The Razor’s Edge barber shop celebrated their 50th anniversary Wednesday, welcoming the public to eat and to visit; telling stories of their unique local history.
In 1967, Curtis Davis opened his own barber shop at 601 1/2 North Main St. in Altus. During the early days of Davis’ career, he was introduced to the Roffler razor cut. This technique was a 1958 method of cutting hair using a straight razor to cut and blend the lengths of the hair, brought to the United States by European Edmond “Pop” Roffler.
Davis often reflects on and remembers when the barber business was made up of men. But that is totally different today.
Davis instilled a strong work ethic in all four of his children and sent each of them to barber schools in Lawton and Oklahoma City. Sons Brian and Robert followed in their dad’s footsteps in the barber business, and so did their sister Cathy. Brian cut hair in Dallas and Cathy managed the Razor’s Edge. Younger brother Robert opened the “Off Base Barber Shop” in Oklahoma City.
Brian remembers the days of Afros, sideburns and chili-bowl cuts. About 1999, Brian received a phone call from his dad.
“My dad asked me if I was interested in taking over the family business – if not he was going to sell it,” Brian said. “My sister, Cathy, didn’t like the business side of the barber shop. Her love was cutting hair.”
After much thought and consideration, Brian took over the Razor’s Edge in 1991.
Over the years , the clients have been very faithful to the Davis family and contributed to the history of the business. The name Razor’s Edge was suggested by a customer and they inherited their business phone number from an Altus Air Force Base military customer.
The Razor’s Edge 50th anniversary was celebrated with barbecue, baked beans, potato salad and all the extras. The customers enjoyed the delicious food for free, but donations were taken for Life Services at Pathways.
“I think the services Pathways provides are very commendable and we decided we wanted to be a part of helping them,” Brian said.
The Razor’s Edge staff includes Brian, Patty Gregory, Tammi Reuter and Teri Mealer.
“The best part of my job is the opportunity to meet all kinds of people,” Brian said “I cut hair for doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers, ministers, politicians, farmers – people from all walks of life – and I learn something from each of them.”
“My family and I have seen families grow from one generation to the next,” he said. “The Razor’s Edge has cut many dad’s, son’s, and grandson’s hair and that is an awesome feeling.”
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.