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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 and shop our curated Safety Razor Recommendations.

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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 78S stainless steel DE razor
Nice razor. Good, heavy feel to it. I have used it with a variety of soaps and blades. Always a very good shave.
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Great razor, great price
I love this razor. The weird thing is that the one thing I don't like are Merkur blades. They give me nicks and razor bumps. Derby and Feather seem to work best for me. It also pays to make sure your blade is carefully aligned because it can wind up slightly crooked if you're not careful.
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Excellent Razor. Everything that the Merkur Progress should have been...
Fit and finish are very good. Shave quality is excellent. Much smoother and more efficient than a Progress and even the Futur. Comparing the blade feel of the 3, the Futur and Progress feel more aggressive or should I say the dial adjustment feels milder on the Variant in a good way. For example, a 3 on the Variant feels like a 1.5 or 2 on the Progress and Futur. But it still shaves beautifully. The knurling is done just right and it feels very nicely balanced. And for the price of under $60, it can't be beat.
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Glad to give it a swirl
Bought this razor for my wife. She is new to safety razors. She likes it.
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Great razor except for the handle. Picky about the shaving angle
This is my first open comb razor. It really isn't the "plate glass window" that one might expect form the blogs. The shave is not a smooth as some as some of my closed combs but it took me a while to find the sweet spot with my Parker 98R and 65R closed combs razors and I assume that after I try a few different blades and techniques, I'll get a perfect shave. On thing about the 24C is that you need to hold the head at 40-45 degrees rather than 30 degrees to get the best shave which makes it harder to shave under the nose. I have yet to cut myself with this "dangerous" style of razor.



The one problem I encountered was with the handle. The handle, like most Parker handles, are really beautiful. The edges along the 4 faceted bands on the handle are painfully sharp to my touch. I've started to use another handle when I use this razor.
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Pretty heavy
I was tired of my Merkur Future slipping from my fingers in the shower, so I got this. I like it. I don't love it. I wish the handle were 1/2 inch longer and the diameter were between this and the 78S. No trouble gripping, but too heavy to have a good feel. You know how a car's steering is a compromise between nimbleness and stability? This large diameter is not nimble enough.



The Futur is beautiful; the 175S is utilitarian. I bought the Futur after remodelling my bathroom.



You can rest the razor on the end of the head and the end of the handle, so the blade is vertical. That is because the end of the head is pretty flat.
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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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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Customer
September 29, 2016 11:33 AM
Q:What are the benefits of using a safety razor?
Customer
September 29, 2016 11:32 AM
Q:What type of safety razors are there?
Customer
September 29, 2016 11:32 AM
Q:Can you travel with a safety razor?