Updated: June 5, 2015
Safety Razor Reviews:Are you the type of guy that uses the disposable razors once or twice and then throws them in the garbage? Are you constantly irritating your facial skin while using an electric shaver? There is another solution guys. Yes, the old fashioned safety razors are making a comeback these days. Why you may ask? Well, they are safer for the environment and cause less waste. You can recycle the used stainless steel razor blades every week and the razor itself will last for decades. Our grandfathers shaved with the safety razors, some even used the straight razors you periodically see in barber shops. I know my father was reluctant to change over from his safety razor to the more modern disposable types or electric model. I will agree with him that the newer shaving products don't give you as close a shave as the old fashioned styles. I think one of the main reasons the younger generation has gone away from safety razors is fear of cutting themselves. If used properly they are very safe and give you a very close shave. Perhaps time is an issue - or maybe you like using the electric shaver in your car on the way to work. We just suggest trying a safety razor whe you have time and see what the difference is like.
Choosing a Safety Razor - There are really 3 main brands when it comes to safety razors - Merkur, Edwin Jagger, and Parker. $30 to $40 is what you'll pay for one of these. The Merkur Model 180 Long Handled Safety Razor is the most popular of them all and it's made in Germany (has been for decades). The long handle provides plenty of control even for those with larger hands. There is definitely a learning curve to shaving with a safety razor, but once you get the hang of it, you'll love it. We provided a nice instructional video down below so you can watch someone using a safety razor and see how they do it. Let the weight of the razor do the work and never pull down on the razor. That will only result in cutting yourself. After a few times you'll get the hang of it and never look back. We found countless reviews posted online from men who estimated they had spent $1000+ on disposable shaving products and now they were happy to cut that budget way down. Just get replacement blades when yours get dull. Many recommend the Merkur-Razor Double Edge Razor Blades. How many shaves can you get with a single razor blade? Depends on your whisker length and thickness. Each guy is different. A good estimate is 5 to 10 shaves. Keep in mind it's much safer to shave with a sharp blade than a dull one. You risk cutting yourself more often when using a dull blade - you will try tugging at the razor to get the blade to cut and that is not good. Another excellent model is the Edwin Jagger De89lbl Double Edge Safety Razor Chrome Plated - closer to $40 but still worth the price. Owners say the 'balance' on this is superb and it helps reduce ingrowing hairs. The razor comes with 5 Derby safety blades. Men that are used to Gillette shaving products like the Mach 3 or Fusion may change their minds if they try wet shaving with a safety razor. Countless comments posted to Amazon talk of 'no going back to Gillette' and razor burn issues. The Parker 99R is the last safety razor worth considering. It features a brass frame that is nickel plated for durability. The 4 inch long handle combined with the 3.4 ounce weight make this a heavyweight. A few guys mention that the blades it comes with are no good, try others before giving up on the product. A few others say the build quality is not that of a Merkur or Edwin Jagger. The one Parker we like is the Parker SR1 Stainless Steel Straight Edge Razor. A slightly different shaving experience, but the straight edge looks great. You can browse the best selling safety razors here.