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Are Fancy Razors Really Worth It?

And, what exactly is a quality razor?
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If you've ever walked into a fancy department store, chances are you've seen an area for equally fancy razors. But, are they really much better than the inexpensive ones?

The short answer is that it depends. It's pretty easy to see the difference of a subpar razor from a quality one. And a respectable shaving kit wouldn't have anything less. With a quality razor, you don't need to worry about razor burn. It'll make shaving a lot more efficient, too.

Premium razors are expensive for quite a few reasons. It could be because of heritage, the different materials used, or just for the design. There's really no ceiling price for expensive razors. As we speak, a three-piece gold-plated and Briarwood shaving set is going for almost P40,000 on Mr Porter. Locally, you'll be able to find plenty of aluminum, brass, and what-have-you razors in Adora and Rustan's. Razors at that league are just nice to have, but you don't really need something of that level.

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The real point of a quality razor is that it'll last a lifetime. If you plan on jumping the gun and buying a quality razor, you should shell out for a full steel one. Really, it's all you need for the perfect shave. For starters, it doesn't rust or tarnish. Another reason why steel is lauded is that it warms up quickly. All you need is to run it through warm water and you're good to go. The real perk, however, is that you get a closer shave. That said, it doesn't matter what you use as long as you have something that works for you. Men from Reddit's shaving-focused subreddit, r/wicked_edge, even confess to getting the best shave of their lives just with disposable razors.

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Paolo Chua
Paolo Chua is the Associate Style Editor of Esquire Philippines.
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