The Ockham Razor

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Despite a market flooded with electric razors, every man knows the only way to get a truly close shave is with a safety razor. But while these tools are essential for any well-groomed man, it’s safe to say that most would hide the tool when not in use. For some reason, the rise of the disposable razor had coincided with the rise in ugly razor holders, a stark disconnect from the beautiful straight razors and early safety razors our grandfathers used to shave with. It’s even possible that their unsightly nature could be a reason so many men these days have ditched shaving to grow out beards (to varying degrees of success).

For some reason, the rise of the disposable razor had coincided with the rise in ugly razor holders

For the designers behind the Ockham Razor though, this problem couldn’t have been simpler to solve. Named playfully after the problem solving principle that states “Among competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected,” the Ockham Razor embodies this creed by eliminating all the excess junk often attached to a razor handle; replacing it with a beautiful singular piece of cast metal. The design of the handle centers around aesthetics as well as use, with a longer length, steady grip and balanced weight to ensure it gives you a precise shave every time. Its singularity also makes cleaning it a breeze, as there are no small parts for soap or lime scale to get clogged in. And while its finish is a nice throwback to the double-edged safety razor handles of the past, its design looks towards the future thanks to its compatibility with standard Gillette Mach 3 blades. This also passes savings onto the consumer, as they don’t need to worry about buying custom-made blades to fit their custom-made handles. And for the frequent flyer, they also offer a travel version of the Ockham Razor, utilizing the 3D printing that first prototyped the Classic Razor to make a lightweight nylon model (with the added bonus of being able to float). All the razors are made in England where the design was conceived, and make the perfect stocking stuffer for the man of the family whose beard has simply gotten out of control.


Nathaniel Barlam


Amid the unrest of earning his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from RISD, Nathaniel manages to find the time to read, write, hang out with friends, play drums, and listen to music. Nathaniel has learned a lot about architecture firsthand thanks to opportunities to live and work in Rome and Brooklyn during the past year. Coming from a family with strong roots in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Nathaniel has always maintained a strong love for NYC especially, and after his studies finish up in Providence he may move there for a while. He hasn't decided yet. You can connect with him via Linkedin or by visiting his Portfolio page.

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