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Why Use A Double-Edge Safety Razor

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For todays post, I’m going back to basics a little, mainly because I’ve been asked this question a lot recently from men who are just getting into wet shaving, or are considering wet shaving with a double edge razor for the first time.

So for those of you who have asked, here is my basic reply to the question “Why Use a Double-Edge Safety Razor?”.

Double-edge razors, also known as safety razors, have been around since the 1900’s. These retro razors have become more popular of late, with more men starting to see the benefits of these trusty razors…but be aware that if you’re making the switch to a safety razor, your first shaving experience may not go as smoothly as you’d planned!

What is a Safety Razor?

Unlike modern razors with multiple blades, a safety razor has a single blade with two sides, one at each end of the razor head. The skin is protected from the blade with a ‘guard’, so that only the edge of the razor blade comes into contact with the skin.

Over time you will start to hear more about these guards, which are generally described as ‘closed comb’ and ‘open comb’ safety razors, but that explanation is for a more detailed post on another day.

In the meantime, for a better explanation about two of the most popular safety razors available today, click here.

Why use a Safety Razor?

Now, when you consider that the multi-bladed razors of today are ‘easier’ to use, why should you consider switching to an old school safety razor?

More affordable – the blades for a double-edge razor are much more affordable than some modern multi-blade razors
• Safety razors provide a closer shave, once you get to grips with them!
• Easy access – hard to reach areas such as around your nose and the neck area are easier to reach with a safety razor

Shaving with a safety razor is definitely an art, and as such it requires a bit of practice, however the benefits far outweigh any negatives.

A lighter touch is required when pulling the razor across your skin, and you’ll get a closer shave if you hold your skin taught, using the razor at a 30 degree angle and paying attention to the direction hairs are growing on your face.

However, once you’ve mastered the manly art of shaving with a retro double-edge safety razor, you’ll never go back to mass produced multi-blade razors, I can almost guarantee it!


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Robert Gillespie

About Robert Gillespie

Robert Gillespie is the Editor and founder of Men's Shaving magazine. Robert launched his first shaving business - The Perfect Shave - in 2005, and in 2006 was nominated as a ‘UK Entrepreneur of The Year’ finalist. With his expertise in the area of men's shaving, Robert's advice has been featured in some of the world’s leading magazines including Arena and GQ. Follow Robert on Twitter @mensshaving or get in touch directly at robert@mensshaving.co.uk
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