Why Use A Double-Edge or Safety Razor?
There are many reasons men elect to shave in this old-school style, including:
- • Affordability: Replacement blades are more affordable than multi-blade razors and you can use both sides, so they last longer too. Less blades = less money.
- • Better Access: Most DE Blades have a slimmer design which enables improved access to hair in tough-to-reach areas like under the nose and neck crevices.
- • Closeness: Many feel these blades provide a closer and smoother shave than multi-blade counterparts.
Of course, there are some drawbacks to such a razor. Chief amongst these concerns is the increased likelihood for cutting oneself, as well as the additional time it takes many non-experts to shave as they adjust to the dual-edged learning curve.
What's The Best Safety Razor or Double-Edge For Me?
There are thousands of amazing safety razors so the "right" double-edge razor for you is out there. Here's a quick chart with the best of the best to make selecting one a tad easier.
Instructions For Usage
The beginning and ending of a double edge shave should be conducted just as described in our Guide To “Getting The Greatest Shave Ever” article. However, change arrives when double edge hits skin – and here are some techniques and guidelines to make certain it’s an enjoyable experience.
• No Pressure: These razors are not designed to be bullied into the skin as doing so can lead to bleeding or irritation. Instead, gently glide the razor across the face with little to no pressure and the blade will adeptly remove stubborn stubble.
• Change The Angle: Double edge razors should move across the face at about a 30 degree angle of blade to skin. This ensures a very close shave and minimal irritation. That said, obviously no slicing or side-to-side motion.
• Go With the Flow: Each pass should be a short stroke in the direction of hair growth. Since hair grows in different directions on every man, make sure to take note of your specific hair direction prior to shaving.
• Stretch The Skin: Double edge razors always do their best work on skin that is held taut. So, when taking passes, use your free hand to stretch these areas.
• Rinse Often: Another benefit of this ilk of razor is that having two sides enables the user to flip the blade over before rinsing. That said, running the blade under water between major passes is recommended.
Safety Razor Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Will I cut myself?
A: There is a bit more of a degree of difficulty, but if you follow our instructions and keep your equipment in good working order, you aren't any more likely to cut yourself with a double-edged than you would be with a cartridge razor one single blade razor.
Q: Will (these blades) fit on (this razor)?
A: Safety razors and blades aren't like cartridge razors that have unique attachment mechanisms--they're more or less universal. In fact, part of the fun is finding your favorite combination of a razor and blades.
Q: What kind of pre-shave and cream or soap do I need to use?
A: A lot of guys like to overhaul their entire shaving regimen when they get a safety razor and pick up the classic brush, soap and bowl setup, but really, you can shave with whatever shaving cream you're using now (unless it's canned foam--you should throw that crap out anyway).