Straight Razor. ZY 35675 in solid Beechwood scales
ZY shaving straight razors are pretty much one of the best options out there if you are looking for a straight on a budget. The blades are made of decent steel, and they are one of the few manufacturers to offer a range of cheaper razors in carbon and stainless steel. They hold an edge pretty well and is preferred by some over Gold Dollars as they do not require modification of the stabilizers to ease the sharpening process on water stones. This model is made with a carbon steel blade, and has Beechwood scales. The chromed metal bits and scales of solid wood makes this quite a heavy razor at 68 grams, but its blade geometry and well placed jimps makes it comfortable in hand. The blade grind is half-hollow and is 70 mm long with a width of around 6/8, or just over 20mm. The build is pretty good, and the pinning tight enough to keep the scales in position without having too much tension on them. Although some don't align perfectly, we don't consider it to be a big enough issue not to carry their straight razors in our inventory, the pros of this razor, the primary being it's pricing, far outweighs the cons. This razor comes with a tan coloured pouch to protect it against bumps and bruises.