I am a bit reluctant to give Van Der Hagen safety razor a review. It is a mass produce safety razor that has been branded by many names. Another name for this safety razor is branded by Micro Touch One.
I have a rather so so experience with Micro Touch One. It was my first safety razor and I had no clues on how to traditional wet shave. I had several mishaps learning wet shaving with MTO safety razor. It should not hinders you to get a safety razor and dive in the beautiful world of traditional wet shaving.
The Van Der Hagen Safety Razor Review
This is a perfect example of how a traditional double edge safety razor look like. Every traditional wet shaver prefers a one blade safety razor just like this one.
One blade safety razor gives you the smoothest shave without razor burns or razor bumps.
Now let’s have a look on Van Der Hagen safety razor.
What is TTO Safety Razor?
TTO stands for Twist To Open. It refers to the head of the safety razor. You twist the knob to open the head. The opening will look like a butterfly that is spreading its wings. That’s why a TTO safety razor also called a butterfly safety razor.
The design of TTO head makes it easy for you to load and unload the single razor blade.There will be no mistakes when doing it compare to the 3 pieces safety razor. I saw some people made this honest mistake all the time. They put the base in the wrong way making it impossible to get the smoothest or the comfortable shave.
This feature also helps you to easily clean the safety razor. You just open the head, take the blade out, and brush the safety razor with soap. Use the softest toothbrush when you are cleaning any safety razor.
The Handle Of Van Der Hagen Safety Razor
Although the all chromed safety razor should be slippery when wet, it is not. The handle of the razor is designed for people to have the firmest grip. It is the most important feature for the handle. You do not want to have a slippery sharp edge running loose from your hand, do you?
I rather dislike the short length of the handle. I have a small hand but I still prefer a longer handle. This is not a big problem, though. I tend to grab near the head to have a more control grip. A bit of a problem for the ladies (or men) when they want to shave their legs. A longer handle will be more of a help when reaching out to the farthest place. Or, of course, if you have a bigger hand.
The Single Edge Razor Blade
The safety razor comes with a pack of 5 Ice-Tempered razor blades. There are mixed reviews for these blades. Van Der Hagen also rebranded these blades as their own. Curious people said that these blades are probably from Merkur or Timor.
I read the positive reviews saying that you need to put respect to the sharpness of this blade. Pair this blade with a mild safety razor and you will have the perfect combo.
The negative reviews are also saying about the sharpness of this blade. They felt too harsh on the skin and gave razor burns.
Razor blades’ performances are definitely depend on your skin and your shaving technique. I hated my first try of Dorco razor blades but now I can have a good shave from them.
My suggestion is that you buy a sample of mixed razor blades. That will give you a broader insight of how different each razor blade is. I found myself prefer Wilkinson blade.
But first, I will let you try the Van Der Hagen razor blade. After all, they come with the safety razor.
Like its brothers, Micro Touch One and Weishi, Van Der Hagen safety razor is a mild razor. You can’t expect a BBS shave. Be careful when doing multiple passes. You might end up having major razor burns.
I prefer a more aggressive razor. I grab my Gillette slim adjustable almost daily. I set it at dial 9. The most aggressive setting. That’s why I only need to do 1 pass and some touch ups. Clean and efficient. With a mild razor, I have to do 3 passes before I cut every whisker to my liking and receive mild razor burns. (Remember, skill and technique will improve).
The Van Der Hagen safety razor is a heavy duty, chrome plated brass, short handled safety razor. It is a good starter safety razor for a beginner. Do not use pressure when you just converted from a multi-blade cartridge razor (or ever!).
Do you have a Van Der Hagen safety razor? Can you share your review with us?