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We have just added a brand new safety razor shop to the site. Our top picks category features some of the very best razors available, including brands such as Merkur, Edwin Jagger and Parker.

If you are looking for a real luxury shave, then have a look at our luxury shaving category. These are not cheap, but some of the best that is out there in terms of manual shaving.

Our shop also includes shaving sets, blades and everything else you need for a nice, smooth shave.

What do you think? Is your favorite safety razor on our list? Please leave a comment below to help our visitors find the right shaving equipment.


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Cost of Shaving with Safety Razors vs Cartridge Based Razors

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Since you arrived on this page, you probably shave your face every morning like most other men and are using a hand held razor to get a close, smooth shave. Like me, you have probably noticed how quickly those 30$ value packs go dull so you need to buy another batch. You can make those blades last a little longer buy using them until you start getting cuts and they're not pulling your beard hair very well anymore instead of replacing them when the colored indicator tells you it is time to go shopping for new blades, but they still get dull too quickly.

Some of the advantages with using a  good old safety razor instead of the latest invention you see advertised on TV all the time, is that they give a much closer and smoother shave, the blades last longer and they are a lot cheaper. Vintage shaving soap is also cheaper and lasts much longer than shaving cream does.

Here is an example to compare the expenses:

Cost of a value pack with razor blades: 30$ for 8 blades
Number of shaves per blade: 4
Cost of a bottle of shaving cream: 5-70$ depending on your preferred brand.

Cost of safety razor blades: 3$ for 10 blades (more blades for 1/10th of the price)
Number of shaves: 5-7
Cost of vintage shaving soap: 5$

The initial investment will be larger when buying a vintage razor, but as you can see from the numbers above, using a classic razor will save you money long term.

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Muhle R89

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Continuing with the theme of Luxurious Shavers, the Muhle R89 ($61) should not be overlooked in your quest for the perfect shave. If you value a high quality fit and finish along with superior craftsmanship, Muhle will not disappoint. Weighing in at 60 grams, the bulk of which coming from the head of the razor, the R89 provides a great feel and is a mild shaver. The Muhle R89 is a 3 piece design and features a standard safety bar with a knurled grip.

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Best Razor For Men

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We believe that the best razor for men is without a doubt a double edge safety razor. Not specific to any one model, either. Be it old, new, an expensive Edwin Jagger or inexpensive Lord. Consider the following:

Price

Some worry that getting into wetshaving is going to be an expensive endeavor. Quite the opposite is actually true. In reality, using a safety razor with a double edge blade can save you over $300 per year in blade replacement costs. Think that's crazy? Lets break this down.. The Gillette Fusion Proglide blades are priced at $7.50 a piece, or roughly $30 for a pack of 8. (discount priced) Using 2 of these blades per week, you
would need one 8 pack per month.

Multiplied by 12 for the year and that total comes to $360. By comparison, take the Feather blades for example. These extremely sharp de blades are very high quality and made in Japan. Priced at $0.44 a piece or, $22 for a pack of 50. A years supply of these will cost you around $46. With those savings in mind, you could buy a really nice Edwin Jagger safety razor with a years supply of blades, soaps and even throw in a shaving brush and it would still be much cheaper than using the Gillette.

Value

Safety razors can last a lifetime. Here's a real world example, my Father is still using my Grandfathers Gillette Adjustable from the 1950's. Week in, week out, year after year, the thing has been in use for well over 50 years. That's some solid engineering right there! Granted, it's not in the best cosmetic shape but are you going to be passing down your cartridge razor to your kids?

Quality of the Shave

The only thing that can truly rival a proper safety razor shave is a straight razor. The quality of the shave is really unmatched by a cartridge razor. No doubt about it, you can have some pretty uncomfortable shaves with a safety razor if your prep is bad, or your technique is off. There is definitely a learning curve required. However, once the skill is acquired you can expect smooth worry free shaves.

Other Benefits

Safety razor blades can be recycled, resharpened and reused for other things. Have you ever needed a razor blade to remove something? Here in Texas we have to change out our vehicle registration and inspection stickers yearly. These get applied to the inside of the windshield and can be a pain to remove. On more than one occasion I have snapped a de blade in half and used it just like any other razor blade you might find at the hardware store. (Disclaimer: Be smart, be careful, don't do this!)

Conclusion

Truthfully, this topic could be endlessly debated and in all fairness, this post has not even addressed straights, electric or disposable razors. I will however have to leave those comparisons for another day. In my mind, there is really only one best razor and it's usually whatever safety razor I happen to be using for that particular day. What do you think is the best razor for men? Let us know in the comments below!

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Edwin Jagger Chatsworth Light Horn

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Say hello to the Edwin Jagger Chatsworth 'Light Horn' Safety Razor ($92). Like other models in the Chatsworth line, it features a chrome plated three piece head with an imitation handle. Do not let the "imitation" handle fool you into thinking this is an inferior product however, this classic razor is the real deal -- handmade in Sheffield England. Once you feel the perfectly balanced handle in your hand and see the flawless chrome finish for yourself, you will likely not want to shave with anything else.

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