Best Safety Razor for Men in the UK
How to get the perfect smooth shave everyday with a Double Edged Safety Razor and a high quality shaving cream...
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 razors that are 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, many 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.
This is a long and detailed article, and we know some readers will be in a hurry, and not have time to read the full article. So if you just want a quick decision, then we would recommend the Jagen David ® B40, currently available at Amazon UK.
This is from a London company, comes in a beautiful gift box and also comes with a razor stand. This makes a great gift.
Best Safety Razor Comparison Table - Top 20 Safety Razors
The ratings shown in the table are based on the average ratings given by online buyers. On there they rate their products, and we have then assembled those in percentage terms, all scored out of 100%. To make life easier, we have only included razors with a buyer satisfaction rating of 90% or more.
Prices change all the time, so we have used Recommended Retail Prices (RRP). Usually though, there are discounts available online, as you will see in our reviews under the table.
You can sort this table, to get the best preference for you, be that razor ratings or razor prices. We have sorted the list by those that sell really well, and also have the highest buyer ratings. Hopefully that makes life a little bit easier.
|Safety Razor Name||Image||Average RRP||Online Buyer Rating||Brief Description|
|Jagen David ® E01 - Double Edge Razor Safety Razor||£18.99||92%||Closed comb head
Comes with travel case
9 cm long
|Jagen David ® B40 - Butterfly Double Edge Razor Safety||£39.99||96%||11.5 cm long
Fits all standard DE razor blades
|Edwin Jagger DE89L Lined Detail Chrome Plated Double||£24.00||90%||Chrome handle with lined pattern
Made in Sheffield
Two part head
|Muhle R89 Closed Comb Safety Razor||£31.50||93%||9 cm long
Great Beginner Choice
|Parker 99R Heavy Duty Barberpole||£26.99||90%||All metal construction
Twist to open
11 cm long
|Merkur 23C Long Handle Safety Razor||£26.95||94%||4" long knurled handle
Weighs 5.9 grams
|Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Safety Razor||£31.03||96%||75 mm long
|Jagen David ® E02 - Black Double Edge Razor||£7.99||92%||11 cm long
Hard plastic handle
Fits all standard DE blades
|Jagen David ® L5 - Elegant Extra Long Double Edge Razor||£29.99||92%||1.5 cm long
30 day money back guarantee
|Merkur 33C Classic Safety Razor||£22.87||92%||Knurled Handle
65 mm long
Jagen David ® E01 - Double Edge Razor Safety Razor Review
This one sells the most online. That is down to the popular brand name, and the lower than usual price for a high quality DE safety razor.
Jagen David ® B40 - Butterfly Double Edge Razor Safety Review
This Is the one that we would recommend to most buyers, as it is just one of the best out there, and gets consistently high buyer online ratings, time after time.
Edwin Jagger D89L - 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.
Muhle R89 Closed Comb Safety Razor Review
It is clear from reading so many online reviews, that many buyers really like this German bases Muhle brand. There is no doubt, that they do make high end quality shaving products. This is a very popular one, and a really nice looking classical style DE razor.
Parker 99R Heavy Duty Barberpole with Butterfly Opening Review
The Parker brand make a number of safety razors, but this is their best selling one. Those who buy it, like it a lot, and as the name would suggest, this is a heavy razor.
Merkur 23C Long Handle Safety Razor Review
This 23C model from Merkur has been around for a long time. Over that period it has always received very good reviews, as you can see from a 94% buyer satisfaction rating.
Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Safety Razor Review
When you see a 96% buyer satisfaction rating, we really don't need to tell you how good this one is. The reason it doesn't sell more is that it does have the higher end price point.
Jagen David ® E02 - Black Double Edge Razor Safety Razor Review
This is by quite a distance the cheapest DE razor on the list. Primarily that comes down to the fact that this one has a hard plastic handle, unlike all of the others which are metal and knurled for a good grip. It is however one to consider if you are dithering and wonder if you will like wet shaving with this type of razor.
Jagen David ® L5 - Elegant Extra Long Double Edge Razor Review
Another one here from Jagen David and again this one does well when it comes to buyer ratings. This one is extra long so aimed at those guys with larger hands or long fingers.
Merkur 33C Classic Safety Razor Review
We finish here with a Merkur, and this 33C model is another razor that has been out for a very long time, and sells consistently well.
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 for Shaving?
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.
So there you go folks. That is a pretty comprehensive look, at the best safety razors currently available on the UK marketplace. If you are new to this type of shaving, then good luck, and we believe you will be very impressed, and save yourself a ton of money.