When I was a kid I had a cigar box with two butterfly safety razors that belonged to my grandpa.  I remember twisting and untwisting the butterfly mechanism and pretending to shave – not completely understanding how the razors actually worked.  After all, they didn’t look anything like the blue plastic disposables that my dad used.

It’s surreal to think that my grandpa was probably my age when he bought those razors and used them for the first time.  He may have stopped into the drugstore on his way home from work or he might have bought them from his barber after a haircut.  I’ll never know, of course.  But either way, it is almost certain that he bought them from someone who knew his name and shook his hand on his way out the door.

In some ways traditional wet shaving supplies were far more available to earlier generations than they are today.  Every drugstore had a selection of safety razors, DE blades, brushes and shaving creams.  But the variety of products that we have available today at specialty shaving stores and online retailers would have been unfathomable to my grandfather’s generation.

Brick-and-mortar wet shaving stores are a niche market, typically found only in large cities.  If you are new to wet shaving it’s worth driving out of your way to explore a retail store.  Shaving is a sensory experience.  The weight and feel of the razor handle, the smell of the soap, and the feel of the brush’s bristles are all distinctly personal preferences.  But more importantly, wet shaving retailers really want to be helpful…it’s a labor of love.

Brick and Mortar Stores

Arizona

Razor Emporium, Phoenix

California

Royal Shave, Costa Mesa

West Coast Shaving, Chino

Florida

The Superior Shave, Jacksonville

Hawaii

Kailua General Store, Kailua

Illinois

Q Brothers, Chicago

Michigan

Maggard Razors, Adrian

New York

Dr. Pennskin Shave Co, New York

Pasteur Pharmacy, New York

Ohio

Straight Razor Designs, Medina

Oregon

Portland Shave Shop, Portland

Utah

Mini Moustachery, Orem

Virginia

Tink’s Place, Roanoke

Nationwide

Art of Shaving, 150 locations nationwide

One More Option

This list is focused on US shaving stores, but there is one Canadian option that is too good not to mention.  If you live in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, you have a unique option.   Shave Valet is a mobile wet shaving supply company.  They have free delivery in the Saskatoon area (the prices are very reasonable) and they even offer classes for beginners.  I give them credit for building a creative and unique retail model from the ground up and educating people on getting a better shave (which is also the mission of this blog!)

Help Me Update

Please let me know in the comments if you know a US wet shaving store that is not on this list (I’m sure there are plenty).  Please make sure the store carries a full range of shaving supplies (razors, brushes, soaps, etc).  There are a lot of stores with soaps and lotions, but it’s tough to find true wet shaving stores.  I’ll do my best to keep this list up-to-date.  I can also be reached via email at saveyourshave (at) gmail (dot) com

Further Reading

The purpose of this blog is to share how double-edge shaving can help men get better shaves and clearer skin.  Here are some additional posts you may find interesting:

Intro to Wet Shaving – A primer on how DE shaving helps give better shaves and clearer skin

Shaving Technique – A “how-to” guide for shaving with a safety razor

DE Shaving Cost Comparison – Analysis comparing the cost of DE shaving vs cartridge shaving (spoiler: DE razors are cheaper than dirt!)

Gear for Beginners – The low-cost tools that introduced me to DE shaving

Razor Aggressiveness Basics – An explanation of what makes a razor “mild” with recommendations for beginning DE shavers

Written by ironbeard

I am a husband, a father of two, and the owner of a small sales and marketing agency. I blog about traditional wet shaving because it helped me get a better shave and clearer skin. I hope my posts can help others to get a better shave too.

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