Thank you so much for choosing Oristo! Above, is our quick ‘Getting Started’ video to introduce you to the most important safety, usage, and care information. Below, are dedicated sections which dive deeper into optimal safety, performance, and maintenance.
In this section, we’ll be diving deeper into staying safe when using double edge safety razors. We’ll be going further into some of the concepts mentioned in the ‘Getting Started’ video at the top of the page.
Just as in the case of the ‘Getting Started’ video, we’ll start off with a refresh of blade safety. The best rule of thumb to go by is to remind you to only ever handle blades by touching the short, dull edges, and of course, to never touch the long, sharp edges.
Also, all blades, no matter which manufacturer or model you choose, come individually wrapped in paper. Quite often, manufacturers will use a wax or glue to seal the wrapper which can transfer onto the blade. When unwrapping the blade, it is advisable to make sure that the blade itself is not stuck to the wrapper, which may cause your fingers to slip and possibly cut yourself. Performance won’t be impacted, but if you so choose, we recommend being tremendously careful, and washing/rubbing away any residual wax or glue from the blade prior to loading the blade onto Oristo.
Speaking of loading the blade, once you load a blade onto Oristo and tighten the handle, do a 360-degree visual inspection just to make sure everything is seated nicely with no movement or gaps.
We’ve designed an additional blade-handling safety feature into Oristo, which is a very slight blade-overhang. In short, when Oristo is fully assembled, you’ll notice that the short dull edges protrude ever so slightly (as per the diagram below). We made this design decision to ensure that when disassembling Oristo for either blade-replacement or cleaning, that you will always be able to safely handle everything by grabbing the blade at the overhang points.
In order to maintain optimum safety when screwing the handle on or off, we recommend gripping the entire head of the razor with your index and middle fingers beneath the anvil/baseplate (with enough space between the two fingers to accommodate the handle), and your thumb on top of the retainer/top-cap, applying firm pressure, so your fingers do not slip.
Attaching or removing the handle using any other grip, creates cutting-hazards, especially when your hands are wet, since the entire razor could slip resulting in the long, sharp edges of the blade making contact with your hands. Look at the diagram labelled ‘NO!’ in red above. If you were to tighten the handle while your thumb and index finger were wet, the rotational force might cause slippage, causing you to cut the insides of both your thumb and index finger.
With regards to safety while using Oristo, there are three main concepts to always keep in mind.
The first, is to always, no matter how short your hair already is, to make your initial pass, or passes, go with the grain. To identify which direction the grain goes, simply touch the area(s) you plan to shave and feel which direction is softest to the touch; that is the direction to which your hair naturally grows and therefore, is the grain-direction.
The second concept is to ensure that if your hair is very long (i.e. longer than half an inch), to first trim, either with scissors, or an electric trimmer to get your hair to an acceptable shaving length. What’s more, if you hair is longer than 1/8 of an inch (or 3mm), to make sure that your first initial passes are done with short, deliberate strokes to ensure that you don’t snag and pull hair, and use frequent upside-down rinsing to remove hair that may block the blade’s path, before doing longer strokes.
The third and final concept with regards to safety during usage, is to never, under any circumstances, allow the blade to travel parallel to it’s length. This applies whether we’re talking about Oristo, another safety razor, or cartridges and disposables. In other words, only ever allow the blade to travel perpendicular to itself; after all, you’re shaving… not cutting.
A final note regarding considerations while using Oristo is to understand that if this is your first time using a double edge safety razor, you may be subconsciously afraid and, as a result, may want to go extra slow and gentle. Our recommendation for your first shave with Oristo, is to simply hold Oristo in a relaxed but firm grip, and use the natural weight of the stainless steel as the amount of pressure needed for your first few passes, just to get a good feel for it. Once that’s done, you’ll notice that by all accounts, shaving with Oristo can employ more or less the same amount of pressure you’re used to using with your old cartridge and disposables!
Care & Maintenance
Oristo is designed and manufactured to last a life time. With that said, there are several important steps we’d like to share which will empower you to be confident with proper care and maintenance.
General cleaning while using Oristo should be done by starting things off with an upside-down rotating rinse, allowing the warm/hot water from the faucet to flush out all the hair, shaving cream, and soap from blocking the path of the blade. Once the upside-down rotating rinse is complete, rinse the top side of the retainer/top-cap and blade-gap areas, before proceeding with your shave.
Once you’ve finished shaving, the same thorough rinsing style in warm/hot water is generally enough. That being said, since Oristo is designed & manufactured to be your forever-razor, we recommend taking about 30-45 seconds to disassemble Oristo after each shave to rinse and wash all the components (including the blade) separately. This is primarily a hygiene measure, and again, is not absolutely necessary; just recommended. If you choose to skip this step after each shave, definitely take the time to wash all components each time you change blades.
There are two types of stains you may encounter when using Oristo: water spot stains, and tea-staining. We’ll explain the causes for both, and of course, provide you with the know-how to clean them, but just know this: neither water spot stains, nor tea-staining, affect the performance of Oristo; they just may be unsightly to you.
Water spot stains are exactly what they sound like. They happen when you finish using Oristo, and allow it to air-dry. Some areas that had more water on them naturally air-dry slower which causes water spot stains. If these bother you, simply wash with warm/hot water, and then, deliberately dry Oristo completely with a soft cloth.
Tea-stains earn that name because they show up as brown stains in random shapes, which bear a striking resemblance to the way tea spilled on a tablecloth or piece of paper looks once it has dried.
Tea-staining is actually caused by water and air being trapped on the individual non-stainless-steel blade while it’s inside the razor, which causes the blade to rust. It’s important to remember that Oristo is crafted out of stainless steel and will not rust. The stains are merely the transfer of rust from the blade to the parts of the razor that the flat surfaces of the blade directly touch (i.e. the top of the anvil/baseplate, and the bottom of the retainer/top-cap).
Again, tea-staining does not affect the performance of Oristo, however, it may be unsightly to you. The best way to mitigate tea-staining is to adhere to our suggestion above, which is to disassemble Oristo after each shave to give a quick cleaning to all the parts, and then hand-dry all components before re-assembling. If let to sit, tea-staining may become very difficult to remove with just a wash, in which case, using a stainless-steel cleaner and some elbow-grease would be in order. For us, at Stashed & Found, we use Oristo and don’t always remember to clean after each use. And since tea-staining only affects the parts of Oristo that are hidden from view when assembled, it’s not a pain point for us, but again, the whole point of this page is to arm you with the knowledge to be safe, and to care for Oristo the way you want to!
There are two additional measures you can take to help mitigate tea-staining. One: you can use blades that are either made of stainless-steel, or individually plated with a corrosion-resistant coating like chrome, and two: you can take extra effort to clean and rub off all wax/glue residue from the individually-wrapped blade prior to loading, since it’s been heavily argued that this wax or glue facilitates the conditions necessary for a blade surface to rust, and speeds up the process.
When it comes to storing Oristo, we recommend that it be laid down, and not stood up. The reason for this is because when stood up, the likelihood of Oristo falling down is much higher since the only point of support is the small surface area of the bottom of the handle. If dropped, whether on the countertop, or onto the floor, Oristo, being constructed of stainless steel, may damage the point of impact, and also, depending on where it is dropped, may scratch as well.
We’ve designed the handle of Oristo, to have an ever-so-slightly tapered end, so that when laid on its side, allows for greater surface area to be in contact with the flat surface of your countertop. Of course, if you have a generic stand that is designed to support a double-edge safety razor, Oristo will play nice with it as well!
As you may have noticed, we included ten blades; two packs of five, from different manufacturers. We did this because we wanted to give you a good idea over your first few months, what different blades feel like. Both the Astra and the Shark blades are quite ubiquitous amongst the knowledgeable wet-shaving community but are however, ‘rated’ differently.
As with all things regarding the sense of touch, blade interpretation and choice are completely subjective, and, as a result, do not have a right or wrong answer; just your personal preference.
In a few sources we investigated though, the Astra blade is rated as ‘Very Sharp’, and the Shark blade is rated as ‘Very Smooth’. Again, you may personally disagree with these titles, but just know this: the net result with both blades should be identical, meaning, you should be achieving the same level of shave-smoothness at the end of shaving with either blade. The difference really, is how you feel while shaving; some blades, depending on your sensitivity or skin type, may feel more aggressive than others. Eric prefers a super smooth feel, while I, Maurice, prefer the more aggressive scraping sensation of a more aggressive blade while shaving.
Regardless, we highly recommend ordering blades online as opposed to going to your local pharmacy or drug store. However, even if you do choose to go in-store to purchase your blades, rest easy knowing that your decision to use Oristo will always result in a significant cost savings versus purchasing disposables and cartridges. We, at Stashed & Found, always purchase our blades from Amazon.
When it comes to shave-prep and aftershave products, the opinions run the gamut of complexity and cost. As we mentioned in the ‘Getting Started’ video, the whole point of a pre-shave is to soften the hair as much as possible prior to putting blade-to-skin.
Neither Eric nor I, ever use a dedicated shaving cream. I shave every day while I’m washing my face. I simply wet my face, and proceed with using my face wash soap, and just shave before rinsing it off. Eric on the other hand, uses absolutely nothing, but warm/hot water while he’s showering. He showers just like normal, and saves shaving for the very end, when his beard and moustache has been hit with the water from the shower head and continually softened from the consistent steam over the course of the five-minute shower prior to shaving.
When it comes to aftershave, the opinions are all over the place. It comes down to a certain level of experimentation, but moreso, what you’re already used to doing after using your cartridge and disposables. One thing we can confidently say though, is that more often than not, razor-burn and other forms of irritation will be significantly reduced once you switch to using double edge safety razors like Oristo because skin irritation is often caused by multiple blades. Those cartridge and disposables with four blades often snag and pull hair, and scrape more skin with each pass.