Straight Razor Prices Out of Line ! ..Or Are They???

Ever wonder if yesterday’s straight razor prices were relative to today’s? I did. I decided to do a little research to see for myself.

I received a print from my parents this past Christmas from a 1903 catalog that contained several straight razors.  I went ahead and created a calculator that converts 1903 dollars to 2016 and vise versa.

Here is a picture of the Razor sheet:

1903 2016 2016 1903
$1.00 $26.19 $26.19 $1.00
$1.25 $32.74 $100.00 $3.82
$2.00 $52.38 $200.00 $7.64
$5.00 $130.95 $300.00 $11.45

Here is the image from the 1903 advertisement:


Now here comes the interesting part. Are straight razors a better deal now? Well, in 1903 most of these razors in this advertisement cost $1.25 each. In 2016 dollars that would equal $32.74!! Most new razors are well over $100 today  so to answer the question…………..

Today’s straight razors are not a better deal than yesterday’s.They are much more !!!!

Looks like we are paying a premium!!

Let’s see if  a 1903-1905 Gillette safety Razor is out of line with today’s prices.

The price of the original Gillette safety razor was $5.00.  In relation to today the Gillette razor would cost $130.95!!  The average price for a new Gillette gizmo is roughly $10, and for the average “quality safety razor” is $50-$75.


Today’s safety razors are a better deal than yesterdays! They are much less!!!

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Hope you guys enjoyed this short article!  Please feel free to download the calculator

Razor sheet calculator.


Shave Straight and ……..Safe!!!!



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