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The Best Safety Razor in 2018: Top 3

Updated on January 22, 2018
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Since graduating university, Paul has worked as a bookseller, librarian, and educator. Born in the UK, he now lives in Florida.

In my experience, safety razors are an effective, cost efficient, and injury free way to get a close shave. They have been around since the end of the 19th Century (the term "safety razor" was first filed for patent in filed in 1880 by Fredrik and Otto Kampfe of Brooklyn, New York).

Until the 1960s, the blades were made of carbon steel, which made them prone to rusting, but nowadays they are almost all made from stainless steel.

When buying, in my opinion you should take into account a number of factors, if you want to buy the right one for your needs.

  • Razors come in different sizes, some with longer and some with shorter handles.
  • Although they all should ideally be well-balanced (neither top or bottom heavy), some razors are heavier and some more lightweight.
  • Blades vary and usually have one to three cutting edges, and occasionally four or five.
  • Double edge (DE) razors are a popular alternative to the products that use proprietary cartridges, in part because they work out cheaper when you factor in the cost of the blades. DE razors are still designed and made in many countries including: the United States, Canada, the UK, China, Germany, and Japan.

The 3 Best Safety Razors

Here are my selections.

  • The Edwin Jagger: Smart, Well Designed and Durable
  • Parker 99R: Heavyweight Contender
  • Weishi 9306-c: Beautifully Engineered

I explain the reasons for my choices below.

Every time I go and shave, I assume there's someone else on the planet shaving. So I say, 'I'm gonna go shave, too.

— Mitch Hedberg

How to Choose The Right Safety Razor

-The two main factors to consider when buying a safety razor are size and weight.

-You will need one that is well-balanced, that feels comfortable to hold and maneuver. If the razor is too light, you may use too much pressure and cut your skin; if it's too heavy, you may not apply enough pressure.

-Make sure that make that the gap between the blade and the safety bar is the same on both sides. This distinguishes the cheaper models from the quality razors, such as Merkur or Edwin Jagger.

If you don't mind smelling like peanut butter for two or three days, peanut butter is darn good shaving cream.

— Barry Goldwater
The Edwin Jagger DE89Lbl offers a well balanced, close shave from a sturdy, durable and well built razor.  It has an attractive, classic appearance too, with the Edwin Jagger name embossed around the collar and patterned detail to enhance it further.
The Edwin Jagger DE89Lbl offers a well balanced, close shave from a sturdy, durable and well built razor. It has an attractive, classic appearance too, with the Edwin Jagger name embossed around the collar and patterned detail to enhance it further.

Smart, Well Designed and Durable: The Edwin Jagger

For those requiring a close and accurate shave, the Edwin Jagger DE89Lbl has to be on the list of razors to check out.

These razors are smart, well designed and durable. The expertly engineered closed comb head caps the shiny chrome plated tubular handle, which is constructed from solid brass.

The Edwin Jagger name is embossed around the collar. A classic lined pattern detail enhances its appearance further.

In terms of usability, the Edwin Jagger is well balanced for a perfect performance, consistently providing a very close shave.

I always wanted to shave. It is a very natural process. For my birthday I got a lot of shaving stuff.

— Chaz Bono

Parker 99R: Heavyweight Contender

Weighing in at 3.4 ounces, the Parker 99R is designed for those like more weight to their razor.  It is built with a chrome-plated brass frame for maximum durability and sturdiness.  The Parker delivers a barbershop-close shave and is comfortable.
Weighing in at 3.4 ounces, the Parker 99R is designed for those like more weight to their razor. It is built with a chrome-plated brass frame for maximum durability and sturdiness. The Parker delivers a barbershop-close shave and is comfortable.

For those who like their razor to have more weight to it, the Parker 99R delivers a comfortable and barbershop-close shave. This heavyweight razor is 3.4 ounces, giving more substance.

Constructed with a chrome plated brass frame for sturdiness and durability, the Parker is built to last. Changing the blades is easy, you just turn the knob at the base of the handle and the butterfly doors open up.

Beautifully designed, the Parker has a textured handle so that there is no slippage, even if your hands are wet.

How to Use a Safety Razor to get a Close Shave: Top 5 Tips

1. Preparation. Apply a hot, damp towel to your face, then apply a thick and even lather.

2. Don't apply too much pressure with the razor, it can cause cuts to the face.

3. Angles. The handle starts parallel to the floor, and the razor to your face. Now tilt the razor down until it touches the skin, and come straight down. Short strokes are more accurate, aim for each one to be no more than an inch.

4. Go with the grain of your hair/beard.

5. It's a skill and practice makes perfect.

I hate shaving. It's much easier to just do a little stubble, but my wife and daughter like it when I'm clean-shaven. If you see me with a clean face, then you know I'm in the kissing mode!

— Patrick Dempsey
Offering excellent value for money, the Weishi is constructed with a chrome plated heavy copper alloy body for maximum durability and sturdiness.  It delivers a comfortable, close shave and won't cost you the Earth to buy.
Offering excellent value for money, the Weishi is constructed with a chrome plated heavy copper alloy body for maximum durability and sturdiness. It delivers a comfortable, close shave and won't cost you the Earth to buy.

Weishi 9306-c: Beautifully Engineered

With a chrome plated heavy copper alloy body to give it strength and sturdiness, the Weishi 9306-c is another razor that you should consider.

The Weishi features twist to open technology, making it easy and safe to insert new blades when you need to.

This beautifully engineered safety razor uses standard double edge blades and makes an ideal gift for family and friends.

The Weishi offers excellent value for money.

I guess I'm not that metrosexual. My bathroom cabinet is hardly overflowing with products. I only really have my stuff for shaving. I can't honestly say I moisturise, though I probably should.

— Clive Owen

After Shave Care and Grooming

When you are done shaving, you should dab your face with a towel that's been dampened with cold water. This close the pores and reduces skin irritation and the chances of breakouts.

Now apply your favorite aftershave. A good aftershave will bring back moisture to your face and reduce any possible skin irritation, as well as make you smell good.

You should also apply some rubbing alcohol occasionally to your razor. As well as extending the razor's life, it will help to reduce bacteria too.

Rich and luxurious, the Taylor of Old Bond Street cream blends the woody scents of Sandalwood and Cedar, with the more floral aromas of Lavender, Rosemary, Jasmine and Rose, for an exotic and vivacious bouquet to enhance the male grooming experience.
Rich and luxurious, the Taylor of Old Bond Street cream blends the woody scents of Sandalwood and Cedar, with the more floral aromas of Lavender, Rosemary, Jasmine and Rose, for an exotic and vivacious bouquet to enhance the male grooming experience.

Why not Treat Yourself to Some Rich Exotic Shaving Cream Too?

If you are buying a brand new razor, why skimp on the shaving cream?

This Taylor of Old Bond Street Sandalwood Shaving Cream Bowl supplies a rich and vivacious, sweet scented bouquet for those who like to do their grooming in luxury and style.

The Taylor's cream provides a woody and exotic blend of Sandalwood and Cedar, with hints of Lavender, Rosemary, Jasmine and Rose, an enticing mix for the assertive and masculine shaver.

The cream comes in an attractive bowl, making moisturizing and lathering a breeze.

© 2015 Paul Goodman

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