How to be Sure You Will Receive Your Order for the Holidays

As you all know, each and every one of our straight razors and strops are handmade to order. This is a process that takes a lot of work and time. We know that this season can be stressful when it comes to considering lead times and shipping times. To give you certainty that your orders will be received in time, please take note of the following dates and plan accordingly:

DECEMBER 1, 2017

This will be the last day to place an order for production straight razors to guarantee shipments will be received before Christmas. For those of you keeping track, that’s next Friday! Orders placed after this date will be shipped in 2018. As always, there is no guaranteed delivery date for custom razors.

DECEMBER 18, 2017

This is the last day to place orders for any in-stock products and strops in time for a December 24th arrival. Orders placed after this date will be shipped in 2018.

If you are reluctant to make a decision before these cutoff dates, we do offer gift certificate codes and have an assortment of razors and shaving accessories in-stock at our brick-and-mortar location, Portland Shave Shop. While you’re at it, you can schedule a shave demo, sample soaps, learn how to strop, and even get a haircut or straight shave with one of our barbers to look extra sharp in time for your big holiday party!

Thanks for your support and we hope you all are enjoying a happy and healthy holiday season!

November Impact | Movember 2017 Part II

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This Movember, be the difference in a man’s life. We’re teaming up this month with the Movember Foundation to help raise funds and awareness for men’s health. Last Saturday, we hosted a party at Portland Shave Shop to do just that, and we couldn’t be prouder of how our customers came together to make it a success!

Movember Party @ Portland Shave Shop Recap

Thank you all for spreading the word, showing up, and joining us in supporting men’s health. Spending time together and looking out for each other is at the heart of the Movember message, so to have everyone come together to support one cause feels like a victory on its own.

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We kicked things off last Saturday with a straight razor honing class. Many of our students stayed afterwards for a shave or generously contributed to our donation jar. Thank you honing students for traveling from far and wide not just to learn from us, but to celebrate and support Movember with us, too.

Local barbers Eric and Jeramie were booked solid with cuts and shaves and donated 100% of proceeds. We are so, so grateful to be working with such talented, hard-working, giving people. We have to thank our customers as well for filling the books and keeping these guys busy for a good cause!

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Our thanks also go out to Hi-Wheel Wine Co. and New Basin Distilling Company for their generous donations and for bringing some warmth and life to the party. If you are visiting Portland, head north to Hi-Wheel’s tasting room in the historic Woodlawn neighborhood! As for New Basin, they distill “pioneering” spirits in Madras, OR, “one way, and only one way: our way. Otherwise what’s the point? In everything we do we’re driven by the same pioneering spirit that made Oregon what it is today." Additionally, many small business owners were in attendance on Saturday. We say it all the time, but the collaborative and supportive nature of the small business community here in Oregon played a part in deciding to start the company here, and we want you to know how much your friendship and support means to us. We look forward to learning and growing alongside you all in the coming years.

Ongoing Fundraising Efforts

Though the party is over, we will continue fundraising throughout the month with our honing service fees. We are donating proceeds from each honing service, and of course you can always make a direct contribution to the Movember Foundation.

Where Does Your Donation Go?

The Movember Foundation funds over 1,200 initiatives in 21 countries, focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. They do a great job of reporting where the money goes and how it’s being used. Last year the foundation raised $16.3 million, with 74.8% going directly to the initiatives and partners they support. You can read a more detailed report on their website.

Other Ways to Get Involved

Perhaps the best thing you can do for men’s health is to reach out. That may look like growing a mo and starting conversations about men’s health with strangers, or checking in with a friend to see how they’re doing. Don’t forget to look after yourself, too! Set a goal to be more physically active this month; walk instead of drive, ride a bike, play catch, try a handstand! Have fun with it, maybe even invite that friend you’ve been meaning to call!

Signal Boost!!!

Again, thank you all for your support and for helping make our fundraising for Movember such a success. If you like the work we’re doing and want to spread the word, please share this post on social media or with someone you care about. Likewise, if you’re hosting a fundraising event for Movember and want to let others know, feel free to leave a comment with a link to the event page or shoot us an email!

What are some other ways you are supporting men’s health this month? Let us know in the comments!

November Impact | Movember 2017

This Movember, be the difference in a man’s life.

We’re teaming up this month with the Movember Foundation to help raise funds and awareness for men’s health initiatives.

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Our Personal Story

As you may already know, our founder Scott was diagnosed with stage II testicular cancer in mid-2015, barely a year after starting Portland Razor Co. It goes without saying that cancer is serious business, but Scott’s prognosis was good and he was expected to make a full recovery. And, well, he is! Last month marked his second year cancer-free, he competed in a 24-hour mountain bike race a few weeks ago, and he is able to play Taiko regularly… Let’s just say we’re damn grateful for life to be pretty much back to normal!

Reflecting on Scott’s experience, his positive outcome was undoubtedly influenced by the fantastic organizations that support research and outreach related to men’s health issues. This month, we’re teaming up with the Movember Foundation to give back, raise awareness, and help fund over 1,200 awesome initiatives in support of men’s health.

The Movember Foundation

Movember has built a formidable reputation for raising money and awareness on behalf of men’s health. Their stated mission is “Stopping men dying too young,” which they do by funding initiatives to fight prostate cancer, testicular cancer, as well as mental health and suicide prevention.

Movember makes a couple of great recommendations on their site for living happier, healthier, longer lives:

  1. Make man time. Stay connected. Your friends are important and spending time with them is good for you. Catch up regularly, check in and make time.
  2. Have open conversations. You don’t need to be an expert and you don’t have to be the sole solution, but being there for someone, listening and giving your time can be life-saving.
  3. Know the numbers. At 50, talk to your doctor about prostate cancer and whether it’s right for you to have a PSA test. If you are African American or have a father or brother with prostate cancer, you should be having this conversation at 45. Know your numbers, know your risk, talk to your doctor.
  4. Know thy nuts. Get to know what’s normal for your testicles. Give them a check regularly and go to the doctor if something doesn’t feel right.
  5. Move, more. Add more activity to your day. Do more of what makes you feel good.

Our Fundraising Efforts

This month, proceeds generated from honing service fees will be going directly to the Movember foundation. This has proven to be an effective and meaningful way for us to donate consistently to causes with immediate need, and we thank you all for making it possible.

We are also hosting an event on November 11th at Portland Shave Shop and will be updating our facebook page with additional details. With the help and exceptional talents of barbers Eric Tolento @et.thebarber and Jeramie Armstrong @oldscoolnewblood, we are donating all proceeds from barbering services on select days to the Movember Foundation. There will be food and drinks, and it would be great to see you (come party with us!). Book your appointment for this special event HERE.

Please Share!

If you don't intend to participate in wither of our initiatives, we encourage you to donate directly to Movember Foundation and help spread the word about this great cause by sharing the event with your friends and family. We thank you for your help and we wish all of you a healthy beginning to the holiday season!

Honing Without Tape

All new straight razors produced after Oct 20, 2017 will be honed without tape on the spine. 

What’s Changing?

Previously, Portland Razor Co. straight razors were honed with one thickness of Super 88 electrical tape. This was done to achieve the proper bevel angle and to protect the spine from unnecessary wear during the first honing. Improvements to our manufacturing process have allowed us to do away with this step.

Should I Hone My Razor With Or Without Tape?

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This change to our sharpening process corresponds with the change to our scales profile. Razors with the new scales -- those with the centered wedge pin -- can be honed without tape and will have the proper edge geometry for a good shaving angle. Please note, The scales profile was only altered on our Classic 6/8 razors. 7/8 and 8/8 Artisan razors still have the old shape (The Strix, Gryphon, and Phoenix). All razors, regardless of size, will be honed without tape from now on.

You can also perform a visual check to determine if your straight razor should be honed with or without tape. Examine the side of the straight razor’s spine: if there is hone wear, you can hone without tape. Hone wear on a factory-direct Portland Razor Co. straight razor looks like a very narrow flat band where the hollow grind meets the spine. If the side of the straight razor spine is free of hone wear, the straight razor was honed with tape.

Honing Service

If there is any doubt if your straight razor was honed with or without tape, don't hesitate to send it in to us for a honing service. We can hone your razor and let you know if it is to be honed with or without tape moving forward.

Thank you for your continued support, happy honing!

New Scales on "Classic Razors"

We are happy to announce an all new scales profile for our Classic Straight Razors! Not only is the profile new, we are also updating our standard scales materials.

Over two years have passed since we launched our current line of classic straight razors. As fundamentally curious people we have continued to learn and grow, drawing inspiration from people, art, nature, and culture. Striving for constant improvement, our sense of product design has evolved with us, motivating play and experimentation with new concepts at Portland Razor Co. We came to the drawing board for a scales redesign with fresh eyes and did our best to pack everything we've learned about straight razors into this round of product updates.

The new scales on our Classic Straight Razors are leaner, meaner, and available in ivory acrylic, black acrylic, ebony, and Arizona desert ironwood

The new scales on our Classic Straight Razors are leaner, meaner, and available in ivory acrylic, black acrylic, ebony, and Arizona desert ironwood

Shape

The front face of the scales has been slimmed down significantly to fit in the hand and between your fingers more easily. This aids in both stropping and certain shaving grips. In narrowing the profile, there is also a reduction of weight, offering excellent balance between the scales and the blade. The top profile of the scales has also been updated. All of our scales will now be made with a true wedge with a visually centered pin. The tang of all of our straight razors has also been updated: the tang is now tapered down the sides. Pinning the scales at the new tapered wedge and this tapered tang forms a perfect “bow shape” when viewing the razor from the top. These updates in the geometry make the straight razor not only look great, but feel superb in the hand.

Materials

We loved using our maple and walnut because the woods are naturally beautiful and evoke our home in the Pacific Northwest. It has come time, however, to retire these materials from our standard offerings. In seeking to make a truly heirloom quality product, we have settled on keeping our black and ivory acrylic and found some new materials that will indeed last a lifetime and make the best and last razor you will ever need. We are transitioning to a pair of dense and oily woods which are more weather resistant, more durable, and have better long-term dimensional stability: Arizona desert ironwood and ebony. To give the scales even more moisture resistance, we finish them off with a hard oil top coat. As of publishing this, the new scales are available for sale through the website.

As always, thank you to all of you for your continued support of Portland Razor Co. and we hope you all will enjoy our new and improved product!