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Shaving with one is good for your skin, good for your wallet...and good for your soul.

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WCS Midnight Collection Razor 84B, Black Stainless Steel, Closed Comb

WCS Midnight Collection Razor 84B, Black Stainless Steel, Closed Comb

West Coast Shaving

Sale: $19.17

  • Handle made from 303 Stainless Steel
  • Unique handle design that allows for grip and expert handling
  • Closed Comb head
  • Matte black coating = Kick A%$!
  • Mid length handle
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Peter T.Verified Buyer 12/28/16
Midnight Collection Razor 84B

Very pleased. Fits well in my hand and the blade hear is tight with or without a blade. Also very attractive. Will order more.

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Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Safety Razor

Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Safety Razor

Merkur

Price: $39.99

  • German Manufacturing
  • 2 piece design for easy loading
  • Closed Comb Head
  • Shorter handle for easy maneuvering
  • Brass handle
  • Widely recommended
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GregVerified Buyer03/06/17
Greatest! MERKUR 34C

The MERKUR 34C is a perfect example of precision German engineering and metalworking. It features a nice weight, which provides a smooth shaving experience. This is an excellent shaving tool that also looks very nice.

WCS Classic Collection Razor 175S, Stainless Steel Closed Comb

WCS Classic Collection Razor 175S, Stainless Steel Closed Comb

West Coast Shaving

Sale: $17.57

  • Heavy weight razor (heaviest we carry)
  • Handle made from 303 Stainless Steel
  • Closed Comb Head
  • Wide, long handle for easy grip
  • Matte stainless steel finish
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Patrick WentlingVerified Buyer03/20/17
Best razor for $20ish

Great razor for the money. Heaviest handle I've ever used. I've been shaving with it for about a month with great results. A couple nicks the first day (didn't respect the weight) after that, smooth sailing. WCS has the best customer service by far. Give this handle a shot it makes my other DE razors look like toys.

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Double Edge Safety Razor Education

DE Safety Razors are great for three reasons.

  • 1) Quality: Safety Razors offer a superior shave. Most people experience a great reduction in irritation and a closer shave when switching to a safety razor. This is due to the design of the razors, the sharper blades, and your skin only being exposed to one blade at a time.
  • 2) Cost: Shaving with a DE Safety Razor is a more economical way to shave. Because the replacement blades only cost pennies, shaving with a safety razor starts to save you money fast.
  • 3) Style: Many Safety Razors are beautiful works of craftsmanship and a real pleasure to have displayed on a bathroom sink.

Types of Safety Razors

There are 5 types of safety razors: Closed Comb, Open Comb, Butterfly, Adjustable, and Slant. Close Comb and Open Comb differ only in the amount of razor blade that is exposed to the skin. Open comb safety razors expose more of the razor blade and are, therefore, considered more aggressive in wet shaving. Butterfly safety razors are one piece and have a twist-to-open mechanism which makes it easier to insert the blade. Adjustable razors allow for the blade gap to be customized, changing the amount of blade that is exposed to the skin- which affects the aggressiveness of the shave. Slant Razor heads are designed in a unique way the offsets the razor blade so that the razor is shaving at a specific angle. We recommend Closed Comb razors for anyone who is starting off in wet shaving. Read more in our blog post.

Shaving with a Safety Razor

There are three fundamentals to shaving with a safety razor.

  • 1) Do not apply pressure. Unlike cartridge razors, the safety razor is designed so that the weight of the razor is applying the pressure needed to cut the hair.
  • 2) Have the right angle. It is important to maintain about a 30 degree angle when shaving with a safety razor. That means that you need to adjust the angle of your hold as you go around your jawline.
  • 3) Stretch your skin. It is important to keep your skin tight so that the blade can glide along your skin.
Safety Razors Reviews
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WCS MIDNIGHT COLLECTION 88B OPRN COMB
7/24/2017
WCS Midnight Collection Razor 88B, Black Stainless Steel, Open Comb Aggressive razor, just like I need. I have a very hard time getting a BBS shave with closed comb safety bar razor heads. Apparently it's due to my thick, coarse beard. My whiskers grow right up to and almost out of the edge of my lips. I need a razor head to be aggressive. This is one of the few razors I love. BBS shave almost effortless. If you like aggressive razor heads, this is for you!
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High Quality Product
7/22/2017
Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Safety Razor I decided to give the Murker safety razors a try, so I bought the 34C heavy duty. I was impressed with the superior quality of this razor. This was definitely an upgrade for me. The razor does all the work as I didn't have to apply any pressure with my hand. Also, the razor didn't leave any razor burns at all. Plus the fact this razor is made from Germany says a lot about it's overall quality.
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DE Safety Razor
7/21/2017
Merkur 23C Long Handle Safety Razor Product in excellent condition and arrived as expected.
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Acclamation?
7/21/2017
Merkur 37C Heavy Duty Safety Razor, Slant Bar Almost as amazing as the smoothness of the shaves you can get with this razor is the near unanimity of these reviews: everyone gets a smooth and comfortable shave from it. The received wisdom warns us that slant-bar razors are the most aggressive of DE razors. That's why I bought this Merkur. Imagine my surprise when the 37C turned out the safest-feeling shave of all my razors--and also the closest! It gives the impression that that twist in its head brings part of the blade closer t o my skin yet bends the rest of the blade away from my skin, protecting it. Bottom line: I get the closest and smoothest shaves from my 37C, as well as the mildest. This is really the only razor I need to own. I keep some others because I get a kick out of using the different styles of safety razors. But the 37C is simply the best. Period. Now, given the uniformity of these reviews, can't we resolve this by acclamation?
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Great razor
7/20/2017
Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Safety Razor Great first razor. The handle is short but the knob on the end prevents the razor from slipping out of your hand.
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Open comb
7/19/2017
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Great razor for the money.
7/18/2017
WCS Midnight Collection Razor 175B, Black Stainless Steel Closed Comb You can't beat this safety razor for its price. It rivals most razors on the market. I like a heavy razor, and this didn't disapoint. The only downsides I see is that the heft of this razor may not appeal to most people as it can be a bit much for some, and at times it can be a little hard to get the blade exposure even on both sides. For the price, you can't beat it.
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Fantastic build your own kit
7/17/2017
West Coast Shaving Starter Kit - Build Your Own Goodbye to 25 years of cartridges, hello to safety razors. I can't believe it took this long to convert, this is my first safety razor and not only does it give a far closer shave, it's also more accurate and way less razor burn. I can also buy a boat load of blades for the price of a couple cartridges. Getting to choose your own components in this build your own kit is pretty cool, too. I love the ocean scented soap. I'll definitely be a long term WCS customer. I'd have thrown down a 5 star review, but when I order from "West Coast" shaving, I didn't expect my merch to come from Maryland. I was in a time crunch or it wouldn't have been a big thing, still isn't a big thing, just found it odd, I order from West Coast companies if I'm in a bind due to the quick ship times being here in Seattle. Anyway, cheers to WCS.
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Number of questions: 5
shamaha35377
September 29, 2016 1:12 PM
Q:Can you shave your head with a safety razor?
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D3r3kkj
January 28, 2017 4:12 PM
A:<p>In response to mandiga. The "correct way" is to do 3 passes with a new lather each time. First pass should be with the grain (WTG) second should be across or perpendicular to the grain (XTG). Finally you should go against the grain (ATG). So the correct way does involve going against the grain. This method gives the closest and most irrigation free shave.</p>
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kkish57673
December 7, 2016 10:52 AM
A:It could be the angle. I would experiment with the angle and try using different razor blades. A different blade can make a huge difference.
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Mandinga
December 6, 2016 5:18 PM
A:<p>I am 58 and I have been shaving against the against the grain since I was 17.....don't ask me why please.....I have tried to share the right way a couple times in the last week or two, but it just doesn't feel as close. What am I doing wrong ?? is it the angle maybe ??</p>
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shamaha35377
September 29, 2016 1:08 PM
Q:What is the best beginner safety razor?
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JazzGuitarMan
October 7, 2016 8:54 PM
A:Merkur 34C Heavy Duty was my first safety razor and I still use it. It's a phenomenal razor for beginners and it doesn't break the bank.
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shamaha35377
September 29, 2016 1:09 PM
A:We highly recommend the Merkur 34C or the Edwin Jagger DE89 Razor.
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Customer
September 29, 2016 11:33 AM
Q:What are the benefits of using a safety razor?
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shamaha35377
September 30, 2016 8:01 AM
A:1. Affordability-100 pack of blades cost average about $20 or $0.20. A blade will typical last 3-4 Shaves, so 100 pack of blades will last a full year. </p><p>2. Better For Your Skin-A safety tends to cause less irritation, less ingrown hairs and less razor bumps. In the long term improves the overall health of your skin.</p><p>3. Environmental-You reuse the safety razor, so there is no waste in terms of the razor. The razor blades can also be recycled reducing waste compared to cartridge razors. </p><p>4. Closer Shave-A safety razor tends to provide a closer shave once you learned the technique. There is also less irritation with a safety razor, so its a win-win situation.
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September 29, 2016 12:08 PM
A:

1. Affordability-100 pack of blades cost average about $20 or $0.20. A blade will typical last 3-4 Shaves, so 100 pack of blades will last a full year.

2. Better For Your Skin-A safety tends to cause less irritation, less ingrown hairs and less razor bumps. In the long term improves the overall health of your skin.

3. Environmental-You reuse the safety razor, so there is no waste in terms of the razor. The razor blades can also be recycled reducing waste compared to cartridge razors.

4. Closer Shave-A safety razor tends to provide a closer shave once you learned the technique. There is also less irritation with a safety razor, so its a win-win situation.

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September 29, 2016 11:32 AM
Q:What type of safety razors are there?
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shamaha35377
September 30, 2016 8:01 AM
A:Here is a link to our razor guide with each type of safety razor. https://www.westcoastshaving.com/blog/safety-razor-guide.html
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shamaha35377
September 29, 2016 12:18 PM
A:Here is a link to our blog with the different types of safety razors. https://www.westcoastshaving.com/blog/safety-razor-guide.html
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shamaha35377
September 29, 2016 11:39 AM
A:Here is a link to our razor guide with each type of safety razor. https://www.westcoastshaving.com/blog/safety-razor-guide.html
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Customer
September 29, 2016 11:32 AM
Q:Can you travel with a safety razor?
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shamaha35377
September 30, 2016 8:00 AM
A: Yes you can travel with a safety razor. We would highly recommend a razor case to protect your investment. Also if travel by plane, we would highly advise checking your bag vs carry on.
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September 29, 2016 12:10 PM
A:Yes you can travel with a safety razor. We would highly recommend a razor case to protect your investment. Also if travel by plane, we would highly advise checking your bag vs carry on.
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safety razor education

Everything you need to know to pick the right safety razor. (we promise there's no quiz)

what type of shaver are you?

Are you a wet shave newbie, occassional shaver, head shaver or a total pro? Here are our picks for every type of shaver.

Newbie

If you're just starting out, go with a setup that is easy to use and gives you some room for mistakes. A closed comb razor is the most forgiving. Match it with an easy-to-maneuver handle and you've got a winning combo for getting your feet [and your face] wet. Our Recommendation: WCS 84S
The closed comb and easy-to-grip handle make this perfect for newbies.

WCS Classic Collection Razor 84S, Stainless Steel, Closed Comb
Newbie

WCS Classic Collection Razor 84S, Stainless Steel, Closed Comb

Sale: $17.57

Occasional shaver

If you go 2-3 days between shaves, you'll have more hair to cut because you're shaving less often. So you need a razor that will slice through your hair more efficiently, which is exactly what an open comb will do. But be warned, you need to be more careful to not cut yourself. Our Recommendation: WCS 110B
The handle has some serious weight, adding pressure to cut hair easily.

WCS Midnight Collection Razor 110B, Black Stainless Steel, Open Comb
Occasional Shaver

WCS Midnight Collection Razor 110B, Black Stainless Steel, Open Comb

Sale: $19.17

Sensitive skin

You need a razor that can provide protection. The bar in a closed comb razor does just that, providing a buffer between the blade and your face. It is important to not apply pressure when shaving, let the razor do the work. Also make sure to test and find the perfect blade for your skin. Our Recommendation:WCS 38W
This lighter razor will help provide the right amount of pressure on your face.

WCS Natural Collection Razor 38W, Rosewood, Closed Comb
Sensitive Skin

WCS Natural Collection Razor 38W, Rosewood, Closed Comb

Sale: $19.17

Aficionado

You want the best of the best. What you need is a CNC machined head. The machined head is cut down from a piece of metal with precision machines. In a word, it is perfect proportions, perfect design, perfect material. Our Recommendation: El Capitan CNC Safety Razor
Every Part of this razor is Made in the USA... even the box it comes in.

El Capitan CNC Safety Razor
Aficionado

El Capitan CNC Safety Razor

Sale: $155.00

how to use a safety razor

We collaborated with Scott "The Clean Shaver" to create these two videos for you. One is a short 2 minute video that will show you how to shave with the safety razor, and the second video is a much longer video that will help you get your technique perfect when you shave.

Why are safety razors amazing?

Learn more about why shaving with a safety razor is good for you, good for your wallet and good for the environment.

A masculine tradition

Safety razor shaving is steeped in tradition and is sure to bring out your inner man's man. (pictured: JFK's custom-engraved safety razor and shaving kit)

Better for your skin

Disposable razor cartridges can do some serious damage to your skin. A good safety razor can give you a super-smooth shave without the bumps and nicks.

Better for your wallet

We all know how expensive disposable razor cartridges are. Let's eliminate that frustration once and for all. Now's the time for a better, more affordable shaving routine.

Better for the earth

Did you know that you'll use much less water with a classic wet shaving routine? It's true. And you won't be throwing away disposable razors every week. The earth will thank you.

Picking the right safety razor:
Head Geometry

The type of head is the most important consideration when selecting a safety razor. Depending on your skin sensitivity, hair thickness, and experience with safety razors, we recommend different head types.

Pros
Perfect for:
Hair cutting ability
Risk for irritation
5 stars = least risk
1 star = most risk
Ease of use
Affordability
5 stars = most affordable
1 star = least affordable

Closed

Straight, solid bar to protect your face

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Pros

  • Most Common
  • Mild shave
  • Least irritation

Perfect for:

  • Everyday shaver
  • Sensitive skin

Hair cutting ability

Risk for irritation

Ease of use

Affordability

Open

Has openings to let more hair through

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Pros

  • Cuts hair quickly and easily
  • Doesn't clog

Perfect for:

  • Occasional shaver
  • Coarse Hair

Hair cutting ability

Risk for irritation

Ease of use

Affordability

Slant

Blade bends for efficient cutting

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Pros

  • More efficient hair cutting design
  • Still protects the skin

Perfect for:

  • Experienced DE Shaver

Hair cutting ability

Risk for irritation

Ease of use

Affordability

Adjustable

Amount of blade exposure can be adjusted

Shop All Adj

Pros

  • Modern design
  • Adjustable aggressiveness

Perfect for:

  • Shavers who want to "dial in" their blade gap

Hair cutting ability

Risk for irritation

Ease of use

Affordability

Picking the right safety razor:
weight & length

With the safety razor, weight allows for the razor to do the work of the shave; allowing the razor to apply the necessary pressure to the face through the weight of the handle. Handle length is mostly based on preference.

Manueverability
Balance
Pressure
Perfect for:

Light Weight

Under 55 grams

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Manuevering

Balance

Pressure

Perfect for:

Head Shaver

Med Weight

56-120 grams

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Manuevering

Balance

Pressure

Perfect for:

Majority of shavers

Heavy Weight

120 grams+

Shop All Heavy

Manuevering

Balance

Pressure

Perfect for:

Combining shaving with weight lifting

Regular
Handle

Shop All Regular

Manuevering

Balance

Pressure

Perfect for:

Majority of shavers

Long
Handle

Shop All Long

Manuevering

Balance

Pressure

Perfect for:

Big hands