How to choose a safety razor

January 3, 2014 · Posted in Safety Razor Advice 

How to choose a safety razor

So, you’ve decided to give classic wet shaving a try. Now, you have to figure out which safety razor to buy. For those new to the world of wet shaving, this can seem like an indomitable task. Safety razors come in a variety of shapes and forms, and choosing the wrong one for you could turn you off to wet shaving entirely.

To help you choose the safety razor that is best for you, we will walk you through the top five factors that you need to consider when searching for a safety razor.

1: Balance

A safety razor is like a sword: It level of balance will determine your ability to wield it, and everybody’s hands have unique balance preferences–some people prefer top heavy razors, some prefer grip heavy ones, and others prefer ones with a central balance. Don’t be afraid to try a few razors out to see which one has the best balance for your hands.

2: Weight

Once again taking its cue from the sword, safety razors come available in a variety of weights. Like with balance, the weight of the razor will determine your ability to be able to dexterously wield it. For some individuals, a light razor might make it difficult for a heavy handed person to accurately gauge how much pressure you are applying; likewise, a heavy razor could cause you to inadvertently cut yourself if you aren’t comfortable with it.

3: Grip

What is the use of any tool if you cannot properly hold it? When browsing safety razors, take a few moments to feel how the grip would work in your hand. When ordering your safety razor online, you can compare the shape of the various grips with household items that you grip every day. Small hammers, kitchen knives and toothbrushes, for example, would be good tools to compare with.

Also, take into account the material of the grip. You know what type of material you prefer, so if you prefer grasping metal grips, avoid investing in a safety razor with a rubber one.

4: Blade Angle

Part of shaving with a perfect stroke is manual skill, and part of it is the angle of the blade that you are using. The blades of safety razors are available in a variety of curvature angles. If a blade’s angle isn’t working for you, don’t give up. Just try a deeper or shallower one.

5: Blade Sharpness

The sharpness of safety razor blades also varies. You should keep in mind that a sharper blade does not always mean a closer shave.

How sharp or dull you will want your safety razor’s blade to be will vary based on your skin type. If a razor’s blade is extremely sharp and you have sensitive skin, then you will quickly find your face covered with scratches that will cause an itching and burning sensation know as razor burn. If you have rough skin, then you will face the same situation with a blade that is too dull; blades too dull for a given skin type will result in tugging and pulling–instead of cutting–that irritates your skin.

To learn more about choosing the right safety razor for your face visit our wet shaving and personal grooming shop.


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