The question of the day ….Does Size Really Matter?  ……..with straight razors?????

To better understand this question lets first go over the true meaning of “Size”.

Size is determined by the width of the blade in an easy to read fraction such as 4/8, 5/8, 13/16 and so on.

So now the age old question “What does the fraction mean”. The “fraction” incorporated with straight razors represents the size of the blade divided into one inch.

Blade Width


  • 8/8 = 1 inch
  • 4/8=1/2 inch
  • 13/16= .813 inch

And so on….

The most asked question is “what’s the difference between widths?” The answer is a tad difficult to answer.  Many experienced users feel that larger widths work well with heavier beards as the added weight and size plows through whiskers like a hot knife through butter. Some will also argue that a narrower blade is easier to maneuver and safer to use.

So what’s better?

The fact of the matter is this:

“The wider the blade the harder to maneuver in those hard to reach areas (such as under the nose) but as long as the razor is honed properly your shave will be enjoyable”.

That’s why novices and pros agree that a 5/8 or 6/8 size razor is good for any experience level.  Remember it all depends on personal preference and as long as the razor is properly honed then the shave will be enjoyable.  What works for you may not work for everyone else and vice versa.

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