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Shaving with one is good for your skin, good for your wallet...and good for your soul.

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WCS Midnight Collection Razor 84B, Black Stainless Steel, Closed Comb

WCS Midnight Collection Razor 84B, Black Stainless Steel, Closed Comb

West Coast Shaving

Sale: $19.17

  • Handle made from 303 Stainless Steel
  • Unique handle design that allows for grip and expert handling
  • Closed Comb head
  • Matte black coating = Kick A%$!
  • Mid length handle
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Peter T.Verified Buyer 12/28/16
Midnight Collection Razor 84B

Very pleased. Fits well in my hand and the blade hear is tight with or without a blade. Also very attractive. Will order more.

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Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Safety Razor

Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Safety Razor

Merkur

Price: $39.99

  • German Manufacturing
  • 2 piece design for easy loading
  • Closed Comb Head
  • Shorter handle for easy maneuvering
  • Brass handle
  • Widely recommended
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GregVerified Buyer03/06/17
Greatest! MERKUR 34C

The MERKUR 34C is a perfect example of precision German engineering and metalworking. It features a nice weight, which provides a smooth shaving experience. This is an excellent shaving tool that also looks very nice.

WCS Classic Collection Razor 175S, Stainless Steel Closed Comb

WCS Classic Collection Razor 175S, Stainless Steel Closed Comb

West Coast Shaving

Sale: $17.57

  • Heavy weight razor (heaviest we carry)
  • Handle made from 303 Stainless Steel
  • Closed Comb Head
  • Wide, long handle for easy grip
  • Matte stainless steel finish
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Patrick WentlingVerified Buyer03/20/17
Best razor for $20ish

Great razor for the money. Heaviest handle I've ever used. I've been shaving with it for about a month with great results. A couple nicks the first day (didn't respect the weight) after that, smooth sailing. WCS has the best customer service by far. Give this handle a shot it makes my other DE razors look like toys.

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Double Edge Safety Razor Education

DE Safety Razors are great for three reasons.

  • 1) Quality: Safety Razors offer a superior shave. Most people experience a great reduction in irritation and a closer shave when switching to a safety razor. This is due to the design of the razors, the sharper blades, and your skin only being exposed to one blade at a time.
  • 2) Cost: Shaving with a DE Safety Razor is a more economical way to shave. Because the replacement blades only cost pennies, shaving with a safety razor starts to save you money fast.
  • 3) Style: Many Safety Razors are beautiful works of craftsmanship and a real pleasure to have displayed on a bathroom sink.

Types of Safety Razors

There are 5 types of safety razors: Closed Comb, Open Comb, Butterfly, Adjustable, and Slant. Close Comb and Open Comb differ only in the amount of razor blade that is exposed to the skin. Open comb safety razors expose more of the razor blade and are, therefore, considered more aggressive in wet shaving. Butterfly safety razors are one piece and have a twist-to-open mechanism which makes it easier to insert the blade. Adjustable razors allow for the blade gap to be customized, changing the amount of blade that is exposed to the skin- which affects the aggressiveness of the shave. Slant Razor heads are designed in a unique way the offsets the razor blade so that the razor is shaving at a specific angle. We recommend Closed Comb razors for anyone who is starting off in wet shaving. Read more in our blog post.

Shaving with a Safety Razor

There are three fundamentals to shaving with a safety razor.

  • 1) Do not apply pressure. Unlike cartridge razors, the safety razor is designed so that the weight of the razor is applying the pressure needed to cut the hair.
  • 2) Have the right angle. It is important to maintain about a 30 degree angle when shaving with a safety razor. That means that you need to adjust the angle of your hold as you go around your jawline.
  • 3) Stretch your skin. It is important to keep your skin tight so that the blade can glide along your skin.
Safety Razors Reviews
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Great Razor, Heavier Than It Looks
9/17/2017
WCS Midnight Collection Razor 110B, Black Stainless Steel, Open Comb I am a long winded reviewer. Short version: This is a great razor and you should buy it if you want or want to try an open comb DE razor. My only issue is that the larger handle is heavier than it looks but no so heavy that it is a problem. After about 30 shaves I am very happy with the razor and have become accustomed to the weighty handle.



I finally decided that I needed an open comb DE razor. Being the cheapskate that I am I went looking for a "reasonably priced" razor to try before I spent a lot of money on a "new" shaving technology that I didn't like. I found the Open Comb Midnight Collection Razor 110B, in black stainless steel and really like the look of it. So I dropped it in my cart and tried to order it. I must not be the only one who liked the look of this razor because it turned out to be out of stock. So I left the web site and didn't think anymore about it. I would check back in a couple of weeks and see if it was back in stock. Much to my surprise I got an email from WCS telling me that I had left something in my shopping cart and was I still interested in purchasing it. I thought it might be back in stock but it wasn't. I emailed WCS back and said I was interested in the razor and could they let me know when it came back in stock. And if possible could I get a rain check on the sale price. WCS was great about responding to me and as soon as they had the razor back in stock I got an email and surprisingly it was still on sale so I got it for a great price.



On to the review. the razor is well made and seems to be very sturdy. It is black anodized stainless steel so that is not a surprise. I was pleased with the matte black finish. I was a little bit surprised at how heavy the handle was. I shouldn't have been, Again it is stainless steel and the handle is much thicker than most "normal sized" razor handles. The weight was not a deal breaker and in fact after a month of shaving with it I have become accustomed to the size and weight of the handle. In fact I really like the weight and my old Edwin Jagger DE seems really light in comparison.



It took me a few tries to get used to an open comb razor. It is very aggressive when compared to a closed comb razor, which should be no surprise. I got a few nicks and scrapes the first week but nothing too surprising. Worst damage I did to my face was when I did a stupid thing and caught my chin with the end of the blade and managed to take a chunk out of my self. So I spent a week shaving with my old electric until I healed up enough to get back to my wet shaving routine. Since then I have been very respectful of the open comb and have had a very good experience with it.



With my old closed comb razors I would have to take 3-5 passes to get a clean BBS shave. With this open comb razor I am BBS in 2 passes. 2 very cautious and careful passes.



I would really recommend this razor to anyone interested in trying an open comb razor. If you are not interested in a weightier razor get the more standard size handle. If like me you prefer a substantial razor get this one and you will be glad you did.
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Teriffic Shave, Great Price
9/16/2017
West Coast Shaving Safety Razor, The Gentleman, Black and Gold I am mainly an OC guy, but this razor was so nice looking and inexpensive...and West Coast Shaving sells quality products, I thought why not. Using a GSB blade, I get consistent, close shaves. I almost gave this a four. My particular razor had a burr on the top plate. I tried using a very fine file to remove it, but it broke off, exposing the interior. This is a very small flaw, but I know it will eventually doom the razor. But, great handle, too. Highly recommended.
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Feather D-2
9/15/2017
Feather AS-D2 Stainless Safety Razor Love it, I used the D-1 for several years, best razor I ever had, it still looks brand new, and I shave every day, so I decided to try the D-2. This is for sure the best razor I have ever used. Anyone that has not tried a Stainless Feather, needs to ! And buy it from West Coast : )
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Great!
9/15/2017
Parker 96R Double Edge Safety Razor In 1972 I switched from using my Dad’s old single blade razor to a newly-invented Gillette Trac II. Which I continued using -- while trying a few odd other multi-blade razors -- until I got the Parker 96R about 3 weeks ago. So that’s 45 years using the same kind of razor.



I was tired of paying $2 for a replacement blade; and Trac II is now “obsolete” and hard to get blades. The Parker razor and a 120 blade “sample pack” (about 15 different brands of blades) was inexpensive enough to give “modern” single blade razors a try.



I was a little worried I would not get a close shave; or I would get too close a shave and cut myself. And I wondered how long each blade would cut clean before I had to replace it. I thought a steel razor might feel heavy and unbalanced, after using plastic for so long.



The new “old style” razor is far better than I could have hoped for. It shaves closer that any of the multiblades I’ve tried; and of the 2 different brands of single blades I’ve tried so far, they stay sharp at least as long as a multiblade stays sharp -- for 1/10th the price of a multiblade.



With the Parker, I get less razor nicks than with my Trac II or any of the mutliblades I’ve used. The Parker is very precision-built to expose just enough of the blade to do the job. It feels great -- doesn’t feel heavy or unbalanced at all. And the twist-open makes it very easy to install and change-blades.



I am sure there are lots of other good new “old style” razors available today. But on my first try I found one that I will keep using until... Well, the razor will probably outlast me. And I’ll stick with this Parker as long as people keep making these really good single blades for “old style” razors.
Rating:
Still love it
9/15/2017
Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Safety Razor This was the first safety razor I bought a few years ago and I love it. It gives a much better shave than any of the disposible or electric razor I've ever used. The only time I cut myself was during the learning process when I made the mistake of using cheap blades. I've been using Feather blades ever since (actually I came here today to order more) and have never had a problem. I have one other three piece safety razor now that I bought for travel and it doesn't hold a candle to the 34C. The knurling on the handle makes a huge difference.
Rating:
Wow!
9/14/2017
WCS Classic Collection Stainless Steel Razor Handle 110S Through this little guy, on a Detroit grooming company Alpha razor, I absolutely have the perfect razor that delivers a perfect shave every time. The handle is well-balanced the grip on it is amazing and it's not 1,000 lb it is perfectly weighted! Definitely worth every single penny!
Rating:
Great razor
9/13/2017
Merkur 23C Long Handle Safety Razor I've had this razor a couple months now and am new to wet shaving. Never had a nick or cut. Great heft. Feels substantial, but not heavy. Well made.
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Rockwell 6s: Hard to Find Better
9/13/2017
Rockwell 6S Adjustable Stainless Steel Safety Razor Two years ago I went all in on the safety razor scene. Read countless reviews and bought a Feather AS-D2. The feather is a great razor and screams quality with the ergonomics of holding it and the shave. I bought the 6s as a travel razor as the style and mechanics function very similar to my feather. Switching back and forth between them I think the 6s is on par with the feather. Slightly heavier and different shave angle but similar quality shave. The feather cost me $170 and the Rockwell was $125 w/ stand. I dropped the number 3 plate into the shavers and like the shave enough that I have not bothered trying out the other plates. Made in USA is a nice touch as well.

One minor design issue I have is I wish the head covered the entire blade. The blades extend past the head (on the sides) about 1/8" and wish it was flush. Feels awkward grabbing the head and feeling the blade when changing the blade out.

It may seem a little pricey with most razors in the $30-$60 range but if you can afford it I highly recommend.
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Number of questions: 5
shamaha35377
September 29, 2016 1:12 PM
Q:Can you shave your head with a safety razor?
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D3r3kkj
January 28, 2017 4:12 PM
A:<p>In response to mandiga. The "correct way" is to do 3 passes with a new lather each time. First pass should be with the grain (WTG) second should be across or perpendicular to the grain (XTG). Finally you should go against the grain (ATG). So the correct way does involve going against the grain. This method gives the closest and most irrigation free shave.</p>
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kkish57673
December 7, 2016 10:52 AM
A:It could be the angle. I would experiment with the angle and try using different razor blades. A different blade can make a huge difference.
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Mandinga
December 6, 2016 5:18 PM
A:<p>I am 58 and I have been shaving against the against the grain since I was 17.....don't ask me why please.....I have tried to share the right way a couple times in the last week or two, but it just doesn't feel as close. What am I doing wrong ?? is it the angle maybe ??</p>
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shamaha35377
September 29, 2016 1:08 PM
Q:What is the best beginner safety razor?
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JazzGuitarMan
October 7, 2016 8:54 PM
A:Merkur 34C Heavy Duty was my first safety razor and I still use it. It's a phenomenal razor for beginners and it doesn't break the bank.
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shamaha35377
September 29, 2016 1:09 PM
A:We highly recommend the Merkur 34C or the Edwin Jagger DE89 Razor.
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Customer
September 29, 2016 11:33 AM
Q:What are the benefits of using a safety razor?
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shamaha35377
September 30, 2016 8:01 AM
A:1. Affordability-100 pack of blades cost average about $20 or $0.20. A blade will typical last 3-4 Shaves, so 100 pack of blades will last a full year. </p><p>2. Better For Your Skin-A safety tends to cause less irritation, less ingrown hairs and less razor bumps. In the long term improves the overall health of your skin.</p><p>3. Environmental-You reuse the safety razor, so there is no waste in terms of the razor. The razor blades can also be recycled reducing waste compared to cartridge razors. </p><p>4. Closer Shave-A safety razor tends to provide a closer shave once you learned the technique. There is also less irritation with a safety razor, so its a win-win situation.
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September 29, 2016 12:08 PM
A:

1. Affordability-100 pack of blades cost average about $20 or $0.20. A blade will typical last 3-4 Shaves, so 100 pack of blades will last a full year.

2. Better For Your Skin-A safety tends to cause less irritation, less ingrown hairs and less razor bumps. In the long term improves the overall health of your skin.

3. Environmental-You reuse the safety razor, so there is no waste in terms of the razor. The razor blades can also be recycled reducing waste compared to cartridge razors.

4. Closer Shave-A safety razor tends to provide a closer shave once you learned the technique. There is also less irritation with a safety razor, so its a win-win situation.

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September 29, 2016 11:32 AM
Q:What type of safety razors are there?
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shamaha35377
September 30, 2016 8:01 AM
A:Here is a link to our razor guide with each type of safety razor. https://www.westcoastshaving.com/blog/safety-razor-guide.html
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shamaha35377
September 29, 2016 12:18 PM
A:Here is a link to our blog with the different types of safety razors. https://www.westcoastshaving.com/blog/safety-razor-guide.html
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shamaha35377
September 29, 2016 11:39 AM
A:Here is a link to our razor guide with each type of safety razor. https://www.westcoastshaving.com/blog/safety-razor-guide.html
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September 29, 2016 11:32 AM
Q:Can you travel with a safety razor?
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shamaha35377
September 30, 2016 8:00 AM
A: Yes you can travel with a safety razor. We would highly recommend a razor case to protect your investment. Also if travel by plane, we would highly advise checking your bag vs carry on.
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September 29, 2016 12:10 PM
A:Yes you can travel with a safety razor. We would highly recommend a razor case to protect your investment. Also if travel by plane, we would highly advise checking your bag vs carry on.
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safety razor education

Everything you need to know to pick the right safety razor. (we promise there's no quiz)

what type of shaver are you?

Are you a wet shave newbie, occassional shaver, head shaver or a total pro? Here are our picks for every type of shaver.

Newbie

If you're just starting out, go with a setup that is easy to use and gives you some room for mistakes. A closed comb razor is the most forgiving. Match it with an easy-to-maneuver handle and you've got a winning combo for getting your feet [and your face] wet. Our Recommendation: WCS 84S
The closed comb and easy-to-grip handle make this perfect for newbies.

WCS Classic Collection Razor 84S, Stainless Steel, Closed Comb
Newbie

WCS Classic Collection Razor 84S, Stainless Steel, Closed Comb

Sale: $17.57

Occasional shaver

If you go 2-3 days between shaves, you'll have more hair to cut because you're shaving less often. So you need a razor that will slice through your hair more efficiently, which is exactly what an open comb will do. But be warned, you need to be more careful to not cut yourself. Our Recommendation: WCS 110B
The handle has some serious weight, adding pressure to cut hair easily.

WCS Midnight Collection Razor 110B, Black Stainless Steel, Open Comb
Occasional Shaver

WCS Midnight Collection Razor 110B, Black Stainless Steel, Open Comb

Sale: $19.17

Sensitive skin

You need a razor that can provide protection. The bar in a closed comb razor does just that, providing a buffer between the blade and your face. It is important to not apply pressure when shaving, let the razor do the work. Also make sure to test and find the perfect blade for your skin. Our Recommendation:WCS 38W
This lighter razor will help provide the right amount of pressure on your face.

WCS Natural Collection Razor 38W, Rosewood, Closed Comb
Sensitive Skin

WCS Natural Collection Razor 38W, Rosewood, Closed Comb

Sale: $19.17

Aficionado

You want the best of the best. What you need is a CNC machined head. The machined head is cut down from a piece of metal with precision machines. In a word, it is perfect proportions, perfect design, perfect material. Our Recommendation: El Capitan CNC Safety Razor
Every Part of this razor is Made in the USA... even the box it comes in.

El Capitan CNC Safety Razor
Aficionado

El Capitan CNC Safety Razor

Sale: $155.00

how to use a safety razor

We collaborated with Scott "The Clean Shaver" to create these two videos for you. One is a short 2 minute video that will show you how to shave with the safety razor, and the second video is a much longer video that will help you get your technique perfect when you shave.

Why are safety razors amazing?

Learn more about why shaving with a safety razor is good for you, good for your wallet and good for the environment.

A masculine tradition

Safety razor shaving is steeped in tradition and is sure to bring out your inner man's man. (pictured: JFK's custom-engraved safety razor and shaving kit)

Better for your skin

Disposable razor cartridges can do some serious damage to your skin. A good safety razor can give you a super-smooth shave without the bumps and nicks.

Better for your wallet

We all know how expensive disposable razor cartridges are. Let's eliminate that frustration once and for all. Now's the time for a better, more affordable shaving routine.

Better for the earth

Did you know that you'll use much less water with a classic wet shaving routine? It's true. And you won't be throwing away disposable razors every week. The earth will thank you.

Picking the right safety razor:
Head Geometry

The type of head is the most important consideration when selecting a safety razor. Depending on your skin sensitivity, hair thickness, and experience with safety razors, we recommend different head types.

Pros
Perfect for:
Hair cutting ability
Risk for irritation
5 stars = least risk
1 star = most risk
Ease of use
Affordability
5 stars = most affordable
1 star = least affordable

Closed

Straight, solid bar to protect your face

Shop All Closed

Pros

  • Most Common
  • Mild shave
  • Least irritation

Perfect for:

  • Everyday shaver
  • Sensitive skin

Hair cutting ability

Risk for irritation

Ease of use

Affordability

Open

Has openings to let more hair through

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Pros

  • Cuts hair quickly and easily
  • Doesn't clog

Perfect for:

  • Occasional shaver
  • Coarse Hair

Hair cutting ability

Risk for irritation

Ease of use

Affordability

Slant

Blade bends for efficient cutting

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Pros

  • More efficient hair cutting design
  • Still protects the skin

Perfect for:

  • Experienced DE Shaver

Hair cutting ability

Risk for irritation

Ease of use

Affordability

Adjustable

Amount of blade exposure can be adjusted

Shop All Adj

Pros

  • Modern design
  • Adjustable aggressiveness

Perfect for:

  • Shavers who want to "dial in" their blade gap

Hair cutting ability

Risk for irritation

Ease of use

Affordability

Picking the right safety razor:
weight & length

With the safety razor, weight allows for the razor to do the work of the shave; allowing the razor to apply the necessary pressure to the face through the weight of the handle. Handle length is mostly based on preference.

Manueverability
Balance
Pressure
Perfect for:

Light Weight

Under 55 grams

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Manuevering

Balance

Pressure

Perfect for:

Head Shaver

Med Weight

56-120 grams

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Manuevering

Balance

Pressure

Perfect for:

Majority of shavers

Heavy Weight

120 grams+

Shop All Heavy

Manuevering

Balance

Pressure

Perfect for:

Combining shaving with weight lifting

Regular
Handle

Shop All Regular

Manuevering

Balance

Pressure

Perfect for:

Majority of shavers

Long
Handle

Shop All Long

Manuevering

Balance

Pressure

Perfect for:

Big hands