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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 23C Long Handle Safety Razor-West Coast Shaving Save 20%
    Original price $37.99
    Current price $30.39

    Merkur 23C Long Handle Safety Razor

    135 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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    Original price $37.99
    Current price $30.39
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  • Merkur Classic 1904 / 1906 Safety Razor with Bar-West Coast Shaving Save 20%
    Original price $31.49
    Current price $25.19

    Merkur Classic 1904 / 1906 Safety Razor with Bar

    48 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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    Original price $31.49
    Current price $25.19
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  • Merkur 33C Classic Safety Razor-West Coast Shaving Save 20%
    Original price $36.99
    Current price $29.59

    Merkur 33C Classic Safety Razor

    42 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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    Original price $36.99
    Current price $29.59
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  • WCS Natural Collection Razor 38W, Rosewood-Closed Comb-West Coast Shaving Save 30%
    Original price $26.23
    Current price $18.36

    WCS Natural Collection Razor 38W, Rosewood

    11 reviews

    High quality razor from West Coast Shaving Wood-handled Choose from a chrome-plated head in closed comb or open comb Since 2007, West Coast Shav...

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    Original price $26.23
    Current price $18.36
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  • WCS Natural Collection Razor 38WS, Rosewood & White Ash-Closed Comb-West Coast Shaving Save 40%
    Original price $26.23
    Current price $15.74

    WCS Natural Collection Razor 38WS, Rosewood & White Ash

    8 reviews

    High quality razor from West Coast Shaving Wood-handled Choose from a chrome-plated head in closed comb or open comb Since 2007, West Coast Shav...

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    Original price $26.23
    Current price $15.74
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  • Merkur Classic 1904 / 1906 Safety Razor, Open Tooth-West Coast Shaving Save 20%
    Original price $31.49
    Current price $25.19

    Merkur Classic 1904 / 1906 Safety Razor, Open Tooth

    38 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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    Original price $31.49
    Current price $25.19
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  • WCS Midnight Collection Razor 47B, Black Stainless Steel-Closed Comb-West Coast Shaving Save 40%
    Original price $28.73
    Current price $17.24

    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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    Original price $28.73
    Current price $17.24
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  • Merkur 15C Classic Safety Razor, Open Tooth-West Coast Shaving Save 20%
    Original price $37.99
    Current price $30.39

    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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    Original price $37.99
    Current price $30.39
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  • Merkur Mustache and Brow Razor-West Coast Shaving Save 20%
    Original price $30.49
    Current price $24.39

    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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    Original price $30.49
    Current price $24.39
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  • WCS Natural Collection Razor 37W, Rosewood-Closed Comb-West Coast Shaving Save 40%
    Original price $26.23
    Current price $15.74

    WCS Natural Collection Razor 37W, Rosewood

    7 reviews

    High quality razor from West Coast Shaving Wood-handled Choose from a chrome-plated head in closed comb or open comb Since 2007, West Coast Shav...

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    Original price $26.23
    Current price $15.74
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  • WCS Natural Collection Razor 37WS, Rosewood & White Ash-Closed Comb-West Coast Shaving Save 40%
    Original price $26.23
    Current price $15.74

    WCS Natural Collection Razor 37WS, Rosewood & White Ash

    4 reviews

    High quality razor from West Coast Shaving Wood-handled Choose from a chrome-plated head in closed comb or open comb Since 2007, West Coast Shav...

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    Original price $26.23
    Current price $15.74
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  • WCS Vintage Collection Razor 47BR, Brass-Closed Comb-West Coast Shaving Save 40%
    Original price $31.85
    Current price $19.11

    WCS Vintage Collection Razor 47BR, Brass

    1 review

    High quality razor, economical price Brass construction Choose from an open or closed comb head from the drop down menu Since 2007, West Coas...

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    Original price $31.85
    Current price $19.11
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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.