Good Straight Razor Brands
It is very important to understand that regardless of the brand the condition of the razor is crucial. A useful forum thread on the various pitfalls when buying razors can be found here.
At present there are only few companies producing razors in medium to large volume - Dovo, Thiers-Issard, Böker, Revisor, and Ralf Aust. However, there are still many vintage razors in good used (sometimes even new) condition, from companies no longer in the straight-razor business, that are fairly available and have a reputation to be consistently of good quality. These are just a few of the straight razor manufacturers that have produced quality razors in the past and are currently sought after by many straight razor users and collectors.
- Dubl Duck
- Joseph Rodgers
- Maher & Grosh
- W. Greaves & Son
- Wade & Butcher
- Wostenholm, George & Son.
- Wostenholm, J.
Most vintage razors that were forged in Germany, England, France, Sweden, Italy and the USA, are considered good blades.
Razors marked "Solingen" that were actually forged in Solingen are good blades.
There are currently two brands of NOS razor that are currently fairly inexpensive and are reported to be of good quality - the Chinese Double Arrow and the Polish Wapienica. As a word of caution people have reported some quality control issues (warping of the Double Arrow scales in particular) with these razors and some find that the weight of the stainless steel scales of the Wapienica razors make them feel unbalanced and harder to use.