15 Best Safety Razors: Quality Craftsmanship + A Super Close Shave

Whether you are looking to take a new approach to your grooming routine, looking to save a few bucks, or simply want total control over your morning shave, a quality double edge safety will make a world of difference. We found that the Merkur 38C HD was by and far the overall best double edge safety razor on the market today. For those who are more seasoned with the double edge safety razor, then we highly recommend the Merkur Futur adjustable razor given its impressive ability to provide an incredibly close yet comfortable shave in only a single pass.

But it would be a disservice to the entire wet shaving community and to you as the reader if we were to explain how just one single double edge safety razor could completely revamp your grooming routine.

In fact, when taking up wet shaving, and in particular using a double edge safety razor, there are a plethora of factors to consider. From comb design atop the razors head, the length of the handle, the overall weight of the double edge safety razor itself, or even just simply the design on the handle of the double edge safety razor can all have a direct impact on how the razor performs.

Of course its equally important to acknowledge that blades do have a huge impact on how they perform when you make the appropriate passes with your double edge safety razor in hand.

With all this being said – we are going to help you on this journey so you can find the absolute perfect double edge safety razor that will fit seamlessly into your grooming routine and should get you started on the right track to a better shave.

15 Best Safety Razors Reviewed

1. Baxter of California Safety Razor

The Baxter of California safety razor has everything that you need to get a close and comfortable shave.

This 3-piece safety razor features a closed comb head to increase comfort along with a lightweight handle (2.3oz) that will make it very beginner-friendly.

Another aspect about this safety razor that we absolutely loved was the knurled handle design.

This little extra feature ensures that there is no accidental slippage of the handle (especially when your hands are coated with shave cream) so you won’t cut yourself while shaving.

In addition to the beginner friendly design we also love the fact that this safety razor comes with 5 starter blades (Derby).

These 5 starter blades help offset the elevated price point – and gets you started shaving right away.

Like the Merkur and Muhle safety razors, this safety razor is actually made in Germany, even though the company name may indicate otherwise.

Overall this is a great safety razor for those looking to treat themselves or plan on giving one as a gift.

Key Facts To Know About Baxter Of California

Respected men’s grooming brands
Founded in 1965
Established in California (West Hollywood)

What You Need To Know
This is a premium product from a brand that is known to have naturally higher price point. Makes a perfect and thoughtful gift.

2. BBNY& Co

With a closed comb head to help eliminate razor burn, nicks, cuts, and all other shave related issues, this satin black razor by BBNY&Co is quite impressive.

Whether you are new to wet shaving or have been at it for a long time, BBNY&Co have expertly engineered this razor to fit your needs. It is a mildly aggressive razor that comes with 10 Platinum series razor blades and a fantastic leather pouch cover that is perfect for traveling!

Although the 4.5 oz. weight of this razor might seem a bit heavy, it balances itself out remarkably well; thus providing a smooth and manageable shave.

Not only does the razor function well, but it looks fantastic while doing it! Made with brass core that is completely covered in a black satin finish on the head, neck, and base.

This finish will not rust or tarnish and the long barber pole handle is perfect for a no slip grip.

Overall, even though this razor has a bit higher price tag, it isn’t unreasonable for the performance.

When purchasing the double edge satin safety razor, you are getting high quality with a great selection of accessories that will make your shaving experience fantastic.

And to top it all off, if you are unhappy with your purchase, BBNY&Co has a money back guarantee with no questions asked!

But, we really don’t think you will have any reason to want to return it.

3. Edwin Jagger DE87

The DE87 rubber coated razor has already made a name for itself just by coming from Edwin Jagger.

But will it stand up to that name?

When looking for a razor, one wants to focus on the overall weight and size of the razor, as well as the type of head it has.

All these factors are important because each one will improve the amount of control you maintain over your shave. For instance, a blade handle that is too long and heavy will be awkward to control, while one that is too short may not fit into your hand comfortably.

When it comes to the head of a razor, each individual style offers more or less aggression.

This razor features a head that tends to offer a more mild shave than some of its other counterparts.

One of the most popular things about the Ivory razor is its rubber coating.

There is nothing worse than getting into your shave and having the handle become all slippery from water and soap. Thanks to the amazing rubber coating on Edwin Jagger’s razor, you won’t need to worry about it slipping from your grasp.

This goes hand in hand with the weight of the razor, being 2.4 ounces, which is light enough that the maneuverability is manageable.

Edwin Jagger makes excellent shave products, and this razor is one of the best. Affordable, durable, light, and efficient there isn’t much more you could ask for when it comes to razor quality.

Just switch out the blades that it comes with for some that you prefer and you will be well on your way to an excellent shaving experience.

4. Edwin Jagger DE89Lbl

Edwin Jagger Double Edge Safety Razor
For those men who want to get a shave similar to a straight razor, but want the added protection, the Edwin Jagger DE89LbL safety razor will be the perfect solution.

When this little number arrives on your door step, not only will the modern chrome plating blow you away, but so will the box it arrives in. Although the packaging is simple, such a sleek black box with silver detailing is sure to impress.

Edwin Jagger takes inspiration for their designs from traditional English quality with a modern twist; the craftsmanship is top notch and you won’t be disappointed with the range of colors that are offered.

But, let’s be honest, a razor is so much more than just its looks.

So what is it that makes the Edwin Jagger razor stand out from the rest?

First of all, the company Edwin Jagger has been in business since 1988 and are a global leader in the wet shaving industry for a reason.

Their products are excellently crafted and designed to give all men the best shave possible.

When creating this DE89Lbl double edge safety razor, Edwin Jagger wanted to double edged head that would provide a close and accurate shave; similar to that of the original cut throat razor.

The close combed head allows for a decent range of aggressiveness for your shave, depending on the amount of blade exposure, all while providing protection for your skin.

This razor has an excellent weight to it at 2.1 ounces and has around a 3.5” handle.

Any sized hand would do just fine at handling this razor with complete ease. Made completely out of cast metal, the chrome design looks fantastic!

However, reviewers have found that this cast metal can be a slight problem.

Cast metal is very fragile and due to this fact, a lot of the screws that keep the handle connected have broken after a drop. While stronger metals like brass or stainless steel might be preferred, the cast metal is simply more affordable. Other than that one down side, this razor does not rust in the shower, has an excellent weight, and will help you achieve a close shave.

Overall, this razor would be perfect for a beginner. It is lightweight, well-balanced, and produces an excellent shave.

5. Merkur 23C

Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor
The 23C (model 180), also known more commonly as the Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor is by and far the most popular double edge safety razor in their lineup. The 34C HD (commonly referred to as “Heavy Duty”) is their second most popular double edge safety razor and one that most men compare between when purchasing their first double edge safety razor.

The primary difference between both the 23C vs the 34C HD is of course going to be the length of the handle.

For the 23C, the handle length is an impressive 3.74 inches in length and is best suited for men with larger hands. If you are coming from a cartridge/disposable razor based background, the lengthier handle on the 23C will help ease the transition as its length is very similar in nature to the typical cartridge razor.

The most common complaint that many men have with the 23C is tied to the weight of the double edge safety razor in its entirety. Most men are thrown off given that the handle is longer, therefore inferring that the weight should be heavier. However, the 23C is quite a bit lighter than its 34C HD brethren (2.24oz lighter to be exact).

Typically when you use a double edge safety razor, you let the razor do all the work for you as the weight of the handle will provide enough pressure on your skin in order to get a clean cut of the whiskers.

However with the 23C, much of the weight is lost due to how narrow in diameter the handle is. Unlike the 34C HD that is considered a bit more heftier, the 23C handle strikes similarities to old bic orange disposable razors usually found at the grocery store checkout.

Therefore when using the 23C, a very slight amount of pressure will be required in order to achieve a clean pass with the razor blade. Which isn’t often seen in the 34C HD, but is likely a familiar muscle movement you are used to if coming from a cartridge based background.

With that being said, if you are currently using the 34C HD (or a razor similar in nature to it – like the 38C HD), the 23C will likely leave you disappointed given its lack of weight when you go to make the required passes with the blade.

If you are looking for a long handled double edge safety razor with weight, we would recommend taking a look at the Edwin Jagger DE89Lbl instead. The DE89Lbl is nearly as tall as the 23C, however, its a fair bit beefier allowing you to have that familiar weight you expect when handling a double edge safety razor. If you are looking to stay in the Merkur family the 38C HD (barber pole) is nearly as long as the 23C but weighs a substantial amount more – and our winner for the best safety razor.

Handle length aside, the head of the 23C is a closed comb design. Therefore the shave that you get with this razor won’t be nearly as aggressive as an open comb design seen in the 15C, Parker 26C, and Muhle R41 among others.

One interesting observation that you will see on this handle and many other Merkur handles is the knurled texture. This cross hatching pattern allows for excellent grip when your hands will get inevitably wet and slick when performing your shave.

When it comes to cleaning the 23C, its incredibly easy, especially when compared to the butterfly versions of double edge safety razors. The three piece design of this razor allows you to easily unscrew the head of the razor from the handle and furthermore separate the head from the outer blade guard and the metal of which the razor blade rests.

Therefore if you ever want to deep clean your 23C, you can easily do so in order to make it look like it just came from the factory.

Regarding the longevity of the 23C, it is chrome plated and therefore isn’t susceptible to rust. Should there every be a chip in the chrome (very unlikely), you may want to look at getting it re-plated or simply buying a new one.

The raw beauty of all quality double edge safety razors, including the 23C, is that they will last a lifetime. There are many grandfathers and fathers that pass these excellent grooming tools down generations.

6. Merkur 34C HD

Merkur Mk34c Double Edge Razor with Heavy Duty...
While the Merkur Long Handled safety razor (23C) may be one of the most popular double edge safety razors on the market, the Merkur 34C Heavy Duty (HD) is by and far one of the most well regarded double edge razor systems in the inner circles among wet shaving enthusiasts everywhere, and we can see why.

To start our review of the Merkur 34C HD, let’s first examine the weight of the razor itself. The 34C weighs a substantial 2.72oz. When you compare that with the 23C that only weighs 1.76oz, there is quite a sizable difference among the two besides just their height.

Although keep in mind this isn’t the heaviest razor we reviewed, currently the Merkur Futur takes that crown at an impressive 4.3oz.

It’s not to say that the weight is a good or bad thing, its just simply a matter of opinion and how a double edge razor will handle when going over the contours of your face.

For example, when you perform a shave with the 23C, you will have to apply some pressure with the blade in order to achieve a smooth and close shave. On the contrary, with the 34C HD the weight of the handle and head is more than sufficient to cut the whiskers on your face quite comfortably. In a sense, the weight of the 34C HD does all the work for you when shaving leaving you perhaps less prone to getting nicked.

Another key component to any double edge safety razor is going to be the length of the handle itself. The 34C HD is about 3″ long, which is about average when compared to other safety razors in its class. If you have average sized fingers, the 34C’s handle length should be sufficient in order to provide proper control when making your passes with the blade. A general rule of thumb when it comes to double edge safety razors, is that the longer the handle length, typically the less control you will have when performing the appropriate passes. The reason men opt for the 23C instead of the 34C HD will have to do with comfort and general size of their hands. Larger men feel that they fumble over the 34C’s handle too much given its shorter length.

If you are a bit larger, but want a heftier handle that is also just a little bit longer, we highly recommend the Merkur 38C (barber pole) design. The 38C HD has the same head as the 34C HD (closed comb) however is just a bit longer of a handle – similar in length to the 23C.

With a safety bar (closed comb) design for the head of the 34C – generally speaking the shave is not nearly as aggressive when compared to the adjustable Merkur Progress or Futur and open comb razors like the Muhle r41 or or Parker 24C.

Now if you are looking for a razor that is nearly the exact same as the 34C HD with the exception of the weight, we would recommend looking at the Merkur 33C. The Merkur 33C is identical to the 34C HD with the exception of the total weight of the razor itself. Both feature identical heads and lengths. The only noticeable structural difference comes with the girth of the handle (with the 33C being slightly narrower in diameter).

To help fight the slipperiness and accidental falls on the 34C while shaving, the handle is a bit thicker in diameter and has a knurled steel design like many of the other handles in Merkur’s lineup. This cross-hatched design makes for an easier grip especially when your hands are covered in a slick shaving cream.

To also touch on the build aspect of this double edge razor a bit further, the Merkur is chrome plated. Therefore if you let it rest in the water after use (or simply you didn’t have time to clean it), its not susceptible to rust. Therefore there is never a concern of rust build up with prolonged use. The only instance where rust could build up would be if the chrome has been chipped away (which is incredibly rare to happen).

When you purchase a double edge safety razor like the Merkur 34C HD, you are buying it for life. This long term investment has always been among the biggest selling advantages, especially when compared to their pricier cartridge based counterparts.

Cleaning your 34C is incredibly simple as well. Since this is a two piece design, you can simply unscrew your blade head from the handle (just as you would to change the blades) and wash each of the two pieces separately.

While we have often compared the 34C to its long handled brethren (23C) or lighter version that is the same length and head (33C), however if you are looking for an alternative that isn’t from Merkur, we would suggest checking out the Edwin Jagger DE89Lbl.

While the EJ DE89L is very similar in nature to the 34C HD there are a points of distinction between both razors.

The biggest difference is going to be the handle design. While as we spoke earlier about the 34C’s knurled (cross-hatched design), the EJ DE89Lbl has longer vertical lines, which isn’t nearly as friendly to your hands when it comes to grip.

A second point of difference between the DE89Lbl and 34C HD is that the DE89Lbl is a 3 piece system (as opposed to the 34C’s 2 pieces). While there isn’t a distinct advantage of one over the other, it is important to call this difference out.

With respect to the length and weight of the DE89Lbl and 34C HD, they are nearly identical in both aspects allowing you to have very similar shaves.

7. Merkur 37C

What’s not to love about the Merkur 37C?

First and foremost, this is the best safety razor for sensitive skin on this list. While we loved the Edwin Jagger DE89Lbl, the Merkur 37C just hardly beats it out when it comes to comfort, here’s why:

The most obvious difference between this razor and the DE89Lbl is how the blade is set within the head.

Most notable about the Merkur 37C is that it showcases a slant head, whereas every other safety razor on this list has a straight head.

Why does this matter?

Well when Merkur made this design choice with the 37C it opened up a brand new way of cutting your beard.

Instead of cutting the hair shaft head on like 99% of all safety razors, the 37C will cut at a downward angle (akin to a scythe).

It’s this unique cutting motion that allows for a clean cut on the follicle without incidental tugging or pulling on the root – making it extremely comfortable.

While the head on this razor is noteworthy, other key aspects of this razor are second to none. Featuring a 3.3″ length and 2.7oz weight, it will perfectly rest into your hand without feeling too terribly unwieldy.

What’s more, is that the knurled design on the grip will ensure that the razor will never accidentally slip out of your hand…even when coated with shave cream.

Truly one of the finest safety razors money can buy.

8. Merkur 38C HD “Barber Pole”

The Merkur 38C HD is somewhat of a hybrid between the shorter and stout 34C HD and the lengthier but lighter 23C.

The 38C is a quarter of an inch longer than the 23C, totaling 4″ in length. Just like the 23C the 38C HD is going to be geared towards men with larger hands as the increase in handle length will allow for an easier shave.

However if your hands are average in size, the 38C HD may seem a bit too long and will likely lead to some control issues when making the passes over the contours of your face. Typically when it comes to many double edge safety razors, what you gain in handle length you lose in control making the selection of the right double edge safety razor a delicate balance between compromises.

The stand out property of the 38C HD is going to be its weight, especially when compared to the extremely popular 23C. Many men try out the 23C as their first razor given that it is a bit lighter in nature and one that closely mimics their cartridge razor they were likely using prior to diving into traditional wet shaving.

But when you compare the 38C HD to the 23C they are a world apart when looking at the weight. The 23C weighs only 1.76oz whereas the 38C HD weighs in at a very impressive 4.25oz. This weight will have a large impact on your technique and how your shave performs.

When using the 23C, you are required to apply a light pressure to your face in order to get a clean cut of your whiskers. Contrary to that the 38C HD requires no pressure whatsoever in order to achieve a clean cut. The weight of the 38C HD will do all the work for you when you make your first, second, and even third pass with the razor. Should you apply any additional pressure to your face with the 38C HD you will likely nick yourself.

Given that the 38C HD carries such a hefty weight, many novices may sometimes get tripped up if this is their first double edge safety razor. However, if you are coming from a 34C HD, there won’t be nearly as much of a learning curve. With that being said though, the 38C HD can deliver a fine shave for beginners that are patient with practicing their technique.

When it comes to the specifics on the 38C HD, the handle is where the razor gets its namesake. Carved like the classic barbershop pole that you see in front of the many barbershops across the country, the 38C HD embraces its heritage and makes for a fine addition to both barbershops and your bathroom countertop.

While its not the classic knurled design that we see in other Merkur’s, the barber pole grip does suffice in order to prevent any accidental slippage when your hands are likely coated with a shaving cream.

When it comes to cleaning the 38C HD, it is classically designated as a two piece design. Therefore with the removable head you will be able to clean between the components with relative ease.

While the weight and size of this double edge safety razor may seem intimidating at first, this razor will shine brightly the longer you use it. Many novices may be turned off initially by its weight, however, if you have larger hands and are looking to dive into the wet shaving realm for the very first time, we would highly recommend the 38C HD over the 23C given its weight and design.

Generally speaking though, this was the best safety razor that we found suited for beginners when comparing it to the other leaders on the market.

9. Merkur FUTUR

One of the sleekest looking razors on the market is the Merkur Futur. With its stream-lined design, the Futur is Merkur’s play on words for “future”. First and foremost, the Futur, just like the Merkur Progress 500/510/570 is an adjustable double edge safety razor allowing you to change the settings (1 through 6) to achieve the desired aggressiveness that you are looking to draw out from this razor.

The Futur does allow for half settings so you can fine tune the blade exposure for your liking.

In addition to being an adjustable razor, the bulky head is a snap on and is classically considered to be a two piece double edge safety razor. Making it relatively easy to clean when you pop off the head of the razor.

One factor that sets this razor far apart from other adjustable double edge safety razors is its weight. Weighing in at an impressive 4.3oz. To put that in comparison, the Merkur Progress (long handle 510) weighs 3.5oz, 34C HD weighs 2.72oz and the Edwin Jagger DE89L at 2.2oz. Simply put, the Merkur Futur 700/701/702 is an incredibly heavy razor that should never require additional pressure when shaving.

If you are on the fence deciding between the Merkur Progress 510 or the Futur, many wet shaving enthusiasts within the Badger and Blade forums and elsewhere, have time and time again seemed to largely sway towards the Futur given its weight and simply its “sturdy design”. In addition, men have really loved its user friendly adjustment settings making it feel great when dialing in between the levels.

The last point of consideration for the Futur is the head design. As we eluded to earlier, the head on the Futur is rather bulky when compared to other double edge safety razors (adjustable, butterfly, or classic two or three piece designs). Therefore some may find that it does tend to be a bit difficult to get at areas that around your nose or upper lip area. However, many men were able to simply mitigate these problems by pulling the skin in one direction and then making the appropriate pass.

Lastly, the Futur comes in a variety of finishes: matte, polished, and gold plated. If you live in an area with harder water are aren’t interested in keeping your razor looking well polished, the matte finish is a desirable model that requires little maintenance and will look terrific for years to come. An important note though: regardless of the finish that you select for the Futur, the weight and design of the razor does remain the same across all models.

The Futur tends to be a bit more welcoming to novices when compared to the Mekrur Progress. Its range of adjustment settings and heavy weight should suit wet shavers at just about any level of expertise. Therefore if you are considering a double edge safety razor the Futur makes a fine addition. If this is your first ever double edge safety razor, be aware that there will be more of a learning curve when compared to some of the entry level models like the Merkur 23C or 34C HD.

This razor does command a slightly higher price tag than some of the entry level models, the versatility of this razor will be able to grow with your expertise making it a sound investment.

10. Merkur Progress

One of the most popular adjustable double edge safety razors is the Merkur Progress 500. To note there are a few Merkur Progress’ available on the market, 500, 510, and 570. When comparing the 500 vs 570 the only difference is the inclusion of a plastic case (which will likely break rather easily and not worth the additional cost).

The biggest significant difference between the 500 vs 510 is the length of the handle. Therefore if you have larger hands you are going to want to pick up the 510 instead. For measurement sakes, the 500 is 4″ in length compared to 5.625″ found in the 510 – a total net difference of 1.625″. Regarding the diameter between the 500 vs 510, they both have the same barrel width.

Now when it comes to the closeness/aggressiveness of the shave provided by the Merkur 500/510/570 – these razors are incredibly aggressive leaving you with a near BBS (baby butt smooth) shave on only one pass – of all the razors on the market, with exception of the Muhle r41, the Merkur Progress is one of the most aggressive razors available.

A great selling point to the Merkur Progress is that it has an adjustable dial located on the base of the razor handle that allows you to move the blade up and down to increase and decrease the blade exposure. In total the Merkur Progress has 5 distinct settings, however, many wet shavers may adjust to half settings for a more honed in and defined shaved.

Regarding the design of the Merkur Progress, even though it tends to be a bit more aggressive due to its adjustable dial, the head of the razor has a safety bar (closed comb). In addition, the construction of the razor is a classic two piece design.

Unlike the 34C HD or other popular Merkur razors, the Merkur Progress is absent of a knurled design on the handle which may cause some slippage if your hands are coated with shaving cream. Compared to the Merkur Futur, the Progress does have more of a ribbed handled which does provide at least some grip.

Overall this razor will be able to provide an incredibly close shave that will likely never require more than two passes. If you are buying your first ever double edge safety razor, we do not recommend this razor – instead go with the Merkur 38C HD “barber pole”. The aggressiveness of the blade can even nick some of the most experienced wet shavers. However, once fully trained with this razor, you will find why so many men fall in love with this razor.

If you are considering an adjustable razor, we also recommend reading about the Merkur Futur as its a rather newer design by Merkur and one that tends to win the hearts of many wet shaving enthusiasts.

11. Muhle r41

Considered by many wet shaving enthusiasts to be one of the most aggressive double edge safety razors on the planet, the Muhle r41, like Merkur, is made in Germany.

With carrying the title of being one of the most aggressive shaves in the world, we did a bit of deep diving into the details on the r41 and dug up some interesting information. When the Muhle r41 was originally produced, the shave was considered to be aggressive, however not one that deemed too over the top. However, back in 2011, Muhle redesigned the r41 to be more aggressive of a razor, and when many folks claimed that it may have been too aggressive for their own liking. Fast forward a few years later to 2013, Muhle redesigned the r41 to its pre 2011 design and now conforms to still a less than aggressive shave when compared to the 2011 revision, but still not to be taken lightly.

To further add to the confusion of the information regarding the aggressiveness of the r41 is that Muhle never revised the model number for the double edge safety razor. Therefore men don’t know if they were/are getting the 2011 or 2013 revision. Of course as the saying goes, if you publish something online its out there forever, this certainly holds true for mens thoughts on the performance of the Muhle r41. Therefore if you are doing additional research on this razor, you will want to take note of the publication and revision date of the article before reading the information.

One factor that lends itself to the aggressive shave of the Muhle r41 is its blade exposure and of course the head type on this particular double edge safety razor. This razor has an open comb design allowing for the blade to be exposed without the safeguard of the safety bar found in many of the other razors that we reviewed. Being that this razor is absent of a safety bar, you will want to use this razor only if you are coming with substantial experience in shaving with a double edge safety razor. The reason for the caution (as we eluded to in our open comb vs closed comb section above) is that the safety bar helps to protect the skin and press it down and make it tight before the blade actually comes in contact with the skin. By and large, the safety bars (closed combs) were considered an evolution of the double edge safety razor over the years to help ensure that men don’t accidentally nick themselves (as easily) as their open comb counterparts.

So why the open comb design in the Muhle r41 then?

The open comb design gives a man full control on the blade angle (for better or for worse) that is unparalleled in any other type of razor with exception of the straight razor.

Aggressiveness and head-type aside, this double edge safety razor is classically designed as a 3 piece system. Regarding the key statistics on this razor, the length of the handle is a very long 5.4″ inches (one of the longest we reviewed) with a weight of 2.25oz.

While the weight is substantial for this double edge safety razor, it is considerably less than other razors that provide an equal aggressive of a shave – namely the Merkur Progress 500 (at 3oz), Merkur Progress 510 (at 3.5oz), and the Merkur Futur (at 4.3oz). Even the Merkur 34C HD even weighs a substantial half ounce more than the r41 at a total weight of 2.72oz.

Generally speaking though, the r41 should be able to provide a close shave with merely the weight of the razor itself, any additional pressure applied during your passes will likely lead to unnecessary nicks and cuts.

Regarding the length of this razor, this is among the longer ones available on the market. At a 5.4″ only the Merkur Progress 510 edges it out by .225″ (total length of the Progress 510 is at 5.625″). Therefore this razor would make most sense for men who prefer larger handles or simply have larger hands.

Overall this razor can, and will, provide an extremely close shave after one pass. If you are looking for your first ever double edge safety razor, there are less intimidating options available on the market. If you are looking for an aggressive shave we would recommend the Merkur Futur over the r41 due to its adjusting abilities to hone in on a setting that works perfectly for you.

12. Otto Kampfe

This sleek double edge safety razor by Otto Kampfe is a good medium level razor.

It’s affordable, and the chrome plated handle is very pleasing to the eye.

The only down side to this product is the fact that it doesn’t produce as close of a shave as some of its other safety razor counter parts. This may simply be due to the aggressiveness of the blade exposure found in the head.

Despite this fact, the Otto Kampfe razor has a very nice sized handle at 4.5 inches long and a weight of 2.6 ounces. This is perfect for control and stability while shaving.

It may be a bit long for smaller hands, but other than that the handle is well designed. The head is capable of fitting all standard double edge razor blades, so you can mix and match to find a fit that is right for you.

The Otto Kampfe company has a mission that truly represents the style of this safety razor. They design and build products that are meant to carry quality that blends past and present standards. With its sleek design and easy handling with a classic style, that mission has been accomplished.

In short, when deciding whether or not to purchase this razor, the most important elements are that 1) it is affordable, 2) it has a sleek and maneuverable design, and 3) the head is compatible with many razors. So despite some of the minor flaws, this razor is a relatively good purchase for those beginner to intermediate levels.

13. Parker 96R

Parker 96R - Long Handle Butterfly Open Safety...
For over 40 years, Parker has been creating safety razors that are hard to beat.

This particular model, the Parker 96R, has a solid construction of brass throughout the entire frame and a textured handle for excellent grip.

Interestingly enough, this razor is labeled as a ‘long handled razor’, however when compared to other models, it isn’t that much longer (4.3″). But for those that like even the idea of a longer handle, the Parker 96R has you covered in that department.

Probably the best part about the whole design is really how well made the butterfly head is. You can pop in a new blade without any problem, and you don’t need to worry about it slipping while in use.

Without a doubt, there are a lot of great safety razors out there, but this is quite possible the best. Affordable, and with a design that is smooth with a great weight, the 96R will provide an excellent shave every time. A bonus to this already top quality product is that it comes with five Shark razor blades. These are a decent quality that don’t nick your face and tend to provide a relatively decent shave. There are obviously much better choices on the market, but for free, these are a great deal.

Overall, the quality of this razor is hard to beat. It has a long handle with diamond knurling texture for a firm grip, a smooth functioning butterfly head, and a nice weight that is easy to manage. Throw in the fact that this razor is wallet friendly and it isn’t hard to see that this razor is truly a winner.

14. Prospector

The If you are looking for a razor that not only functions well but has a killer design, the Prospector is where it’s at.

This fascinating razor has a milled 3 5/8” stainless steel handle that is covered in finger grip indentions that make, not only a stunning piece to look at, but also a fantastic grip.

This razor fits comfortably in your hand and because it features high quality stainless steel for the handle and a chrome plated Zinc alloy head, you won’t have any reason to worry about rust ruining the party.

All of this razor glory comes nicely packaged to your door with a free gift of five shark razor blades. While they aren’t the top of the line blades, they do a great job for free.

The entire razor, head included, weighs around 3.75 ounces.

That, combined with the 3 5/8” handle length, is a perfect weight for creating a razor that is sturdy but still maneuverable. The head of this razor quickly unscrews, which makes it incredibly easy to change out the double edged razor blades.

Versatile and able to work with any double edge razor, the Prospector safety razor is seriously a hard deal to beat.

The head is actually quite similar to a Merkur head, so it will produce a nice close shave virtually free of any nicks or cuts. This is a closed comb 3-piece razor, which is easily the most popular design, and allows for easy cleaning. Because this is a closed comb razor, the level of aggression will be slightly less than that of an open comb, so this could be an excellent razor for someone at the beginner level.

Overall everything about this razor, from the design to the function, are top notch quality. It’s affordable, stunning, and provides an excellent shave that will make you thankful for purchasing the “Prospector” Safety Razor.

15. Van Der Hagen Safety Razor

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Perfect for any beginner, this butterfly head razor helps to ensure that you have a smooth shaving process from start to finish.

The butterfly head is an open design that allows the razors to be changed quickly and efficiently.

Simply twist the handle and you will be ready to go!

On top of this amazing feature, the Van Der Hagen safety razor can be used with any brand of double-edge blades you prefer.

This is excellent for those men who like a style of one razor, but the shave of another.

The handle on this razor is very short, at 3.5”.

While this is excellent for those who desire a wide range of control over their shave, it may be far too small for men with larger hands.

There are a lot of amazing razors out there that have similar quality but with a larger handle size; perfect for large hands.

The Teflon coated blades are made in Solingen, Germany; meaning that they are built to last.

The rest of the body is manufactured with chrome plated brass that will provide an excellent weight and strength to the overall structure. While there are so many great pieces to this razor, a lot of the reviews are mixed with positive and negative remarks.

Perhaps the reason for this would be that the Van Der Hagen razor is better off for a beginner. It may not reach the high standards of an experienced shaver, but those who are just starting off would really benefit from an affordable razor of this quality.

The biggest selling point of the Van Der Hagen is the fact that because it is affordable and versatile, it makes the perfect beginner’s razor.

While it may not provide the best shave in the world, it is safe and the butterfly head design allows the user to select whatever brand of double-edge blades they prefer.

Overall, this razor is decent for a beginner, but there are a lot better options out there for a more experienced man.


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