Beginners Guide to Safety Razors
If you are looking to make the switch from expensive cartridge or electric razors or even if you are new to shaving altogether then you have come to the right place. The world of traditional safety razors may seem a bit daunting but I can assure you its not.
I spent a long time using expensive plastic disposable razors before I made the move to a good solid double edge safety razor, I became so fed up with irritated skin and in-growing hairs, one day I decided enough was enough.
There are predominantly four main types of double edge safety razors and we have created this guide to help you understand each of them in a bit more detail, ultimately providing the information you need to pick the right safety razor for you.
Closed Comb Safety Razors
This is the most popular safety razor head design. Closed comb razors are good for both novices and the more experienced user, and is suited for regular use. The closed comb or safety bar provides protection against nicks and cuts by keeping the skin tight using the bar. This gives you a smoother, flatter surface for shaving. The Merkur 34c and the Edwin Jagger DE89 are both excellent razors in this category.
Open Comb Safety Razors
Open comb safety razors are often regarded as giving a more 'aggressive' shave, an open comb razor is more suited to those with heavier beard growth. The teeth help to guide and position the beard hair so the blade can cut them more effectively without clogging the razor. The teeth also permit extra lather to enter the cutting area to lubricate.
Slant Bar Safety Razors
Slant bar safety razors are also regarded as giving a more 'aggressive' shave, the slanting head allows one end of the razor blade to be more exposed than the other, resulting in a very close shave. These razors are not recommended for novice users.
Adjustable Safety Razors
Adjustable safety razors allow the user to adjust the distance between the blade edge and the safety bar. The larger the gap the more hair the razor can cut, resulting in a closer shave using fewer passes. However, the increased gap can also make the razor much more aggressive, due to the extra amount of your skin and beard that is exposed to the blade. This can cause shaving irritation and razor burn.