Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! Hello, I need a little help, well lets start with a short story... Since i only shave once in a while, my hairs always get stuck in between the blades of usual razors, which is very annoying. Electric razors either dont cut longer beards at all or dont shave very smoothly. (talking about 2-10mm length mostly) I like knives a lot so i was thinking to learn to shave myself with a knife however, im poor so i didnt have too many knives to choose from. A big 30Cm D2 knife or Opinel nr.7 carbon were my choices. I decided for the opinel and mirror sharpened it with around 10° per side to get as much sharpness out of it as possible. i could split a hair by length after stropping and started shaving with my usual foam. Cleaning cut hairs was much easier, and the shave very comfortable, even though i had to pay a lot of attention especially around my ear with the curved tip. when i was done with half of my face the Opinel started to tug significantly, i tried to strop it but it didnt help too much. i didnt have anything else to use so i just dealt with it and shaved anyway (kinda hurts) in the end it was dull, just as i have expected. Even with all those complications i found it much better and so i decided to buy 1) a proper knife 2 ) an actual traditional razor If there is a knife i could use to shave regulary while also EDCing, ill do that. But i would still probably buy a razor to learn it with a proper tool first. Of course being me i was searching for a good steel and everything to make a good quality purchase for a knife leaving me with M390 since i really dont want to deal with rust and like mirror edges. "If i can shave with a knife with a 35° angle made from high end steel, then a razor from the same steel must be even more comfortable and i might not even have to strop it" Or so i thought. Then i decided to search in my favorite online shop for a razor starting in the lower prices and SURPRISE! There were no informations about steel whatsoever. "well thats with cheap knives the same" i was thinking and so i went to a higher price range.. higher.. and higher.. Yet the only information there was "high quality stainless/carbon steel" even in thousand dollar price ranges. Does the steel of razors not matter at all or whats the deal? This question is the main reason why im here asking it. And finally, could you recommend me a good quality cheap razor? what should i look out for/pay attention to, if not steel? Anything else i should buy with it? (definately stainless, im from europe, budget is around 40$ but i dont mind being talked into something if its worth it, afterall a razor should only be bought once) Thank you everyone for your help (i cant believe this is the second thread in this topic) im aware of razor forums existing but i decided to first used the forum im familiar with.