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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
  • WCS Classic Collection Razor 110S, Stainless Steel-Closed Comb-West Coast Shaving Save 40%
    Original price $24.98
    Current price $14.99

    WCS Classic Collection Razor 110S, Stainless Steel

    12 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 $24.98
    Current price $14.99
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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
  • Rockwell 6S Adjustable Stainless Steel Safety Razor-West Coast Shaving
    $104.99

    Rockwell 6S Adjustable Stainless Steel Safety Razor

    44 reviews

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

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    $104.99
  • WCS Midnight Collection Razor 175B, Black Stainless Steel-Closed Comb-West Coast Shaving Save 20%
    Original price $24.98
    Current price $19.98

    WCS Midnight Collection Razor 175B, Black Stainless Steel

    24 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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    Original price $24.98
    Current price $19.98
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  • Merkur Futur Safety Razor Gold-West Coast Shaving Save 30%
    Original price $98.49
    Current price $68.94

    Merkur Futur Safety Razor Gold

    17 reviews

    Merkur Future Adjustable Double Edge Safety Razor is gold plated, with a polished finish. Merkur's patented fine adjustment system will give you op...

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    Original price $98.49
    Current price $68.94
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    Original price $91.49
    Current price $64.04

    Karve Shaving Co., The Christopher Bradley DE Safety Razor, 3.5" Handle & Level E Guard

    7 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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    Original price $91.49
    Current price $64.04
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  • Muhle R89 GRANDE Double Edge Safety Razor-West Coast Shaving Save 30%
    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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  • WCS Midnight Collection Razor 110B, Black Stainless Steel-Closed Comb-West Coast Shaving Save 40%
    Original price $24.98
    Current price $14.99

    WCS Midnight Collection Razor 110B, Black Stainless Steel

    8 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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    Original price $24.98
    Current price $14.99
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  • 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
  • WCS Black Titanium Collection Razor, 175BT-Closed Comb-West Coast Shaving Save 40%
    Original price $29.35
    Current price $17.61

    WCS Black Titanium Collection Razor, 175BT

    1 review

    High quality stainless steel razor with black anodized finish Textured handle for grip and beauty Choose from an open or closed comb head West C...

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    Original price $29.35
    Current price $17.61
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  • Karve Shaving Co. Solid Brass, 3.25" Safety Razor Handle-West Coast Shaving Save 30%
    Original price $43.99
    Current price $30.79

    Karve Shaving Co. Solid Brass, 3.25" Safety Razor Handle

    Knurled, guilloche handle ONLY Solid brass Handle length 3.25" (to complete your Christopher Bradley razor) Check out the exceptional grooming ...

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    Original price $43.99
    Current price $30.79
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  • WCS Classic Collection Razor 175S, Stainless Steel-Closed Comb-West Coast Shaving Save 20%
    Original price $24.98
    Current price $19.98

    WCS Classic Collection Razor 175S, Stainless Steel

    50 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 $24.98
    Current price $19.98
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  • 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
  • WCS Vintage Collection Razor 110BR, Brass-Closed Comb-West Coast Shaving Save 40%
    Original price $31.85
    Current price $19.11

    WCS Vintage Collection Razor 110BR, 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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    Original price $31.85
    Current price $19.11
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  • 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
  • WCS Multi Titanium Collection Razor, 175M-Closed Comb-West Coast Shaving Save 40%
    Original price $29.35
    Current price $17.61

    WCS Multi Titanium Collection Razor, 175M

    3 reviews

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

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    Original price $29.35
    Current price $17.61
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  • 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
  • WCS Vintage Collection Razor 175BR, Brass-Closed Comb-West Coast Shaving Save 40%
    Original price $31.85
    Current price $19.11

    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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    Original price $31.85
    Current price $19.11
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  • 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 Futur Safety Razor Polished Chrome-West Coast Shaving
    $82.99

    Merkur Futur Safety Razor Polished Chrome

    41 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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    $82.99
  • Karve Shaving Co., The Christopher Bradley DE Safety Razor, 3.5" Handle & Level C Guard-West Coast Shaving
    $91.49

    Karve Shaving Co., The Christopher Bradley DE Safety Razor, 3.5" 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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    $91.49
  • 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
  • Karve Shaving Co. Solid Brass, 4" Safety Razor Handle-West Coast Shaving Save 30%
    Original price $50.49
    Current price $35.34

    Karve Shaving Co. Solid Brass, 4" Safety Razor Handle

    1 review

    Knurled, guilloche handle ONLY Solid brass Handle length 4" (to complete your Christopher Bradley razor) Exceptional, meticulously crafted, ele...

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    Original price $50.49
    Current price $35.34
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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.