Give someone you love a smoother shave
Double-edge safety razors are back in style! Get the smoothest shave, while protecting your skin, with one of the best-rated safety razors.
My father shaved with these when I was young. (Well, except for the years that Dad used straight razors!) It's interesting to see the old technology come back in a new form, as its merits are recognized again.
Shaving is so often a tedious chore instead of the relaxing ritual it should be. Cartridge and disposable razors are either too flimsy or too expensive over time, and often you have to press so hard to get a smooth shave, you end up with razor burn, acne, and other irritations.
Whether your beard is heavy or light, and even if you have sensitive skin, you can get a BBS (Baby Butt Shave!) with one of these good safety razors. And you can share the great feeling by giving a loved one a brand-new classic razor for his birthday or Christmas.
1. Merkur Model 180 Long Handled Safety Razor
If you want a well-balanced medium-weight razor, that shaves neither too lightly nor too aggressively, the Merkur 180 is the one for you. Its long handle with pronounced knurling is easy to hold and control. The head on this three-piece razor unscrews to quickly change the blade, and also makes it very easy to rinse out soap and hair. And finally, the shiny chrome finish and solid appearance equal a razor that looks as good as it shaves.
Click on the razor's picture to read the reviews - the first one has an excellent video by a satisfied customer. Merkur brand safety razors are made in Germany of the famous Solingen steel.
2. Edwin Jagger De89lbl Double Edge Safety Razor
Edwin Jagger brand safety razors are often recommended for beginning wet shavers due to their ease of use and fine quality. The head is engineered to hold the blade at the perfect angle for a closer shave. Its beautiful chrome finish is one of the best you'll find on any razor, and it has a satisfying weight and feel. This razor has a medium-weight shave, neither light nor aggressive.
Comes in a nice presentation box and includes 5 Derby safety blades - perfect for gift-giving! Edwin Jagger brand safety razors are made in Sheffield, England.
3. Merkur Futur 700 Adjustable Safety Razor
The Merkur Futur combines elegant design with the flexibility of an adjustable head. You can change the level of your blade to go from the mildest shave to the most aggressive. Experiment to find which setting works best for you! The longer handle makes the razor easy to control, and the head snaps off to make changing blades or cleaning quick and easy. A satiny finish completes a razor that's both beautiful and practical.
Merkur brand safety razors are made in Germany of the famous Solingen steel.
4. Feather Double-Edge Safety Razor
This light but well-made Feather has an easy-grip polymer handle, and delivers a smooth, mild shave. Excellent for those with lighter beards or sensitive skin. The Feather company also makes surgical instruments, and their razors reflect the same serious quality. This razor has a turn-to-open or "butterfly" head - just twist the handle to swivel the doors open.
Includes two Feather razor blades - try these at first with a light touch, because they're the sharpest made! Combined with the Feather razor's mildness, the combination gives you a smooth, irritation free shave.
Feather brand safety razors are made in Japan.
5. Parker 99R Long Handle Super Heavyweight Safety Razor
This heavyweight Parker is aggressive for those with heavy or coarse beards, but still shaves smoothly enough for sensitive skin. Its good long knurled handle gives you perfect control even with wet hands. Twist the handle to open the head and change the blade. The handsome nickel finish is reminiscent of classic vintage razors.
Comes with 5 Shark Super Chrome razor blades. Parker brand razors are made in India.
Ready for a smoother shave?
Which razor should you buy? Each of these top-rated safety razors will give you a smooth shave and lasting quality, so choose according to the thickness of your beard, or pick the most aesthetically pleasing shaver.
Happy shaving! You're in for a wonderful experience.
© 2012 Valerie Proctor Davis
Which safety razor would you like for a gift?
Adam on July 18, 2020:
For me, the Feather WS-D2S razor is missing here.
Very classic, wood, and metal. Top-quality workmanship.
Alan on January 09, 2019:
Would love to try the Feather Double-Edge Safety Razor.
JjHj on February 08, 2017:
I have three of the razors on this list and my favorite to shave with is the Edwin Jagger. Just feels like quality.
Sicilian on February 18, 2014:
I added a Parker 99R and a Shave Craft 101 (IKON) to my collection. Both are very nice razors.
Pick up a razor blade sampler pack to find the right blades for you. Everyone face is different.
ingridpalmer on February 18, 2014:
Should get one of these razors for my husband. He shaves daily. Great lens with lots of information.
rickcaron2008 on December 16, 2013:
1959 Gillette Flare Tip W Box Blades
Rick King from Charleston, SC on June 24, 2013:
Have always used electric razors, but am thinking about safety razors to get a BBS!
Sicilian on June 03, 2013:
I own and use a Gillette adjustable razor ( my favorite) a chrome super speed a gold super speed a Weishei chrome super speed (very good razor; very well made) and a Parker 65R. The parker has an ornate carved non slip handle. It is a well made three piece razor that gives a very good shave. I use Wilkinson Sword blades I buy at Walmart. I like Shark chrome blades as well as Sharp blades.
blestman lm on June 01, 2013:
Great lens. This is like a blast from the past. Good information on the lens and a good selection. I think if I wanted to spoil myself it would be with the Merkur
Barbara Walton from France on December 27, 2012:
Love your Valentines Day close shaves.
LadyEnglish on December 27, 2012:
Fascinating idea - razors and Valentine's Day! Love it.
Malu Couttolenc on December 14, 2012:
Great article on safety razors, no more shaving problems :)
JoshK47 on November 10, 2012: