Classic Samurai CS-102 Stainless Steel Professional Barber Straight Edge Razor
The Classic Samurai C2-102 stainless steel straight edge razor is professional grade as typically used in barber shops and salons, and comes with 100 Derby single edge razor blade replacements. The razor is made from genuine surgical grade stainless steel, and weighs about 1.75 ounces. It is approximately 5.75 inches (14.6 cm) when closed, with the blades being comparable to a double edge razor in length. The razor comes apart in order to renew the blade once the old one gets worn out or rusty. The razor set comes with a plastic pouch to put it and your razor blade refills in.
Below I’ve listed the pros and cons of this razor set. It does what it’s meant to do as any razor should, but here are the main highlights and drawbacks of the product. First, the best features of this razor.
The Classic Samurai C2-102 straight edge razor is very modestly priced, and offers great value to those new to shaving with a straight razor. A high-quality straight razor usually costs around $100. A good strop and a good hone stone can run around $100 each as well. This product offers the experience of shaving with a straight razor for a fraction of the price of a full traditional set.
The experience of shaving with this straight razor, like most other straight razors, has an old fashioned charm that most men can appreciate. Using this razor, you can take a more traditional approach to daily shaving that many guys have never experienced. And while doing so, you can accomplish a very close shave that most razors can’t even touch.
The razor’s weight allows it to glide better than straight razors that have a plastic handle. It feels better in the hand, and the grip of the handle itself is fairly comfortable.
Replacing the blades is simple and easy, and takes just a minute. A blade can last anywhere between one to three shaves depending on your comfort level and your skin. After the first shave, your disposable blade will be noticeably duller if you use it again.
It’s easy to clean, and easy to maintain all around.
The Classic Samurai is very good overall, but of course, it’s not flawless. Here are the downsides to the Classic Samurai C2-102.
The Derby razor blades that come with the Classic Samurai have pointed corners that can easily cause cuts in softer areas like the neck if you are not very careful. If you’re feeling thrifty, the corners can be smoothed off with sand paper for a more forgiving shave.
There is no instruction manual. After you figure out exactly how to change out the disposable blades, this is not a problem. But for some, this could be frustrating at first as it may take some fiddling around for a while until you eventually figure it out.
There is a learning curve associated with using a straight razor, and the Classic Samurai C2-102 is no exception. Watch Youtube tutorials, and shave very slowly. Nicks are normal at first, but you should be careful if first starting out.