What is The Best Safety Razor? The Top Double Edge Razors for Classic Wet Shaving Reviewed in 2017

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Welcome to a better, cheaper and more environmentally friendly way to shave! A classic safety razor is characterized by high quality and affordable blades. Shaving simply becomes more fun with a proper tool!

Kudos for being well-groomed and maintaining a neat beard. Those without a beard do not understand how much hard work it is to have it look as great as it does. But we do – so congratulations.

If you have been doing this for a long time, you can attest to the fact that for a complete grooming razor one needs to have a razor – and not just any razor but the best on the market.

Reading this, you surely are in search of a great razor to complete your grooming kit. You have lots of options from the electric, straight, disposable and safety razors. But in this piece, we shall focus on safety razors. It will guide you in deciding on the best double edge razor and safety razor on the market. And now, without much ado, let’s get the ball rolling.

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6 Factors to Consider When Buying a Safety Razor

Before you spend your hard earned money, there are some factors that you need to consider.

1. Design

Safety razors vary in make, model, brand, and design. With regards to the designs, the safety razors include; the butterfly head, three-piece, two-piece and one-piece designs. Of these designs, the open butterfly razors are the most common one-piece designs.

We could go on and on about these different designs but let us focus on the basics. Let’s start with the three-piece safety razor. It is probably the most popular of all designs. The two-piece, on the other hand, is favored by most wet shavers while the one-piece designs often come with a rotating handle that opens at its cutting head.

2. Double Edged

Safety razors are considered to be double-edged. They are given this name as they can shave with both edges. You can shave using forward and backward strokes.

3. The Price

With the unstable economy, most individuals are required to work more than one job adding up to insane hours in a week. With money being earned the hard way, it is only logical that one would want to make the best use of it as possible – get the most value for every dollar spent. Before you buy any safety razor, you should compare the prices of the different brands. I should mention that cheap is not always the best. There is, however, some instances that cheap safety razors provide quality rivaling some expensive units.

Safety razor prices vary from $10 to $200. Yes, this is a huge difference and yes comparing the high-end units have significant differences in quality with the cheaper units.

4. Handle

The length of a safety razor boils down to personal preference. Different lengths appeal to different persons depending on the comfort level they provide. The longer the blade, the better suited it is
for big hands. However, some users have gone on record to state that they are slightly awkward compared to short handle safety razors.

5. Fixed vs. Adjustable Blade

Many of the safety razors available are designed with fixed blades. With these fixed blades, the exposure of the blade.
But with the improved technology and diversity, more and more companies are coming up with adjustable razors. These have their fair share of pros and cons as do the fixed blade razors.

6. Weight

Each safety razor model comes with its weight. Some are heavy and others light. Whichever the case, like the length of the handle, it still boils down to the preference of an individual. That said, some men feel that the heavier blades feature more control than the light units.

And now that we have the factors to consider out of the way, let us dig our teeth deep into the safety razor reviews. These reviews will shed some more light on the specific safety razors
and why they are preferred and the number one contenders on the market.

Before You Buy a Safety Razor – Keep This in Mind

Please note that our list is not a ranking per se – it all comes down to:

  1. Your experience level with wet shaving
  2. Your skin type
  3. Your beard coarseness
  4. Your personal preferences
  5. Your budget

None of the razors on this list is a bad razor, it is just a matter of opinion and the before mentioned factors.

Seki Edge Feather AS-D2 Stainless Steel DE Safety Razor

Seki Edge AS-D2 Feather

Seki Edge Feather AS-D2 is the final word when it comes to male grooming with a double-edged safety razor. Seki Edge gives AS-D2 the finest Japanese craftsmanship to produce a safety razor that is as beautiful and enticing as a Japanese Samurai sword. To buy a razor from the land of the Samurai swords ensures that you get the best of the craftsmanship in stainless steel design available.

When it comes to the design – you will either fall in love with it or you may think it has somewhat been overdone. For those who are familiar with the high durability 316 surgical stainless steel design, Seki Edge has taken the design of the Feather AS-D2 one step further.

The design incorporates chrome plating and matte finish that makes this safety razor fit for Japanese Royalty. One cannot expect anything less from Seki Edge, for their next generation design.

The Feather AS-D2 is built for a medium to less-than-medium aggressive shave. It perhaps is designed for style and class rather than high-end aggressiveness. The use of the solid base plate in the AS-D2 gives it a less aggressive stance than some of the other double-edged safety razors out there. Ordering from Amazon, it comes in a really exclusive burgundy gift box. There is also a version called AS-D2S that comes with a matching highly exquisite all stainless steel stand (including the previously mentioned gift box).

In all cases, you will also receive a 5 pack of Feather Hi stainless steel blades, considered by experienced wet shavers to be of the sharpest blades available.

Feather AS-D2 is a cutting-edge razor that gives you the best shave possible.

Here is a Closer Look at the Features Adorned by the Feather Seki Edge:

  • Seki is a Japanese based brand. It is well known for producing Feather blades. If you have never heard of these, they are among the sharpest blades on the market. They are by far the most effective and efficient as well.
  • While these sharp blades may cause newbies and the less experienced to shy away from using it, Seki has constructed the safety razor for precision and delivery of a gentle shave.
  • The Seki Edge boasts of a stainless steel design. Steel being one of the most durable materials and one with the strongest resistance to corrosion, it is easy to see why this is a big deal. The plate and the handle are carved from stainless steel and last for an eternity (or close to it). You will find the stainless steel easy to clean and sterilize.
  • The safety razor kit comes complete with a total of 5 stainless steel blades. The blades are double-edged and highly effective. When one edge of the blade dulls, you can use the other instead of replacing the blade altogether. Overall, the blades on this safety razor are easy to remove and fit perfectly onto the shaving head. As a result, there is minimal movement while shaving.
  • The Seki Edge’s handle is compact measuring just 4-inches. With this length, it is by far one of the shortest razors on the market. As earlier pointed out in the guide, this short handle provides for better control while shaving. The handle is finished with deep grooves which increase on its non-slip grip.
  • Compared to most safety razors, the Seki Edge comes with a slightly more aggressive angle. As such, one needs to adjust their shaving angle and technique as well to achieve a close and clean shave. This clean and close shave is without irritations. But despite the aggressive angle, it does not feature a steep learning curve.
  • How does Seki manage to have all these features cramped up in one tiny safety razor? Well, Seki is not a new entrant to the safety razor industry. It has been operational and manufacturing rooming, medical and barber kits since 1908. They, however, created their first safety razor back in 1932.

Pros

  • Extremely well manufactured, the razor scores top marks for beauty and function
  • Stainless steel construction providing the most durable finish in the market that probably will last you a lifetime
  • Proprietary design of the head makes alignment of the blade a breeze
  • Superb design and manufacture of the handle provides excellent balance, comfort, and grip, essential for your enjoyment of shaving
  • Suitable for all shavers; from beginner to highly experienced

Cons

  • Compared to most other razors the AS-D2 is quite expensive
  • Probably not the best choice for those that have a thick, tough beard

Verdict

The Feather AS-D2 is a slightly expensive option among DE safety razors in the market, but if you truly believe in class and performance and the pocket pinch don’t affect you, this is one buy you can’t avoid for the best shaving experience in the double-edged category. These magnificent razors perform superbly with Feather razor blades and should only be paired with them.

Merkur Futur 700 Adjustable Safety Razor

Merkur Futur 700 Adjustable DE Razor

Many persons ask themselves this question – which is the best safety razor. Now I probably should say this right off the bat – there isn’t any perfect or best safety razor per se. There are lots of contenders for the top position. But be it as it may, the Merkur Futur Adjustable Safety Razor is at the top of the list.

Merkur is one of the safety razor companies that have been in the industry for the longest time now – 30 years to be precise. Over the years, the company has grown courtesy of its attention to quality. The Futur is one of the high-quality safety razors by the company.

Merkur Futur is a popular razor with an adjustable head. The unit features a cool and unique design and look. It provides its users with unmatched versatility courtesy of its six settings. These six settings are designed to adjust the blade exposure.

It can be adjusted from Level 1 (sensitive) to Level 6 (aggressive) and therefore adapted to each individual’s skin type, beard coarseness, and shaving preference. The first setting provides minimal exposure of the blade while the 6th setting exposes more of the blade thus providing the most aggressive shave. The distance between the blade and comb can also be adjusted for a closer shave as your skill increases. Are these settings necessary? Yes, they are. They are perfect for accommodating to different face shapes and facial hair texture.

Now, while the adjustable blades may seem as though they are a new technology, Merkur has been in the business of making them for the longest time, since the 1980s. They have been over the years been ironing out the bugs in the design and function of the adjustable safety razor design.

The razor is cast from brass and has a chrome finish. It feels solid in the grip and looks very futuristic. Comes in a gift box and is available in matte chrome (700 version), polished chrome (701 version) and a gold-plated (702) version.

Features

  • The unit features a smooth and brushed chrome finish. The chrome finishing differs between gold-plated chrome, satin, and the standard chrome finish. The chrome finish you get depends on your personal preference.
  • It comes with a long handle. Guys into safety razor shaving and with large hands will feel it is comfortable and with a perfect grip.
  • It has a great weight which makes it easy to maneuver even as the blade exposure settings and aggressiveness are increased.
  • Made in Germany. Needless to say, German craftsmanship is almost perfect in quality.
  • In the hands of inexperienced shavers, the razor might need to getting some used to. Additionally, you will need to operate in the lower settings. Experienced shavers, however, will enjoy the quality of the results provided.

Pros

  • The ability to quickly and easily change the aggressiveness of the shave allowing a “customized” wet shaving experience
  • Weight and handle length makes this razor suitable for all but the largest of hands
  • A beauty of fine finishing and solid, good-looking modern style

Cons

  • Wide cutting head can be a bit difficult to maneuver in tight spots, such as the lip and nose area
  • Shaver’s used to a knurled handle may get the feeling of slipperiness and require extra care when changing settings
  • The new head design will require a bit of care when changing blades

Verdict

The adjustable Merkur Futur is perfect for experienced wet shavers looking for flexibility and versatility with regards to the aggressiveness of the blade. When in a high setting, the safety razor provides a smooth, close shave. The high quality and adjustability make this into a DE razor you can purchase with confidence.

Muhle R89 Closed Comb Safety Razor

Mühle R89
Muhle R89 is being produced in Mühle’s own factory in Stützengrün, a half hour drive from Leipzig in East Central Germany. Although the razor has a classic design, factors such as weight, material, the distance between the blade and razor, and the angle of the blade have been carefully thought through.
After individual parts of the razor are cast in brass or steel, they go through a special chrome plating process. This provides the razor its classic glossy appearance while protecting the metal underneath.

When you hold this razor in your hand you will notice that this is real German quality!

Perfectly suited for Muhle razor stand or Muhle razor stand & shaving brush and a perfect companion for the Muhle Silvertip shaving brush.

Please be aware that the blades have a lot to say for how shaving with your razor is experienced. Try different blades and you will quite quickly find your favorite! That being said, the rust-proof MÜHLE razor blades are the perfect match for this safety razor.

Lot’s of manufacturers in the market today will provide you with either a 3 or a 2-piece variant. The Muhle R89, however, offers them both with the Traditional version and a version called Muhle R89 Twist. It also takes this flexibility even further by providing you a version featuring an extra-long handle called Muhle R89 Grande for users that have bigger hands. There is also a Rosegold version that is based on the Traditional 3-piece version.

Mühle R89 Close Comb is a lot more forgiving than for example Mühle R41 Open Comb – particularly if you are new to wet-shaving. For more experienced users with thicker hair, the Mühle R41 Open Comb is usually recommended because it’s more aggressive blade angle, but R41 Open Comb is not recommended for novices to this kind of shaving.

Muhle offers a separate head with an open comb, so if you have a Muhle razor with a closed comb such as the R89, you can change it later by purchasing this head, making the transition to a more aggressive razor easier.

Pros

  • The razor has an excellent design and construction as well as a perfect chrome finish
  • It provides you with options to choose from; the three piece or two piece razor. If you prefer a longer and thicker handle, there is that option as well
  • It is perfect for persons who prefer a mild save (especially beginners)
  • It is lightweight which is perfect if you are transitioning from cartridge razors

Cons

  • The two-piece R89 Twist variation is quite expensive

Verdict

Muhle R89 is a great, but slightly expensive choice for beginners that want to get into classic wet shaving. It has a stunning German quality and finish. It is also a great 2nd razor for men who’ve mastered the skill of wet shaving and looking to invest in a high-end quality razor.

Parker 99R Long Handle Super Heavy Safety Razor

The best word to describe this unit is heavyweight. This unit is a bad boy – in all sense of the word. Once you first handle this unit, you will notice that it is considerably heavier than the rest you might have handled in the past. This safety razor weighs a total of 4 ounces.

Parker 99R is a large, heavy and sturdy razor. It is cast in brass and chrome plated for extra shine. The shaft has small grooves that provide a very good grip. The blade is accessed by means of a butterfly mechanism, which means that when you twist a knob on the end of the handle the razor head opens up allows you to insert a new blade.

Needless to say, this unit garners lots of attention courtesy of its weight. The good thing is that the said weight works to its advantage. All individuals with large hands prefer this unit as it is comfortable and easier to handle. That said, I should also point out that the quality of this safety razor is through the roof. If this were not the case, the unit would not have made it on this list.

But getting back to the weight – how does heavy safety razors compare to light safety razors? Does it even make a notable difference? Well, in all honesty, it does make a difference. The choice of whether to get a heavy or light razor is determined by personal preference to a great extent. But generally with heavier razors, less pressure is applied when shaving as shavers let the weight of the razor do all the work.

On the other hand, individuals who prefer light razors feel that it provides them with slightly more control in comparison to heavier razors. This is particularly when trying to get to the hard to reach areas like under the nose.

With heaver safety razors, you benefit from high aggressiveness. But the aggressiveness can work for you and against you.
As such, you need to be careful just how much pressure you apply when shaving. Once you are through the learning curve, you should be warned; you may never want to use a light safety razor again. I guess, once you go heavy you never go back. Long story short, getting a close shave is not dependent on the weight of the razor. Provided you have a quality safety razor in your hands, you are bound to get a close and clean shave. Actually, the weight distribution and balance of the razor is far more important to most individuals as most experts have gone on record to state.

While the Parker 99R is heavy, it is also surprisingly comfortable. It features a long and knurled handle designed to provide a quality grip. With this knurling, you will not have to worry about slippage as you maneuver the face.

Moving on to durability (yet another important factor to consider when choosing a quality safety razor), the Parker 99R is designed to last for ages. But in the unlikely event that one of its three parts weakens, there is always the option of a replacement for the specific parts.

Pros

  • Mild – perfect for beginners
  • Great balance and weight
  • Easy to load the blade
  • It is easy to clean
  • Has a long knurled handle

Cons

  • Some quality control issues
  • Difficult to find the perfect shaving angle
  • The finish does not appeal to some individuals

Verdict

This is a heavyweight safety razor that beats all others in the industry with great ease. It features a premium construction and design.

The Parker 99R is a great option for a beginner who is just learning the ropes of wet shaving – and especially a beginner with big hands. The razor has a great weight and balance that you can use to practice with. Remember practice makes perfect.

With the TTO design on the Parker 99R, you will have an easy time cleaning and loading blades. The only problem you might have is the issue of the butterfly doors durability.

 

Merkur HD 34c

Merkur 34c

A best-selling razor with a classic design from 1931! The Merkur 34c is a double edge razor that features a short handle that makes it easy to maneuver. Molded in brass and chrome plated for extra shine. Excellent for beginners, but is also popular for people with sensitive skin.

Pros

  • A quick glance at the Merkur HD 34C and you will see that it has a simple, but great design and build
  • While there are many 3-piece shavers in the market, the 2-piece design that this razor feature makes it very easy to adjust the blade so that it is even on both sides
  • The chrome finish is shiny and smooth and will not scratch even sensitive faces as you shave
  • The handle is made complete with knurling that helps to prevent your hand from slipping

Cons

  • The Merkur Heavy Duty 34C is certainly not the most aggressive razor on the market, but when you think about it, this is what makes it perfect for beginners in the first place
  • If you have fragile skin or a coarse beard, this razor might not be the best pick for your
  • Under the blade covering, you will notice that the chrome plating is not polished. However, since it does not come into contact with the skin at any one point, this is not a major issue

Verdict

Overall, the  Merkur HD 34C is a great razor, suitable for both beginners and seasoned wet shavers. The design and construction are of great quality, but it still is a very reasonably priced razor. The 2-piece design it sports makes assembly easier in comparison to most of the 3-piece products available today.

Edwin Jagger DE 89 Knurled Handle

Edwin Jagger DE89 Review
Edwin Jagger DE89 is an incredible piece of razor! It looks good and has a perfect weight and grip so that you have very good control even if your hands are wet. The razor is elegant and stands out from the crowd for multiple stylish details. The handle has several small and precise knobs which ensures great grip while providing a nice effect.

Edwin Jagger is a family-owned company in Sheffield. The safety razors designed in England have a solid reputation. They have above average design and craftsmanship. While there are many razors one can choose from, the one we saw to be best enough to feature in this review is the DE89Lc double-edged safety razor. One of the many reasons why this unit has grown to its popular status is its ability to shave sensitive skin. It is without a doubt the perfect safety razor for gentlemen with skin prone to irritations, nicks, and cuts.

The shaving head is of known Edwin Jagger quality, like any other Edwin Jagger razor providing a good and tight shave. Both weight and balance make this a razor that is well liked by many. The razor has a closed comb which is well adapted to the chrome base.

With regards to the design, you will be pleased to note that it features a unique design and has great balance. Its balance contributes greatly to its use on sensitive skin. But does this unit only excel on sensitive skin alone? Certainly not, it also scores highly in providing clean and close shaves on any skin types courtesy of the Edwin Jaggers Precision DE razor blade head. The shave it provides can be compared to that gotten from an old-fashioned straight razor unit.

Adding to the list of features is a beautiful chrome finish which also contributes to its longevity. The safety razor is designed to have three parts which make it easy to replace worn out parts and clean it with great hygiene.

The handle of this unit has been constructed from tubular brass and finished in chrome. It has great weight and balance which adds to the overall performance. The safety razor, compared to other units in its class is rather light.

All Edwin Jagger razors are hand assembled and given the finishing touch in Edwin Jagger factory in England. They come in a classy package that is perfectly suited to give away as a gift.

Pros

  • DE89 is a great safety razor for both novice and experienced wet shavers
  • It has a beautiful chrome finish – nearly as nice as Muhle R89
  • The safety razor is very affordable especially if you buy it from Amazon stores
  • They have an excellent blade alignment
  • Has great balance
  • It is perfect for sensitive skin

Cons

  • The chrome polish will wear out over time, but this should not be an issue when you properly dry your safety razor after use
  • Some users have complained about a slippery handle
  • Occasionally users have also complained about the bolt that holds the head to the handle breaking off
  • The handle could be shorter to accommodate those with smaller hands as well

Verdict

The DE89Lbl is without a doubt a high-class safety razor. It is the right razor for those with sensitive skin and is perfect for all skin types. Additionally, it has great longevity and can serve you for a long time.

Muhle R41 Open Comb

Muhle R41 Twist

The Muhle R41 has over the years built for itself solid reputation. Many who have used in the past nicknamed it “TheBeast”. Unlike in most situations where the term is used negatively, in this case, it is used as an endearment word.

But why the nickname? What has this safety razor got that they unanimously decided to call it the beast? Well, the Muhle R41 is among the most aggressive safety razors available. Courtesy of its aggressiveness, it is not exactly a razor that beginners learning the shaving techniques should consider.

Muhle R41 has a head with “open teeth” meaning that this razor is more aggressive than most of the other safety razors in the market. For those with coarse beards this can be an advantage, but be aware that the razor will require somewhat more skill to use than other razors.

The open tooth design is complemented by a gap behind the razor edge. This helps to ensure that the edge of the blade is always free of residue and stubble when shaving.

For safety purposes, the Muhle R41 features a safety bar. This allows for a close shave without cuts and nicks. In this light, it beats the cheap low-quality safety razors hands down. But despite this safety design, you should not hack on your face as though you are chopping off a branch from a tree.

We do not recommend you to start with this razor if you have had no previous experience with traditional wet shaving.

But if you have the technique mastered, it is the perfect partner to fell all those rough facial hair with great ease.

The R41 features several designs; 3 designs to be exact. These include the three-piece Grande, the traditional 3-piece design, and the 2-piece twist. Of the three designs, the Grande design features an interchangeable handle. If you are not okay with the grip of one handle, you can change it with the one you feel comfortable using. Of the three designs, the Twist is the heaviest and comes with the longest handle as well.

They all feature a chrome plated finish that gives it a feeling of great craftsmanship and design- a clear sign that this is a German brand.

With its aggressiveness, you should expect a clean and clean shave without applying a lot of pressure. The razor features an open tooth comb design. With this design, the blade is held at an angle and helps experienced shavers get the closest shave with ease.

 

Aside from its aggressiveness, the Muhle R41 weighs way less compared to other safety razors in the market. It also has a one of a kind balance – the kind you only expect from a high-quality safety razor from a reputable brand.

Pros

  • Features great craftsmanship and an ergonomic design
  • Has an open comb design that helps to shave beards in fewer passes
  • Has great knurling design that helps keep the shaver from slipping
  • Have three different designs
  • Provides a close shave

Cons

  • Slightly expensive
  • It is aggressive and not ideal for beginners

Verdict

For men that sport coarse beards or those that have sensitive skin, those who are out in search of an aggressive safety razor to get a clean look in fewer passes, the Muhle R41 will provide you with the best option. You probably should ensure that the edition you get is 2013 or later. Other editions of the product feature some features that make it slightly less aggressive or less forgiving on the skin.

While this razor is not perfect for newbies, you should not let it scare you away. The moment you get used to its aggressive nature you will be happy with the close shave you get each time.

The product comes in 3 variants which vary not only in weight, handle size, length, and weight but also in cost. If you love the 3 piece design, go with the Grande or the Traditional version. On the other hand, if you are looking for a 2-piece design then the Twist is perfect for you. Give it a try, and you will surely not be disappointed.

 

Merkur Progress

Merkur Progress

Merkur Progress is a very popular razor with an adjustable head. It can be adjusted to 5 different levels of aggressiveness and thus be adapted to your skin type. The razor is cast from brass and has a polished chrome finish. It feels good and solid in the hand and sports a nice classic look. This model is also available in a long-handled version.

Pros

  • The adjustable safety razor can be varied between mild and aggressive depending on the needs of the wet shaver
  • You can juggle between a 3 pass shave setting and a 2 pass shave setting and still get great results
  • Simple construction -the razor has a great design, is easy to use and last for long

Cons

  • Features a slippery handle
  • To use the razor, one has to go through a learning curve. This learning curve makes it fall short of the number one recommended safety razor for beginners
  • Assembling the razor, though a two piece razor, comes with a slight learning curve for beginners

Verdict

The Merkur Progress is an adjustable razor. It is loved by experienced wet shavers as it offers them versatility. The 5 adjustable settings vary the aggressiveness of the unit between mild and highly aggressive.

The safety razor is durable and has a high cutting performance. Beginners may opt to stay away from this unit due to the long learning curve involved. But nonetheless, it is a great investment for users who have mastered the wet shaving technique.

Merkur 23c

Merkur 23C Long Handle

Merkur 23c (also known as Merkur 180) safety razor from German Merkur is one of the most popular safety razors on Amazon. This is a long-handled version of Merkur 34c. Made of steel with quality chrome finish its powerful and trustworthy design is made to keep for a lifetime. The razor gives a closer and more frictionless shave than you get with a multi-blade razor without irritation and red rashes as there is only a single razor-sharp blade extending over the skin instead of several. The razor has a great weight in your hand, gives a close and comfortable shave.

Pros

  • High-quality safety razor with an affordable price tag
  • Easy to clean courtesy of its removable head
  • The 4 inch long handle is perfect making the transition to a DE razor from a disposable cartridge razor smooth and fast
  • Has a guard inclusive option for newbies in wet shaving
  • The chrome plating finish is rust resistant

Cons

  • The knurling is shallow
  • The razor is not adjustable
  • For many men with big hands, the handle will feel slim
  • The screw holding the different parts in place may rust and break off with time

Verdict

This safety razor is perfect for both men and women looking to save some extra dollars that they spend on cartridge refills.

The unit is 4 inches long and is perfect for men and women with large hands. If this long-handled version is not your preference, there is the Merkur 34C HD safety razor mentioned earlier that you could try out.

It is important to note that the unit comes with a 3-piece design. This design makes it very easy to assemble, disassemble and clean. It is unfortunately not adjustable and as such, you will have to use the blade at its prepositioned 30-degree angle.

With the right technique, you can get a smooth, close shave. Last but not least, the unit is insanely cheap and affordable for all and will serve you for a reasonably long time.

Merkur 37c Slant

Merkur 37c Slant

Merkur 37C Slant Bar is suitable for those with heavy or coarse beards. The slanted head enables the blade to make an even closer shave than a regular razor. The downside is that it increases the chance to cut yourself, but used correctly this safety razor is great for people with sensitive skin since it requires very little pressure against the skin to get a really smooth, great shave. A favorite among experienced wet shavers! For best results with this razor, you should have some experience with traditional wet shaving.

Pros

  • The slanted angle of the blade gives a close shave with fewer passes
  • It is great for men who have sensitive skin
  • Effective for men with course beards
  • The weight is evenly distributed
  • Great grip for men with small or normal size hands

Cons

  • The safety shaver is pretty aggressive – it is easy to nick yourself if you lose concentration or when you are just beginning to learn wet shaving
  • Not for men with large hands due to a short handle
  • In my opinion, it is not a pretty design – but effective – sure!
  • It is not ideal for beginners

Verdict

Merkur 37c Slant is perfect for experienced shavers who have a firm grasp on their wet shaving skills. This is due to the aggressive nature of the razor courtesy of its slanted blade.

It is not recommended for beginners who really should learn the art of wet shaving before advancing to a razor as aggressive as this.

Lastly, it is a razor perfect for sensitive skin and coarse facial hair.

The Safety Razor Background

The traditional safety razor was invented by Mr. King Camp Gillette in 1901. Since then a lot has happened in the market, but has is it really been an improvement or just a way to make shaving more complex and expensive for you on? We believe that one blade is enough, which has been proven in several tests! Save money, make less trash and give your day a better start!

Saving

With a safety razor, you can choose between many different types of blades. Common to all is that the prices are much lower than cartridges blades. A 5 pack of high-quality blades usually cost less than $5. Lots of people go through a 4 pack of Gillette’s a month. The savings will quickly add up over a year when a 4 pack of Gillette Fusion blades costs nearly $20! Let’s just keep it simple and say that is $ 200 a year vs $50 a year in high-quality safety blades. Gillette comes out at least once a year with new designs that can not be used with older blades or handles. And now you know that a high-quality handle and comb will probably last you a lifetime…!

More Fun

It is more certainly more pleasurable to shave with proper equipment. Combine a high-quality safety razor with a good shaving cream or soap and make a daily dull routine into a great way to start your day!

Quality and Environment

Once you have bought the quality product, it will last more or less forever. Nor will there be new models with a slightly different “improvement” that require you to throw away the old one. Get a simple hand-made quality product and be proud as well as happy. Proud that you are having the minimum impact on the environment and happy that you are getting a smoother shave.

Safety Razor Head Design Types

Safety razors vary a little in design; some have a different mechanism for inserting a new blade, others have a uniform design, and some are assigned to specific tasks. Here is an overview of the most common types.

Safety Razors Having a Closed Comb

A closed comb is the most common type of head on a safety razor. This is recommended for most people, both beginners and experienced. With a closed comb only a small portion of the blade is being exposed, hence the name “safety razor”.

Most safety razors we will discuss have a closed comb. Safety razors from the German brand Mühle have a common head with a closely aligned closed comb (apart from a few varieties that have open comb). Whether you go for the test winner Mühle R89 or another variant of Mühle with a different design, rest assured you will get a good shave!

Safety Razors With an Open Comb

An open comb allows more of the blade to be exposed. An open comb is thus more aggressive in its setting than one with a closed comb. In reality, safety razors have a partial rather than a completely open comb. In addition to more exposure of the razor’s blade, there is also a slightly different angle of the blade. A razor with an open comb is ideal for those with a coarse and dense beard. A good razor in this category is Muhle R41.

Note that an open comb razor is a little harder to shave with at the beginning, so if you have no experience with traditional shaving we recommend that you choose one with a closed comb.

Please note: Mühle offers a separate head with an open comb, so if you have a Mühle razor with a closed comb like the R89, you can change to an open comb later by purchasing this head.

Safety Razors With a Slant Bar Design

The head on these razors is tilted at an angle. While regular razors cut the hair by pushing the blade straight towards the hair, the angle of a slant bar design makes the blade cut the hair slightly sideways. This ensures an even closer shave than a regular razor can provide. The chance to cut yourself is a bit higher, but if it is used correctly; the angle creates a very nice shave for people with sensitive skin since it requires less pressure against the skin. A great razor with a slant bar is the Merkur 37C.

Safety Razors With an Adjustable Design

Some razors are adjustable. This means that you can regulate the distance between the comb and the blade. The longer the distance, the more aggressive and closer shave you will get. These are nice because as you get better at shaving, you can adjust the gap and get a closer shave. Some users will choose to use the same setting on the razor for their entire shave, while others use a more aggressive setting for the jaw and a gentler one for the neck. Probably the most popular razor in this category is Merkur Futur and Merkur Progress.

Please note that Slant and Adjustable heads are available on fewer models and usually have longer delivery times and may be sold out due to limited production.

Where to Buy Safety Razors For Best Shaving Experience

Perhaps you aren’t so familiar with where to buy the best safety razors for classic wet shaving. You don’t need to feel dejected about this.

I’m sure that you must have noticed the fact that the best safety razor models aren’t always available at local supermarkets and retail stores. Many times the few models on display at these stores are those you wouldn’t place near your face – not to talk about using them for wet shaving.

In fact, buying a good safety razor is quite different from just purchasing a common cartridge razor. After all, using a safety razor isn’t only about shaving. You also need to consider your safety and comfort.

With that in mind, the question that needs an answer isn’t really,’Which is the best?’, but,”Where to get the best?”.

Apart from some barber shops and reputable retail outlets, the best place to get good safety razors is online. To say the truth, you can only get the best models online and you’ll have the opportunity to choose your preferred brand from different varieties.

Don’t forget that the best consumer goods are only available in a few places. This is also true for the best safety razors.

Being an avid user of safety razors myself, I can say that you will only get the best safety razors on some sites online.

Online purchase of safety razors isn’t only convenient (you can do it by just clicking a mouse), but also very economical compared to the listed prices in the local stores.

I’ll share with you an online site where you can find the best safety razors you’re looking for. This is a place where I’ve had the privilege of purchasing things from and I can attest to their credibility.

Where to Buy Safety Razors That’ll Make You Happy?

Amazon

Amazon is an online store that doesn’t need much introduction.

However, the secret which many people aren’t aware of is that Amazon has the best brands of safety razors available on the market. I buy all my safety razors straight from Amazon. They usually have the best prices as well.

Even beside safety razors, you’ll also get the best shaving supplies on Amazon with after-sale services of free shipping depending on the value of your order (usually starts at $35). They provide a super quick delivery service.

Safety Razors Compared to All of the Best in the Industry

Most men believe that safety razors are the best option for those who take their shaving seriously. But we shall not force this thinking on you. We shall provide you with all the relevant information and let you decide for yourself. However, we too think that safety razors are cool shaving gadgets.

So here is the question. Are safety razors better than straight razors, cartridge razors, and electric razors? Well, this still depends on the individuals you talk to as well as the experience you prefer. The decision of the best also boils down to which you have experience using felling the unsightly facial hair.

Below is a list and comparison of some of the different types of shaving razors and how they may be perfect (or not perfect) for you.

1. Safety Razors

Given that we have already gone through the safety razors above, we shall keep this short. Let’s go back to the basics. Safety razors were designed after the straight razors. Compared to the straight razors, safety razors were an advancement at the time with regards to safety. They recorded a reduced number of cuts and nicks.

Most of the safety razors in the current market feature double-edged bladed. This allows a shaver to use both ends with great ease. Safety razors feature a lot of benefits including the fact that they are economical in the long run. The initial buy might seem costly compared to other units, but over time, they end up saving you cash. Quality safety razors can last a lifetime or get very close to a lifetime. The replacement blades are inexpensive compared to the price of disposable razor blades.

And the beauty of using safety razors is that they provide a close shave similar to that of a traditional most trusted straight razor.

2. Straight Razor

If you want to do it as your grandfather did, then straight razors are perfect for you. If you love those old western movies, you might have seen the rugged men using these straight razors to achieve a smooth and close shave.

Straight razors are simple and come in two parts; the handle and the blade. The handle also doubles as the storage for this blade. It is a fact that straight razors provide close shaves courtesy of the complete control they afford the user. The fact that the blade is fully exposed also helps the situation. Additionally, it is also a fact that straight razors are known for their infliction of cuts, nicks, and wounds.

To help maintain the blade’s sharpness over the years, it is imperative that you hone and strop the blade. While not many individuals use straight razors (it takes a long time to master the shaving technique), it popularity in the current century is fast growing.

3. Cartridge Razor

When you think of a cartridge razor, the first thing that pops into your head should be convenience. The cartridge razors were first introduced to the people in the 1970s by the popular brand Gillette. Most men have made this razor type their preferred choice courtesy of its ease of use as well as ease of purchase.

The beauty of cartridge razors is that even when you forget yours at home, you can always get a new one from any gas station or drug store. Aside from their ease of use, they feature a fixed angle which helps to reduce the chances of nicking or cutting yourself.

Cartridge razors are not only efficient but also cheap and affordable. They always provide a shave that does not disappoint. Their convenience is the bomb.

4. Electric Razor

These units take convenience to another level. If you are not into the mess related with other shavers, you should prefer an electric razor. With an electric razor, all you need is to turn it on and start shaving. No prior preparations are required to ensure you achieve a close shave.

There are Two Types of Electric Razors

These include foil and rotary. The rotary shavers feature between 3 and four shaving heads with blades behind them. Foil shavers on the other hand feature a floating head with the blades seating behind a metal grid for protection. Aside from their design, they also vary in their ease of cleaning and the close shave they provide. The rotary shavers are perfect for the close shave while the foil shavers are easy to clean.

Electric razors also come in corded and cordless versions. There is a lot to love about these shavers from their lightweight design, portability, and efficiency. But on the flip side, irritations are more rampant since no prepping or lubrication is involved in the process.

How We Settled on The Best Safety Razors Listed in This Article

Well, the decision we made was a combination of three things; research, personal experience, and customer reviews. While we might not have had the resources and ability to test out every safety razor out there, we sunk our teeth deep to those we could get our hands on.

Final Remarks

I hope you’ve now gotten a good idea about where to get the best safety razors. I’ll like to read your reactions after having tested my suggestion.

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