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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.

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

    Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Safety Razor

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

    Merkur 23C Long Handle Safety Razor

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

    Merkur 38C HD Long Handle Barber Pole Safety Razor

    89 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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  • WCS Women's Silicone Safety Razor-Blush Pink-West Coast Shaving
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    Original price $52.00
    Current price $42.00

    WCS Women's Silicone Safety Razor

    9 reviews

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

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  • WCS Starter Kit-West Coast Shaving
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    Original price $67.99
    Current price $54.78

    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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  • 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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  • Muhle R41 Double Edge Safety Razor, Open Comb-West Coast Shaving
    $56.00

    Muhle R41 Double Edge Safety Razor, Open Comb

    44 reviews

    Why are you torturing your poor face with those disposable razors that tend to dispose of quite a bit of skin on your face along with your facial h...

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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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  • 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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  • Edwin Jagger DE Safety Razor, 'Extra Grip' Handle, Knurled Chrome-West Coast Shaving
    $40.00

    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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  • Merkur 34G Heavy Duty Classic Safety Razor, Gold-West Coast Shaving
    $51.00

    Merkur 34G Heavy Duty Classic Safety Razor, Gold

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

    Merkur 25C Long Handle Safety Razor, Open Tooth

    19 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • WCS Multi Titanium Collection Razor, 84M-Closed Comb-West Coast Shaving
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    Original price $31.98
    Current price $25.98

    WCS Multi Titanium Collection Razor, 84M

    14 reviews

    High quality stainless steel razor with multi-colored anodized finish Textured handle Choose a head in closed or open comb *only available in chro...

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  • The Goodfellas' Smile Open Comb Safety Razor, Italico-West Coast Shaving
    $27.30

    The Goodfellas' Smile Open Comb Safety Razor, Italico

    2 reviews

    Traditional double edge safety razor Open comb  Stainless steel handle Description from the Vendor Safety razor with open guard ITALICO - The Goo...

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  • Rockwell 6C Razor, White Chrome-West Coast Shaving
    $50.00

    Rockwell 6C Razor, White Chrome

    24 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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  • Merkur Mustache and Brow Razor-West Coast Shaving
    $27.50

    Merkur Mustache and Brow Razor

    12 reviews

    The Merkur Mustache and Brow razor is a polished chrome razor. Useful for trimming mustaches, beards, sideburns, and eyebrows, the wedge shaped hea...

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  • Rockwell 6C Razor, Gunmetal-West Coast Shaving
    $50.00

    Rockwell 6C Razor, Gunmetal

    13 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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  • Edwin Jagger DE89BA11 Double Edge Safety Razor, Barley Chrome-West Coast Shaving
    $48.00

    Edwin Jagger DE89BA11 Double Edge Safety Razor, Barley Chrome

    29 reviews

    DE safety razor from Edwin Jagger Chrome-plated, with Barley pattern Well-balanced Edwin Jagger produces some of the finest shaving equipment to ...

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  • Merkur Classic 1904 / 1906 Safety Razor, Open Tooth-West Coast Shaving
    $30.00

    Merkur Classic 1904 / 1906 Safety Razor, Open Tooth

    35 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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  • WCS Vintage Collection Razor 175BR, Brass-Closed Comb-West Coast Shaving
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    Original price $32.97
    Current price $26.77

    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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  • Parker Semi Slant Safety Razor, Graphite-West Coast Shaving
    $30.00

    Parker Semi Slant Safety Razor, Graphite

    4 reviews

    Semi-Slant Head Safety Razor 3-piece razor Graphite Chrome finish Description from the Vendor The Parker "Semi-Slant" double edge safety raz...

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  • WCS Midnight Collection Razor 47B, Black Stainless Steel-Closed Comb-West Coast Shaving
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    Original price $30.97
    Current price $25.18

    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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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.