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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. We have compiled the most frequent questions on finding the right safety razor for you. Click here for Safety Razor Education. 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.
  • Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Safety Razor-West Coast Shaving
    $48.99

    Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Safety Razor

    244 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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    $48.99
  • Merkur 23C Long Handle Safety Razor-West Coast Shaving
    $37.99

    Merkur 23C Long Handle Safety Razor

    137 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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    $37.99
  • Merkur 38C HD Long Handle Barber Pole Safety Razor-West Coast Shaving
    $58.99

    Merkur 38C HD Long Handle Barber Pole Safety Razor

    94 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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    $58.99
  • Rockwell 6C Razor, Gunmetal-West Coast Shaving
    $52.49

    Rockwell 6C Razor, Gunmetal

    17 reviews

    Complete, innovative Rockwell razor Zinc-alloy with chrome-plating in gunmetal gray Handle with 3 plates for a customizable shave The Rockwell r...

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    $52.49
  • WCS Starter Kit-West Coast Shaving Save 20%
    Original price $72.48
    Current price $57.98

    WCS Starter Kit

    5 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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    Original price $72.48
    Current price $57.98
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  • Merkur Futur Safety Razor Matte Chrome-West Coast Shaving
    $82.99

    Merkur Futur Safety Razor Matte Chrome

    52 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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    $82.99
  • WCS Classic Collection Razor 78S, Stainless Steel-WCS Exclusive Closed Comb (Lithe)-West Coast Shaving Save 20%
    Original price $25.00
    Current price $20.00

    WCS Classic Collection Razor 78S, Stainless Steel

    36 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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    Original price $25.00
    Current price $20.00
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  • WCS Women's Silicone Safety Razor-Blush Pink-West Coast Shaving Save 20%
    Original price $56.25
    Current price $45.00

    WCS Women's Silicone Safety Razor

    16 reviews

    West Coast Shaving safety razor for women Slanted Head Geometry Closer Smoother Shave, Less Skin Irritation & Razor Burn Less Environmen...

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    Original price $56.25
    Current price $45.00
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  • Rockwell 6C Razor, White Chrome-West Coast Shaving
    $52.49

    Rockwell 6C Razor, White Chrome

    25 reviews

    Complete, innovative Rockwell razor Zinc-alloy with chrome-plating Handle with 3 plates for a customizable shave The Rockwell razor is like havi...

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    $52.49
  • WCS Midnight Collection Razor 78B, Black Stainless Steel Closed Comb-Closed Comb-West Coast Shaving Sale
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    WCS Midnight Collection Razor 78B, Black Stainless Steel Closed Comb

    20 reviews

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

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  • SLANT BAR - Merkur 37C Heavy Duty Safety Razor-West Coast Shaving
    $56.99

    SLANT BAR - Merkur 37C Heavy Duty Safety Razor

    85 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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    $56.99
  • Karve Shaving Co., The Christopher Bradley DE Safety Razor, 3" Handle & Level C Guard-West Coast Shaving
    $87.49

    Karve Shaving Co., The Christopher Bradley DE Safety Razor, 3" Handle & Level C Guard

    8 reviews

    Double edge safety razor Solid brass Knurled, guilloche style handle Chris Kirchen is the artisan behind Karve Shaving Co. Based out of Canada,...

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    $87.49
  • Edwin Jagger DE Safety Razor, 'Extra Grip' Handle, Knurled Chrome-West Coast Shaving
    $47.99

    Edwin Jagger DE Safety Razor, 'Extra Grip' Handle, Knurled Chrome

    31 reviews

    The new "extra grip" line of Edwin Jagger double edge razors is an innovation in design. The knurled handle of this particular design contains an e...

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    $47.99
  • Parker 96R Double Edge Safety Razor-West Coast Shaving
    $29.49

    Parker 96R Double Edge Safety Razor

    44 reviews

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

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    $29.49
  • Merkur Progress Adjustable Safety Razor-West Coast Shaving
    $71.49

    Merkur Progress Adjustable Safety Razor

    21 reviews

    The Merkur Progress Adjustable Safety Razor is a chrome finished 2-piece double edge razor. The Progress allows you adjust the angle of the blade b...

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    $71.49
  • Merkur 33C Classic Safety Razor-West Coast Shaving
    $36.99

    Merkur 33C Classic Safety Razor

    43 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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    $36.99
  • Merkur 34G Heavy Duty Classic Safety Razor, Gold-West Coast Shaving
    $61.99

    Merkur 34G Heavy Duty Classic Safety Razor, Gold

    29 reviews

    The Merkur Heavy Duty Safety Razor is a gold finished 2-piece double edge razor. The comfortable handle is approximately 3" long and is designed wi...

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    $61.99
  • Karve Shaving Co. Stainless Steel Safety Razor Top Cap-West Coast Shaving Save 30%
    Original price $57.49
    Current price $40.24

    Karve Shaving Co. Stainless Steel Safety Razor Top Cap

    1 review

    Karve Safety Razor Top Cap ONLY Stainless Steel Get one to complete your razor Chris Kirchen is crafting top-of-the-line safety razors and part...

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    Original price $57.49
    Current price $40.24
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  • Henson Shaving Titanium Ti22 DE Safety Razor-Titanium-Mild-West Coast Shaving
    from $292.99

    Henson Shaving Titanium Ti22 DE Safety Razor

    2 reviews

    Mild, Medium, or Aggressive, three piece double edge safety razor Non-traditional, aerospace engineering with exacting tolerances Available in 3 c...

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  • Edwin Jagger DE 3ONE6 Stainless Steel Safety Razor, Knurled-West Coast Shaving
    $136.99

    Edwin Jagger DE 3ONE6 Stainless Steel Safety Razor, Knurled

    9 reviews

    3 piece safety razor fits standard DE blades Newly designed safety razor Knurled handle If you're an avid fan of the Edwin Jagger DE series, then...

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    $136.99
  • WCS Blue Titanium Collection Razor, 78BL-WCS Exclusive Closed Comb (Lithe)-West Coast Shaving Save 20%
    Original price $30.00
    Current price $24.00

    WCS Blue Titanium Collection Razor, 78BL

    7 reviews

    High quality stainless steel razor with blue anodized finish Slender & Textured handle Choose a head in closed or open comb West Coast Shavi...

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    Original price $30.00
    Current price $24.00
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  • Rex Supply Co. Ambassador Adjustable Stainless Steel DE Safety Razor-West Coast Shaving
    $295.00

    Rex Supply Co. Ambassador Adjustable Stainless Steel DE Safety Razor

    12 reviews

    Double Edge Safety Razor with adjustable blade gap Stainless steel Complete the set with the matching stainless steel stand and travel case (comi...

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    $295.00
  • WCS Classic Collection Razor 84S, Stainless Steel-Closed Comb-West Coast Shaving Save 20%
    Original price $25.00
    Current price $20.00

    WCS Classic Collection Razor 84S, Stainless Steel

    44 reviews

    DESCRIPTION WARRANTY  RETURNS  High-quality stainless steel razor Textured handle Choose a chrome-plated head in the closed comb or open c...

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    Original price $25.00
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  • Merkur Classic 1904 / 1906 Safety Razor, Open Tooth-West Coast Shaving
    $31.49

    Merkur Classic 1904 / 1906 Safety Razor, Open Tooth

    42 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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    $31.49

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.