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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.
  • WCS Classic Collection Razor 79S, Stainless Steel-WCS Exclusive Closed Comb (Lithe)-West Coast Shaving Sale
    from Original price $30.60
    Current price $18.36

    WCS Classic Collection Razor 79S, Stainless Steel

    4 reviews

    High quality razor Stainless steel construction Textured handle for grip and beauty Since 2007, West Coast Shaving has been meeting the grooming...

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    from Original price $30.60
    Current price $18.36
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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 Blue Titanium Collection Razor, 84BL-WCS Exclusive Closed Comb (Lithe)-West Coast Shaving Save 40%
    Original price $29.35
    Current price $17.61

    WCS Blue Titanium Collection Razor, 84BL

    10 reviews

    High quality stainless steel razor with blue anodized finish Textured handle Choose a head in closed or open comb West Coast Shaving is at it agai...

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    Original price $29.35
    Current price $17.61
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  • Rockwell 6S Adjustable Stainless Steel Safety Razor-West Coast Shaving
    $104.99

    Rockwell 6S Adjustable Stainless Steel Safety Razor

    45 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
  • 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
  • WCS Multi Titanium Collection Razor, 78M-WCS Exclusive Closed Comb (Lithe)-West Coast Shaving Save 40%
    Original price $29.35
    Current price $17.61

    WCS Multi Titanium Collection Razor, 78M

    5 reviews

    High-quality stainless steel razor with multi-colored anodized finish Slender & Textured handle Choose a head in a closed or open comb (Chrome...

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    Original price $29.35
    Current price $17.61
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  • 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
  • WCS Natural Collection Razor 38W, Walnut-WCS Exclusive Closed Comb (Lithe)-West Coast Shaving Save 40%
    Original price $31.85
    Current price $19.11

    WCS Natural Collection Razor 38W, Walnut

    4 reviews

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

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    Original price $31.85
    Current price $19.11
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  • 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
  • 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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  • WCS Natural Collection Razor 38WS, Rosewood & White Ash-WCS Exclusive Closed Comb (Lithe)-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 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
  • Karve Shaving Co. Stainless Steel Safety Razor Top Cap-West Coast Shaving Save 30%
    Original price $57.49
    Current price $40.24

    Karve Shaving Co. Stainless Steel Safety Razor Top Cap

    1 review

    Karve Safety Razor Top Cap ONLY Stainless Steel Get one to complete your razor Chris Kirchen is crafting top-of-the-line safety razors and part...

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    Original price $57.49
    Current price $40.24
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  • Edwin Jagger DE 3ONE6 Stainless Steel Safety Razor, Knurled-West Coast Shaving
    $136.99

    Edwin Jagger DE 3ONE6 Stainless Steel Safety Razor, Knurled

    9 reviews

    3 piece safety razor fits standard DE blades Newly designed safety razor Knurled handle If you're an avid fan of the Edwin Jagger DE series, then...

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    $136.99
  • WCS Natural Collection Razor 37W, Walnut-WCS Exclusive Closed Comb (Lithe)-West Coast Shaving Save 40%
    Original price $31.85
    Current price $19.11

    WCS Natural Collection Razor 37W, Walnut

    3 reviews

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

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    Original price $31.85
    Current price $19.11
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  • Rockwell T2 Twist-To-Open Adjustable Razor-Brushed Chrome-West Coast Shaving
    $157.49

    Rockwell T2 Twist-To-Open Adjustable Razor

    Adjustable safety razor Twist to open head Available in brushed chrome, gunmetal chrome, and white chrome Rockwell Razors began with the belief t...

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    $157.49
  • 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
  • WCS Natural Collection Razor 38K, KOA-WCS Exclusive Closed Comb (Lithe)-West Coast Shaving Save 40%
    Original price $31.85
    Current price $19.11

    WCS Natural Collection Razor 38K, KOA

    3 reviews

    High quality razor from West Coast Shaving Wood handle made from Koa wood Choose from a chrome-plated head in closed or open comb Since 2007, We...

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    Original price $31.85
    Current price $19.11
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  • Feather AS-D2 Stainless Safety Razor-West Coast Shaving
    $251.99

    Feather AS-D2 Stainless Safety Razor

    73 reviews

    The AS-D2 is Feather's second generation of their all stainless steel double edge safety razor. This three-piece razor is an ultra premium shaving ...

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    $251.99
  • 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
  • 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-WCS Exclusive Closed Comb (Lithe)-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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  • WCS Classic Collection Razor 77S, Stainless Steel-WCS Exclusive Closed Comb (Lithe)-West Coast Shaving Save 20%
    Original price $24.98
    Current price $19.98

    WCS Classic Collection Razor 77S, Stainless Steel

    17 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 $24.98
    Current price $19.98
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  • Yates Precision Manufacturing Double Edge Safety Razor, Updated Threading Model 921-M with Bonus Hybrid Brass Plate-West Coast Shaving
    $141.99

    Yates Precision Manufacturing Double Edge Safety Razor, Updated Threading Model 921-M with Bonus Hybrid Brass Plate

    37 reviews

    316 stainless steel Handmade in Pennsylvania "Stonewashed" durable, grippy finish In June of 2017, mechanical engineer Jake Yates turned his expe...

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    $141.99

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.