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Safety Razor Reviews – Best of 2017

The first razors ever recorded were created in the Bronze Age, what we would today call straight razors. Prior to this, any desired beard or mustache trimming was done with primitive tools, even stones. As you can imagine, this invention was revolutionary, but despite that, they were still quite difficult to use.

After centuries of self-inflicted wounds, the safety razor was born, which in many ways is no less revolutionary than the straight razor, making shaving safe, quick, and easy, even for novice shavers.

Safety razors have a vast range of benefits compared to many types of razors on the market, some of which include:

  • Cheaper and more effective than disposable razors
  • More sturdy than both electric and disposable razors
  • No stropping or honing required
  • Closer and cleaner shave than electric razors
  • Safer than straight razors

It is these benefits that have made safety razors stay a staple of the shaving world since their birth.


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Qualities of the Best Safety Razors

Before buying any product or reading any safety razor reviews, it is important that you know what to look for, whether for a double edge razor or single blade safety razor, ensuring the product is right for your own personal needs is essential. The most important factors when considering any blade include: Material and finish, handle length, balance, weight, and price.

Material and Finish

If you’re looking for a safety razor that will last and continue to save you money for a long time, which is highly recommended, a high quality material construction and finish are essential to prevent damage from regular wear and tear. A good material will prevent rust, hold blades securely and ensure a close shave without any extra effort. A good way to ensure quality construction is to read safety razor reviews and product specifications.

Handle Length and Balance

Surprisingly, a very important but overlooked factor is handle length. A good handle will provide an appropriate balance and a good grip. Those with larger hands may want to purchase a model with a longer handle, as it can improve grip and provide more leverage, allowing a closer shave with minimal effort.

Weight

Weight is mostly a matter of personal preference and shaving style. Weightier blades can provide a closer shave with less pressure and chance of injury, while a light blade can provide easier control, but requires more vigilance to use.

Price

Everyone’s shaving budget is different, and as such is a personal matter. However, high price range safety razors tend to be more reliable and sturdy, although less expensive products can also be effective, more effort is required to find a great product at a lower price range.

 


Safety Razor Reviews – Best of 2017

Through countless reviews, product testing, features, construction, weight and balance, we have compiled a list of the 6 best safety razors. This will help provide you a good understanding of what makes a good safety razor and help you wade through all of the low-quality options which are flooding the market. With a good quality set of safety razor blades, these products will provide a great shave for years to come.


Seki Edge Feather – Stainless Steel Double Edge

Seki Edge Feather is one of the highest rated safety razors of all time. Everything from the construction, to the handle and positioning of the blade were elegantly designed for daily shaving. Despite it not being very aggressive, it provides and extremely close shave. However, it’s low aggressiveness makes it less ideal for shaving through thick and long beards.

Seki Edge Feather All Stainless Steel Double Edge Safety Razor (AS-D2)

Pros:

  • Stainless steel construction
  • Extremely sturdy and reliable
  • Close and smooth shave
  • Little aggression
  • Comfortable grip
  • Very well-balanced

Cons:

  • Not ideal for shaving long hair (low aggression)

 

The qualities of this blade make it an ideal daily use safety razor, and it’s high reliability and strength make it an investment that can last a lifetime if cared for properly.

 


Merkur Futur Adjustable Double Edge Safety Razor #700

The Merkur Future is a fairly versatile and effective safety razor which can be a great everyday razor while also capable of cutting longer and denser hair with ease. For a low cost razor, it has a fairly strong construction. However, because it is fairly aggressive, it may not be ideal for beginners, but it can serve properly as a first safety razor if treated with care.

Pros:Merkur Futur Adjustable Double Edge Safety Razor #700 + 10 Free DE Razor Blades

  • Fairly strong construction
  • Adjustable
  • Matte finish
  • Long, thick handle
  • Low cost

Cons:

  • No textured grip
  • Fairly aggressive, not ideal for beginners

If you’re looking for a fairly reliable razor that for several years, but don’t want to pay a premium price for a high-end model, the Merkur Futur is a great choice.

 


Jatai Feather Stainless Steel Double Edge Razor Combo Pack

As many have noted in their Jatai Feather safety razor reviews, this is the Rolls Royce of all razors. In every way, this model exceeds both expectations and competing razors. This razor is capable of easily lasting a lifetime and providing a great shave. Because of its moderate aggression, it is versatile old fashioned razor, cable of cutting any kind of hair with ease.

Jatai Feather Stainless Steel Double Edge Razor with Stainless Steel Stand, Extra Blades, & Gift Box

Pros:

  • Stainless steel construction
  • Extremely durable and reliable
  • Beautiful design
  • Extremely close shave
  • Smooth
  • Great long-term investment
  • Moderately aggressive

Cons:

  • Higher cost

 

Of all products, the safety razor reviews of this product were far above anything else we have encountered, and our personal experience validates this fact 10 times over. From our own experience, we can honestly say this is the best safety razor currently available.

 


Parker 99R – Super Heavyweight Butterfly Open Double Edge Safety Razor

The Parker 99R is a truly one-of-a-kind blade. The long handle and heavy weight make it remarkably easy to achieve a close shave, and is well-suited for those with larger hands, and it’s length makes it a great razor for shaving your head. The cost of this blade is exceptionally low for the quality, though be careful, as it is highly aggressive.

 

Pros:Parker 99R - Long Handle SUPER HEAVYWEIGHT Butterfly Open Double Edge Safety Razor & 5 Shark Super Chrome Blades

  • Very low cost for quality
  • Chrome plating
  • Twist to open
  • Long handle
  • Textured grip
  • Fairly heavy
  • Very aggressive

Cons:

  • Head opening can get jammed
  • Must use care to prevent nicks, not ideal for inexperienced users

 

If you have experience shaving and are looking for a blade that can provide a close and aggressive shave for dense and long at a low cost, the Parker 99R is an exceptional choice.

 


Edwin Jagger DE89bl Chrome Plated Double Edge Safety Razor

The Edwin Jagger DE89bl is one of the best most well-rounded safety razors available at a low cost. Because it is only moderately aggressive, it is capable of both smooth shaving without nicking, as well as cutting through somewhat thicker hair. However, be careful, as the handle can get quite slick while wet shaving.

Pros:Edwin Jagger DE89bl Chrome Plated Double Edge Safety Razor

  • Chrome plated
  • Close shave
  • Well-balanced
  • Hard to nick
  • Smooth shave
  • Low cost

Cons:

  • No grip, can get quite slick

 

This model is a great choice for those who are looking for a safety razor versatile enough for daily shaving as well as cutting through thick hair at a low cost.


Muhle R89 Closed Comb Double Edge Safety Razor

If you have never used a safety razor and are concerned about proper use or injuring yourself, the Muhle R89 is the ideal beginners safety razor. When used correctly, the closed comb provides safety reducing the closeness of the shave, and in addition, it available for quite a low cost.

Pros:Muhle Closed Comb Double Edge Safety Razor, R89, Chrome Plated Metal

  • Textured grip
  • Low cost
  • Hard to nick
  • Great for beginners
  • Close shave
  • Closed comb

Cons:

  • Not very sturdy — don’t drop

 

 

If you’re new to safety razors and don’t want to spend the money on a Jatai or Seki model, this is a perfect model for you.

 


Any of these safety razors can be highly effective depending on the circumstance, but before buying, be sure the razor has all the qualities you are looking for; from butterfly razors to combed razors, any of these may be ideal for you. Doing this will ensure a great product and a reliable shave for a lifetime.

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