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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
    $35.99

    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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    $35.99
  • WCS Classic Collection Razor 78S, Stainless Steel-Closed Comb-West Coast Shaving Save 20%
    Original price $22.63
    Current price $18.18

    WCS Classic Collection Razor 78S, Stainless Steel

    33 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 $22.63
    Current price $18.18
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  • WCS Women's Silicone Safety Razor-Blush Pink-West Coast Shaving
    $45.29

    WCS Women's Silicone Safety Razor

    11 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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    $45.29
  • Henson Shaving Aluminum AL13 Mild DE Safety Razor, For Women-Rocket Red-West Coast Shaving
    $69.99

    Henson Shaving Aluminum AL13 Mild DE Safety Razor, For Women

    1 review

    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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    $69.99
  • WCS Multi Titanium Collection Razor, 84M-Closed Comb-West Coast Shaving Save 20%
    Original price $27.86
    Current price $22.38

    WCS Multi Titanium Collection Razor, 84M

    16 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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    Original price $27.86
    Current price $22.38
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  • WCS Classic Collection Razor 77S, Stainless Steel-Closed Comb-West Coast Shaving Save 20%
    Original price $22.63
    Current price $18.18

    WCS Classic Collection Razor 77S, Stainless Steel

    16 reviews

    High quality stainless steel razor Smooth, elegant handle Choose a chrome-plated head in closed comb or open comb Since 2007, West Coast Shaving...

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    Original price $22.63
    Current price $18.18
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  • Edwin Jagger DE Safety Razor, 'Extra Long' Handle, Pink-West Coast Shaving Sold out
    $41.99

    Edwin Jagger DE Safety Razor, 'Extra Long' Handle, Pink

    4 reviews

    Yeah, it's pink. Ladies, your razor has finally arrived! Guys, it is pink (just think of it as light red), you can use it too, but it takes a very ...

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    $41.99
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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.