Some people prefer the ease of use of the cartridge razor while others prefer the control and close cut of the older options. Straight razors are one of the oldest of the shaving tools but are considered to be one of the top choices to this date.
A modern upgrade on the straight razor, shavette is basically the same tool with one major twist; the replaceable blade. Born out of the growing knowledge of bloodborne illnesses, the shavette was the perfect tool for the growing information age.
In the beginning the shavette was born in Germany. Created by a company called DOVO, the shavette was the solution to a growing problem. Patented few different times dating back to 1907, the DOVO shavette has remained as the most credited one. From the creation in Germany to being used by almost every barber in the planet, the shavette has changed the industry of shaving.
The name shavette came from DOVO, who used it as a model name, but it became the widely accepted name. An alternative to straight razors, the shavette is, in few words, a straight razor with a changeable and disposable blade. The disposable razor was not only better for the sense of protecting people from illness but also extremely reduced the upkeep that went into owning a straight razor.
From honing, stropping, to grounding, keeping a straight razor sharp is hard work, but a shavette only requires a blade change to get the same effect. A middle ground between the straight razor and the disposable razor, the shavette at first look resembles the straight razor but a closer look reveals the headpiece has the ability to hold interchangeable double razors.
A shavette comes in two styles: fixed or foldable. These two options offer the same cut but vary in the ease of storing and transportation. The double blades in the shavette are responsible in providing a much closer and cleaner shave.
Pros & Cons
While the experts of shaving and stylists till prefer the crisp cut of the straight razor, the barbers around the world choose the shavette. What makes it so much more preferred for the people who shave faces for a living? The benefits of a shavette are many.
- Sharper blades = better shave
- Maintenance is much easier
- Shavettes keep your money in your wallet
- Ease of use and learning curve with a shavette is exponentially better
- Better control and precise cut
- Take off your blade and take your shavette on the go.
The shavette while better in many categories still presents some of the same problems for the everyday shaver. These problems are not as many but still valid:
- Sharper blades = unforgiving cut
- Durability of the blade is different from the thicker blades of the straight razor
- The need to half the blades is a dangerous task
- Quality of handles is different from the better straight razors.
Shavette & Blade Types
In a consumer world, every product that has a buyer comes in variety of prices and styles, this remains true for shavettes and the blades they use. The low-end shavettes are much cheaper but offer a more dangerous and less dependable shave. The high-end shavettes made by Kai and Feather are pricier but offer a truly great shave with better control.
There are also options to choose when picking the blade for your shavette. Length, width, coating, sharpness, and durability change from blade to blade and require you to try different ones to choose the best one for you.
The barbers of the world prefer the single use blades, as they allow for a rapid change between customers and provide the most hygienic shave. For personal use however you can get around 3-7 good shaves from a blade before needing to change it.