When razors are sold or otherwise discussed, many photos are provided. Yet there is one view that, pretty much, tells the whole story of how a razor will shave. That view is the side-view close up with blade installed.
This view, in a single well-shot picture, can reveal a straight-bar DE razor's key design characteristics which can allow anyone to understand the nature of a given razor-head design, and, most importantly, how it will behave with his skin, beard, and shaving habits.
A good side-view close-up shot reveals much:
- The cross-section shape of the safety bar
- The blade-bar gap
- The blade reveal (how much of the blade is protruding beyond the top cap)
- The blade exposure (how the blade edge is positioned in relation to the protective cove of the top cap and safety bar)
- The blade angle in relation to the shave plane (formed by the top cap and safety bar)
|Merkur 33C razor head|
|Lord LP1822L (L6) razor head|
- Blade exposure
- Blade angle in relation to the shave plane
- Blade reveal
- Blade gap -- both size and orientation
- Safety bar cross-section shape