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Shaving with the Rolls Razor

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The Rolls Razor looks exactly like a small section of straight razor, and you do indeed strop it to sharpen it—the blade is permanent. After you sharpen the blade, you take it off the stropping device, attach the handle, and use it like a safety razor. It even has a sort of blade guard. Here’s a video of a guy using one, thanks to TG, a fellow shaver.

Think of it: no blade expense at all, ever. Take that, Gillette disposable blade/cartridge.

Written by LeisureGuy

7 June 2007 at 4:35 pm

Posted in Shaving, Video

8 Responses

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  1. I have always wanted an outdoor shower. Now I need an outdoor vanity for shaving afterwards. What will my neighbors think?

    Aaron Meisner

    8 June 2007 at 4:24 pm

  2. Person took the handle apart which is wrong. The shaving handle is replaced in the frame by placing it in the channel in the side of the frame with the narrow end slid in the notch as shown in Figure 8. then replace the hone lid. You do not take the handle apart as the lose parts can damage the blade.

    Rich Weber

    22 December 2007 at 2:50 pm

  3. Does the honig pad in the Rolls Razor require a cream added to it. Similarly, does the stone require one? How often should either side be used?


    seb Hyatt

    6 August 2009 at 12:31 pm

  4. I’ve read that the honing pad works better with a little abrasive cream, much like the honing strop for a straight. I don’t believe the stone requires much prep. If you go to the forums at and do a search for “Rolls”, you’ll find quite a bit of information.


    6 August 2009 at 3:29 pm

  5. Thank You.Where can I find and buy a rolls razer.Nick

    nick dionisio

    12 October 2010 at 6:56 pm

  6. eBay is your best bet. Study carefully the description: some units are sold with broken whetstone, missing parts, etc.


    13 October 2010 at 4:47 am

  7. I have used a rolls razor for the past 26years and my opinion is that itvis by far the best shave I ever got not to mention the cost savings on replacement blades
    of you can find one in fair fondition. BUY IT!

    Bob Starace

    19 October 2010 at 12:56 am

  8. The comment by Rich Weber regarding handle storage is only partially correct. Stowing the handle in the side channel of the case is correct for everyday storage. For travel/trasporation the recommended stowage method is to engage the blade clamp of the razor handle onto the top crossbar of the strop/hone handle and then lay the razor handle down inside the latter item. This method is not recommended for everyday storage though as the razor handle then risks cracking the hone, but there’s no risk in everyday use and the handle is then easier to access and replace.

    The following address takes you to two photos I’ve taken showing both handle stowage options:

    The everyday method leaves the handle free to rattle and can crack the hone. The other method firmly secures the razor handle by springing it into the strop handle, on close examination it will be seen that the latter item is machined in order to facilitate that method of storage, but it must be done correctly in order to avoid cracking the hone when the lid is closed.

    Also note that the everyday method only applies to models like the Imperial No.2 which do not have telescopic razor handles. For all others, such as the Viscount, the razor handle must be centrally stored as per the method I have already described.

    Sorry for my earlier incorrect posting.


    15 September 2011 at 7:33 am

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