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Safety Razors

A safety razor will give you a better shave, save you money, and make you feel like a man. We carry safety razors from Merkur, Edwin Jagger, Feather, Muhle and more; our selection spans Closed Comb, Open Comb, Butterfly, Adjustable, and Slant Safety Razors. New to Safety Razors? Get a quick education HERE

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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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175B midnight collection safety razor
4/26/2017
Awesome razor for the money. Feels very good in my hand when shaving. Good product.
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Awesome razor!
4/25/2017
Great razor at a great price. Love the black textured handle, good weight and one piece butterfly style makes changing the blade a breeze.
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Incomparable
4/24/2017
An incredible razor. Perfectly balance and superbly crafted. I can barely feel it on my skin and yet my shave is close and nick-free. Combined with the Feather blades, an unparalleled shaving experience. It takes a bit of practice to hold the razor at the 45 degree angle, but once mastered, it is a breeze. Do not waste your money on another razor--buy this one.
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Amazing
4/23/2017
Merkur Futur Safety Razor Matte Chrome "Buy this razor. Outstanding piece of German engineering. Slightly larger than my non-adjustable Merkurs but MUCH better shave. Adjustability a big plus, especially when I need to dial it down for blades like Feathers. Vastly under priced.
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THIS is a Razor!
4/23/2017
Muhle R41 Double Edge Safety Razor, Open Comb "1st let me say WCS rules. I got this order second day after placing it on the website. That is the longest it ever takes. Sometimes I get my stuff the next day. Now the razor. I am a pretty easy reviewer, starting at five stars and looking for reasons to lower the review from there. The Muhle R41 shaves great and looks really nice, too. The things I've read in previous reviews were mostly confirmed. The handle can be a bit slippery compared to more heavily knurled handles like you find on most of the Merkurs (I sometimes use their 34C). It looks nice though; better chrome than the Merkur handle (that razor does have a better finish on the head). The head on the Muhle is very nicely chromed, even underneath. I knocked the 41 down to 4 stars because the cap has some flaws. They are miniscule and I only see them under very bright light that hits them at a certain angle. They aren't chips or scratches, more like little dents in the chrome. It's like the cap was dropped on a semi-smooth, but hard surface, like the concrete floor you might find in a garage, warehouse, or factory. They are right at the edge at the peak of the cap, above the hole for the tab on side of blades. The blemishes don't seem to affect the shave at all. The razor is as aggressive as advertised, but glides nicely if you have your technique down. Zero pressure and the right angle. I get BBS shaves with zero razor burn.
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Lifetime Tool
4/19/2017
Merkur 34G Heavy Duty Classic Safety Razor, Gold "Before I even thought of buying this razor I didnt want to jump the gun becuase I wasnt sure if I was going to enjoy DE blade shaves. But now my shaving routine is a part of me. I started with the merkur 23c and built the confidence to buy the 34g. First of all let me say this. the leagnth of the razor gives an advantage of maintaing the right angle when doing multiple passes at once. The word smooth doesnt give justice to how good of a shave I get with this razor (I use feather blades). And the gold finish just outstanding it makes the experience of shaving what it is. its your face so you want the best and this is it.
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Midnight Collection 84B Open Comb Razor
4/19/2017
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Excellent handle for my Muhle R41!
4/19/2017
West Coast Shaving Classic Collection Stainless Steel Razor Handle 78S "I walked into the WCS store in Chino today with the sole purpose of looking at stainless handles they currently had in stock. For comparison purposes, this stainless handle is a bit longer than the standard one that comes on the Muhle R41. It's much much heavier and has awesome knurling. I bought it and just tried it out. It was the best $17.00 upgrade to a perfect razor, that I ever made! This is a quality stainless handle. It feels hefty and the balance in the hand with the R41 on top is perfect. I couldn't be happier. For what it's worth, I also tried the handle on my Feather AS-D2, Merkur 1904 OC and my Phoenix Artisan Accoutrimets DOC, just to see if it would fit. The handle fits them all just fine, but it's staying put on the R41. I'll buy more of these handles for the other razors if I so desire in the future. This handle although a little longer, looks to be nearly identical in craftsmanship to my factory stainless Feather handle on my AS-D2. The feel is great and it will NOT slip out of your hands with wet soapy shave foam all over them. The factory handle on the Muhle R41 is just way too light for that aggressive razor, as well as way too slippery with soapy hands. This West Coast handle is exactly what the doctor ordered! Trust me, it is NOT a cheaply made tool here. Rather it is every bit a precision crafted and balanced handle like the more expensive ones I've seen for $40 on up. Again, I compare it to the quality of the Feather razor handle which is a $200 razor all in all. Great job west coast shaving on a really nice product! I should have bought this months ago when I got my Muhle! I'd recommend this handle to all of my traditional wet shave buddies.
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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shamaha35377
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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Customer
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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shamaha35377
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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