Double Edge Safety Razor Education
DE Safety Razors are great for a few reasons:
- Save You Money: 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
- Best Shave: Shaving with a Safety Razor is the closest and smoothest shave that you can get. Far better than any cartridge razor out there.
- Less Irritation: Shaving with a Safety Razor removes the ingrown hairs and razor bumps that you get from cartridge razor shaving. The tools and process of traditional shaving are far superior for your skin health.
- Tradition: People have been shaving with Safety Razors since 1904. They were standard issue items for the US Military, and most likely your grandfather shaved with a DE Safety Razor.
- Style: Many Safety Razors are a beautiful work 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.
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.