Wood Razor is a Seattle-based small business that creates durable but luxurious wooden razor handles and wet-shaving products with a masculine aesthetic.

We handcraft our luxury wood products right in our South Seattle shop. We uphold ourselves to a standard of "heirloom quality”, meaning we intend our product to last for multiple generations.

Our unique artisan process results in unparalleled quality and durability. All wet-shaving products are made with stabilized wood, which means that even as the wood is continually exposed to water, our products will remain in top-notch condition over time.

We are a young company and we are proud of what we produce. Please see what some of our happy customers have to say about us here.

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Which type of razor is best for me?

We offer several razor options, including two types of cartridge razors, or double-edged safety razors, and straight razors if wet shaving is what you're after. If you have sensitive skin, or if you aren't sure which type to choose, our guide can help you choose a razor that is tailored to your needs.

Cartridge Razors

Cartridge razors offer a clean, quick shave with little thought or preparation. They typically have multiple blades, which means less passes over the same area and less irritation. These razors are suited well for people with sensitive skin, young men who may not be completely comfortable with a razor yet, and those who are looking for little more than a fast and clean shave.

Our unique design allows for the use of an interchangeable shaving head.  Typically, our razors only use one type of cartridge, but this feature allows you to use either a Gillette Mach3 or a Fusion cartridge.

You can also choose an interchangeable Gillette Mach3 and Double Edge razor head. This allows you to alternate between cartridge razors and double edge razors (see below).

Our razors are also compatible with all Gillette Venus razor blades (except for "Simply Venus"). Just get a razor with our Mach3 attachment and snap on a Venus blade!

Cartridges for either razor are easy to use and easy to replace as they are readily available at any local pharmacy or grocery store. Whichever type of shaving head you choose, a single cartridge will always be included in your purchase.

Cartridge razors work best when used with a badger hair brush, which exfoliates the skin, opens up the pores, and stimulates the hair follicles so they stand up straighter.


One of the critical requirements for a clean shave is a sharp cartridge.  When a cartridge becomes dull, simply throw it away and replace it.

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Double-edged Safety RazorsDouble-edged safety razors may offer you a cleaner, better shave than a cartridge type razor, and because there are hundreds of different brands of DE blades to choose from,  it allows you to pick the perfect shaving blade for your skin. If you’ve never used a double-edged safety razor before, there can be a slight learning curve - DE tips and tricks. Double-edged blades are also recyclable in some areas making it a more environmentally friendly product.

A DE razor has been the go-to shaving tool for thousands of men across the world. We also acknowledge that our customers prefer a choice in tools, and are not locked into their choices. This is why we offer our 2-in-1 razor that allows our customers the choice to have both a DE razor and a Gillette Mach3.

Double-edged safety razors work best when used with a badger hair brush, which exfoliates the skin, opens up the pores, and stimulates the hair follicles so they stand up straighter.

 

Straight Razors

Straight razors might feel a little intimidating, but they have an undeniable vintage charm. You may see them at your barber shop, recognize them from watching your older family members shave, or from popular media like Sweeney Todd. Aside from aesthetics, there are a number of reasons that one might choose a straight razor for their shaving kit.

Most importantly, straight razors are going to give you the best possible shave with minimal irritation. Multi-blade cartridges work the same area of the skin multiple times (with each blade) and thus cause significantly more irritation than a single bladed straight razor. With a little bit of practice with a straight razor, your shaves will not only be smoother, but it will lead to healthier skin and fewer ingrown hairs.

For our straight razors, we use a shavette style blade. Shavette blades are thin and therefore more flexible than a honed blade straight razor, contouring to the shape of your face more effectively. Shavette style straight razors offer a clean and effective shave with less irritation than cartridge razors. Replacement blades are cheap and easy to come by, so you can use a fresh, sharp blade every time you shave. With the shavette style, you never have to sharpen your blade! Just pop it out and put in a fresh one each time you shave. 

How do we make our durable razor and brush handles? 

We start with beautiful, high-quality wood, and put it through a stabilization process where resin is saturated into the wood to ensure longevity of the wood components.

Wood that isn’t stabilized will deteriorate over time when exposed to water - and shaving products are exposed to water every time you use them! This process is unique to our business and we’re proud of our commitment to ensuring a high quality and lasting product.  We uphold ourselves to a standard of "heirloom quality”, meaning we intend our product to last for more than one generation.

Our stabilization process is one of the most important processes we go through in producing our high quality shaving products. We start by submerging the original piece of wood, or “blank” into a liquid resin or stabilizer. While submerged, we then use a vacuum pump to remove all of the air from the pores in the wood. 

As the vacuum is working, the resin begins to “boil” from all of the air coming out. Once it stops bubbling and all of the air is removed from the wood, we release the vacuum and let the wood fill with resin. At this point the wood can sit submerged in resin for up to several weeks, depending on the type. This process dramatically increases the weight of the wood, and it is usually 2-3 times heavier after stabilizing. 

Finally, we remove the blank from the resin and bake for several hours to cure the wood. What comes out is a high quality stabilized wood blank that can withstand regular exposure to water, and will last you for generations to come.

We then turn this stabilized wood on a lathe into our unique and one-of-a-kind brush and razor handles, then carefully hand inlay stone or etched metal. Finally, we sand the products into smooth, sleek pieces and apply a finish to make them shine.

Beautiful Hardwood Selection

We hand pick our wood to ensure quality and beauty.  We offer the following selection:

  • African Blackwood
  • Birds Eye Maple Burl
  • Cocobolo
  • Hawaiian Koa
  • Purpleheart
  • Redheart
  • Yellowheart
  • Walnut
     

Real Semi-precious Gemstones

We ensure our quality but using real semi-precious gemstones which are then inlaid by hand by an artisan.  We offer the following selection:

  • Obsidian (black)
  • Blue Turquoise
  • Green Turquoise
  • Tiger's Eye
  • Lapis (Dark Blue)
  • Malachite (Green)

We stand by our quality work.

Every purchase of our wood shaving products comes our refinishing program guarantee. 

We take great pride in our craft and in our products.  When you order our shaving products, you can be confident that each piece is made carefully by hand, inspected for quality, and built to last. Each purchase is accompanied by our guarantee of quality and our promise to refinish, replace inlay, or to repair any damage caused by normal wear and tear or caused by a manufacturing defect (not related to the blades or cartridges).*

With proper care, your shaving set will be the last one you'll ever need. However, should your razor or brush ever lose its shine, lose a stone, or just start to look a little too loved, send it to us and we'll polish it up. Under our Refinishing Program, we provide basic refurbishing services listed above to keep your shaving kit looking its best. Just pay shipping and we'll do the rest. Your products will return shiny and ready to face the years ahead!

*Damage due to dropping is not considered covered under “normal wear and tear.” Refinishing is a  free service and  is separate from re-knotting brush services. Re-knotting is not included in our refinishing program. Customer is responsible for shipping products to us that are to be refinished.

A shaving brush is the second most important tool in your wet shaving kit. 

Unfortunately, it is often the one that is least thought about. The best shaving brushes are made with pure badger hair (called badger hair knots). A badger hair shaving brush, when correctly used, exfoliates the skin, opens up the pores, and stimulates the hair follicles so the hairs stand up straighter which gives a gentleman a closer and more comfortable shave.

Between shavings, badger hair brushes can be used with mild soap to clean beard and mustache hair as the bristles can reach below the hairline to the hair follicles and properly exfoliate and clean the skin.

One frequent problem for many individuals are ingrown hairs, otherwise known as shaving bumps. Ingrown hairs are hairs that have curled around and grown back into your skin instead of rising up from it. Anyone can have ingrown hairs, but they occur more often in African-Americans, and Latinos. People with thick or curly hair can develop a type of ingrown hair called pseudofolliculitis. This is where a badger hair brush can really come in handy, as the best treatment for pseudofolliculiti is prevention by keeping the area clean and hair follicle stimulation. As you use your brush regularly, you should have less ingrown hairs.

So What Type of Badger Hair Brush is Right for You?

That depends on your skin type:

  • For dry or sensitive skin: choose Super Silvertip. This grade is very soft while still providing plenty of exfoliation. It is good for middle-aged and older clients who need exfoliation but have slightly more delicate skin.  It is also our most luxurious shaving brush.
  • For skin that’s right in the middle (not too oily, not too dry): choose Best grade. It offers less exfoliation than the AAA grade, but has nice soft tips.  Great for young thirty somethings whose skin is no longer oily but still needs proper exfoliation without being too abrasive.
  • For oily skin or skin prone to shaving bumps, choose AAA Pure grade. This type of hair is great for exfoliation - it opens the pores and cleans them really well, but can be abrasive on sensitive skin.

Between shavings, badger hair brushes can be used with mild soap to clean beard and mustache hair as the bristles can reach below the hairline to the hair follicles and properly exfoliate and clean the skin.

One frequent problem for many individuals are ingrown hairs, otherwise known as shaving bumps. Ingrown hairs are hairs that have curled around and grown back into your skin instead of rising up from it. Anyone can have ingrown hairs, but they occur more often in African-Americans, and Latinos. People with thick or curly hair can develop a type of ingrown hair called pseudofolliculitis. This is where a badger hair brush can really come in handy, as the best treatment for pseudofolliculiti is prevention by keeping the area clean and hair follicle stimulation. As you use your brush regularly, you should have less ingrown hairs.

So What Type of Badger Hair Brush is Right for You?

That depends on your skin type:

  • For dry or sensitive skin: choose Super Silvertip. This grade is very soft while still providing plenty of exfoliation. It is good for middle-aged and older clients who need exfoliation but have slightly more delicate skin.  It is also our most luxurious shaving brush.
  • For skin that’s right in the middle (not too oily, not too dry): choose Best grade. It offers less exfoliation than the AAA grade, but has nice soft tips.  Great for young thirty somethings whose skin is no longer oily but still needs proper exfoliation without being too abrasive.
  • For oily skin or skin prone to shaving bumps, choose AAA Pure grade. This type of hair is great for exfoliation - it opens the pores and cleans them really well, but can be abrasive on sensitive skin.

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ladies, are you Looking for a razor that fits your style?

Our razors are also compatible with all Gillette Venus razor blades (except for "Simply Venus"). Just get a razor with our Mach3 attachment and snap on a Venus blade!