Would It Be Good To Use a Shavette as a Starting Straight Razor?

This was a question that was posed to me recently.  In fact, I had that same question when I first got into wet shaving a few years ago.

How I Got Into Straight Razors

When I got into straight razors I had been watching documentaries on Netflix.  I watched one called “No Impact Man” and visited their blog after watching it.

On their blog they talked about straight razors being more environmentally friendly.  I have to be honest and say being environmentally friendly didn’t really tug on my heart strings, but shaving with a dangerous looking implement did.

Shortly there after I stumbled upon the Straight Razor Place forum and started learning about straight razors.  I really didn’t want to go all in and purchase a straight razor, strop, badger hair brush, and soap dish only to discover that shaving with straights wasn’t for me.

When I learned about the Dovo shavette it intrigued me.

Why Starting Out With a Shavette Is a Good Idea

What drew me to the Dovo shavette was its cost.  I could get the handle for around $30 and the blades at most would run me $10 for a pack of 10 if I went for the real high end ones.  This was an investment that was willing to make.

Now the only question was how similar is shaving with a shavette to shaving with a straight razor?

I figured since the shavette has relatively the same shape and style as a straight razor, shaving with a shavette would be very close to that of a true straight razor.  If I did want to continue on with a straight razor then I would have the muscle memory down and the transition to a straight razor would be relatively simple.

I also figured that shaving with a shavette I wouldn’t have to worry about the sharpness of the edge as I would with a straight razor.

Even if you get a shave ready straight razor that has been professionally honed, you still have to strop it.  If you are new to stropping there is a potential to mess up the edge which in turn would affect the quality of the shave.

Since I could just swap out the shavette blade this one variable I could eliminate as I learned how to shave.  If I cut myself I knew my technique was off and that it wasn’t due to a dull edge.

Ultimately, I decided to purchase the shavette.  After using the shavette for a little while I decided that I did like the feel of it, so I decided to purchase a straight razor.

For me transitioning to the straight razor wasn’t hard at all.  You do have to adapt the angle a little bit, but it’s really simple to get the hang of.  In fact, I felt that the straight razor was a little more forgiving than the shavette and that it was harder to cut myself with a straight razor than a shavette.

Do I regret purchasing the shavette first?

Not one bit.  Learning with a shavette was a good experience and it was an easy transition to the straight razor.

Also, it’s nice having both a shavette and straight razor because the shavette makes for a really good travel razor.  I like to take it with me when I travel and leave my straight razor at home.  I don’t have to worry about damaging it when I travel.

Furthermore, it’s not a big loss if I accidentally put it in my carry on luggage, and for some reason security won’t let me take it through without the blade.  It’s much cheaper to replace a shavette than a straight razor

If you’re leaning towards buying a shavette as your first “straight razor” then I say go for it!  Feel free to leave me any questions or comments below.  🙂

Meet the Author

Thomas got into wet shaving in 2010 when he bought a Dovo Shavette and would go on to buy a straight razor four months later. Since then he has purchased many other types of razors including feather and safety razors. He reviews their performance on this blog.

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