Call me a sucker for the old stuff. Including the classic straight razor.
I love old cars, tools, buildings, knives, stories, and photos. If it’s old enough chances are I’m going to like it. As a kid I would spend hours watching black and white movies. Old WW2 were a favorite. I love them even more now. It was a time when our country wasn’t so divided, working with your hands admired , friends and family were one in the same. To say life was easier or better was far from true. Every generation has its struggles and maybe looking backwards we will find something lost along the way and connect with a generation that is slowly slipping away.
When I see an old technology brought to life with new energy, ideas, and passion it gives me hope. Jacob Ray Razors was a star of hope for any young person thinking it is possible to bring something old to market and make it popular again.
We have all seen old moves where the town Barber is shaving customers with a straight razor. Every guy my age or younger has to wonder what it’s like to shave with a straight razor. There is something that makes a straight razor about 1000 times manlier than the grocery store safety razor. Like John Wayne , Steve Mcqueen cool.
Jacob happened upon his passions by a following one trade to the next, building the skills as he went. Working odd jobs, seeking the next “thing” that would lead him to his passion. Upon request- Jacob made a set of straight razors for a groomsman’s gift and never looked back.
One mention that stuck with me in Jacob’s bio was his protest of ” if it functions, it’s not art,” by a professor.
Any knife maker, smith, carpenter- who work to further their trade understands Jacob’s willingness to disagree with such a statement. Sounds like the professor had the idea the world worked as he saw it and the rest of us should just go along with it. As we know innovators, artists, and those that pursue a passion in life tend to not follow the heard because “you say so.”
Interesting to note Jacob’s tag line “What you want is what you get” reminds me of a basic business principal many great American Businessmen understood. Success happens when you supply the market with something they want, not what you think they need.
In the days of mass production, consumable goods, and lowest price wins; craftsman have one great advantage. They are the few that can take a request and make it reality. Tooling, logistics, and raw materials make one off or custom designs impossible for the mass producers. Often they try but the results are not the same. I for one feel the products do not have the life a hand made product has . Hand crafted products tell a story. They are not perfect and because of this , the only one of their kind. Made to last from father to son and on.
“Now, every day I get to create people’s dreams for a straight razor that they can hand down to their kids, and their kids can then hand down again. I craft them as heirloom pieces for generations! My shop is located in Oklahoma City, OK, you can usually find me in my shop from 9 am-whenever I’m done for the day. I never realized that when you do something you truly love, time really does fly by.” -Jacob Ray
Jacob Ray has been at the straight razor business full time since 2014 . There is about a 100% chance I buy a razor from him in the near future, I suggest everyone stop by and take a look. The hardest decision you will make is what to buy, not if. Jacob also has shaving supplies as well. Jacobrayrazors.com also offers reward points, financing options, and discounts. So he also has this customer service down to an art.