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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 38C HD Long Handle Barber Pole Safety Razor-West Coast Shaving
    $58.99

    Merkur 38C HD Long Handle Barber Pole Safety Razor

    92 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
  • Henson Shaving Aluminum AL13 Medium DE Safety Razor-Aircraft Aluminum-West Coast Shaving
    $73.49

    Henson Shaving Aluminum AL13 Medium DE Safety Razor

    18 reviews

    Medium aggression, three piece safety razor Non-traditional, aerospace engineering with exacting tolerances Available in 6 colors from the drop do...

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    $73.49
  • Henson Shaving Aluminum AL13 Mild DE Safety Razor-Military Green-West Coast Shaving
    $73.49

    Henson Shaving Aluminum AL13 Mild DE Safety Razor

    8 reviews

    Mild aggression, three piece safety razor Non-traditional, aerospace engineering with exacting tolerances Available in 6 colors from the drop down...

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    $73.49
  • 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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  • 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
  • SLANT BAR - Merkur 37C Heavy Duty Safety Razor-West Coast Shaving
    $56.99

    SLANT BAR - Merkur 37C Heavy Duty Safety Razor

    82 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
  • Merkur 39C HD Long Handle Barber Pole Safety Razor, Slant Bar-West Coast Shaving
    $62.49

    Merkur 39C HD Long Handle Barber Pole Safety Razor, Slant Bar

    32 reviews

    The Merkur Heavy Duty Long Handle Barber Pole Safety Razor is a chrome finished 2-piece double edge razor. The comfortable handle is approximately ...

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    $62.49
  • 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 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
  • Muhle R41 Double Edge Safety Razor, Open Comb-West Coast Shaving
    $58.99

    Muhle R41 Double Edge Safety Razor, Open Comb

    45 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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    $58.99
  • Muhle R89 Double Edge Safety Razor-West Coast Shaving
    $58.99

    Muhle R89 Double Edge Safety Razor

    38 reviews

    So, why are you here looking at some traditional safety razors today? Let's see, were you recently out to dinner when someone came up to you and wa...

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    $58.99
  • Merkur Black Handle 38 HD Barber Pole Safety Razor (38BLK)-West Coast Shaving
    $62.99

    Merkur Black Handle 38 HD Barber Pole Safety Razor (38BLK)

    4 reviews

    The Merkur Heavy Duty Long Handle Barber Pole Safety Razor is a chrome finished 2-piece double edge razor with a black handle. The comfortable hand...

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    $62.99
  • Henson Shaving Aluminum AL13 Mild DE Safety Razor, For Women-Rocket Red-West Coast Shaving
    $73.49

    Henson Shaving Aluminum AL13 Mild DE Safety Razor, For Women

    3 reviews

    Three piece safety razor for women Lightweight and maneuverable for body shaving Available in 5 colors from the drop down menu Henson Shaving beg...

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    $73.49
  • Parker Variant Adjustable Razor, Satin Chrome-West Coast Shaving
    $62.49

    Parker Variant Adjustable Razor, Satin Chrome

    24 reviews

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

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    $62.49
  • Parker Variant Adjustable Razor, Graphite-West Coast Shaving
    $62.49

    Parker Variant Adjustable Razor, Graphite

    28 reviews

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

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    $62.49
  • Edwin Jagger Chatsworth Double Edge Safety Razor, Imitation Ivory-West Coast Shaving
    $68.99

    Edwin Jagger Chatsworth Double Edge Safety Razor, Imitation Ivory

    3 reviews

    Edwin Jagger, a name that is renowned the world over for hand-crafting the finest shaving equipment, has found a perfect match with its own hard ch...

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    $68.99
  • The ARCHIE Starter Wet Shaving Set-Wood-West Coast Shaving Save 20%
    Original price $76.85
    Current price $61.48

    The ARCHIE Starter Wet Shaving Set

    2 Reviews

    Shaving Kit for getting started Includes soap, brush, razor, & blades Soap scented with a classic barbershop aroma Description: Are you ready...

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    Original price $76.85
    Current price $61.48
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  • Edwin Jagger Imitation Ivory Plaza Double Edge Razor-West Coast Shaving
    $68.99

    Edwin Jagger Imitation Ivory Plaza Double Edge Razor

    12 reviews

    The Plaza line, up until early 2011, was only available in up-scale physical stores. We are excited to have this razor available for sale on our we...

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    $68.99
  • Muhle R89 GRANDE Double Edge Safety Razor-West Coast Shaving Sold out
    Original price $78.99
    Current price $55.29

    Muhle R89 GRANDE Double Edge Safety Razor

    20 reviews

    Life isn't too complicated, and that's just the way we like it. You have work, family and friends, hobbies, and your annual vacation. Things are go...

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    Original price $78.99
    Current price $55.29
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  • Edwin Jagger DE89BA11 Double Edge Safety Razor, Barley Chrome-West Coast Shaving Sold out
    $51.49

    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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    $51.49
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  • Merkur Travel Safety Razor with Long Handle-West Coast Shaving Sold out
    Original price $88.49
    Current price $61.94

    Merkur Travel Safety Razor with Long Handle

    3 reviews

    This travel razor features a long handle, which is rare of a travel razor. The razor's chrome handle is attractive and easy to hold. Comes with a 1...

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    Original price $88.49
    Current price $61.94
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  • Muhle R41 TWIST Double Edge Safety Razor-West Coast Shaving Sold out
    Original price $83.99
    Current price $58.79

    Muhle R41 TWIST Double Edge Safety Razor

    5 reviews

    High quality safety razor for the ambitious wet shaver Chrome-plated for beauty in form and function Replaceable blades available Like wet shavi...

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    Original price $83.99
    Current price $58.79
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    Original price $87.99
    Current price $61.59

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

    4 reviews

    Double edge safety razor Solid brass Knurled, guilloche style handle Chris Kirchen is the metal-worker behind Karve Shaving Co. Based out of Ca...

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    Original price $87.99
    Current price $61.59
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  • Rockwell 6C Razor, White Chrome-West Coast Shaving Sold out
    $52.49

    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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    $52.49
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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.