Shaving is an art, and the right tools make all the difference. Men have had excellent results with old-fashioned straight razors, with safety razors and with electric razors. So which one will work best on your bristles? It takes research to find your most effective method for your daily grooming. Be prepared to do some testing. To speed up the process, here is a look at the pros and cons of each to help you choose.
STRAIGHT RAZORS
For centuries, straight razors were the only tool available to men and their barbers. Sometimes called cutthroat razors, these tools are made up of a very sharp blade, made of hardened steel. This folds up neatly handle, which can be made of wood, horn, bone, metal or plastic. The handles are often artistic creations, with carved designs.  

PROS:

• If you want a really close shave, this will do it.
• It has a long life.
• It is cost-effective, a one-time outlay of $40 to $200.
• Bragging rights: using a straight-edge is considered a manly art.

CONS:

• The blade is sharp, making it easy to cut yourself and can potentially cause serious injury.
• It needs to be regularly honed and stropped to keep the edge sharp and straight.
• It takes time and practice (on your face and neck!) to master this tool. Accidents may happen in the beginning.
• Rash, irritation and ingrown hairs can develop after the shave.

SAFETY RAZORS
Manufacturers knew men were tired of risking their neck and face each morning. That’s why they named this next generation razor the “safety” razor, which allowed just a tiny edge of a single razor blade to connect with the skin. This reduced the chances of nicks and cuts and put an end to blood-curdling injury. Also called the double-edge razor, it had a replaceable blade, so there were no more worries about keeping the blade sharp. The blade was two-sided, which gave a man twice the shaving power with each blade. The original safety razor has undergone several metamorphoses. The first one had a permanent handle and a metal head to hold the replaceable razor blade. Over time, cartridge razors became available, which made it easier to replace the blade. Razors were made with some plastic components. This led naturally to all-plastic disposable blades. Over time, three-, four- and five-blade razors were developed.

PROS:

• They are safe and easy to use.
• They provide a close shave.
• They are convenient, just use until the blade becomes less sharp and then toss.
• Little pressure is needed, so less irritation develops. There is less chance of a rash or ingrown hairs.

CONS:

• Early safety razors require practice in order to avoid nicks.
• They need to be replaced every four to five shaves.
• Modern versions with multi-blades can get expensive.
• It is necessary to use water and a face cream or gel to avoid nicks and get the best shave.

ELECTRIC RAZORS
Electric razors let the tool do the heavy lifting when it comes to shaving. The built-in razor blades are powered by a tiny motor that moves the blades as you move the razor over your skin. Over the past five decades, these tools have developed a host of new features, making the shave closer and the equipment lighter.

PROS:

• Since they are portable, they make shaving easy when you travel.
• Rechargeable models can be used on the go, in the car or anywhere since it doesn’t need to be plugged in.
• No shaving cream or water is required.
• It takes less time to shave.
• All the hairs on your face get cut to a uniform length.
• You don’t have to constantly buy new blades.
• Some models let you use them in the shower for added convenience.

CONS:

• They don’t produce the closest shave.
• The cost is high, though they last for many shaves.
• It’s not unknown for rechargeable models tend to lose power when you are in the middle of a shave.
• They require regular maintenance: cleaning after each shave and occasional tune-ups.

There is a razor in the marketplace to meet your needs. Test out the different ways of shaving. Choose the one that fits your budget, your skin type, your bristles and your lifestyle.