As shaving became less intimidating and men began to shave themselves more, the demand for barbers providing straight razor shaves decreased.
Despite its long-term advantages, the straight razor lost significant market share.
The frictional force between the scales and the tang applied about the pivot is called the Tension and it determines how freely the blade rotates about the point of rotation.
Straight razors consist of a blade sharpened on one edge and a handle attached to the blade through a pin.
The Roman historian Livy reported that the razor was introduced in ancient Rome in the 6th century BC. Priscus was ahead of his time because razors did not come to general use until a century later.
By the late 1680s, early 1690s, razors with silver-covered handles along with other Sheffield-made products known as "Sheffield wares" were being exported by John Spencer (1655—1729) of Cannon Hall, a wealthy landowner and industrialist, to ports in the Gulf of Finland, approximately 1200 miles from Sheffield.