A straight razor is an old-fashioned razor with a blade that can fold up into its handle. They are also called open razors and cut-throat razors.
Although straight razors were once the principal method of manual shaving, they have been largely overshadowed by the safety razor, which incorporates a disposable blade. Electric razors of various types have also been an available alternative, especially since the 1950s.
Straight razors require considerable skill to hone and strop, and require more care during shaving. These methods were once a major portion of the curriculum in barber colleges.
The tools of Predark times, have become the weapons of the Deathlands; due to their sturdy construction, and stainless steel, straight razors have become a dangerous weapon in areas where Blasters are in short supply.