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Safety Razors

Shaving with a safety razor is a more enjoyable (and affordable) shave. The shave is better for your skin, better for your wallet and. . .  better for your soul. Shop our Top 10 and Newest Safety Razors or browse our exclusive double-edged razors and best sellers from brands like Merkur, Edwin Jagger, Feather, and Muhle.

  • WCS Midnight Collection Razor 84B, Black Stainless Steel-Closed Comb-West Coast Shaving
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    Original price $23.96
    Current price $19.17

    WCS Midnight Collection Razor 84B, Black Stainless Steel

    36 reviews

    High quality stainless steel razor with black coating Textured handle for grip and beauty Choose a black-coated head in closed comb Since 2007, ...

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  • Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Safety Razor-West Coast Shaving
    $46.50

    Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Safety Razor

    224 reviews

    Best selling safety razor German made  Industrial design with chrome finish One of our most popular items, the Merkur 34 C Heavy Duty Safety Razo...

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  • WCS Women's Silicone Safety Razor-Ivory-West Coast Shaving
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    Original price $49.99
    Current price $39.99

    WCS Women's Silicone Safety Razor

    7 reviews

    Slanted Head Geometry Closer Smoother Shave, Less Skin Irritation &  Razor Burn Less Environment Waste & Less Expensive Ergonomic Sil...

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  • WCS Razor Head Set & WCS CNC Handle Safety Razor Designed by Charcoal Goods-Hollywood Palm-West Coast Shaving
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    Original price $79.96
    Current price $63.96

    WCS Razor Head Set & WCS CNC Handle Safety Razor Designed by Charcoal Goods

    3 reviews

    Designed by Charcoal Goods exclusively for WCS CNC machined 303 Stainless Steel handle with Brawny, Lithe & Toothsome Economical price, Lu...

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  • Feather AS-D2 Stainless Safety Razor-West Coast Shaving
    $184.99

    Feather AS-D2 Stainless Safety Razor

    70 reviews

    The AS-D2 is Feather's second generation of their all stainless steel double edge safety razor. This three-piece razor is an ultra premium shaving ...

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  • Merkur Futur Safety Razor Matte Chrome-West Coast Shaving
    $68.00

    Merkur Futur Safety Razor Matte Chrome

    46 reviews

    Adjustable safety razor Chrome-plated, matte finish Merkur quality Over 100 years ago, Emil Hermes started a little cutlery company in Solingen...

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  • WCS Starter Kit-West Coast Shaving
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    Original price $65.98
    Current price $52.78

    WCS Starter Kit

    4 reviews

    Curated starter kit from West Coast Shaving 4 items: razor, brush (variations due to inventory), soap (seasonal variations), & blades Great t...

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  • Rockwell 6S Adjustable Stainless Steel Safety Razor-West Coast Shaving
    $99.99

    Rockwell 6S Adjustable Stainless Steel Safety Razor

    34 reviews

    Complete, innovative Rockwell razor Made with stainless steel Handle with 3 plates for a customizable shave The Rockwell razor is like having yo...

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  • Merkur 23C Long Handle Safety Razor-West Coast Shaving
    $29.99

    Merkur 23C Long Handle Safety Razor

    131 reviews

    Traditional safety razor from Merkur Long handle for comfort & control for those with large hands A bestseller at WCS We've got good news! A...

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  • SLANT BAR - Merkur 37C Heavy Duty Safety Razor-West Coast Shaving
    $48.95

    SLANT BAR - Merkur 37C Heavy Duty Safety Razor

    81 reviews

    Popular safety razor from Merkur Slant bar, 2-piece razor Heavy duty, chrome-plated finish When Emil Hermes hung out his shingle in 1896, he cer...

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  • Parker Variant Adjustable Razor, Graphite-West Coast Shaving
    $57.00

    Parker Variant Adjustable Razor, Graphite

    27 reviews

    adjustable double edge safety razor 2-piece, graphite knurled handle knob on handle allows you to change from mild to aggressive Released to rav...

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  • Merkur 38C HD Long Handle Barber Pole Safety Razor-West Coast Shaving
    $49.95

    Merkur 38C HD Long Handle Barber Pole Safety Razor

    88 reviews

    Traditional safety razor Heavy-duty, 2-piece razor with chrome-plated finish Long handle for masculine hands Merkur. You've probably seen it at t...

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  • Merkur 33C Classic Safety Razor-West Coast Shaving
    $28.99

    Merkur 33C Classic Safety Razor

    41 reviews

    Classic safety razor from Merkur Chrome-finished with knurled handle 3-piece design for easy blade changes Merkur was fashioning blade edges bef...

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  • WCS Midnight Collection Razor 78B, Black Stainless Steel Closed Comb-Closed Comb-West Coast Shaving
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    Original price $23.96
    Current price $19.17

    WCS Midnight Collection Razor 78B, Black Stainless Steel Closed Comb

    18 reviews

    High quality stainless steel razor with black coating Textured handle for grip and beauty Choose a black-coated head in closed comb or open comb ...

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  • Merkur 25C Long Handle Safety Razor, Open Tooth-West Coast Shaving
    $38.95

    Merkur 25C Long Handle Safety Razor, Open Tooth

    18 reviews

    This version of the classic Merkur safety razor features a longer handle for superior shaving control and a safety bar with open teeth. At 4" long,...

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  • Parker 96R Double Edge Safety Razor-West Coast Shaving
    $27.70

    Parker 96R Double Edge Safety Razor

    41 reviews

    Butterfly head for easy blade changing Black, no-slip grip handle Nickel-plated head Love double edge wet shaving, but hate changing those blade...

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  • Merkur Classic 1904 / 1906 Safety Razor with Bar-West Coast Shaving
    $30.00

    Merkur Classic 1904 / 1906 Safety Razor with Bar

    45 reviews

    Chrome faceted handle Classic 3-piece safety razor German engineering If you spend any time at all on our website, you will discover that many o...

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  • Merkur Futur Safety Razor Polished Chrome-West Coast Shaving
    $68.00

    Merkur Futur Safety Razor Polished Chrome

    38 reviews

    Adjustable safety razor Chrome-plated, smooth finish Merkur quality Over 100 years ago, Emil Hermes started a little cutlery company in Solingen...

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  • Parker Variant Adjustable Razor, Satin Chrome-West Coast Shaving
    $57.00

    Parker Variant Adjustable Razor, Satin Chrome

    21 reviews

    adjustable double edge safety razor 2-piece, chrome-plated knob on handle allows you to change from mild to aggressive Released to rave reviews,...

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  • WCS Classic Collection Razor 78S, Stainless Steel-Closed Comb-West Coast Shaving
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    Original price $23.96
    Current price $19.16

    WCS Classic Collection Razor 78S, Stainless Steel

    32 reviews

    High quality stainless steel razor Textured handle for grip and beauty Choose a chrome-plated head in closed comb or open comb Since 2007, West...

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  • WCS Classic Collection Razor 84S, Stainless Steel-Closed Comb-West Coast Shaving
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    Original price $23.96
    Current price $19.16

    WCS Classic Collection Razor 84S, Stainless Steel

    42 reviews

    High quality stainless steel razor Textured handle Choose a chrome-plated head in closed comb or open comb Since 2007, West Coast Shaving has b...

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  • WCS Midnight Collection Razor 47B, Black Stainless Steel-Closed Comb-West Coast Shaving
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    Original price $28.96
    Current price $23.17

    WCS Midnight Collection Razor 47B, Black Stainless Steel

    3 reviews

    High quality razor, economical price Stainless steel construction with black coating Choose a matching closed or open comb head Since 2007, West...

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  • Merkur 15C Classic Safety Razor, Open Tooth-West Coast Shaving
    $31.75

    Merkur 15C Classic Safety Razor, Open Tooth

    13 reviews

    Open-tooth safety razor for wiry beards Takes all double edge blades 3 inch non-slip knurled handle This is the open comb version of the Merkur ...

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  • WCS Vintage Collection Razor 175BR, Brass-Closed Comb-West Coast Shaving
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    Original price $30.96
    Current price $24.76

    WCS Vintage Collection Razor 175BR, Brass

    4 reviews

    High quality brass razor Textured handle for grip and beauty Choose from an open or closed comb head Since 2007, West Coast Shaving has been mee...

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Is shaving with a safety razor better?

There are a number of reasons why shaving with a safety razor is better than using a cartridge or electric razor.

First, you can get an incredibly comfortable, irritation-free, close shave with a safety razor. Using just a single blade to cut your whiskers is actually better for your skin than multi blade cartridges. A double-edge, safety razor can be cleaned easier which reduces irritation/infection. Also, you can change blades frequently for a sharp, effective shave every time, whether you choose open comb, closed comb, adjustable or butterfly head.

Second, it is cheaper. Once you get the initial cost of the safety razor out of the way, the price for blades is extremely inexpensive (pennies/shave, really). And the tools last a lifetime so you don’t need to replace them constantly. Speaking of. . .

Third, it is environmentally-friendly. Shaving with a safety razor reduces waste, as you aren’t throwing cartridge heads and plastic disposable shavers. One stainless steel safety razor can last a lifetime. In addition, this type of wet shaving encourages using artisanal soaps and creams which use fewer chemicals, less packaging, and safer ingredients.

Is shaving with a safety razor dangerous?

While a safety razor might look intimidating, it is designed to be “safe” for personal use. The razor works much like a cartridge razor. In fact, you can even get an adjustable head razor that allows you to change the aggression as you perfect your technique. Really the most dangerous part of the razor isn’t the shaving, but changing the blades. But it can easily be mastered with a bit of healthy respect. No need to fear the blade. Why are they called safety razors?

Before the invention of the safety razor, most facial hair removal was done by a professional barber. This professional wielded a straight razor or knife which required a bit of expertise to use. The design of the double-edge and single-edge safety razors with head and handle made it possible for the average gentleman to perfect the technique and use at home without risk of life or limb.

The guard on the head and the angle of the end cap made it possible to give yourself an efficient, effective shave - safely. In addition, old time barbers weren’t always paragons of cleanliness and they would use the same blade on multiple customers, leading to infections. An at-home shave cut down on that less-than-safe activity as well.

Is a safety razor cheaper?

The initial investment into wet shaving (the art of using a safety razor, shaving brush, and shaving soap) may be more than cartridge shaving, but the long term investment is much cheaper. A nice stainless steel safety razor will put your back $20-30, but it is a one time expense. That razor should last you for years (and maybe even ALL your years). But the best part is that the replacement blades are so inexpensive, so you can have a fresh, sharp blade for just pennies.

Can I shave against the grain with a safety razor?

A safety razor can be used in any way that you would use a cartridge razor - with the grain, against the grain, across the grain. And it might even work better because it is so efficient with just one pass, you might not need to drag that blade across, against, and with. But with a bit of practice in the technique, you can definitely shave freely. You can even get an adjustable head safety razor that allows you to maneuver the blade gap to change the aggression even during the shave. So go more aggressive with the grain and then choose a milder blade angle to go across or against the grain. As always, a little practice and a lot of respect go a long way with a safety razor.