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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.
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Wow...and I thought my Feather ASD2 shaved well
12/16/2017
RazoRock Single Edge Safety Razor, Hawk, Black Anodized I own a BUNCH of razors/blades/brushes and up until now my 2 favorites safety razors were a Parker 26C with a Voshkod blade and a Feather ASD2 with either a Feather or a KAI blade. The RazoRock Hawk shaves even closer. I own a Feather SS Japanese Straight Razor so I already had the blades for the Hawk. The SS takes me 30 minutes to use as I'm not an expert yet with a shavette style straight razor. The Hawk, while not for a new wet shaver, is not hard to use. I've used a Feather ProGuard blade for 6 shaves before i noted it getting a bit dull. I had a BBS result each time without a single nick or weeper. I picked up the proper shaving angle within seconds. I bought a pack of the professional and a pack of the super professional blades and cannot wait to try them out.



The real selling point on this new version is the new reduced price. I know of no other single blade safety razor for under $30. The craftsmanship of the razor is first rate. I did put a spare stainless steel iKON OSS handle on it as I like a heavier razor, but there is nothing wrong with the supplied aluminum handle. I take issue with the "aggressive" label placed on this razor. The long stiff blade makes it unsuitable for a beginner, but with a minimum of skin stretching and a little care, the new version,, with the ProGuard" blades at least, is in the words of Michael Hamm, "comfortable and efficient".
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Substantial and solid!
12/16/2017
WCS Classic Collection Razor 175S, Stainless Steel Closed Comb I bought this after my cheapo grocery store model finally fell apart. First off was extremely surprised to find anything of reasonable quality for < $20, but took a chance and I am glad I did. This thing is HEAVY, but feels good and solid in the hand. It looks as though it was machined from a solid billet, or re-purposed from an aircraft part. So far I have only tried it with the remainder of the grocery store DE blades which have always worked in the past so at this point I don't know what I don't know. I did buy the sample pack of DE blades (which is VERY generous for the price btw), so will look forward to cycling through those to see which is best for my wiry facial hair. WCS will be my go-to for all my shaving needs!
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WCS Starter Kit
12/14/2017
WCS Starter Kit - Build Your Own I have thick hair and sensitive skin which has caused me problems shaving since I started in high school. I went to electric razors right away to avoid irritation and constant cuts. I have tried multiple brands and different amounts of blades on razors and have never had success. Always stuck to electric which still gives me quite a bit of irritation to get a real close shave due to have to repetitively go over areas.



I found West Coast Shaving on ad on Facebook and decided to look around the website. After finding this kit on sale, I figured why not for the price. I have purchased electric razors twice this price. The shipping took a week right after thanksgiving when I bought it, which I thought was pretty good for around the holidays. The product was packaged very well and each item was in its own box.



My very first time using a safety razor and I was amazed how easy it was. I was able to lather the soap pretty easily, and just followed the angle the razor head has. I could even hear it cut through my neck hair, which it did with ease. There was no pulling, tugging, and I only had 1 tiny cut on my neck after I was done. Which stopped bleeding by the time I was done rinsing my face off. I am very satisfied with this product and will never use any other razor to shave. I am actually happy about shaving with this kit rather than being annoyed. I also go the stand to go with and it looks great on my sink in the bathroom. Being just a "starter" kit, I cant imagine how nice it would be to have a "high quality" safety razor. Thank you WCS for saving my face from terrible shaves!
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Perfection
12/14/2017
Merkur 34G Heavy Duty Classic Safety Razor, Gold I've been using safety razors for nearly three years and I feel like I've found the perfect shaver. This razor is the perfect balance in everything you're looking for in a quality shaver. Mild yet efficient and a pleasure to use.
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WCS Blue Titanium Collection Razor, 84BL.
12/12/2017
WCS Blue Titanium Collection Razor, 84BL GREAT VALUE

GREAT QUALITY

GREAT LOOKS

WILL BUY MORE ...

THANKS.

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Fun razor!
12/11/2017
WCS Classic Collection Razor 110S, Stainless Steel, Open Comb I like this razor. It's very heavy, and it's a bit aggressive, so you have to pay attention when you use it. But that's a good thing. It's like driving a stick shift rather than an automatic. It's fun to drive a stick, even though it's easier to drive a slushbox. If you pay attention with this razor (and it's really not that challenging), you can get an excellent shave--and you'll enjoy the process!
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Beautiful handle
12/11/2017
WCS Vintage Collection Brass Razor Handle 78BR This is a very nice, well made, and heavy handle that fits the WCS head well. It does not slip even when soapy and its weight allows the razor to do the work for you. That said, the really important part of any razor is the head: whether it is open or closed and how aggressively the gap between blade and head is constructed. It is also essential that the head holds the blade properly, meaning evenly and consistently. I am less please with the WCS razor head since I do not feel it gives as safe or as comfortable a shave as I have experienced with the Merkur and Edwin Jagger heads. I have a fast growing but only medium heavy beard. When working I must shave daily.
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Solid elegant handle
12/11/2017
WCS Midnight Collection Stainless Steel Black Razor Handle 110B A really hefty handle, used it with my DE89 head (only one compatible for me) and received a BBS shave, the weight makes it really easy to glide through, just try it its good.
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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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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 RZ-WCS-401
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

Shop All Closed

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

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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