Shave Ready Policy
All of our straight razors (or cut throat razors if you prefer) are supplied “shave ready”. This means that we have opened the manufacturer’s packaging and then individually prepared the razor. This may or may not involve honing, but at a minimum it involves stropping the razor through four grades of diamond paste, then chromium paste, then a bare strop. The only completely accurate test is to shave with the razor, but as we can’t do that we carry out a hanging hair test at 5 or 6 points on the edge to check it is sufficiently sharp. Please note that the production process can leave “hone wear” type marking on a razor. If there is any “hone wear” on the razor when you receive it, the most likely explanation is that this is how we have received it from the manufacturer since if a razor requires anything more than a 12k hone from us we tape the spine to protect it.
“Just a quick note to say many thanks for the terrific job you did with that wedge. It went through my stubble like a knife through butter. Superb shave!”
“Thank you so much for your help; the last couple of shaves I have had this week have been nearing perfect. This has been so gratifying, as I feel I can now use the razor to its fullest, and it may become the treasured possession I hope it to be.” “Your service has been absolutely perfect; I couldn’t ask any more of you, thank you once again.”
“I just wanted to say that the Puma shaves perfectly, great job on getting a new edge on it! I am extremely happy with the results and that this 60 year old razor is now back in action, after who knows how long. Top job!”
“thank you so much for the excellent advice and service I received from yourselves in the run up to and buying my first straight razor. Top class all the way. I’ve used it a couple of times (first time took me an hour as I was “respecting the blade” lol) but I’m improving thankfully”
“Thank you Adam. Sincerely appreciate your excellent customer service.”
“I just want to say that I’ve received the razor and used it and, without exaggerating, it’s now unbelievable. Can’t thank you enough, and to think I’d be scraping away and wondering why it wasn’t efficient straight from the retailers.”
“Hi Adam the T.I.Spartacus has arrived and I have to say that it is immaculate, that includes the scales as well. It sure is a eye catcher and I couldn’t be more pleased with it. Thanks very much.” [6/8 festonne spine, desert ironwood scales]"
“Absolutely excellent service from start to finish. Always answered queries clearly and concisely and gave sound advice. I was steered away from potentially spending more than I had to, given my relative beginner status. Will definitely shop here again! Cheers, Adam”
“Received my blades back today. Just completed a shave. Was the best shave I’ve had since I started using a straight razor, approx 4 years ago. A great service, thank you!”
“Without my knowledge my wife purchased a Thiers Issard desert ironwood scales for me, and I must say what a fantastic blade it is. I have had the opportunity to use it a few times it beats my old straight razor hands down which I recently had honed by you which was a very good shave on return but I must say on receiving my new straight razor I am blown away by the result. God bless my wife and thank you for the supply of such a fine piece of engineering. I would not deal with anyone other than the Invisible Edge.”
“I just returned to the office after a week-long holiday and opened my package. I can’t even begin to describe how much the razor has exceeded my expectations! Thanks for all your help!”
We have always used the term "straight razor" but in truth most people know this type of razor as a "cut-throat razor" or, less frequently, as an "open razor". It really doesn't matter, all these terms relate to the same implement.
We have a variety of razor starter kits which include everything necessary to start your venture into straight razor shaving. They also make an ideal shaving gift. This section also includes some entry level razors which are good choices for a beginner. Alternatively you can put together your own choices and perhaps upgrade the razor or strop. Please just ask if you need help.
We ship Worldwide, and shipping is free to all countries for orders over £125, but there is a charge for orders of a lower value. Full details may be found in our Delivery and Returns Policy. Prices are determined in GBP. For your convenience you are able to see indicative prices in U.S. Dollars and Euros but payment will be taken in GBP and there will inevitably be some variation to the U.S. Dollar and Euro prices shown. We accept payment by all major credit and debit cards as well as through Paypal.
If you are just starting out with a straight razor then we have a wealth of information on the website for beginners. Please visit our Information section which includes advice about choosing a cut-throat razor, how to strop a razor and much more. We are also always happy to offer advice and assistance where we can. Please just ask.
Our aim is to help our customers keep their razors in use. Now and again every razor will benefit from being honed. As not all our customers wish to learn how to hone we offer a straight razor honing and stropping service where we will sharpen your cut-throat razor on our premises and return it to you. This service is available for all razors we sell, vintage razors and some other brands of new razor but there are brands of new razor that we will not accept. Please see our Sharpening Service section for more details. We also offer a service to fit scales (razor handles) purchased from us.
This term relates to the fact that once unfolded from the scales (i.e. the handle) the razor's edge is open or unprotected, as opposed to a safety razor where the edge is shielded to some extent.