Straight Razors: Also known as cut throat razors or open razors. Undoubtedly the closest shave you can achieve is with a straight razor. The reason for this is the blades ability to cut the whisker cleaner and thus avoiding dragging the stubble. Once mastered not only will you achieve a better shave but long term it will prove a more economical investment. A quality straight razor should last a lifetime, thus saving on costly blade replacement.
Along with your cut throat razor you will need a strop and some strop paste. This essentially sharpens the blade. Usually between 7 to 15 shaves are possible before you need to strop. The use of straight razors is fast increasing, many preferring to use this “old school” method of shaving because of the reasons mentioned earlier.