What are the different parts of a straight razor?

What are the different parts of a straight razor?

  • Pivot Pin: Pin that holds one side of the handle together and allows it to pivot. It is located on the opposite end of the handle from the wedge pin.  
  • Scales: The handle is the long piece of the straight razor that is connected to the shank with a pivot pin. It is usually made of plastic, steel, brass or wood.
  • Tang: The area of the straight razor where you place your pinky finger or both your pinky finger and ring finger to stabilize the straight razor. The tang of your straight razor is connected to the shank and sticks out beyond the pivot point. 
  • Shank:  The shank is located between the shoulder (not all straight razors have shoulders) and the pivot pin. It is the part of the straight razor you grip to control the movement and angle while shaving.
  • Jimps: The Jimps provide grip on the underside of the shank. Not all straight razors have jimps.
  • Shoulder: The piece of the straight razor between the shank and spine. Not all straight razors have a shoulder.
  • Spine: The top side of the straight razor that is between the shoulder and head. It is opposite of the cutting edge.
  • Face: The front side of the blade, which usually features logos or designs.
  • Point: The front area of the blade.
  • Edge: The blade’s cutting edge. It is the sharp end of the straight razor. The edge refers to the part of the straight razor that cuts your facial hairs.
  • Heel: The area at the end of the blade.

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