Best Safety Razor for Men in the UK 2017
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Men in the UK have been shaving with safety razors for years. They have of course been replaced in popularity with the electric razor which is simply quicker, less hassle and more convenient. Yet, there is something about a wet shave that says, "This feels REAL good." In this article we review the best safety razor that is available in the UK marketplace.
I guess in many ways, it is man's way of allowing himself a little time out to just look good and feel good.The big problem is there are so many razors out there that it can get really confusing, and quite honestly, most of them are cheap junk.
There simply is nothing that can compete with a traditional shave, and finding the best safety razor can make all the difference between a close, smooth, shave and a face covered in hacks and cuts.
Therefore we here at the Shaving Emporium have put together a list of the best safety razors that are currently on the market and available to buy in the United Kingdom:
Best Safety Razor Comparison Table - Top 20 Safety Razors
The ratings shown in the table are based on the average ratings given by actual buyers at Amazon. On there they rate their products out of a maximum score of 5. As prices change all the time, I have used an average price guide to help put these into a price range, that should make it easier to understand.
You can look on this table, to get the best preference for you, be that razor ratings or razor prices. If you want to read more reviews then simply click on the image link to see what actual buyers say about these over at Amazon. Alternatively click on the product and model name to read my detailed review.
All of the safety razors on my top 20 list are rated 4.5 out of 5 stars or higher. That means they are all high quality and range in price from around £15 on average. You will pay more for the higher quality brands with an average price there of around £30-45.
SAFETY RAZOR BRAND AND MODEL NAME
Average Buyer Rating
WEISHI 9306C Twist To Open Double Edge Safety Razor
Jagen David ® B40 - Butterfly Double Edge Razor Safety
Muhle Grande Closed Comb Safety Razor
Men's Double Edge Safety Razor Kit by Shaveology
Jagen David ® B30 - Butterfly Double Edge Razor Safety
WEISHI Long Handle Version HEAVY WEIGHT Butterfly Open
Merkur Futur Adjustable Safety Razor in Matt Chrome
Hacktan Double Edge Razor Premium Butterfly Open Safety
Merkur 33C Classic Safety Razor
Jagen David ® E01 - Double Edge Razor Safety Razor
Jagen David ® E02 - Black Double Edge Razor Safety Razor
Jagen David ® L5 - Elegant Extra Long Double Edge Razor
Parker 99R Heavy Duty Barberpole with Butterfly Opening
Edwin Jagger Amazon Exclusive Kelvin Chrome Plated
Best Safety Razor for Beginners
The Edwin Jagger D89 is one of the best selling quality safety razors available today. It gets outstanding reviews and is well priced and you should be able to get this one for under £24. As many of my colleagues here will testify, this one will probably give you the best shave you have ever experienced in your lifetime.
This one is perfect for beginners. When you use it at first, you may even experience a tingling or light burning in the face. Do not be alarmed as that is simply because you have never had such a close shave.
Once your skin adjusts to this, then you will fully understand the beauty of a close shave done properly. You will often here this type of shaving referred to as "DE Shaving".
That simply stands for double edge.This razor has a beautiful balance and is well priced. The team here really liked this one and many of them use it daily. Like any safety razor it will take just a little practise, but once you get the hang of it, you will never turn back. They are made in Sheffield in England and Jagger were established in 1988.
If you would like to read more about what type of razors to buy when starting out, then check my detailed page about safety razors for beginners.
Merkur 34C Double Edge Razor Review
There is always a real close call between the Edwin Jagger and this Merkur. Hand on heart there is very little to choose between them. The Merkur brand is well know for its very high quality, so the main difference here is the price. This model is about £10 more expensive than the Edwin Jagger model shown above.
With so little to differentiate them we found it hard to separate them on quality, so this one fell into second place, simply based on price.It is classic German quality with a perfect looking knurled handle, and the handle is 75 mm (3" long) and it weighs 100 grams (just under 4 ounces)
It has a high polish chrome finish and simply looks and feels the part. This razor will turn your shaving experience from a chore into a pleasure.
You can read my detailed review on the Merkur 34C by clicking here.
A Brief History of Safety Razors
I remember watching my Grandad using a safety razor and was quite fascinated by it all at a very early age. It was probably the lather that actually caught my interest, but then he used to swivel the handle, change blades and then actually shave. I couldn't wait for the day when the first stubble would appear on my chin, and I could get to shave.
In days gone past men used to shave with shells, then copper razors and some used bone. Wet shaving came long before dry shaving which only really emerged with the electric razor. To have a wet shave you can use a straight blade razor (cut-throat), and different types of safety razor. These include double edged, single edged, cartridge, injector and the most common which is disposable razors.
Safety razors were first invented back in the early nineteenth Century (around 1880) by two brothers Otto and Fredrik Kampfe in New York. This was the first single edge safety razor, and then a man with a rather strange name, called King Camp Gilette dominated the world of razors when he invented the double edge razor. This is simply a razor blade with two edges exposed, that is attached to a frame, and has a handle. Nowadays the world of shaving certainly is familiar with the name Gillette.
The video below takes you through exactly what a safety razor is, and how it can make shaving an enjoyable experience, rather than a chore. Many disposable razors that we would all be familiar with are technically also safety razors, simply because of their protective design.
However it is I think, the memories of our Dads or Grandads, that makes us realise the quality that is brought, by the antique looking design of what we would term, "a REAL safety razor."
What Is So Good About Using A Safety Razor?
The really simple answer to that it is that it is much cheaper. Investing in a good quality safety razor costs about £15-20 and all you need after that are some razor blades, and shaving cream. More important we think, is that you get a proper close shave, and one that is so much better than any electric shaver can deliver.
Barbers, who are well trained will use a straight blade, and that remains the ultimate close shave. However an open blade needs careful handling, and with a safety razor, you get the safety, but you also get a very close cut. If for no other reason, we think here at the Shaving Emporium that having a safety razor in your bathroom, just happens to look great. Just picture your bathroom with your top of the range safety razor, hanging on an eloquent razor stand. Even better if it perched neatly beside your shaving brush and bowl.
Best Safety Razor Buying Guide
For many men, it is simply the actual look and style of the safety razor that catches the eye. A Parker brand razor will look different to a Merkur brand, which is different to an Edwin Jagger and so on. As long as the other features meet your needs, then for us it really then comes down to how much you want to spend, and what the razor actually looks like. Let's have a look at the features you should be aware of.
The Weight and Balance In your Hand
Two things happen here that not many people realise but they are important. These are the overall weight of the razor and the length of the handle. When properly using a safety razor, it is the natural weight of the blade that will do the actual shaving. You should never need to scrape this type of razor across your face as the natural balance and weight should do that for you. It should feel like a gliding motion.
The length of the razor handle is what then gives the balance in all of this movement. A useful way to remember this is that the heavier a razor is, then the handle should be long enough to add balance for the perfect shave. Personally we would recommend that you avoid what are often referred to as "stubby razors."
The Component Parts
Usually these are the handle, the bar and the plate. Many razors can be broken down to these parts and are similar in design to the ones my Grandfather would have used. Some break down into two parts and some simply open up by twisting the handle at the bottom, to allow you to change the blade. In truth the design has little or no impact on the performance, but some people just like to be able to take the razor apart. (We have a few of those who work on this site)
The Safety Razor Bar
There are two types which are flat and slanted. The slanted is what the professionals will use, and perfect for men who have thicker facial hair. The flat bar will give a smoother shave and are also perfect when starting out to use a safety razor.
This is the actually safety element and again like the bar there are two types. There is an open comb and a closed comb. Closed combs tend to be quite aggressive and open combs are a lot smoother and better for sensitive skin. Personally we would recommend closed combs unless your facial hair has very heavy growth.
How to Use Your Safety Razor
I have attached a video below that shows exactly how a safety razor should be used. Even if you have used one before, this video is worth a watch, because many guys do not use these the right way.