Safety Razors – Which One Should I Choose?
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!
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? We believe that one blade is enough, a fact which has been proven in several tests! Save money, make less trash and give your day a better start!
With a double-edge razor, you can choose between many different types of blades. Common to all is that the prices are much lower than cartridges razors. 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 cannot be used with older blades or handles. And now you know that a high-quality handle and comb will probably last you a lifetime…!
It is more certainly more pleasurable to shave with proper equipment. Combine a high-quality one with good shaving cream or soap and make a previously dull daily routine into a great way to start your day!
Quality and Environment
Once you have purchased a top 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 a 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.
Closed Comb Design
A closed comb is the most common type of head on a DE razor. This is recommended for the majority of 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 versions we will discuss have a closed comb. 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!
Open Comb Design
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, most safety razors have a partial rather than a completely open comb. In addition to more exposure to 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 version 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 to initially learn the ropes.
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.
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 nick 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.
Adjustable Settings 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 one in this category is Merkur Futur and Merkur Progress. But recently there has come some serious competitors such as Rockwell 6c and Parker Variant, both very good choices.
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.