The Best Safety Razors You Can Find for Beginners
As a beginner in wet shaving, I have difficulties to find a recommendation for the best double edged safety razors for beginners. I have no idea where to search and where to buy and what to buy. Of course, because you are here, you have the same problem as me.
By the way, CONGRATULATIONS! You have made a great decision. Traditional wet shaving is the best way to go.
I will help you find your starter razor. You will need to find a mild razor in aggressiveness and a good but a very forgiving blade. What is aggressiveness and what is a forgiving blade? Let’s talk about them and later you can decide which ones are for you.
You have to learn the term of aggressiveness in a safety razor. Most people in wet shaving world will recommend you to get a safety razor for a beginner. They will tell you to find a mild aggressiveness razor.
To understand what a mild aggressiveness, I will have to explain the term aggressive first.
To consider a safety razor is aggressive, it must have:
- A rather wide blade gap. A wide gap will allow the blade to eat whiskers easily.
- A rather exposed blade. An expose blade will easily find targets to cut.
- A very close shave. The razor will cut your hair very close to the skin, giving you a very smooth shave.
Of course all of that just a common ground that people agreed on. There will be others explaining what an aggressive razor is really mean. It will be their versions. You might develop your own idea about the meaning of aggressiveness yourself.
For me, an aggressive razor is the one that could easily cut your hair and YOU. Yes, if you are not careful using it, you will bleed.
After giving you an understanding what an aggressive razor is, I have to agree with the seniors on shaving forums. You need a mild safety razor for a beginner.
Just don’t expect a BBS with a mild razor, though.
The Best Double Edged Safety Razors for Beginners
Without further ado, these safety razors are suitable for a beginner:
- Feather Popular. This safety razor is a TTO (Twist To Open) razor with a plastic handle. If you have a budget issue, this one will not drain your pocket out of money. A very good one to have for learning. This is also a super mild safety razor. (Remember, quality reflects in the price)
- Lord L6. This is a three pieces safety razor. The long handle will benefit people with bigger hands. It is a mild razor (not aggressive). And it is cheap! You may want to replace this razor with a better performance razor after you have accustomed to wet shaving. (Again, quality reflects in the price)
- Merkur 34C. This is a two pieces safety razor. The weight is a bit heavy but good enough to give enough pressure by itself while you are shaving. Because sometimes when you are using a lightweight razor, you may force pressure on your face. This will cause weepers. Merkur 34 C will be your best buddy. It will not disappoint you. You can read my full review on Merkur 34 C here.
- Muhle R89. A good beginner razor. If you are serious enough about getting a good razor, then this is your razor. Still mild enough for a starter in wet shaving. You may also find it beautifully designed. Manufactured by one of the oldest names in the wet shaving world, you can be sure that Muhle R89 will fulfill your demand. Read my full review on Muhle R89 here.
- Merkur Progress. If you really want a progressing razor, the one that allows you to learn as a newbie and progress to an advanced shaver, then this is your razor. You start with a mild setting for learning. Then you can set it to a more aggressive setting to accommodate your newly gained skill. It is like having 6 razors in one. You can go wrong with this one.
For me, I like the Merkur Progress as it will help you to get a more aggressive shaving progressively. If you find it too harsh, dial it down to a milder setting. If you need a closer shave, dial it up to a more aggressive setting. It is as easy as that.
Remember! Get one of these! Choose Merkur Progress if you want a long lasting razor. Even you can pass it to your child and grandchild. Why? Because You deserve the best!
There you have it. The best double edged safety razors for beginners. You should be able to get a nice shave with any of them. Learn from them. Every razor has its own unique approach.
I still want to try a Muhle R41. This is the most aggressive razor out there. People in Badger and Blade forum rated this savage razor 9.5 out of 10 on aggressiveness scale (10 is the most aggressive). It was downgraded from the scale of 10 – a Muhle R41 (2011 version).
Why do I want to try the most aggressive razor? Well, I found that I fond of a BBS shave. I couldn’t get it from a mild razor.
After you have purchased your razor, you still need to find a good blade to accompany it. A good razor with a bad blade will ruin your shaving.
A good razor blade needs to be thin and sharp. It will not easily dull. You can shave with it 3-4 times at least. But for best performance, use it twice at most. After all, blades are cheap. Way cheaper than those multi blades cartridge razors, but still gives way better performance.
I will also recommend you to get a sampler pack. A sampler pack will consist of several brands of blades. You will try them out and find one that suits you best. Mind you that everyone has their own preferences on blades. I prefer Astra Super Platinum because it gives a good feedback sound and a smooth shave.
Other people will recommend Feather, Wilkinson Sword, Derby, and many other brands of double edge razor blades. This is exactly why I prefer you to get a sampler pack. And also to find a forgiving blade for you. Some blades will easily cut you because of its sharpness. But mostly because you have not mastered DE wet shaving.
But do not ditch your stock right away. Maybe later in your journey, after you have better yourself in technique and skills, you may find your hated blade becomes your new favorite.
Now that you have one of the best double edged safety razors for beginners and some blades, please try and give me reports of how your shave went. Or give me your reasons why your razor is better than the ones on my list. Down there. In the comment section.