Best men safety shaving razors according to redditors

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Top Reddit comments about Men's Safety Shaving Razors:

u/LaserHorse · 397 pointsr/AskReddit

An old school Safety Razor.

I've been using one for about 4 months and already saved a ton of money. Those disposable razors and razor heads are a total scam. Multiblades clog up and offer no benefit to the shave.

Smoother and healthier skin because the blade is always clean and always sharp.

A new blade cost me $0.10 and that is for a two sided blade.

I have only one regret in life. Making it into my 30's before discovering this.

u/scarletphantom · 392 pointsr/assholedesign

Invest in a safety razor and some blades and you will be set. Those 200 blades should last you for a decade unless you shave daily.

Im not kidding. Safety razor blades are mere pennies and the razor should last longer than you.

u/nitt · 307 pointsr/

I have a solution.

Double edged safety razor: I use that one.

Blades: I use those at 17 cents a blade, but you can get much cheaper ones too.

This switch has saved me so much money and gives me a better shave. You will also want some shaving soap or cream with a brush. Enjoy

u/microseconds · 221 pointsr/everymanshouldknow

/r/wicked_edge has lots of great advice. I'll boil a lot of it down for you though..

  1. Stop using the 17-bladed nuclear-powered vibrating cartridge monsters with extra lubricating strip and kung-fu grip. Similarly, no electric shavers. They're really electric hair-ripper-outers. Not kidding. Kick it old school, like your grandfather. Look at a double-edge safety razor, or if you're really looking to go all-in, consider a straight razor.

  2. Think about your shaving cream. Does it come out of a can using aerosol? Maybe rethink that too then. Plenty of options out there that don't involve chemical-laden aerosol-propelled goo. You can even really turn the clock back with a cup/bowl/mug and brush setup to whip up a nice lather. I'm a fan of Taylor of Old Bond Street. But, I've also used DR Harris products, and they're quite nice as well. One of the side benefits of my former job was all the trips to London, so I could just stop into the ToBS shop on Jermyn Street. Sadly, those days are past, so I rely on the kindness of co-workers that still go over. :) It's easy enough to get their products in the US, it just costs a bit more.

  3. If you go the DE route, get a sample pack of different blades. Different blades work differently on different guys. For me, Derby blades are death. For others, they're amazing. For me, I work well with Astra, or can manage Feathers if I'm really careful (they're super sharp). My best blade though, has been a Personna medical prep blade.

  4. Shave in passes. Do a with-the-grain pass, followed by an across-the-grain pass. If you're really not there yet, you can add an against-the-grain pass, but that's a pretty advanced move. Remember - you're doing multiple passes. You don't need to remove every bit of hair the first pass. You don't press the razor into your face (as you're probably used to!). This razor has heft, and a blade that's really sharp. You're accustomed to a lightweight razor that has blades that are as dull as a hunk of cardboard compared to your garden variety DE blade.

  5. Use a quality aftershave. Try to avoid ones that contain alcohol, as it dries out the skin. I love the Nivea sensitive skin stuff. I can get it for way cheaper than that link shows at Walgreens, Target or Wegmans though.

    Many folks will try to sell you on the economics here, and how much money you'll save by shaving this way. While possible, it's not necessarily so. One can go bonkers and spend hundreds on the best gear if they wish. BUT, you don't have to.

    For me, I use a $30 brush from with a $5 mug from Target. My cream (ToBS Jermyn St) runs about $15 a tub, which lasts me probably 6-9 months. My daily shaver is a $30 Edwin Jagger, and my blades run about $30 for a 100-pack. I get 2-3 shaves from each blade.

    If you run the numbers, you'll likely come out ahead by going to DE, get better shaves, and have better skin as well. It sure was cheaper for me. I used to go through a cartridge a week. So, that's 4 carts a month. I was spending $30-ish every other month on 8-packs of cartridges, or about $3.75 per week. Nowadays, that's 2 blades a week, at ~$0.30/blade, that's $0.60/week in blades. That's a massive savings alone.

    You can do the ROI analysis for yourself. Take into account what you'd spend on shaving supplies, and calculate at which points the cost lines cross (ie break-even).
u/[deleted] · 145 pointsr/AskReddit

Tl;Dr OP delivers/is a faggot.

Haha, all right, I'll tell you everything I know. First, get these:

First, shampoo your groin hair with the strongest shampoo you can think off. The drier and fluffier the hair down there, the easier this is going to be.

Second, use the body hair trimmer while in the shower to get all the hair everywhere as short as you possibly can without making yourself uncomfortable. If you want to start above the dick, then start there to get accustomed to how the trimmer works then work your way to all the areas you wish to tame. I also shave my gouche etc, it's up to you. This will make the next part a lot easier.

Get some water and get it boiling hot. Then let it cool until you can touch it without seriously hurting yourself. The hotter the water the better but don't burn yourself. Now take the brush and soak it with the hot water. Then swish it around in the soap until you build up a nice foamy lather.

Lather that shit on there!

Here's the most time consuming part. You want to first go with the grain, shaving wherever you are first comfortable with. You want to use as small of an angle as you possibly can, I shave with the blade almost parallel to the skin. You do NOT push hard! It's a light grazing! LIGHT GRAZING! LIGHT! You use the weight of the head of the razor that is ALLLL the pressure you need! If it isn't enough pressure, increase the angle slightly.

EVERY time you pass by with the razor, you wash the blade in the water and apply new soap with the brush until you're satisfied. This keeps the soap and hair from clogging the blades and cutting something or ripping out a hair.

Always switch sides of the razor with each pass. This ensures near uniform wearing of the edges.

After you have passed by everything going with the grain, do the same against the grain. After you've done that, I go perpendicular to the grain for a grand total of three passes. Always cleaning the blade after every stroke, always re-soaping until you're satisfied.

After you've shaved everywhere, It's supposed to take a long time! Hurrying leads to awful bloody cuts! Then you LIGHTLY apply aftershave. It will always burn some, but not as much as it normally would! You whatever aftershave you have on hand.

For the balls, stretch out the skin as much as you possibly can and DO NOT APPLY PRESSURE! The same goes for the skin on your shaft if you have hair there.

Finally, baby powder that bitch! This will ensure you stay dry and clean and fresh all day!

At first, it will itch. There's no avoiding it. After you've shaved down there maybe 6 times, the itching will reduce until you don't notice it. ALWAYS USE A FRESH RAZOR! They're like less than 8 cents a piece, that's worth not having to worry about bleeding all over the inside of your pants!

And that's how I shave.

For those of you who don't have the time but still want to get the job done, here was an insightful post by reddit user: OftenStupid

Disclaimer: If you wish to ritualize some portion of your life, the above is wonderful and I can see how it would be very satisfying. However, If your goal is to shave your junk:

I'm with SuccumbedtoReddit, the guide reads like it was purposefully written for hipsters. What the fuck, a brush? a FUCKING BRUSH? Old-school decapitate-yourself razor?

Please, just get a decent razor like you would for say another part of your body that you do not wish to mutilate like say....ummm.. your face.

Use some warm water, you're in the fucking shower just turn the knob goddamn it.

Apply some shaving cream. No you won't make it, nor handcraft it nor pick it from the freshest cream-trees growing on the purest mountain tops. You'll go out and buy a can that reads "shaving cream" on the label. Apply cream. Fap, if the mood takes you there, as smearing warm creamy-like substances on your privates might do.

Shave. Apply some pressure. Shit, with most modern razors you can fucking hate-stab yourself with it without drawing blood. If you want to be cautious, start gently and proceed according to how much time you want to invest.

Wash it off, re-apply shaving cream, shave against the grain.

Trim the hair on the border between penis and belly, because no-one likes the "this area has been nuked from orbit" look.

Wash off, endure the itchiness for a day or two.

Play with yourself whenever and however you wish to, without the excuse that it's somehow a necessarry procedure.


You may have more nicks if you rush TOO much, but any nicks you get will be tiny and won't hurt or bleed that much. The above is more or less what I do when I'm in a rush, minus the shaving cream.

u/Aozi · 75 pointsr/LifeProTips

As someone explained, ingrown hairs happen when the hair doesn't actually break the surface of the skin, the most common cause for them is shaving with poor gear or incorrectly. Basically you shave and instead of cutting the hair, the razor pulls it slightly out from the hair follicle before actually cutting it. So when the hair grows back, if it's even slightly off from it's previous position, there's a good chance it won't break through the skin and end up as an ingrown hair.

Some people also have naturally very curly hair which then ends up causing much more ingrown hairs than most others. If they just happen even without shaving then the issue is a bit more difficult to manage and there's actually very little you can do about it. However if they happen after shaving, then solution do exist.

I'm going to detail some things you can do about your shaving routine that should help with ingrown hairs.

First of all, get yourself a double edge razor. If you want something cheap you can get one for about 3$ from Amazon, for something a bit better and more expensive the Edwin jagger DE89 is an excellent razor. There are literally hundreds of other options out there, you can often find DE razors from antique shops, flea markets or just your parents/grandparents place. And vintage razors are often extremely good if they are in decent shape.

Next you'll need some blades, I recommend buying a sampler pack again this one is about 11$. The reason you want a sample pack is because certain blades work better for certain people, so you can try them out and find the blade that fits you.

Now why on earth would you spend the whopping 15$ on technology from 70's when you have the new gilette 20 blade razor that is supersharp technology masterpiece? Mostly because it's not supersharp, well..It kinda is but it won't stay that way. The problem is that blades go dull, and when blades go dull they don't cut well, when they don't cut well they tug the hair and you end up with ingrown hairs. The easy solution is to change the cartridge often, but the cartridges are really goddamn expensive so you don't want to do that. DE blades? You can get a years supply for 20-30$, change it every 1-3 shaves and you can ensure the blade stays sharp and cuts well.

Someone also suggested exfoliating the skin, but you can kill two birds with one stone. You can get yourself a shaving brussh, something simple like the Omega 10077 it's a good, cheap starter brush it's a bit on the harder side so you can easily use it to exfoliate your skin prior to shaving. With that you can get a tube of Proraso shaving cream which is leaps and bounds better than the stuff you get from a supermarket in a can. Then to top it off get yourself some nice aftershave to calm your skin after shaving.

Now you'll also need to change your entire routine a bit. Slap a blade on your new razor, fill your sink up with some hot water and let your brush soak in the water. While your brush soaks rinse the areas you want to shave with plenty of hot water, this helps to open up the pores and soften your hair prior to shaving. If you want you can use some pre-shave to try and keep the irritation to your skin to minimum. Now you'll need to prep some lather, you can use a bowl, your hand or just do it right where you want to shave Here's a good guide on what you can do. The basic idea is to make sure your brush isn't exactly dripping wet but still wet, get about an almond size drop of the shave cream, then just mix up the cream like you'd be mixing eggs, add drops of water if needed. Once you have some lather, apply it in the places you want. You should use rather brisk circular motions, these help to prop your hair up and makes them easier to shave. Applying cream with hands usually has the bad effect of pushing your hair flat on your skin which makes shaving harder.

Now you have some lather so you'll need to shave. There are two main things to keep in mind with a DE: Blade angle and pressure.

Basically there is an ideal blade angle and finding one will take some time. However there is an entire wiki page dedicated to this. The second one is pressure, with a cartridge razor you ten dto press it against your skin, because the blades are dull and you try to shave as well as possible. With a DE, you should not put any pressure on your skin. The blade is sharp enough to cleanly cut the hair with zero pressure. Getting a hang of it is gonna take a week or so, but once you do you will consistently get better shaves. And be sure to rinse your blade often with the water you have in your sink, you don't want too much cream clogging the blade up.

The basic three pass DE shave includes one pass with the grain of the hair, another across the grain and the final pass is done very carefully against the grain and only if needed or you absolutely want to do it. Shaving against the grain gives you the best shave, but also irritates your skin more and is much more likely to end up with reddish skin or small cuts. So you fist shave everything with the grain, then rinse, apply lather, shave across the grain, rinse, and shave against the grain if needed.

Finally rinse with cool water, dry yourself up and apply aftershave. For other post-shave products you can get yourself an Alum bloc. It's a natural astringent that closes up most small razor nicks. After your final pass and after rinsing your face, grab the block and just massage it on the areas where you shaved, then rinse your face again. Another excellent product is witch hazel. It's again an all natural skin care product, it helps to cool, refresh and revitalize your skin. You can also use it daily even if you don't shave. Personally I apply witch hazel after I rinse off the alum. Then wait a few minutes and apply after shave.

Doing all that should help to decrease skin irritation and reduce ingrown hairs. And those products are just a dip in he ocean, there are hundreds of soaps, aftershaves, creams and all manner of other things you can get cheap and easy. Check out /r/wicked_edge for more.

u/Gliste · 61 pointsr/gadgets

Solution: Buy a safety razor.

Blades cost as little as 10 cents each and last for 3-4 shaves. I have some that have lasted up to 20 shaves.

Learn more at /r/wicked_edge

Edit: if you're interested, check this kit out

Thanks /u/EmperorArthur

u/xArbilx · 60 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

When you shave against the grain the razor tugs at the hair in addition to slicing through it, pulling it a bit farther out of the follicle. This makes it much easier to get ingrown hairs and irritation on the skin.

Edit to elaborate on everyone else's experiences by adding my own: Using Mach 3s and all that newer stuff I always broke out on my neck. Switching to a safety razor(a big part of this is also finding the right blade brand for you skin, Feather was way too sharp for me and caused razor burn, I ended up going with Derby), using a badger hair brush and shaving soap and making my own lather, shaving while showering and your hair is moist and skin is warm from the steam, and rinsing with ice cold water after the shave are what I found work the best. Hard to nail down exactly what helped the most cause I switched to doing all that at the same time.

Safety Razor



Fogless Shower Mirror

Mug to make lather in


After Shave

Cold Water ;P (I honestly think rinsing with cold water for at least 15 seconds before putting on after shave is the most important part in avoiding irritation and ingrown hairs.)

u/geektrix · 55 pointsr/Frugal

Best: Use shaving soap & a shaving cream whipping brush, and use a safety razor. After the initial investment the blades are much cheaper. And the body of the device will last a lifetime, unlike any modern razor.

u/kkeut · 49 pointsr/Showerthoughts

was scrolling down just to find this comment. switching to a safety razor changed my life for the better!

guys; seriously, try using a safety razor. you get a much better shave, and a much cheaper shave as well. you can get sample packs and figure out which blade works best for you too.

a good safety razor only costs $35 or so and will last a lifetime. once you figure out the brand of razor you prefer, you can get several years supply of those as well for very, very cheap.

I got these:

Merkur Long-Handled Safety Razor ($32.70)

Razor Blade Sampler Pack ($6.25)

u/logmeinbro · 43 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Most guys will be fine with a non-adjustable razor like Merkur 34C, for ~$30-40 less, especially if they're new to using safety razors.

u/mcarrode · 36 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I have coarse hair. If I shave with cheap disposable razors the same thing happens to me. Look into a safety razor. You can replace the razor itself for like 8$ for 100 razors, it's much easier, cheaper, and more comfortable for me.

My routine- shave in the shower. I bring in a clean cloth that I heat up with hot water, wring it out, and apply to my neck. This softens up your hair a little bit and makes shaving easier. I use some over the counter shaving cream, but Tend Skin Air Shave Gel works amazing, but it is a little pricey. I recommend that you only shave along with the grain of your hair for now, you'll see less irritation that way. Once your irritation has calmed down you can shave against the grain. At the end of my shave I'll shave once against the grain to get a closer shave. Rinse with cool water when you're done shaving.

You need to moisturize after shaving, get an after shave cream to help your skin out. I've been using Marlowe post shave lotion that I got at Target.

I hope this helps. You can try with your current supplies what I recommended and see if it helps. Biggest tips think would be to change your razors frequently, put a hot damp cloth on your neck before shaving, and shaving along the grain. Oh and get an after shave.

PM me if you have any questions. :)

u/rook218 · 29 pointsr/malelifestyle

Join the sixty cent shave club

Buy one of these

Then one of these

And for 45 dollars, you will have enough razors to last for two years.

And it is 15 dollars for every two years thereafter.

u/StevenMC19 · 24 pointsr/Frugal

Some comparison math for those wanting to see the numbers right now:

All from, and the cheapest I could find at a decent quality...

  • Gillette Fusion Pro Glide w/ Flex ball and two blade refills: $10.59
  • Gillette Fusion razor blade refills, 12 count: $40.99


  • Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor w/ guard, w/ 1 platinum-coated double-edged razor: $29.85
  • Personna Double-edged Razor Blades, 100 count: $14.54

    Already, the totals are: Fusion, $51.58 and the safety razor, $44.39.

    Now, let's shave.

    I'm not including cream or soap, since that's a preference for people, and can change prices drastically for what people use. Personally, I use absolutely nothing; water works just fine and I don't break out at all like I would if I applied some sort of substance on my face prior to scraping it off.

    We'll give Fusion the benefit of the doubt as well, by getting THREE shaves out of a single blade. The double-edged razors, we'll toss out after every shave (yup, double-edged or not, resharpened or not, one and done for this experiment). We're going to shave twice a week. That's 104 times a year (I wanted a figure close to 100, because I like that number).

    Fusion: One razor, 35 blades (three shaves per blade). That's three packs of replacement blades, totaling out to 38 blades including the two that come in the starter pack...$10.59 + ($40.99 x 3) = $133.56. You can go an additional nine shaves before having to buy another replacement pack.

    Safety razor: One razor, 104 blades (one shave per blade). That's two packs of replacement blades, totaling out to 201 blades including the one that comes in the starter pack...$29.85 + ($14.54 x 2) = $58.93. You can go an additional nine...ty-seven shaves before having to buy another replacement pack.

    The craziness is that even after giving as much home field advantage to Fusion as I could, they still cost over $70 for the first year. Realistically, you can get a lot more shaves out of the single-blade, double-edged razors which increase the longevity of a single replacement pack. If treated properly, one 100pk can last over three years. Those "moisture" strips on blades today last maybe a shave, and they're just about worthless afterwards; hairs constantly get stuck in between the blades and are difficult as fuck to remove, thus causing frustration or added swipes to get all the hairs off your face; and these added technologies like a swivel head, vibrating shaft, lubrication spitting spout, or rotating super ball does nothing differently than what you've already learned how to do with the contours of your own face and how the products treat your skin, rendering these features completely redundant.

    It's a no brainer.

    Edit: Oops, messed the links up. FIXED NOW!

    Edit edit: I just want to state that I am in now way shunning the use of the pro glide if it works for you. If you have found a way to increase the longevity of those blades, and you prefer them to any other blade, then by all means, continue to shave with what you like best. This price comparison is to show to those one the fence about trying a new method, or are searching for new methods to save a couple bucks, that there is an alternative. This formula is very basic, and doesn't contain all the variables that go with shaving (i.e. sharpening blades, the actual amount of shaves you can get from a single cartridge, a high quality durable electric pre-shave, hair growth and thickness). This is just to show that the single blade product at its most basic level is a much cheaper solution to shaving needs.
u/GalaxiesCollide · 22 pointsr/IWantToLearn

Double edge razor, seriously. /r/wicked_edge will have some info, but they can also be a little pretentious.

I read info from that subreddit, then bought this

You don't need all the fancy stuff wicked edge suggests, though it would be nice. Ever since I started shaving with a DE razor, I haven't had any razor bumps or ingrown hairs.

u/psychoticguy · 21 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor by Merkur

I have this one, and it's great

u/organometal · 21 pointsr/AskReddit

After reading about it on reddit, this.

u/TDStrange · 19 pointsr/wicked_edge
u/Spacebrother · 18 pointsr/wicked_edge

Whoa... that is a lot, you can probably put it together for a lot less.

As a suggestion:

Razor: Edwin Jagger DE89 $32

Brush: Omega boar brush (or something similar) $14 - Leisureguy can probably recommend a better one for the same price

Soap: Proraso (kinda like a creamy soap) ~ $10

Alum block: Bloc Osma $9

And as an additional:

Book: Leisureguy's Guide to Gourmet Shaving $10

The above comes to only $76, leaving you enough money for a brush stand, a sampler pack and maybe an aftershave!

EDIT: Looks like most of the money in the kit is the shaving stand (currently going for $22.99 on eBay), while you can get a perfectly functional one for $9 or make your own from a coat hangar

u/CARTERsauce · 16 pointsr/malefashionadvice

I am a sweaty person. I have tried all the name brand antiperspirants/deodorants. After years of crusted yellow/white stained shirts, I realized that my body seemed to compensate with more sweat, plugged up under the arms, it surfaced on my back and head. Clinical/prescription strength antiperspirants only added to the problem, and my white tees took the damage. Later I found out people, myself included, actually use too much, you only need a super thin amount applied to your underarms, don't go about it like frosting a cake.

Also thinking about the potential harm of aluminum based antiperspirants (you absorb everything through your skin), I moved on to some natural deodorants (brands like Toms) but they just didn't seem to work so well, but i did notice when I applied less deodorant, or didn't altogether, my sweat began to lessen in severity. Anytime I actually smelled (like after yardwork or a any long day in the sun), it was time for a shower anyways. After I was properly applying a thin coat, I settled on Arm & Hammers Essential Deodorant that began to alleviate my problems, notably with my clothing. No more yellow crusty shirts!

But how about some deodorant that will last you several years? Try a Thai Deodorant Stone, I've had this baby for a year now and I can attest that it works great. Nowadays I apply this to my underarms from time to time and lightly powder my feet and groin with a mix of cornstarch and talc. Life is much better now.

TLDR: Use less antiperspirant and try a deodorant stick without aluminum, like Arm & Hammer Natural Essentials, or try a Thai Deodorant Stone cause it rules. Also try applying talc/cornstarch to areas you get moist

And while we're on the topic of saving money on everyday hygienic activities, consider a safety razor (refill blades are $10 for 100 compared to $20 for 8) some nice sandalwood shave soap (I've had this bowl for a year and it doesn't really look like any is gone) and a nice aftershave (I get lots of compliments on the particular scent of this one from those who get close enough to smell it) I always use an after shave lotion with little or no alcohol, because alcohol dries your face out and makes you look older. Then moisturizer, then an anti-aging...

Before I started shaving like this, I had a bit of an acne problem and some parts of my face where I would get spots of dry skin, it's gone now. My skin is mostly clear. You're gonna get a much better shave that doesn't irritate your skin and save a ton of money when you think about the cost of Gillete Quadruple edged razors, plus how much more badass is it to shave like this? This is how your grandpa shaved. The upfront investment is a badger brush, which I called an investment because a good one will last you a lifetime.

That's my hygiene ramble.

u/6chan · 16 pointsr/instant_regret

Use a safety razor.

Get one of those old school razors with a butterfly hinge (something like this:

and get safety razors (

These give you as good a shave as anything else.

You can use each razor for a dozen or more uses, and its way cheaper to replace them.

It will take some getting used to early on, but for the first few weeks get a stiptik ( too, to stop the bleeding in case you cut yourself.

u/arbarnes · 16 pointsr/wicked_edge

You can do better for less money shopping on sites other than Amazon, but you can do okay there if you're careful.

For a razor I'd get an Edwin Jagger Kelvin. The Parker 24c is another viable option; I just don't like the way it looks. And if you're the clumsy type, the Merkur 34c is less likely to break if you drop it or knock it off the counter. In terms of shave quality, I'd say Merkur < Edwin Jagger < Parker, but the differences aren't huge. For build quality EJ is a big step above Merkur and Parker.

There are some great synthetic brushes on the market, but AFAIK none of them are available on Amazon. Which means, in your price range, that boar bristles are the only viable option. The Omega 10049 is a big brush that will break in quickly. I actually prefer the small Semogues such as the 1460, but they take a ton of time (or a fair amount of work) to break in.

For shave soap, I really like Pre de Provence. It's a big puck of hard soap, so it'll last you a very long time. Cella is another top performer (far better than, say, Proraso) for an affordable price. I've also heard good things about Soap Commander and Wet Shaving Products' "Rustic" line. Whatever you do, stay away from Col. Conk and Blades Grim.

For blades, just don't. Go to Try a Blade and get a double helping of their top ten sampler. Once you've found your favorite blade, go back to Amazon and see if you can't get a good price on 100 of them.

If there's anything else you need from Amazon, get it and pick up your shave gear elsewhere. For example, the Maggard Razors budget starter kit is outstanding, and is about to get better with the inclusion of their self-branded synthetic brushes. For $40 you can put together a kit that's a step up from the $60 worth of stuff I recommended on Amazon. But if it's gotta be Amazon, you at least have some viable options.

Edited to add final paragraph.

u/CommanderBunny · 16 pointsr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

Awesome! All right, here we go.


The difference between men and women's razors is that women's have longer handles and a smaller aperture for the blade. Men's usually have a wavy little comb bit that lifts up their thicker beard hair to cut.

The one I personally recommend is the Weishi. It's $17 bucks, and the metal is really light, but I ended up getting used to that fairly quickly. Not a big initial investment and perfectly adequate for my needs.

I see Murker recommended fairly often. I hear they are okay, if overpriced. I personally hated it, lol. They are definitely geared towards beards and did not play nice with my pale little legs.

You could also go for the vintage Lady Gillette. I paid $30 for mine on ebay and it's got a nice long handle, good grip, and nice weighty metal. This was actually my first purchase and I'm still really happy with it. Considering I'm happy with the Weishi, though, I'd probably just repurchase that one if I ever lose mine.


Now this one might take some trial and error. Everyone has different hair and different skin and every razor brand shaves a little differently.

A lot of people start off with a multipack to get a feel for the different blades and then narrow it down to brands they like. I think it's a great idea and probably your best bet. I'll still mention my experiences though.

STAY AWAY FROM DORCO. They are bullshit. I'm not a fan of Gillette brand blades either except for the Wilkinson Sword and they're kind of expensive at $20 for 100. Derby is also just okay.

Feather: give the sharpest, closest shave ever. So sharp that you can cut yourself and you won't even notice until the trail of blood starts going down the drain. Great blades, and a ton of people like them, but I found that they dull too quickly for leg real-estate and are too scary sharp for sensitive bits.

Voskhod: Sharp, reliable, lasts through a few shavings. I quite like this one and have repurchased it. They are good, solid razors that gave a decent shave. Good for all-over.

Shark: My favorite at the moment. Comparable to Voskhod except I feel they might give a slightly closer shave and dull a little bit faster. If I had both in the bathroom I would probably choose Shark for the legs and Voskhod for everywhere else.

Astra: Worked adequately. Shave isn't bad or great, just reliable. Worked on the legs but not as good in other places. Wasn't worth a repurchase.

Lord: I think these actually lasted the most shaves out of all of them, at about 4 uses per blade. I think I had the least incidence of cuts with these but the shave wasn't as close as I wanted. My shaves usually last two or three days with the other razors but with this one I was feeling it lasted only 1-2. I think these are literally the opposite of the Feathers in terms of their qualities.


M'kay, that's all I can think of for now. I hope this helps!

u/Trump_is_the_King · 16 pointsr/The_Donald

Get a double edge razor. Worth every penny. Also cheaper

Spez: here is a great reviewed razor that I use.

Also bought a variety pack of blades for really cheap about 3 years ago.. still havn't gone through them

u/GREEN_BUCKSAW · 15 pointsr/Frugal

You should start shaving with an old school double edge safety razor. See /r/wicked_edge for more info.

I use a Merkur razor and Feather razor blades.

There are special shaving brushes and shaving soap but I don't use those. I use normal shaving foam.

The price is about 30 cents per razor blade. Each blade lasts me a week. However I don't shave every day.

u/frenchpressgirl · 14 pointsr/NaturalBeauty

I use a double-edged safety razor (obligatory r/wicked_edge link). It happens to be this one. I also use coconut oil, which is lovely and moisturizing, instead of shaving cream.

There's an initial investment for the razor and blades (I got a variety pack of 60 blades and have barely made a dent after 7 months, since I only shave my legs once a week), but after that, the replacement blades are incredibly cheap; you can get them for as little as 8 cents apiece (!).

It takes a bit of practice to get good with the thing, but I enjoy shaving so much more now! Bonus: no razor burn, and I rarely cut myself anymore.

u/DocLefty · 14 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Parker 91R Safety

Derby Bulk Razors

I shave everyday cause I have to (military) and I have a fairly tough beard so I replace the blade once a week.

You can make your own shave oil & aftershave

u/promet2 · 14 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I'm a huge fan of Merkur razors. Well, at least mine. I bought it a long ass time ago and it'll outlive me, barring loss/theft.

u/LR2 · 13 pointsr/pics

I have a very think beard and shaving with a safety razor has greatly reduced irritation and other shaving issues. I did the research a few years ago and here is the exact equipment I've been using since then:

Merkur Long Handled Heavy Classic

Feather Razor Blades

Note though that feather blades are known to be the sharpest ones available and aren't usually recommended for beginners (they are made in Japan and laser cut). The consensus is that a new user should buy a sample pack that includes a variety of blades first. Then after putting them each under a trial shave decide which one is best for you.

If you want to really get into it, I'd recommend searching for wet shaving techniques on youtube and watching some tutorials. I recommend this guy's channel.

Edit: Here is the site that I bought my blade samples from:

Also, if you don't want to go through the trouble, gillette sells these types of blades at all the major stores. Also, it's worth noting that blades are a lot cheaper if you buy them off ebay. Either way though they are substantially cheaper than buying cartridges.

u/mispelt · 13 pointsr/Frugal

I bought a Double Edge Safety Razor. The start-up, like a lot of these thrift tips, was relatively high, but here's the argument that I make to everyone:

Note the price for an 8-pack of Gillette Fusion Razors.

Now, keeping in mind that I usually only shave about twice a week anyway, check the price for a year's worth of new razors for every shave.

u/qpid · 12 pointsr/wicked_edge


This Shaving Kit includes your bowl, brush and soap to get starter, $10

Merkur 180, $32

100 Blades, $8

That should come in right at the $50 mark and get some started for a few months.

Lord Razor, $13

The Same Shaving Kit includes your bowl, brush and soap to get starter, $10

Blade Sampler Pack, $17

A good book on the subject, $10

Which is also ~$50

u/Phenic · 12 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I think you make some fair points regarding time.

However, for less than the cost of a decent electric or one of those silly quad blade handles and a few replacements you can have a shaving setup that will last you, literally, your entire life.

Is it for everyone? No. Is it dangerous? Hell no. Hard to use? Only if you don't know how to shave. Can it be expensive? Yes, I have a $100 brush because it feels like angel wings on my face. But my $100 brush does the same thing a $5 brush does. But let's go down the price list of my initial setup.

Merkur Long Handle Safety Razor $18.99

[Proraso Shaving soap] ( $10

[Shaving Brush] ( $8.99

[Proraso Aftershave Cream for Sensitive Skin] ( $16.00

[100 Feather Razor Blades] ( $24.00

That's enough blades to last you years(and those are very nice, very sharp blades, you can get cheaper ones), the aftershave goes a long way, so does the soap. The handle will outlive me, and the brush will be good for a long, long time.

u/Stubb · 12 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Safety razor, something like this guy.

u/newtmitch · 11 pointsr/AskMenOver30

Check out a Merkur safety razor ( and a sample blade pack from amazon.

Get an inexpensive shaving brush to start with to see how you like it, but eventually drop more money on a nice brush. Spend $10-$15 to start then expect to drop $50+ on a nice pure badger hair brush in a few months. The badger brush that I bought for like $70 I still have with me 4-5 years later (although admittedly I don't shave terribly often). Once you get that pricey brush, get a cheap plastic holder for it as well - keep the bristles pointing down instead of up - after using it leaving them facing upwards allows the water to settle around the base and weaken the glue holding in the bristles, ultimately destroying your expensive brush. Not good.

Check out Proraso soaps in a bowl - more convenient than paste or anything else, I've found. They have multiple types, here's my favorite as it makes my face a little tingly:

If you prefer your own bowl, Proraso makes a paste and you can get a mug or bowl to mix it in - I found I preferred the ready-to-go stuff as it's faster and makes it more likely I'll shave regularly. :)

Then, after you've done all that and realized it's the best shave you've ever done and it's actually way more fun to shave than you ever thought it'd be, go for a straight razor. Don't do an actual blade, strop, and all that stuff right away. Instead, just go get a disposable straight razor blade holder and some blades: and learn how to use that thing. Then if you're like me and shave once every week or two (super lazy!) you can literally take weeks of beard off in a single pass with a straight razor and a fresh blade. I stopped here, personally, didn't go on to a full straight razor as they're pricey and you need to maintain it (oil, strop, etc) - likely something I'd let slide and ultimately wish I hadn't spent the money on...

Also, get a styptic pencil: - it stings a bit when you cut yourself but almost immediately stops the bleeding. Unlike cuts/nicks with a multiblade razor, cuts with a safety razor or straight razor are actual "cuts" - and they bleed like cuts. Like, "blood trickling down your face" type cuts. They look worse than they are because you have water on your face and it thins the blood and it runs more, but it bleeds. This will stop that bleeding really fast at the expense of a little more pain right up front. I keep one handy.

I've turned several friends on to at least the safety razor. It's way more fun to shave that way, less expensive, and is better for your skin to boot. If you like a really close shave, too, you can get a better shave overall with a 3-pass technique (I don't do that, personally) as you get better. All sorts of options...

edit: mentioned the brush holder
edit2: styptic pencil

u/loveCars · 11 pointsr/Watches

Watches (Seiko & Omega, net spent is only like $500)

Fountain Pens (although, so far, I've just been browsing -- saving for a Faber Castell to get started, haha). Mostly because I try (and fail) to draw a lot (also I have a douchier, even worse version of that pic here. Don't ask why.). But I need a refill on pencils first.

Photography - Nikon D5200 w/ a couple of lenses - want but can't afford a Sony A7 (I find myself shooting in the dark a lot), and might end up getting a prime lens soon.

Computers (Used to be for gaming, now it's mainly for photography.) For the heck of it, I'll detail my build - I have an EVGA GeForce GTX 780Ti Superclocked, 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600mhz RAM, an Intel core i7-4771 (runs base 3.5GHZ, no overclocking needed), and an Asus Sabertooth Z87 mobo. All displayed on a rather mediocre Samsung S27C750P 27" 1080P monitor, but it's done well for being a 'cheap' monitor. This has been my most expensive hobby, thus far, but also probably the most beneficial. In the future, though, I'd rather put the $2k spent building towards getting a 'real' watch.

Headphones (AudioTechnica has my heart, but there are better brands / headphones out there -- I have the M50 model, but the M50x has a detachable cord, and the same audio quality, and is currently on sale for $100. They use regular 3.5mm jacks, with a gold-plated .25" that can screw on over it to use other audio systems. I don't go all out in this area, and don't use any sort of sound-card or box). Plus with soundcloud there's an abundance of free music.

Coffee (Start doing it right, and all the other hobbies will benefit! Except you'll have no more money. Buy fresh, preferably local-roasted beans. Buy a french press if you're on a budget, or a $5000 espresso-handjob machine if you aren't. Or just go support your local coffee shops.).

Someone else mentioned mechanical keyboards, down below, and I got a Das 4 (w/ cherry mx blue's) recently, so I suppose I can list that as well. I do a lot of random writing - that is, I'll have an idea, start writing something, get about 2,500 words in, and then abandon it forever. About like how I draw.

But I really suggest drawing and music. Very therapeutic, and they don't have to be expensive to be enjoyable. Also, I loveCars because of local car-meets - they're great places go and get some pretty neat photos. Look up "[your nearest city] cars and coffee]" and you should be able to find a nice monthly or weekly meet up. There was a great one in Charlotte that I went to pretty often, and the stuff where I am now isn't too bad either. The people are usually pretty cool too.

All that said, can you recommend me any pens?

Edit: Also, just because of your fondness for fountain pens, you might find DE razors to be the preferable way to shave - pick up one of these, a few of these (platinum coated is razor sharp - but that means no cuts, because you use hardly any pressure). And then, of course, a pure/best/super badger brush, depending on your budget, and some proper English shaving product (I use Taylor of Old Bond Street, because of prices, and they do perfectly fine). It's not really a 'hobby', but there's ample room to get into it and it's definitely a more enjoyable way to start your morning.

u/thecw · 11 pointsr/gadgets

These awesome popsicle makers. They come and go but should pop up for about $17.

A butter bell... never deal with hard butter again

A probe thermometer... it's changed my cooking accuracy like no one's business

A safety razor and 100 blades... shave like your grandfather and stop paying $8 for shit blades

15 bucks over budget. Maybe skip the popsicles.

u/iandcorey · 11 pointsr/ZeroWaste

Use old curtains as cloth napkins. Use old bath or beach towels as kitchen rags to replace paper towels. We've been using the same napkins and rags for over 10 years. I can't imagine how much paper towel and paper napkin that is. But no doubt, someone has made up for our lack of consumption.

In place of those awful disposable tupperware not-quite-trash containers, a bowl with a plate on top of it will keep your leftovers from dinner to lunch. Soups go great into glass jars (don't freeze please). These wax cloth wrappers are pricey, but we have used them to good results. Thinking about making some with our beeswax. These son of a diddlys are awesome to take leftovers to work or bring leftovers home from parties or restaurants. Of course, Amazon will send it to you in 80 boxes and 15 bags.

Try doing less laundry by making less laundry. Try it.

Purchase a reusable razor where the only disposable is the blade.

Compost everything you can.

u/whiskyey · 11 pointsr/Wetshaving

May 3, 2018 - Yesterday's SOTE - Newb Gear

Prep: TOBS Pre-Shave Oil
Brush: Crabtree & Evelyn Best Badger by Edwin Jagger
Razor: Baili BR171
Blade: Astra SP
Lather: Stirling Soap Co. - Mountain Man - Soap
Post Shave: Art of Shaving Lavender Aftershave Balm

This shave takes me way back. It's not really a surprise that I never enjoyed shaving enough to do it regularly. I bought the pre-shave oil a couple years ago on Amazon when I first "got serious" about shaving. Within months I had discovered Reddit and put it aside never to be used again. This is my first ever brush; I can't remember quite when I got it but I date it about 10-15 years old. I haven't used it since I discovered wet shaving artisans, and it was losing hairs left and right just from fluffing the hair and then a good bit more in the act of loading it. Does this look like it'd feel that great on your face? Spoiler Alert: it doesn't. Face lathered away anyway but this brush couldn't possibly be any more pathetic - I guesstimate the knot at probably 18-20mm and not even dense. Stirling probably doesn't belong in this whole setup, but you can't argue it's newbness, especially because of a certain newbcentric subreddit. For the razor, it's pretty much a Viking or something you could find at Barnes & Noble. There you have it. My wife is due to be induced later this morning and I spent my last shave before becoming a dad on this gear. Thank you very much r/wetshaving.

Actually nah, did just one pass last night and going to repeat this shave before heading to the hospital.

u/Garthim · 11 pointsr/videos

Do what I did and never look back: buy a safety razor, just once, ever, in your life. Then buy a box of 100 blades once or twice a year for 7.99.

Every time I shave I feel like I'm sticking it to The Man.

u/Official_Legacy · 11 pointsr/oddlysatisfying

I bought last week a good quality heavy DE razor (Amazon Link), Taylor of Old Bond Street shaving cream (Link), 50 Astra Platinum blades, 50 Gillette Platinum blades, a 6-7$ shaving brush and a nice wooden shaving bowl.

Im at my fourth shave and I still didn't cut myself. You just need to prep-work your skin with a hot towel or a shower. I don't know about the shaving cream since I'm a beginner but I watched a lot of tutorial on YouTube to build a good lather. My first lather was shitty, but my second was already better.

One double edge blade is 10 cents. If you change your blade every two shaves, it will cost you approx. 10$ in blades for an entire year.

I don't know why I waited so long before making the switch.

u/BraenMadder · 10 pointsr/AskWomen

Get a double-edged safety razor for shaving your lady bits. It will give you a closer shave and less irritation. Also cheaper and better for the environment than disposables. Here’s a link .

u/freetoslug · 10 pointsr/minimalism

I believe the term you are seeking is "Zero Waste" living, or something close to.

Researching a bit of "zero waste" living products may help you get started with some ideas! I find a lot of material on youtube about zero waste living and am dabbling into the reality of the lifestyle myself. I am not sure if you are a man or woman, or what kinds of products you do use in your bathroom (toiletries, cosmetics, cleaning supplies, etc.) But I figured I would offer a few of my favorite alternatives to common items that you may look into.

Safety razors. Disposable razors/plastic handles with replaceable heads are convenient, yet highly wasteful and overall expensive to maintain. There are lots of stainless steel safety razors on the market with the feature of removable blades (of which you replace and recycle once your current blade has fulfilled it's purpose). Safety razors range from about $25- $50 and can last up to a lifetime. The replaceable razor blades can be found for very cheap (their lifetime lasts according to your usage). Here are amazon links to exemplary items:

Safety Razor:

Safety Razor Blade Replacements:

Homemade deodorant and/or natural sustainable deodorants: These can be tricky to get started with. Most commercial deodorants use aluminum to block your sweaty glands and completely block the process of perspiration. So, I urge you to take on natural deodorants with patience and give different methods a chance to work for themselves.

You can make your own, in a glass jar with ingredients that are less harmful to your body and this may be the best method to find something that aligns with your own body chemistry. A typical recipe for homemade deodorant would be 1 part coconut oil to 1 part bicarbonate soda (baking soda). BICARBONATE SODA MAY IRRITATE YOUR UNDERARMS. For the first couple weeks of usage, you may experience irritation of your glands purging the aluminum blockage and other toxins built up over time. Baking soda may also cause irritation to those who shave quite frequently, however I have found that applying this mixture at least 30 minutes after I shaved armpits in the shower, that I am less likely to get slight itchiness, if any at all. LISTEN TO YOUR BODY IF THIS METHOD IS NOT TOLERABLE FOR YOU.

If you are not keen on the idea of slathering on some good old homemade, Hippie salve, then Piperwai AND Schmidt's are popular brands with minimal packaging that seem to work for majority of people. These two products still contain bicarbonate soda, but will save you the convenience of not making your own. There are plenty of zero waste options that do not contain bicarbonate soda, but I have found luck with this formula and haven't looked beyond to seek anything else. Again, youtube is a good resource for finding such.

Piperwai Deodorant:

Schmidt's Deodorant:

As for soaps, there are many wonderful body, face, and hair soaps available on the market today. Investing in simple bars with paper packaging or reusable storage may be the best option for avoiding excess packaging. There are lots of options available either on Etsy, at your city Whole Foods, or there are usually natural soap options that can be found quite locally at farmers markets and such hopefully in your hometown. Personal preference will go into certain decision making with soaps but bars are usually the best way to avoid said packaging.

Hopefully this offered a small bit of help and information to help you get started in your journey towards minimalism and green-thumb consciousness! Good luck!

u/MonsterInTheGarage · 10 pointsr/malegrooming

Buy this.

Use these with it.

Lather up with this.

Shave in the shower using this.

u/Psalm22 · 10 pointsr/pics

I'm not sure about straight razors, but I switched to double edged safety razors and it is so much better than Gillette crap. I bought this Merkur Safety Razor, 100 Derby Blades, Shaving Soap, And a shaving brush.

I spent a total of $60 and the only thing I've spent money on since is different soap. I bought these things over two or three years ago and I'm not even close to running out of razor blades. I get a closer more refreshing shave and I don't spend anywhere near the money I used to spend on shaving. Also, I thought it would take me longer to shave, but I spend about the same amount of time shaving.

I've never used an old school straight razor, but I'd like to at some point. However, it would be a considerable investment initially. At least $120ish for a nice blade, you gotta buy sharpening stone, probably also on a special strop for finer sharpening. So there is more time in preparation and conditioning before and after shaving. I would imagine that it could be very satisfying if you're willing to spend the time and money.

u/Leisureguy · 10 pointsr/wicked_edge

This morning I used the Utopia Care razor, which (at $11) seems an extremely good value. I would say the head is a trifle more aggressive than those on the Maggard razors, but I'm starting to feel that novices have to learn in any case, and they'll learn whatever razor they're given. Within reason. The Utopia Care is, I think, within reason.

u/eilatanz · 9 pointsr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

It's not different than a regular razor at all, except it's a much, much better shave and saves you a ton of money. I use this Feather one - it's lighter than the fully metal Merkur ones and super durable, I've had mine (and traveled with it) for about seven years now. Linked here.

u/UncleFoster · 9 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Honestly, ever since I started shaving with a safety razor, not only did I save ridiculous amounts of money, but I also never had ingrown hair problems again. I was back home this week and had to shave with my dad's Mach 3, and what do you know - ingrown hairs again.

I think the safety razor forces you to slow down. Also, you get less "face-to-razor" contact because you're only dragging one blade across your face as opposed to 3 or more. The perceived "ease of use" associated with multi-blade razors incentivizes you to rush through and chew up your face.

There are a lot of safety razor purists who will tell you to get a coffee mug, a boars hair brush, and fancy shaving cream. However, all I did was change the razor and kept all else the same, with conventional cream. Its been working fantastically for me.

I linked you to the safety razor I bought, which is only $15 and works perfectly. Buy a pack of these razors to go along with it and you will be set for a couple years for what you would pay for one months worth of Mach 3 razors.

u/2Cuil4School · 9 pointsr/wicked_edge

Mine involves some leg-work, but I think it's quite do-able.

$9 "Shea Moisture Shave" Brush from Target - No link to the actual thing, but most regional Targets stock it. It's Pure Badger, generally has a relatively light funk, and is quite soft. Lathers decent.

$1.50 - Plain witch hazel from Walmart. About 15% alcohol, not too much sting, and noticeably cheaper than an alum block from online

$1.50 - Styptic pencil from Walmart or a drugstore.

$5.50 - Nivea Soothing Aftershave Balm for Sensitive Skin from Walmart; cool and refreshing on the skin; moisturizes well.

$10 - C.O. Bigelow's Eucalpytus and Menthol Shave Cream from Bath & Bodyworks - Lathers well with a little work, feels cool and tingly, provides good lubrication for an entry-level product.

$13 - Lord L6 Safety Razor from Amazon - Cheap, decent Merkur-alike that's supposed to be relatively mild and a good introduction to double edged razors in general.

$8 - 18-blade sampler from Amazon - 9 different styles with two apiece, wrapped up nice and safe and sold cheap. Missing Feathers, but it's still a good 2 months' worth of daily shaves for 8 bucks, ya know?


$48.50 - Grand total, assuming you're willing to hit Target, Bath & Bodyworks and Walmart along with your online shopping. Heck, if you want to get Free Super Saver Shipping on it, skip the B&BW Bigelows cream and get Proraso on Amazon instead for $11. You'll bring your total up to $49.50, but the Amazon portion will account for $32, which is more than enough to pass the $25 barrier; still leaves about $17.50 worth of "in-town" shopping to do.

u/DoctorMcAstronaut · 9 pointsr/BuyItForLife
u/harry_lawson · 9 pointsr/IsItBullshit

Complete bullshit. I’d just like to ask why you have to ask your mom to shave? You’re old enough to buy yourself some razors, dude. On the subject, I’d suggest a good double edge safety razor and some good shaving cream - it’s much better for sensitive, teenage skin and is just cheaper in the long run (the refill razor blades are like 10 cents each).

u/Sigmorhair666 · 9 pointsr/asktrp

Neither - do yourself a huge favor and get these

This alone will last you a year in blades and refils of more blades are dirt cheap.

u/VaginaDentata · 9 pointsr/malegrooming

1. Aveda Botanical Kinetics™ Hydrating Lotion - Face lotion, applied to face and mustache after shower.

2. Musgo Real Glycerine Lime Soap, MR GLO - Face soap, used before each shave.

3. Proraso Shaving Soap with Eucalyptus Oil and Menthol - Shave soap, whipped up then applied to face for shaving.

4. Proraso Pre and Post Shave Cream - Pre/Post shave cream, massaged into face after washing face with MR GLO. Massaged into face again after shave.

5. Proraso Aftershave Lotion - Aftershave, applied to face either after shave or after shower. My wife likes the smell of this.

6. TABAC ORIGINAL For Men By MAURER & WIRTZ Deodorant Stick - Deodorant, masculine scent of lavender, citrus, and warm florals.

7. Colonel Conk Evernice Model 775 Chrome Safety Razor Stand - Stand, holds DE razor and brush.

8. Merkur Model 180 Long Handled Safety Razor - DE Razor, great weight and balance used to shave face.

9. Tweezerman Men's Shaving Brush - So, so brush used for applying shave soap. Would like a better brush someday.

10. Feather Hi-Stainless Platinum Double Edge Razor Blades - Razors for DE, my favorite so far.

11. Tweezerman His Moustache Scissors with Comb - Scissors and comb, after movember I decided to keep the mustache so these items help maintain its appearance.

12. Comb - Comb, used for combing hair before and after shower.

13. Aveda Men Pure-Formance™ Grooming Clay - Hair product, used after shower with hair wet or dry. Hair looks natural but styled. I'll use pomade if I want the appearance of having a more polished look.

14. Large Stainless Steel Shaving Soap Bowl from Super Safety Razors - Mug, I'd rather have a porcelain mug for class but this does the trick. I use it to soak my brush and razor before each shave. I also use it for creams when not using Proraso.

u/ImLikeAnOuroboros · 8 pointsr/MensRights

To those switching just get off the disposables. I bought this guy years ago for $25 and all i have to do is buy disposable blades (Like $10 for 100), that’ll last me about a year and a half if not longer. And it’s a way better shave IMO than the disposable stuff. Better for the environment too

u/wawmbocawmbo · 8 pointsr/wicked_edge
u/xlaxplaya · 7 pointsr/everymanshouldknow

Here are my tips:

-Some people will tell you to "shave down" but that ignores the fact that some people have hair that goes a different direction. Shave with the direction of your hair; move the razor in the same direction that your hair lays. On my cheeks, my hair goes down, but on my neck it goes back toward my ears. Yours is probably different. If you want a closer shave, go against the grain, but only after you've gone with the grain and smoothed things out.

-It's a little counter-intuitive, but a sharper blade will cut you less. You shouldn't use a blade for more than a handful (maybe five?) of shaves.

-Shave every day. I don't know about you, but I find that I'm much more likely to cut myself if I skip shaving for a few days. If I shave every day, the process is a lot smoother, I assume because the hairs are shorter and the blade gets caught less.

-Soak your face in hot water before a shave. Most people do this by soaking a washcloth and pressing it to their face. Supposedly it relaxes your hairs or something, I'm honestly not sure, but it seems to help.

-Experiment with different razor types. I personally use a safety razor (this one is a great, cheap starter if you're interested), but others swear by straight razors, and still others prefer the mainstream Gillette Mach Turbo Super 15-blade behemoths. Some people will tell you they're worthless and overpriced, but don't let the hipsters sway you; experiment and find what works for you.

u/PA2SK · 7 pointsr/BuyItForLife

If you want true buy it for life I would suggest going with a DE razor, especially if you're worried about cost. If you get a cartridge razor, like the gillette sensor, you're going to be paying about $1 per cartridge, at least. Razor blades on the other hand can be less than 10 cents a piece. I bought 100 blades for $9, that's about a two years supply. With the money you save on blades you can afford a top quality razor, which really will last a lifetime. As others suggested, a stainless steel razor is expensive but will last forever. If you don't want to spring for that though look for something like a merkur:

u/pax_mentis · 7 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

I have super sensitive skin and used to absolutely hate shaving – which was especially unfortunate because my paleness rivals Jim Gaffigan's and my hair is very dark.

These are tips I've picked up from 2X over time that have made a major difference for me in getting a closer shave without irritation:

  • The right razor helps. I've found that men's razors are typically better, but these cheapo drug-store brand women's ones work really well for me. I recently used my boyfriend's double edged safety razor and I'm considering making the switch (blades are super cheap!), but I'm currently too afraid of butchering my legs by accident.

  • Dry brushing before showering with a body brush seems to help prevent skin irritation for me; failing that, exfoliation beforehand with a loofah in the shower. If I don't do either of those I am pretty much guaranteeing skin irritation.

  • Men's shave cream works better than women's shave cream and is cheaper, but conditioner or lotion works even better than those – with the added advantage that you can easily see the area you're shaving.

  • For the bikini area it's better to go with the grain or at an angle to it to avoid irritation (~45° from going with the grain seems to be good for getting a closer shave with less irritation).

  • On areas more prone to skin irritation (like the bikini area), using a product like PFB Vanish afterwards seems to help, but it's really expensive. Recently I've started using witch hazel as soon as I'm out of the shower instead – it's working just as well, but it's cheaper. Apparently a lot of strippers put unscented deodorant on the area to prevent irritation/ingrowns, too.

  • I dry my razors off after I use them to prevent them from rusting, but I've heard of dipping them in alcohol first or storing them in mineral or baby oil instead (I'm not sure which liquid would work best for this, but I'm curious – does anyone know?). Drying them has made them last way longer while irritating my skin much less.

    Also, you might benefit from reading this thread in r/ I imagine men's shaving tips apply equally to us.

    tl;dr: use men's razors, men's shave cream or conditioner or lotion, exfoliate beforehand, shave with or at an angle to the grain, witch hazel after, dry off your razor
u/tminus54321 · 7 pointsr/AskReddit

Yup, I used to buy disposables every week completely oblivious. I still look at my razor every day and imagine how much money I could have still been wasting. It blows my mind disposable razor companies are still making money on saps like me back then. Double edge razor companies need to step up their marketing on the 18 year old market.

u/Dylan_Ram_Brick · 7 pointsr/IsItBullshit

As an alternative, you can buy a quality safety razor, and then blades are as low as 16 cents a piece when you buy them in a pack of 100 from Amazon. I bought this razor for $30 and I get one week's use per blade, so after the initial investment of $30 we are looking at 16 cents per week.



u/PersonalBarber · 7 pointsr/ZeroWaste

6 years and counting on this Merkur long handle.

u/Carnephex · 6 pointsr/Frugal

You can economize instead of going with the Merkur razor by going with a comparable Parker razor.

Parker Heavy Weight

They take the same blades, and the quality is just as nice. I use a heavyweight as my field razor since it takes abuse without a complaint.

The stands are easy to make yourself from some metal pipe and parts from Home Depot. Sand and paint it with enamal and you'll have something that will last for many years.

Last, the brushs need to be cared for, that means you rinse them after use and then air dry.

I like my safety razors a lot because they give me a close shave with a very heavy beard. Your face will also look a lot better as less time exposed to a blade means less knicks and cuts.

u/shadow_moose · 6 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

I got this and this a couple years ago. I just bought 100 more blades last week. Only one blade for the shave, but once you figure out the angle and the speed you begin to realize you don't need more than one.

u/psywiped · 6 pointsr/wicked_edge

Forgo listed razors an get a Edwin Jagger De89lb

u/Sarstan · 6 pointsr/todayilearned

Moderately related.
Guys, do yourself a favor and get one of these straight razors. You'll be scared as shit when you first use it, but after three or so shaves, it becomes really easy and you'll appreciate that you're spending less than $.25 per razor, you get an awesome shave when you do it right, and you get that cool factor. Bonus points if you graduate to a normal, high quality razor that you strope to keep sharp. Not recommended for a first timer.

Not feeling so bold? Then try a safety razor. Personally I've never used one and they are more expensive for the razors than a straight razor (but a lot cheaper than common razors), but you don't have to be quite as careful.
Your ol' gel/foam will work all the same or you can get shaving soap with a quick search which is a nice addition to the experience of shaving.

u/bobby-joe · 6 pointsr/wicked_edge

Hey, fellow college student here.
I just picked up a Merkur 180 off Amazon for $30.

u/HolyGigi · 6 pointsr/Romania

M-am tot uitat si pe la noi si pe si in momentul in care mi-am dat eu comanda acolo era cel mai ieftin.

Am luat [aparatul] (, pamatuful, piatra de alaun, sapunul si lamele

u/invisiblebob8616 · 6 pointsr/wicked_edge

This razor is going on special at 4:55pm ET, this Weishi at 6:55pm ET, and this Dorco starter set at 7:35pm ET, but I'd rather have a razor from Maggard's or Italian Barber which will almost definitely shave better than what I'm pretty sure are all Weishi's of some sort, and probably be as cheap if not cheaper. There's also a stainless steel shaving bowl starting at 6:55pm ET if that sort of thing is interesting to you. It will be under the "Beauty" category if you want to have a look around yourself for any beard oils or other such stuff that strikes your fancy.

u/GoodVelo · 6 pointsr/wicked_edge

I got both and are awesome; Mildest Merkur 1904 less mild but still milder than the NEW is the Parker 24c

u/Papander · 6 pointsr/wicked_edge
  1. The razor you have selected is good.
  2. The Arko soap is good, but I have absolutely no idea what brush that is. This is reason for concern, because some boar brushes have the tips clipped which makes them really harsh for your face. I personally would not purchase that kit.
  3. Do not purchase razor blades in a bulk until you have tried a blade sampler pack. You can pretty much ignore any razor blade reviews, because you can't know for sure how they will work for you. Read this article about blades by Leisureguy, he explains it well. Blade sampler pack is a must have.
  4. Shaving stand is one of those things that somewhat divides peoples opinions. I'm personally strongly of the opinion that the shaving stand isn't necessary. Here is a very recent thread about it. I suggest you read the comments through. But if you want you can get the stand.

    HERE is what I recommend for DE kit. Mainly posting that for all the information links in that post, I suggest you check them out.

    Lastly if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask, people here will happily help you.
u/Zweisoldner · 6 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Dude here, same problem. Let me pass down some bro knowledge that year of experimenting and hundreds of dollars has produced. I'm serious in saying I don't know why everybody shaves like me. It's damn near free in upkeep too.

Invest in a safety razor, this is the one I use and you cannot go wrong with it The blades are pennies each and last multiple shaves. The initial investment is big, but the shave is the gentlest shave you can give your skin, short only of a cut throat razor done by a professional. I won't go into detail of why this safety razors are gentler than the crappy cartridge junk the industry is peddling us these days, you can google that yourself.

Next, ditch shaving cream. I've used the butane crap to the highest end like Taylor of Old Bond Street. They all leave a residue, which clogs, which sucks. The best way is actually to shave while cleansing your face with a gentle cleanser. I use Cerave Hydrating, and the lotion texture is perfect for shaving. La Roche Posay Toleraine Cleanser will work very well too, or any other non foaming/lotion like texture cleanser. Use a very conservative shaving motion (the safety razor is intuitive to the male creature, believe me), and shave with the grain. Also, get a fogless shower mirror, you can get that off Amazon for under $20.

It's a bit to invest in initially, after 8 years of countless Gilette cartriges, handles, butane creams, shaving brushes, shaving cups, traditional shaving creams, and heck even waxing, this works for me. I wish I knew this when I was just another hapless 15 year old boy wiping space goo on my face and mowing it down with those mini cheese graters.

u/its_bananas · 5 pointsr/wicked_edge

Haven't tried the Weishi before but I have heard some positive comments on them as a budget option.

Alternatively you could try the Maggard MR1. My first safety was a Merkur 23c. While it's a bit more than your budget, I can say from experience that it is a very mild razor if you're worries about irritation.

As far as price goes, there are solid 'cheap' razors such as those mentioned. Generally speaking they'll be made of less expensive zinc alloys that may be more susceptible to breakage (such as from dropping) but that doesn't mean they can't give you many years of good shaves.

I usually use a blade 5 times before changing. I have thick facial hair so I'm not sure how that might translate to your situation. I know others get more than that so your mileage will definitely vary. The good news is that buying in bulk (100) is cheap. I bought 100 Gillette Silver Blues almost 2 years ago and still have some left.

u/Phranquelyhnne · 5 pointsr/AskDad

U/Trooze knows what’s up.

Go slow, and take your time. You’ll get faster as you do it more, rushing is when you hurt yourself. Shave after you shower. The hot water will soften you’re facial hair, and washing your face will get the gunk of your skin, allowing for an easier job.

Razors are hella expensive. I found an old-style safety razor like this one for ten bucks at an antique shop and bought 100 blades for it for $10 on amazon. The new ones are mostly expensive gimmicks. The old safety razor works just as well, and is easier to work in my mind, since there’s weight to it.

Invest in some quality aftershave. Back when I was clean-shaven, I found an Old Spice one I liked. It smelled nice, and made the razor burn go away.

Also, if your facial hair is thin, or patchy, it’s nothing to be ashamed of, I couldn’t grow a full beard till I was almost 30. Lots of dudes can’t ever grow a lumberjack beard. Remember though, with facial hair, it’s kind of an all or nothing thing. Half-stache’s don’t look great, so think long and hard about growing stuff out.

You’ll be fine.

u/Mighty_Panda · 5 pointsr/wicked_edge

Fair enough but I would price what amazon gives you against one of those sites. I would suggest getting an Edwin Jagger DE89, really good starter razor, or a parker though you will need someone else to tell you which one to get.

You will need a brush so look for omega brushes, these are boar brush that are cheap and once broken in can become as soft as a silvertip badger brush. As for shaving soap there is a vast array to choose from but I have been using proraso which is easy to get a nice lather from. Though if you are on a tight budget get arko, though be warned that some people hate the smell of it (it does die down after a few weeks).

As for aftershave you can pick up nivea aftershave balm from your local drugstore or supermarket. You will also need an alum block and styptic pencil, just get the cheapest ones you can find. Though you could use a healing cut gel instead of a styptic pencil, which would avoid the milky white marks the styptic pencil leaves behind.

edit: forgot to say about sample blades. Most sample blade packs on amazon are ridiculously priced so use try a blade to get a selection of sample blades. Start of with 5 different types of blades

The blades I would suggest are:

  • 1.Astra SP
  • 2.Gillette Silver Blue
  • 3.Derby, a lot of people dislike these blades but I think they offer a good starting point.
  • 4.Feather, I would leave this blade to try after you have developed your technique for a month or 2, as they are unforgiving to a beginner.
  • 5.BIC
u/dharasick · 5 pointsr/wicked_edge

The kits on the side are a little outdated. I'd recommend the Edwin Jagger DE89, the perfect first razor. Grab some MRGLO (Musgo Real Glycerine Lime Oil) as a preshave soap, Proraso (seems to be popular around here although I haven't tried it myself), a good blade sampler, pick up some Nivea aftershave balm from your nearest target/CVS, and you should be good to go.

Creams do lather a little easier than soaps depending on the water situation. I don't have any experience with soaps so I don't feel I should comment much longer on them.

RAD = Razor Acquisition Disorder; GAS = Gear Acquisition Syndrome.

EDIT: I guess I did forget a brush and alum block. Oh well, others here posted good recommendations too.

u/crshank · 5 pointsr/malegrooming

I browsed /r/wicked_edge for a bit before diving in. Their FAQ should be a good place to get you started.

I've improved my pre- and post-shave routines as well as using a brush and non-canned shaving cream. Anecdotally, the learning curve wasn't very steep for me (a few nicks and cuts starting out) and I'm noticing that my issues with sensitive skin and ingrown hairs are resolving.

Your start-up costs may seem a little steep, but you can find some deals or cheaper gear and upgrade later. The fact that I actually enjoy shaving and feel better after doing it more than makes up for the initial purchase.

I started with the following:

Razor Emporium Sensitive Skin Blade Sampler pack

Musgo Real Lime Glyce Soap

Parker Safety Razor SYNTHETIC Bristle Shaving Brush

Taylor of Old Bond Street Avocado Shaving Cream

Edwin Jagger DE89bl Chrome Plated Double Edge Safety Razor

Gentleman Jon 3.5 Ounce Alum Block

u/Merejo · 5 pointsr/wicked_edge
u/Tobythekitty · 5 pointsr/Wetshaving

Putting this here as well because someone recommended to post it

Hey all,  I'm pretty new to wet shaving and I'm looking to upgrade my razor. Currently, I've been shaving with an "El Grande" from WSP (wet shaving products) that my brother gave me, but I'm trying to upgrade to a better razor. I found two that might be worth their salt and I was wondering what other people thought of them.


I'm also looking into trying new blades and I already know about, but I just haven't picked any out yet. Also, if you want to suggest a completely different razor that would be fine, too. 

u/Youarethebigbang · 5 pointsr/Wetshaving

My first razor just broke after 3 years of nearly daily use, Edwin Jagger DE Safety Razor, Knurled, Short Handle,

Fell on tile floor and will no longer thread. It was a nearly perfect razor for a newbie like me who was very nervous to switch to a safety razor and I've been very happy with the shaves it gave me.

Since it was my first and I'm so used to it, I'm slightly reluctant to try something new, but I at least want to consider other options if you guys have any ideas for me I'd appreciate it.

I'm as nervous to try something new as I was first switching to a safety razor since I don't want to slice myself up, ha, but if it's possible to find something different but also similar to how easy this one was to use, I'm all ears.

u/almightywhacko · 5 pointsr/wicked_edge

Weishi razors aren't all that great, and that isn't a particularly good price for one either.

Some razors on you might want to look into include:

  • Edwin Jagger Kelvin
  • Parker 24C
  • Merkur Classic

    If you are willing to shop from other vendors, is a Canadian vendor and they offer some good starter kits at fair prices. The "Super Ridiculous Value Starter Kit" would be my personal pick. You get a good quality razor, brush and soap. The "Eleganza" kit is also a good choice. Both are out of stock at the moment because the brush that they come with is out of stock. It should be back in stock in a couple of weeks.

    If you are willing to pay a little more money to ship up from the U.S. the "Maggard Razors Basic Traditional Shaving Starter Kit" is another amazing value. In fact, I like this kit a little more than the ItalianBarber kits because I like the Maggard soaps better (they're great!) and you can customize your razor and soap selections
u/tommygunner91 · 5 pointsr/MGTOW

A lot of people steer towards /r/wicked_edge but personally they over complicate it and make it 'a thing'. I was using £10 equipment at one point but found a low-mid range kit to be fine.

Assuming you're American go for -
Handle (holds the blade)

Blades -
One of these lasted me 4 years and I have thick hair

Optional -
Soap -

lasts 9-12 months+ works best with single blade

Brush -

To lather the soap and apply to face.
Basically the only difference between the can of shaving foam and a soap dish + brush is the latter being cheaper, less aggressive on the face (with time investment of a month tops) and quality of shave.

Any questions ping them across.

u/charliegriefer · 5 pointsr/phoenix

Ordered Feather blades. They'll be here on Monday.

The razor itself arrives today (a WEISHI), but I've read that it's probably best to not use the included blades. So I'll wait 'til Monday.

u/3agl · 5 pointsr/wicked_edge

I can only recommend what I have-

Item | link
The Chieftain | link
Badger Hair Brush | link
shaving soap | link
stand | link
blades | link
total | $70.65, not including shipping (but with prime... :D)

It's pretty modest, but if you consider 52 blades that are of the "normal" variety, it can be cheaper in the long run. I still have a bunch of blades left over, so don't think that those 100 astra blades are all the way used up.

u/yayikayran · 5 pointsr/wicked_edge

Yes, I bought from Amazon. same price as Aliexpress but delivers faster.

u/kelpants · 5 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

I got them so I wouldn't have to buy expensive disposable blades anymore - I also heard that they might cut down on razor burn. I have mixed reviews. I still use a disposable for my armpits because it's just too lumpy in there - you can go a million times faster using a disposable.

For my legs - the razors themselves for a safety razor are INSANELY cheap and come in bulk. The problem is - you need to go very, very slowly, even on straightaways like your legs. Press very lightly - let the movement and sharp edge do the work for you without applying much pressure at all. I learned my lesson by taking a pretty sizable strip of skin off my ankle the second time I was shaving because I tried to go too fast. The shave is very close and leaves you crazy smooth, but I do get razorburn (I have keratosis pilaris though so I don't know if there's any avoiding that). Lotion works. I have trouble with my knees, especially after the cutting incident, I'm scared of cutting myself there. Usually leave some hairs and often go over it with my disposable. And I always do have a couple tiny bloody spots afterwards that I didn't feel when I was shaving, but they're very small and go away quickly.

Bottom line - would I buy it again? Maybe. I think it's better suited for someone who shaves their legs very regularly. I shave maybe once a month or even two months, because I hate it, so making it even more time consuming is bad for me. But if I did it daily I think the safety razor would be awesome because it really cuts down on waste/cost and the shave is SUPER close so you could shave less and still have crazy smooth legs. Works pretty well in the nether regions also, actually. Just go slowly :)

Here is what I bought:

The razor handle is good, but my boyfriend has one that is really easy to replace the blades - you twist the bottom and it opens up the top and you just pull out and plop in the new one. Mine you have to almost completely take it apart, which is dumb. Spend time looking for the one I describe where you can just easily replace the blades.

The blades are good and cheap, I spent some time reading reviews so I believe those are the best quality/price combo.

u/yeahbuddy · 5 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

You are much better off doing this. Disposable blades are a colossal, sucky ripoff.

100 blades - Made in Russia - for $9

The best soap - Made in England - for $15

Merkur razor - Made in Germany - for $32

Badger hair brush - $13

The best aftershave - Made in Italy - $14

So, $83 with money to spare and it's all you need for at least 12 months. The Art of Shaving is neat, but it's grossly overpriced. Clearly they have latched on to the hipster instagrammy nature of society with a price tag to match. I have some of their sandlewood soap and while nice, it's no better than the soap I listed.

It's funny how classic shaving is all of a sudden a trendy thing. All I know is I love it. I came from the 3 NO 4 NO 5 NO a BILLION blade world. It's a joke. Just go old school and take your time. Enjoy the ritual. Baby bottom smooth in 7 minutes. Modern disposable cartridges are a sad scam that society has fallen for. Complete and total scam.

May as well toss this in...especially if you travel. Love mine.

Parker leather razor case - $14

Thats a full year of supplies and a lifetime worth of hardware (minus the badger brush). Think about that for a minute...

u/zbeptz · 5 pointsr/navy

Merkur razor. Here is a nice starter. ($32.34)

Feather Double Edge Blades, 50 Count ($11.77)

A year's worth of shaving for one month of Dollar Shave Club

u/DONT_AMAZE_ME_BRO · 5 pointsr/ZeroWaste

Guy here

you want the best shaving cream with the least waste?

Go this route

Shaving Soap

Shaving soap container

Safety Razor it will last you a lifetime and its nothing to be feared. You wont cut yourself if you always shave down and never side to side

almost a lifetime of razors for $9

follow that up with one of these holders

and the shaving brush

I have to buy new soap every so often but after the initial investment you will only ever pay pennies for each shave

u/PAlove · 5 pointsr/FrugalMaleFashionCDN

Merkur safety razor and these blades (Feather is another good brand of blades, more expensive though).

Bought the combo about 3 years ago, haven't even used half the blades yet. Massive savings.

u/YeahImJustThatAwesom · 5 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

First of all,
Yess! Another guy on this sub!

Okay, so im mexican and and the males in my family have a tendency to get deep pores. The sad part is that there is no way to structurally shrink your pores, but there are products you can get to kind of help minimize them.

My routine begins with a normal face wash (i forget what it's called but there are a ton to choose from if you look in the sidebar). After, i'll use the stridex maximum strength exfoliator, then i'll finish it off with some cerave cream to moisturize.

Something i want to note is that if you have been shaving with one of those machine razors or disposable ones, then you might want to try something better for your skin. I use this and it has done a lot to help cut down on the acne.

Definitely check out to get really good info to get you set on getting better skin and the cleanest shave.

u/azgabe · 5 pointsr/wicked_edge

Is neither an option? Many of these Twist to Open razors are rebranded Weishes. Your Van der Hagen from CVS certainly is. You would be buying the same razor. The Vikings looks cool, but same thing. The quality will be much better with a different razor.


I would highly recommend these two. The Edwin Jagger would be my #1 pick.



u/AE_35_Unit · 5 pointsr/AirForce

Ok, so I am going to assume (make an ass of both you and me) that you have absolutely no idea what you are doing.
I recommend the following:

u/Richiepunx · 5 pointsr/ireland

Have you ever tried wet shaving with a safety razor? I had the same problem as you for years but I switched and I've had no irritation since. They take a bit of getting used to but you won't look back once you get used to it, honestly.

u/Forevernevermore · 5 pointsr/AskMen

I use a double edge safety razor like THIS. Most store bought razors can maintain their sharpness for one or two shaves, but this has cheap and changeable blades you buy by the dozens for the same price. It's easy to throw in a new blade and shave away each time. I stress that it is a skill that is learned and you will most likely cut yourself the first few times, but once you get the hang of it, it will outperform any mainstream razors (schick, gillete..etc) you can buy. I get 100 blades for about $24 US and that lasts me all year. I use THESE blades specifically.

u/chance-- · 5 pointsr/howto

I really, really recommend you consider buying an old-fashion double-edge safety razor like this one along with a blade sample pack. Once you find the right blade and adjust to the new type of razor, you'll wonder how disposable razors ever became a thing. Even my wife couldn't believe how awesome they are and it took me forever to even get her to try my razor.

  • I have sensitive skin and would constantly get razor burn, my skin would turn bright red, and I'd get bumps after each shave. It took a week or two for my skin to adjust and for me to find the right blades but once that happened, I haven't had skin issues since. The first few shaves did suck but it got a lot better.
  • The blades are absurdly cheap. You can get Feather blades which are among the most expensive for about $0.10 a blade.
  • Since the blades are so much cheaper, you're more likely to switch them out properly and get a much cleaner shave.
  • The razor itself will last for a lifetime and then some
  • All of those cartridges and packaging are no longer headed to the landfill

    If you want an even better shave while saving even more money, consider getting shaving soap + a brush. I've had one of those for like 2 years now.. it's insane how long they last.

    There are plenty of sites, forums, and even a subreddit that you can find out much more about DE shaving. Some people really, really get into it so you kind of have to wade through a lot of fanboyism but it's well worth it, I promise.
u/padlockx · 5 pointsr/todayilearned

I do the same thing and it works great. I'm a white guy with really straight hair, but I have the skin of an infant and get horrible razor bumps on my neck. This really does help. I figured it out when I had a beard and would shave my neck area then my thick brush would get that area when I shaped the beard. The brush would knock the hairs out of the skin and prevent them from being ingrown.

Another thing I've found that helps a lot is a good razor. I know I'm not in the same exact boat, but as someone prone to skin irritation a nice real safety razor with a good double edged single blade is amazing. I use this safety razor and buy the better blades for it (and they're still really cheap.) Combined with a good shaving soap I barely have any problems compared to what I used to. It's why I grew the beard in the first place.

u/WorstDEALeverrr · 5 pointsr/instant_regret

You get yourself a safety razor for ~30$.

Then you spend another 20$ on 100 Feather brand blades.

There you go. Best shaving experience of your life, for the rest of your life, for the price of a few stupid Gillette thingies.

(Get a brush and soap too, if you don't already have them.)

u/Gregoryv022 · 5 pointsr/Wetshaving

Then: January, 2014

u/Tadpole_Jackson · 5 pointsr/fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu

I got this razor from Amazon

It was $30 when I bought it, though. I also bought a stand, brush, and shaving soap at the same time. I think the total was about $70-$80 The soap lasts forever and the stand and brush are 1 time buys.




I just buy blades from CVS. 10 pack is $5 and I've used about 5 in the last month.

Edit: Bad math.

u/Tryemall · 5 pointsr/wicked_edge

Indians, along with people of Mediterranean, African & Middle eastern descent have extraordinarily tough beards. Cartridge razors designed in countries with populations which shave daily & have lighter facial growth are not always adequate for those of heavier growth. In addition, Indians often have oily skin. Indians can therefore be very prone to pseudofolliculitis barbae, & multiblade razors can do damage to the skin of those with this condition.

It is therefore advisable for Indians to use a single blade razor & pay greater attention to pre-shave prep. Always have a shower or bath before your shave & soap up the area to be shaved. You may have noticed that barbers often use a hot wet towel on their clients to soften it before shaving.

Unfortunately, there are no decent DE starter sets available in India. Sets like that of Bombay Shave Co, & others rely on rebranded imported razors & there does seem to be greater importance placed on their looks than on their performance. These sets are best avoided. Starter sets can be imported, but the combination of our import duties, transportation costs etc can make them quite expensive. They are also not necessary, as it is possible to get decent equipment at a reasonable cost if bought separately. But if you do wish to, Shave Lounge UK & Maggards have good starter sets.

As far as individually available equipment is concerned, it can be broken down into shaving products like creams & soaps, shaving brushes, razors and their blades or cartridges, & aftershave treatments.

  • Shaving products. There is absolutely no need to import anything here. India is a shaving cream powerhouse, & makes some of the best shaving creams available as far as performance goes. There are some Indian shaving creams which could improve a little on scent, but since the scent is washed off along with the lather, I do not consider it of great concern. of the best known Indian brands for shaving products are Godrej & Dettol, but there is such a wide variety available that almost all creams perform extremely well. There are not too many Indian made soaps. Godrej soap is available in most parts of the country. It is very cheap & is made of pure potassium lye, so it is capable of performing in the hardest of water, & breaking down the oil layer on the oiliest of skin,but will not have great protection in soft water. It makes an excellent superlather soap base, though. T&H, Trigodon, & the weirdly named Pink Woolf etc also sell soaps. I personally found that T&H soap has a somewhat average performance. Their creams are said to have stellar performance & scent, & T&H now has shops in most Indian cities. Trigodon & Pink Woolf soaps have good reputations. I have tried some imported products, but have been more often disappointed than not as far as the overall performance is concerned, though their scent is great.
  • Shaving brushes. Some of the companies that sell starter sets & soaps also sell brushes. Parker, Pearl, Trigodon, Pink Woolf etc all have brushes available. I feel that they provide an average product as compared to their price , because genuine imported Omega boar brushes are available on Flipkart at a very reasonable cost. For some reason, Amazon India is overpriced for the very same brushes. Indian brush manufacturer has good brushes (Bilabrush) but their website sells their brushes at prices greater than genuine Omegas. Their Gio brush is sometimes available around ₹ 200 in Mumbai shops & is very good at that price.
  • Razors. If you do wish to import shaving equipment, import razors. There are almost no decent manufacturers of DE razors in India. The best manufacturer is Parker, who exports razors in quantity, but most DE shavers who have bought a Parker razor in India have had to replace it due to quality issues. I have read of Indians who have had to replace theirs several times due to issues like unequal blade exposure, faulty construction, misalignment etc. It has been alleged that Indian manufacturers reserve their best products for export while sloughing off their rejects to locals. On the other hand, I've chatted on B&B with one Indian who has had no issues with his Variant. In general, though, Indian made razors are rather aggressive & not suitable for beginners. If you wish to buy locally, though, it is sometimes possible to source imported razors in imported goods shops or customs notified shops. I can personally recommend the Japanese Feather Popular TTO as being great for newbie & expert alike. It's also available on Flipkart/Amazon/Shopclues for about ₹ 900 onwards. Chinese Rimei, Baili & Weishi razors are also available. It is possible to get Yaqi's double open comb Mellon head from Aliexpress & mate it to an Indian razor handle.
  • Blades. There are excellent DE blades available in the country, with considerable variety. There is absolutely no real need to import. If you use a cartridge razor, almost all cartridges are also available.
  • Aftershave treatments: - Alum is easily available in pharmacists at almost throwaway rates. Witch hazel is not easily available, but I do not feel the lack. A wide variety of local & international aftershave splashes are available, as are balms, but these are not necessarily the same brands discussed on international shaving forums.



    Here is a shaving set under 2K.


    I strongly recommend buying the brush, shaving cream, alum & aftershave first. Start using them with your current razor. Get your new safety razor & blades later, once you have learned to build a good lather on your face with brush & shaving cream, & have started using the alum & aftershave regularly .

    If you have children in the house, be sure to keep blades & razor away from them.

    A) Feather Popular razor - Amazon ₹ 920

    B) Gillette 7 o'clock Super Platinum razor blades at your Local pharmacy ₹ 55/-

    Omega 10218 or other at Flipkart ₹ 400/-

    C) Godrej/Dettol shaving cream - Local pharmacy about ₹80/-

    D) Alum block Local pharmacy ₹20/-

    E) Nivea aftershave or balm at your Local pharmacy ₹250/-

    Total -₹1725/-

    Please note that you could very easily spend much more. And, as time goes by, & you add more products, razors & other stuff, you'll wonder how that original outlay more than quadrupled...

    Technique: - the first part is the most difficult - Keep your new DE razor aside while you learn to use the rest of your equipment.

    Start by learning the hair growth pattern of your face - the direction of the grain. Print this out.


    Draw the main direction of growth in each section & stick it near your mirror.

    Once you've done that, start breaking in your new brush. Wash it a few times with liquid hand soap. Use it with your shaving cream to lather up. Continue using your current razor during this time.

    After a week or so, the lather produced will be better than that you got from your can of foam/gel. This is the time to break out your new DE.

    Watch the videos to learn how to shave.

    Initially, shave one WTG pass, & do your XTG pass with your current cartridge razor. As time goes by & your technique improves, you can increase the DE passes & reduce the M3 passes.
u/Dang_Yankee · 5 pointsr/headphones

The best budget beginner razor

Some good soap

A good brush

Total: about $25

This is what i started with and it works like a charm... would recommend feather blades over lord but that's just my opinion.

u/lgbtqbbq · 5 pointsr/abdiscussion

This Lord one is basic and great. For me I haven't noticed big differences among the razors themselves at a low price point (can't speak for the more expensive ones) but the blades themselves make a difference. Good sample pack for blades that I worked through over the course of like 2 years (mama don't shave that often..)

I have to say my favorites were the Feather, BUT I just resumed DE shaving this month and got a big pack of the Feather blades alone and they were incredibly aggressive- I think I'm not used to the angle of shave anymore, so I should've started with a sample pack again. The Derby ones were what I "learned" on and then graduated to Feather and liked those, but I think it was with the experience points I'd gathered ;)

u/chiseledface · 5 pointsr/wicked_edge

Basic Kit - under $50:
Razor: $10.99
Brush: $10.69
Soap - $3.59
Blade Sampler - $22.99
Nivea shave balm for sensitive skin - $5 at walmart

u/noremac258 · 5 pointsr/wicked_edge

The parker 24c or 26c, same head different handles, has really positive reviews around here. According to Leisureguy; it's both a very comfortable and very efficient razor. It's also a very affordable being under 30.

Some have had the paint come of the 26c, so the 24c is probably the better one.

u/MyL1ttlePwnys · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

I am not a crazy "MUST HAVE A $200 RAZOR AND COLLECT THEM ALL!!!!" person. This is my Feather razor

It has served me well. I admit, I am cheap. I have been fine with just about every blade in my sampler packs, but this was just...painful. You could feel the blade getting stuck on stubble and pulling.

I mainly use Astra, because you can get the cheap boxes off Amazon, but I was in a bind...out of town and I needed a new blade. Should have just gone looking rugged.

u/I_am_Prosciutto · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

I use a [Lord safety razor] ( and it works pretty well.

u/Greyzer · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

You need a Razor $12,75.

A Brush $2,45

Shaving Cream $2,49

Blades: I'd recommend you try Astra SP $1,04, Derby $1, Shark SS $0,85 and Perma Sharp $1,15.

That's $21,73 including shipping from Turkey, don't know about shipping costs on the Lord though.

Optional extra's:

Alum $2,50, highly recommended!

Shaving Soap $1,95

They also have Bowls but you can just use a big cappucino mug or soup bowl.

I'm assuming you already have Aftershave. I'd recommend a balm when starting out to sooth rough shaves. Nivea Sensitive Balm is locally available around $5.

u/kinganti · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

The lowest cost option is the Lord L6 at $12.75 but I have to disclose that this is a razor that will require replacement eventually as it's known to break over time.

Then there's the Edwin Jagger DE8x series. They all have the same head, but the differences in prices reflect the difference in the handles. I bought mine at the link I provided, and it was ~$36 and took 6 days to be shipped from England to California. This razor is high enough quality, it will last a lifetime.

The next bump up in both quality and price would have to go to either the Weber ARC, or the Weber DLC. both are $70, and solid stainless steel. Razors of similar quality and materials normally sell for twice that much. Great value. and... great razors! Our resident expert Leisureguy says his ARC gives him his best shave of any of his razors.

u/Ad_Retie_i_Ouzo · 4 pointsr/Suomi

Tulihan se sieltä osa 2 sieltä, tosin vähän myöhemmin kuin lupasin. Tarkoituksena oli toimittaa tämä joululahjana mutta motivaatio oli alhaalla minkä lisäksi sairastuin jouluaattona mikä vei viimeisetkin kirjoitusfiilikset. Vuodenvaihde kuitenkin lähenee uhkaavasti joten otin itsestäni niskalenkin ja sain kuin sainkin jotain aikaiseksi. Jotkin osiot jäivät aika lyhyiksi ja ehkä hivenen vajavaisiksi. Ajotekniikassa on jotain mitä on vaikea selittää ja kuvailla yksityiskohtaisesti mutta tämä saattaa olla helpompaa kuvamateriaalin avulla Wikikirjastossa. Wikikirjastoon laittaminen ja sen tarvitsemat muotoilut ja muutokset saavat kuitenkin jäädä ensi vuoteen. ärSuomen wikiin nämä saa kuitenkin minun puolestani laittaa vaikka heti.


Kokeilin ennen joulua ensimmäisen kerran Arko-saippuatikkua ja on muuten hyvää tavaraa. Vaahtoaa todella helposti, toimii hyvin ja on erittäin halpaa. En voi kuin suositella. Ja jos tuoksu ei miellytä niin voi käyttää käsi- ja suihkusaippuana (hyvä vinkki muillekin koville saippuoille). Tuulettaminen huoneilmassa ilman paperipakkausta kuulemma auttaa tuoksun haihtumisessa mutta koska tuoksu on mielestäni ihan ok niin jätän tämän niksin kokeilematta.

Vietin joulun Turkkusessa ja kas kummaa, paikallisen Deli Market -nimisen etnokaupan hyllyltä löytyi egyptiläistä Lord-partavoidetta. Tämä on ensimmäinen kokemukseni partavoiteesta ja vaahtoavuudeltaan ja toimivuudeltaan se on kyllä ihan hyvä. Mentoolin viilennysvaikutus on tosin näin Prorason vihreään tottuneelle aika olematon eikä tuoksukaan ole mitenkään erikoinen (mitä nyt tukkoisella nenällä olen pystynyt nuuhkimaan). Hintaa tuolle 55 gramman tuubille kertyi muistaakseni yli kolme euroa (tarkkaa hintaa en muista) mikä lienee suomalaiselle kaupalle ihan ok.

Kassan vieressä roikkui myös Lord-merkkisiä partahöyliä mutta en nähnyt hintaa tai tarkempaa merkkiä. Oletan että kyseessä on Lord L6 joka on Amazon-arvostelujen perusteella hyväksi haukuttu. Joten jos täällä on Turkulaisia tai muuten siellä päin liikkuvia niin Deli Marketista voi saada sutia lukuun ottamatta ihan kohtalaisen aloituspakkauksen. Höylien vieressä oli muistaakseni myös partateriä, merkkiä en nähnyt, mutta Lord lienee hyvä veikkaus tämän suhteen.

Yllätyin iloisesti että perinteistä parranajotavaraa saa Suomessa edes jostain kivijalkaliikkeestä. Veikkaisin että Helsingistä ja muistakin isommista kaupungeista saattaisi löytyä jotain vastaavaa. Jos teette löytöjä niin ilmoittakaa niistä ihmeessä täällä.

u/Goyu · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

I think that you would be better off with a double edge. It's less technically demanding to learn, you don't have to maintain the blade (you'll have to sharpen a straight edge from time to time and strop it daily) because it's disposable.

My philosophy is that shaving is less about the hair and more about the skin, caring for it and leaving it comfortable/not irritated. Even with a light beard, it's worth learning how to shave well because it's good for the skin and it's a pleasant and meditative ritual. The whole process of carefully prepping the skin, applying the soap/cream and doing a multiple pass shave is satisfying. Like a very masculine manicure, manly pampering. Mampering? No...

Anyway, if you click around this sub a bit, you'll notice that it's easy to go overboard and get too into it, and shave gear isn't cheap. But that's as much a blessing as a curse. I have three straight razors and a double edge, and I fully expect them to last me decades.

If I were you, I wouldn't jump in the pool quite that deep though. Here are the suggestions I make to most shave newbies interested in checking out the wetshaving gig:

Edwin Jagger DE 89:

This is a simple, entry level razor. It comes with a few blades, but I'd recommend buying a sampler pack (and yes, I picked this pack because it has Feather blades, they are exceptional, if slightly too sharp for me. I use Sharks.):

After that you'll need a brush. I'd just check the sidebar there, I use a wee scot and I suspect that not many would push you in that direction.

Then you'll want a nick stick, because dude... you'll cut yourself. It happens. Again, sidebar. But here's the cheap one that I use (don't cut myself much anymore so I don't invest in the good stuff these days):

And beyond that is the decision between soaps and cream and an aftershave. That one is up to personal preference in terms of scents and consistency.

I use this cream and like it fine:

I use this aftershave and love it to pieces, enough to spend 50 fucking dollars on it a few times a year:

This isn't a super cheap set up (about $200) but you could get a cheaper aftershave and brush and be all set for under $100 and make improvements down the line if you decide you want to keep doing this.

u/e36 · 4 pointsr/AskReddit

Different people use different razors and blades. I've got a Merkur 180 and a Gillette Super Speed, and Astra blades.

u/geoncic · 4 pointsr/ZeroWaste

This is what I use. I was cut pretty badly when someone put my safety razor in my toiletries bag, and I reached in blindly not expecting it to be in there. I recommend a soft case like this:

edit: I store used blades in an old medicine bottle.

u/HeyRememberThatTime · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

I'm on vacation right now, in fact. I just leave the blade in and use a case that completely covers my razor head and I've never had any problems at all.

I've also been using a smaller vintage Travalong razor that packs the head away inside itself in the space of a pack of blades. A cool little piece that gives a surprisingly good shave for as silly looking as it is.

u/Evan_the_Canadian · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

Making the switch to a safety razor is a big step that typically requires a bit of investment: soap, brush, razor, blades. If you're willing to make the switch, I'd look at the Maggards starter kits. [Bacis]( comes with a razor and soap for ~30$ and the [Standard]( comes with razor, soap, a brush, and blades for ~35$. For Canadians, to avoid international shipping, the cheapest option I know of is Italian Barber's [starter kit]( for ~20$. Please note that some people on here are wary of them yet I haven't had an issue with my BC Silvertip brush nor with their Wunderbar Slant. Your mileage may vary, however.

For Amazon, I'd suggest a [boar]( brush as it's cheaper, breaks in quite nicely, and has a decent amount of backbone for face lathering. I personally use a Semogue 610 as a daily driver. I've heard that the [Merkur 34c]( is a good starter razor. Personally, I went from a 2$ eBay buy to a iKon 102 I found cheap so I skipped over the majority of the "starter razors".

Blades are a different story. Each blade acts differently in each razor differently for each person. I like Gillette Nacets in one razor when I want a quick shave but cut myself horribly when I put those blades in another. I use Vokshods in a second razor when I want a nice, smooth shave but get irritation when I put those blades in the first razor. So take all blade advice with a grain of salt and always retest blades you'd previously condemned if you pick up a new razor. With that said, I would suggest Vokshods as a first blade.


Edit: Not sure how to fix links.

u/A_Cartboy · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge
u/DTDTD · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

Here's my suggestion.

Get a slant head razor.

Use Feather blades. They're the sharpest you can get.

Stop using canned shave cream, get a real shaving soap and a decent brush.

Also get some Mr GLO soap and use it before you shave. Lather it onto your beard and let it soak in for two and a half minutes, then rinse and apply your lather. This makes your beard as soft as it's gonna get.

Shave with the grain, re-lather, shave across the grain, re-lather, shave against the grain.

Read this book and go to this website.

Hope this helps.

u/iamsms · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

Razor: Edwin Jagger DE89

Brush: Fendrihan Synthetic

Shaving Cream: Speick (currently overpriced)

Or if you want to go for a Shaving Soap:

Shaving Soap: PdP 63


B&M Latha Oceana

AfterShave: Nivea Sensitive Cooling (or get one from local drugstore, walmart etc (non cooling version))

Blades: Get this from

But if I were you:

I would get: the DE89 razor from Amazon, a 22mm synthetic brush from Maggard Razors, B&M Seville Shave soap/Speick Shave Cream from Maggard Razors, Blade Sampler from tryablade, and nivea aftershave balm sensitive from Local stores

u/Kalima · 4 pointsr/BuyItForLife

i own this one and bought the long handle version for my groomsmen. I completely recommend it. I have had mine for 4 years with no issues.

u/nealt900 · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

The gear is this:

Edwin Jagger De89l

Van Der Hagen Men's Luxury, Shave Set

Later tonight will be my first DE experience, wish me luck!

u/boostdd · 4 pointsr/Wet_Shavers

I always recommend newbies start off with a Edwin Jagger DE89L. It's inexpensive, effective and a easy razor to use. It makes for a great starter razor.

EDIT: Nevermind. I reread your post and seen he's an "avid wet shaver". In your budget, perhaps a Merkur 39C Slant

u/twosoon22 · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

I think the selections are great but, do have a few suggestions.
You may want to avoid an adjustable razor to start with. If you think you'll want one down the road don't want to have two DEs in your arsenal, then by all means get it now. But a lot of beginners blame their bad shaves on not being able to find the "right setting" on their adjustable. I like the EJ89 as a good starter. But if you do go with the Progress, don't play with the settings, play with your technique.

I also think you should get a blade sampler with a little more variety (read includes astras). This is a pretty good one, but I think the bigger the better.

Good Luck, and congrats on deciding to change your shave.

u/frozen-landscape · 4 pointsr/minimalism

Safety razor. The blades are like 15 bucks for 400 blades (pure metal) and the handle lasts forever. You can find the handles cheaper on eBay etc. Just boil them before using. But amazon will have them new too.

Edit: blades and handle .

u/Silverlight42 · 4 pointsr/answers

DE is short for double edged, the style of safety razor I recommended.

like this one

u/Romulan_Fale · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

What you're ordering looks good. There's nothing wrong with your razor but I personally think this one is better. That model is being replaced with newer ones(same shaving head but different handle) that cost like $12 more so the old one at this price is a good deal. As for blades get a sampler pack. Everybody's face is different and what I like you may not and vice a versa.

u/Yarcofin · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

Taylor of Old Bond Street and Geo F Trumper are both London-based companies with a very good reputation here. Both companies offer a sandalwood variety of shave soap. For around £10 you should be able to get a 6 oz soap of either in a plastic tub, or you can upgrade to Geo F Trumper in a wooden bowl for about £20.

Edwin Jagger is a company based out of Sheffield that offers very nice razors for around £20. Any that start with DE8_ are good, they all have the same head... it just comes down to the handle for example DE86 has a faux-ebony handle but DE89 is all chrome... the cutting head is the same on both.

A silvertip (highest quality) badger brush will run you at least £20, so as you can probably start to see, getting a soap, brush, and razor all for £30-40 will be tricky. If you downgrade to a boar brush you can get one for about £10 which will bring all 3 products to about £40. A boar brush isn't "worse", it's just different -- many people prefer it over badger. It's also more humane as the badgers need to be killed to harvest their hair. Otherwise you will need to start getting into lower-quality soaps and razors to offset the cost of the badger brush, or spend at least an extra tenner.

For example here are some links for you, there are probably other UK-based shaving websites that carry all these as well, or if you live in a major city you might even have a physical shave shop:


Shaving soap

Boar brush (personally I would look for one with a wooden handle though, I think it's classier than the plastic. If you want to stick with plastic, they come in a variety of colours)

I intentionally picked British-made products for you since you want to incorporate strong traditional and classic themes, but other companies like Merkur (German), Gillette (American), Parker (Indian) also make good razors that you might want to take a look at. I'm also assuming you want a brand new razor and not something vintage. Proraso is a nice Italian soap I use myself that will probably cost you £5 if the others are a bit too expensive.

You can add in an aftershave but that will again be another £10 or so, same with a bowl. If you want something classic and like an aftershave, I'd pick up an alum block instead. It's a naturally-occuring mineral that acts as an astringent and antiseptic -- you run it over your face after shaving to close your pores and prevent razor bumps, etc. Brand generally doesn't matter, it's all the same chunk of rock. I think a bowl is an unnecessary extra cost, any cereal bowl or latte mug can be used. If anything, just go to a charity shop and pick out the nicest mug you can get for £1-2. The bowl is used to produce your lather... you swirl the brush on the soap for 30-60 seconds to load it, and then transfer to the bowl and the lather will grow into something like a normal shaving cream when you stir it for a couple minutes. You can also lather directly onto your face or in the palm of your hand if preferred too.

If he has any questions on how to use the stuff, just direct him our way :)

u/IsThatTheJoke · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

Looks like and Edwin Jagger de89bl

u/HOGCC · 4 pointsr/AirForce

In the meantime, what type of razor/shaving cream are you using? Since you have a problem, I'd bet its a multi-blade cartridge type razor, and some kind of canned gel shaving cream.

The multi-blade razors are the equivalent of making multiple (unnecessary) passes, causing irritation, and gels are full of alcohol and other shit that dries out your skin like crazy, also causing irritation.

Switch to a safety razor, and use shaving soap. It will make a world of difference. A single shaving soap puck will last close to a year (cost is only a few bucks- I like the Van Der Hagen
sold in every BX I've ever been in and a razor handle will run you $25-$35ish try the Edwin Jagger on Amazon
Pick up a sample pack of blades, to decide what you like, and shaving irritation disappears forever.

u/Whisper · 4 pointsr/asktrp

Don't be a dumbass. The solution is staring you in the face.

Quit drinking, quit smoking. That's $5200 dollars a year right there.

Then you think you can't find ways to trim thirty dollars out of your weekly budget? Of course you can. Buy one of these. Cook every meal you eat. Get your clothes from the goodwill store.

If you want something, you do what's necessary to go get it.

u/SuperDumbDumb · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

Hi Wicked_Edge,

I am new to this whole world of shaving, and I'm looking to shy away from my cartridge Gillette.

I wish to transition away because:

  1. 16pack of cartridges cost about 50 after taxes of costco that maybe would last 6-8 months.
  2. it looks cool and its different...
  3. I find my mustache always has a "shadow" left over, I feel the stubble left over is too thick and I wish to even get a closer shave so I feel razors would be my friend here.

    So, doing some research I found three razors:

    Maggards m1,m7,m9,m11 -


    Merkurs -


    Weishi -

    I'm not looking to spend crazy amounts of money, and the only areas I shave would be my mustache and parts of my facial hair and the facial hair that's on my neck. I style the rest of beard with an electric shaver to so that way I don't look ten years old.. :D

    W/ that being said, would the Weishi be the best deal then? I've read that some people found it to be crappy or not cut close enough, and recommended the merkurs and maggards? Would the extra money be worth it? Razors are cheaper, but again, dont wanna spend like 100s on a handle...kinda want something to get the job done and last me a good while.

    Is it a requirement to buy shaving soaps, etc or can I just use canned shaving cream?

    Thanks for reading!

u/mct137 · 4 pointsr/AskMenOver30

I have had a Merkur safety razor for about 5 years now. It's $22 on amazon. You can buy replacement blade packs online as well. I can usually find them in packs of 10-20 blades for roughly a dollar a blade.

u/MattWilly · 4 pointsr/wicked_edge

As someone who also struggles from in-grown hairs (very curly facial hair), here is my $0.02.

  • Someone in r/skincareaddiction suggested Stridex Maximum Strength exfoliating pads. It will be an unpopular opinion here, but I have been using this product after a shave instead of an alum block and it anecdotally seems to be working quite well.

  • Growth maps are very important and will help thoroughly. That being said, I have some areas where the growth has no true grain. For these areas, I take extra caution to use less pressure. It took quite a few weeks to figure out which direction to shave in for these spots.
  • If you want to try Tend Skin, don't buy it in store. Its vastly overpriced. Instead, use this link to find a DIY recipe for cheaper. I've found that alcohol based salicylic acid products like Tend Skin and Clubman Bump Repair Gel did not work well for me.
  • Consider what razor you are using. I have found that more mild razors have been more favourable. I used the Merkur 180 for a long time, until I recently invested in the Rockwell 6S and used the number 2 plate.
  • I think with a better routine you will find that your problem will get significantly better. Physical exfoliation with a hard brush is very rough on the skin and typically it is suggested that you don't do it more than twice a week.
u/Thor_of_Richmond · 4 pointsr/malegrooming

I'm pretty young too. I started with a Gillette turbo Mach something or other. It didn't work for me, it got clogged with my facial hair and it sucked. Try checking out these two subs, wet shaving is the way to go!

I started with a merkur 180 from Amazon it was like $30 and came with 10 blades it is a kick ass razor and works super well

Good luck and feel free to ask me any more questions

u/themoofinman · 4 pointsr/gifs

I think a great starter safety razor is the Merkur. Check it out here. I also think Merkur makes some great blades.

u/bilged · 4 pointsr/Frugal

Have you tried a good safety razor? You can get the blades for $10 per 100 so its cheap even if you only use each blade once. I shave my head and get a super close shave.

Merkur razor


u/moondoggle · 3 pointsr/financialindependence

Well there's a bit of up front investment to get a handle like one of these bad boys. Prices range wildly but that's the one I have and I love it. The big savings here is the blades, here's an example of sampler packs, they're dirt cheap and they last a long time, I usually get a month out of one (shaving every 2-3 days) and I've got really coarse whiskers.

You kind of have to change your technique a bit, it's not holding the razor upright and dragging it down, you sort of hold it perpendicular to your face, towards the end of the handle and let gravity pull it down. Takes some getting used to (I butchered my face several times before I got the hang of it) but like I said, savings!

If you want to get reaaaallly into it, you can check out /r/wicked_edge but that place is pretty intense.

edit: Also don't be discouraged if the first blade you try doesn't feel right. I read that there's a big difference between blades but was skeptical (they all look the same right?) it's true though. I really like the Astra and the Feather brand blades, but I couldn't shave worth a damn with the Lords blades.

u/subtledoubt · 3 pointsr/Frugal

I came here to say make your own coffee and meals, but sounds like you already figured that out. Stunning how much people spend on take-out coffee and food a month. Next up--making your own work lunches. My husband and I cook up larger batches of food than we need, specifically to put up single servings of lunches in the freezer. If you only double a recipe, you both have the next day's lunch, but you can save more cash and time by cooking larger crock pot meals. A surprising money saver for us was getting rid of disposable blade razors and buying a safety razor like this. That paid for itself in no time.

u/lespea · 3 pointsr/DoesAnybodyElse

You should consider switching to a safety razor.

u/wicked_VD · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Below are my suggestions to get you looking around and thinking of options.

Awesome kit - Total: $148.00

Weber DLC razor with Bulldog handle - $70.00


Weber ARC razor - $65.00

Vie-Long Zurito Horsehair Brush - $32.00

Garry's Sample Shop - $20.00 for various soaps, creams and aftershaves.

Blade Sampler - $26.00

Great kit - Total: $113.00

Edwin Jagger DE89 Razor - $35.00

Vie-Long Zurito Horsehair Brush - $32.00

Garry's Sample Shop - $20.00 for various soaps, creams and aftershaves.

Blade Sampler - $26.00

Decent kit - Total**: $89.00

Merkur 180 Razor - $32.00

Omega Pro 49 Boar Brush - $10.00


Omega Pro 48 Boar Brush - $13.00

Garry's Sample Shop - $20.00 for various soaps, creams and aftershaves.

Blade Sampler - $26.00

u/rumsfeldish · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

This is what I started with:

u/Viatic_Unicycle · 3 pointsr/actuallesbians

not OP but trans. I shave in multiple passes. I had laser for about 6 sessions and then lost my job so I couldn't afford more so it wasn't as effective as it could have been, I still have facial hair and shave daily. I also use a safety razor, like this one, The blades are dirt cheap and do wonders for my legs. You can do well with disposables too, like the cartridge razors. After your first pass going either with or across the grain of the hair, then rinse lather again and shave against. You can get damned smooth (for me about 12 hours worth) and for any visible shadow I just use foundation. Though I've been told that mine isn't near as visible as I think it is. Anyways enough rambling, if you have more questions about shaving, feel free to PM me

u/gifsusa · 3 pointsr/sex

Multi-blade razor lift and cut the hair under the skin level. That causes bumps, irritation and ingrows. I use a safety razor that has a single blade and it's much better. Something like this:

I don't use any shaving soap down there though.

u/Xunae · 3 pointsr/traaaaaaannnnnnnnnns

When I used an electric it just pulled all my hairs out.

and cartridge razors all around are way too expensive for replacements. I found a double edge razor (like one of these) was ultimately the best option in value and quality of shave.

The blades are only 10 cents and i never felt like i have to keep using a dull blade because i haven't gotten enough value out of it. Because of that, i could get a more consistent shave. A decent shaving soap helps too.

u/GregorDeth · 3 pointsr/everymanshouldknow

Something like this, buy whichever one you can find that's the cheapest and you like the most

u/tasty_pathogen · 3 pointsr/Frugal

I have a Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor that I like very much. It costs the same as two or three packs of Gilette Mach 3 cartridges.

I'm not sure that it matters much. There are cheap chinese copies that you can get for $3 but I would assume that these are no good.

There is a subreddit called /r/wicked_edge that deals with this stuff. They can probably answer all your questions.

u/digitalrain · 3 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Sure thing. I personally have the Merkur Model 180/23C, but please check /r/wicked_edge's Double Edge Kit Suggestions threads in their sidebar. Can't go wrong with those.

u/MT1982 · 3 pointsr/videos

I've always heard that safety razors are the best.


Spare blades

50 blades for $35, but in reality since those are double edged blades it's like getting 100 blades because you'll use one side till it dulls then switch to the other. Then once side two is dull you'll put in a new blade. I'm sure you can find cheaper blades as well.

u/DStoo · 3 pointsr/Frugal
u/tinytimthetickler · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

My wife had her first DE shave last night with a Merkur 180 with the blade it came with, a Vie-Long Horse Hair Brush, and Kiss My Face Pomegranate Grapefruit and loved it.

Though she hasn't had anything to compare it to she definitely enjoyed it more than cartridge shaving.

u/scubanarc · 3 pointsr/everymanshouldknow

It's hard for me to not mention 4 important items that every man should have in their shaving kit:

merkur 180 long handled razor

feather blades, the sharpest you can buy

For sensitive skin and a close shave, this combo is hard to beat. Bonus items if you really want to shave well:

proraso, numbs the pain

boar bristle brush, really makes the lather

Wet shaving FTW!

u/whaevr · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Hello! I was in your place about 3 months ago, except I have always used an electric razor since I started shaving. If you are worried about skin irritation I would recommend you do not buy an electric razor.

I was trying to nail down what could have been causing irritation in my routine when I googled something like "electric shaver/razor comparison" and came across this image. After seeing that I've gone old school and am shaving with a safety razor. I get 0 irritation after shaving now and my neck is completely clear except for a bit of PIH left behind from my pre-saftey razor days. Plus I picked up a new skill and actually look forward to shaving now, Idk I guess I find the process relaxing now.

>four blade

You don't need 4! Just 1 sharp one to cut the hair, anything after that is just extra scraping and all that dragging around with all the extra blades is just causing irritation.

here is exactly what I used to shave this morning; about 65$ upfront but after that initial cost buying new blades and soap is something that will happen once every other blue moon as compared to re-upping on cartridges at ~30$ a pack.

  • Shaving soap + brush + bowl
  • Long handle Razor
  • *Blades
  • **Alum block

    *I only have to shave about once every 5 days or so, so honestly I just use a brand new blade everytime I shave. I'm sure I could probably get 2 or 3 shaves a blade but, at ~14c a blade I'm not too worried about being wasteful- I just want them to be sharp as hell and clean

    **Wet face and rub this on after you shave to disinfect and close up any nics/cuts

    ...and if you want to go deeper down the rabbit hole /r/wicked_edge can help you out with that. Videos/links on foaming lather, applying lather, shave angles etc. I just winged it though once I finally had everything- I bleed a little bit the first time but the alum block stops it straight away. I rarely cut myself now
u/Levema · 3 pointsr/Frugal

I went with the Mekur model 180 long handled razor, with Proraso shaving soap. I also got a real badger brush after reading some reviews about how they were better than the synthetic kind.

I am really impressed with the Mekur. It's all metal and really easy to take apart and clean. I would definitely recommend the long-handled version though, because it's not all that long. But I have biggish hands, so that might just be me.

With the badger brush, well... I really like mine now. But when I took that thing out of the box the stank that it produced was prodigious. I soaked it for about two weeks alternately in vinegar and conditioner (both recommendations I found through google). Now it just smells like the shaving soap.

I usually shave after I get out of the shower, because it's easier for me. I fill up the sink with hot water and use that for wetting the brush and cleaning off the razor. Dip the brush to start out, and shake out some of the water. Too much water makes a really loose foam with the shaving soap. Cover however much of your leg you want with the soap (I do by sections, rather than the whole thing at once). Shave one or two passes with the razor, then rinse it. And repeat.

Be extra careful around knees and ankles because, as some of the other ladies have attested, you can cut yourself wicked bad. I have a couple of new scars to prove it. For those areas, you just have to go a little slower and pay attention to what you're doing.

It has definitely helped with my razor burn/bumps problems, in a big way. As an added bonus, my legs are also softer from using the shaving soap.

u/The_Weekend · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge
u/TheGrue · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

I did pretty much the same. I got an Edwin Jagger De89lbl instead of the Merkur, a different scent of Conk's shaving soap (bay rum), the exact same brush, and a different razor sampler (but most of the same blades). Pretty much the same as Rex points out above.

I can recommend the Edwin Jagger, it seems to be friendly enough (no real damage yet), while still working very well. Rex's razor selection is also ridiculously popular. I don't think you could go wrong with either.

I will be trying a different shaving soap soon, first because there's so much variety, and also because I've heard that soaps including clays cause a smoother 'float' to the blade. That said, I've been going with Conks for a couple weeks now, and I like it.

u/SunknLiner · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Check out the Merkur 24C then. It's decent quality, and not overly aggressive. Perfect for learning.

u/SW6990 · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Hi OP! I'm a lady who uses a DE safety razor to shave so I can give you some input. The reason I actually started was because my legs are super sensitive and can't stand the regular razors commonly found in grocery stores. Someone suggested trying out a DE safety razor and I haven't looked back since.

I ordered a Merkur 23C from Amazon, along with some Astra blades. They both work fantastically for me, although I would recommend beginning with a starter pack of blades so you can see which one is best for you. I also got a badger brush from a local company and use a Crabtree & Evelyn shaving cream. I may look into other creams later on, but this one does the job for now!

u/Pele2048 · 3 pointsr/Wetshaving

So I've been on the fence about wet shaving for a while now... Posted in /r/shaving a bit back...

Finally ran out of Costco disposables and WalMart canned shaving cream at the same time. Decided to place a Wal*Mart Order...

Razor: Merkur 23c Three Piece

Blade: Feather

Soap: Vikings Blade Sandalwood-Cedar

Brush: Cheap Ass Brush from Amazon

No aftershave. No bowl. Forgot that those were necessary parts of the regimen.

Happy to report that I didn't end up in the ER or killing myself. I didn't even cut myself. (Though I was VERY nervous and shaved MUCH more carefully than when I use disposables)

I feel that the shave was MUCH closer.

I smell better.

I feel less razor burn.

I'm happy with the process as a noob and I feel like as I get more comfortable with the process, I'll enjoy it.

u/Squirrelled · 3 pointsr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

I also have sensitive skin and found double edge safety razors to be fantastic. I've been using them for a few years now and I will never go back. After getting lots of burning and ingrowns in my pits, I found this article and decided to give it a go.

The razor I bought is an Edwin Jagger and I buy whatever blades I find in my local grocery store. I'm sure if I used higher rated blades, I'd get an even smoother shave but I'm lazy and these work fine.

Now I can shave my pits every day if I wanted to and I rarely get any ingrown hairs, burning or irritation. That was nearly unheard of before. As per my legs, my legs are still extremely sensitive so I use an electric shaver on them. There is a bit of a learning curve (especially for legs) but the article I linked above explains it well.

Also, it might be helpful for you to use something that lathers well so you can rely on that instead of whatever barrier the razor itself has. Good luck to you!

u/livinginahologram · 3 pointsr/france

Absolument ! Je n'ai jamais retourné à l'arrière après avoir acheté ma Edwin Jagger et des lames Japonaises Feather! Quel bonheur !

Pour les curieux :

Si vous êtes intéressé, je vous recommande d'essayer d'abord un pack d'échantillons de lames comme celui-ci :

Moi j'ai une barbe forte j'aime bien les lames Feather ou Shark, il faut essayer pour trouver quelle va mieux avec votre barbe et rasoir!

u/ranalicious · 3 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

My fiance uses a double-edged safety razor (the old-fashioned style) and I have found that it is the best shave I have ever had. I had to relearn how to shave at first, because I was used to pressing down hard with my old Venus because I was lazy about buying replacement heads (and they are expensive!). Just let the weight of the razor drag across your skin and don't apply any extra pressure (it's metal and pretty solid). You can buy a safety razor for about $30 on Amazon and replacement razor blades are maybe $0.50 each, so overall the savings will add up. Plus, close shave! I haven't purchased my own yet but this one has really good reviews amazon link

edit to add: I also love using Sliquid brand shaving creme (honeydew cucumber scent is delicious!). Their lube is also awesome.

u/bambooclad · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

That's cheap.

I believe its the Edwin Jagger DE89BL - $34.34...

u/Zakonichiban · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Thank you!

I ended up with this, this and this. I also got a stand, a ceramic bowl, some different soaps, some Witch Hazel, and some Nivea Sensitive Skin After Shave. I'll be looking to pick up an Alum Block here shortly.

u/goldragon · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Unless you want the scent of the Eton College shave cream, I would suggest getting the Avocado or Almond shave cream instead. Both were fantastic when I tried them and I think the avocado/almond oil gives the cream a bit more slip.

The majority opinion is that the Edwin Jagger DE89 razor is a better beginning razor however it is backordered on Amazon for 2-3 months so obviously if you want to get started now go with the Merkur. There is nothing wrong with the Merkur, I started with one, it is just the EJ is a more modern and refined design.

Some few people find that they have bad reactions to the MR GLO soap, probably to the lime oil. An alternate and the pre-shave soap I use is the Proraso glycerin soap (which is nothing like the menthol/eucalyptus shaving cream/balm from Proraso).

Also, look into a blade sampler rather than a 100-pack for a single brand.

u/LinearSimcon · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Any particular reason you want to order from amazon? Ordering from other vendors focused on wetshaving could give you a better deal...

Feedback on the items:

  • Merkur razors are good, but DE89 is generally regarded around here as a better starting razor. Cheaper at Maggardrazors or West coast shaving. Or rather, any of the DE89/86/83/8x, since they're basically the same razor and head, just small differences in the handle. But I personally started out with a Merkur 34C, same head as the 180, just a shorter handle. So the 180 would probably work fine if you fancy it for some reason.

  • Personally I understand that you want to stick to one blade while learning, but I'm not sure about the use of a sampler pack then. Generally advice is to start shaving and try each blade twice until you find one that suits you, and then stick with that brand during your "trial" period. While learning that is. Bulk blades are cheaply avaliable from ebay (trusted sellers with many sales is a recommendation) or Turkish Bestshave

  • I really dislike Pure badger brushes and will always recommend Boar brushes or a better badger brush instead. I'd recommend something along these lines: Omega boar brush, or a good value badger brush, Frank Shaving, Ian Tang on ebay, Silvertip, Frank Shaving, Ian Tang on ebay, Finest, or any Whipped Dog Silvertip

  • I personally find proraso to be a solid shaving soap/cream, but there's plenty of other good ones out there :).

  • I also really like the proraso aftershave balm, good stuff.

  • Sample pack, see the above comment.

  • Some form of styptic pencil or alum block is a good idea. Haven't tried that brand though, but /u/Leisureguy (?) recommends it, which I'd say is enough for me to believe it's a good product (I think it's Leisureguy that recommends it, if I'm wrong I apologies)

  • Glycerine soap works as a preshave, just as any other preshave oil/cream.

    You could also check out this recent comment I made about starting kit, probably applies here as well :).

    When it comes to shaving stuff /u/Leisureguy is a pretty solid guy who knows his stuff, if he says something is bad, you probably should trust him ;). Avoid that VDH stuff, there's better value alternatives out there. The sites I've linked is just examples, there's plenty of good sites out there and depending on where you're based, different retailers and deals might be better for you. If you wonder about anything in particular, just ask :).
u/fenstra · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

I really don't know why people are shitting on Amazon. I like supporting artisans and small companies as much as anyone else, but if OP wants to go with Amazon because it's cheaper (and it is cheaper), then let them do it.

To answer your question, the Edwin Jagger DE89bl is a great razor, Proraso Green is a great soap, and the Omega 48 is a good brush. You can also pick up all sorts of blades in bulk.

If you get the Astra blades, the kit is about $60 on Amazon and about $75 on a small site that is popular in this sub.

Let me just reiterate. I like artisans and small vendors, especially for the wider variety of scents and razors. There are better options for less at small vendors, but those are on items that only those vendors sell. for mass-produced products Amazon is often the cheaper option

u/Uncanny_Nipple_Spray · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

[TOBS Jermyn and Sandalwood creams work wonders for me, having a sensitive face.]( sakin_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=TOBS+Jermyn+St+Sensitive+Skin+) You mention psoriasis. My mom actually suffers from it on her legs and knees. She finds that DE wet shaving reduces not only the irritation, but nics, cuts, and her razor burn.

I suggest getting either of those creams, some pre shave oil you can apply to try and reduce irritation, a decent DE razor: this is what I have settled on myself, and a soft shaving brush.

I'd suggest Astras as a blade but, blade can vary person to person and I'd suggest getting a sampler of them to decide upon what irritates your face less.

u/Elroxil · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I am still relatively new here but have seen you guys give so much I can't help to think you are Santa Claus or something! I admire you!

Rasta, I heard you have an unhealthy obsession with Bane.. Let's just say I kind of got escorted away from my Uni for wearing my bane suit for an outdoor showing of TDKR!! :)

Gee I am making this so long! I think I could use a safety razor after some time I have spent on wicked_edge! this one particularly!

Also as a photographer I could use a reflector so badly! I just started doing fashion portraits instead of my regular street photography/landscapes and this is a must! I like this one for the price! (<$20)

And the magic words:

u/GletscherEis · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Something wrong when the knock off is more expensive.

u/justateburrito · 3 pointsr/Shave_Bazaar

I want to sell these items as I have another EJ razor with the same head. It'd be a nice kit for a newbie to start with or anyone who wants these items for their den. It includes the Van Der Hagen luxury kit and a Edwin Jagger DE86bl ebony, both of these items were used for about 6-8 weeks. The VDH soap was only used maybe 3 times.

Besides the VDH kit and razor (with boxes) it also includes;

  • a palmolive stick, I used it once, but the scent wasn't for me.
  • an Edwin Jagger Shave Cream and After Shave Lotion sample
  • pack of 5 Astra Platinum blades.
  • In the picture is an Osma alum block, I used for about a month, not sure if this can be cleaned, but I'll include it also if you want.

    I'm thinking $55 shipped CONUS only please. PM me if you have questions or are interested.
u/leofrick · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

So would you suggest I get the lined handle version? That seems like the most practical, but for purely aesthetic reasons I was thinking of the imitation ebony handle, as that would match the brush/stand and soap bowl that I'm getting. I wasn't actually planning on getting a bowl, because I thought I'd stick with the Palmolive.stick, but then I saw that Mitchell's wool fat soap comes with an ebonised oak bowl for £9 and I couldn't resist.

Aaaand it's 8am and I've been up all night looking at shaving stuff.

u/beangraff · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge
u/ScaredBlue · 3 pointsr/asktransgender

Haha, she took a hour and forty minutes. I did both my legs in 15. This is with nicks and such though.. and I was using one of these:

I really need to try a women's razor when I can.

u/tLoKMJ · 3 pointsr/Anticonsumption

There can be differences, but from my experience they're nothing too drastic. Some are a little more 'aggressive', but you'll became an expert with any razor after enough time with it.

The one I use costs <$20 USD, is very forgiving to beginners, and is still going strong a decade later.

u/Sgt_ZigZag · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

That's a Lord L6. It's my first and only DE razor. No complaints but I'm thinking of picking up a slant or adjustable next as I'd like something a bit more aggressive. It's a light razor because the handle is Aluminum so check your pressure when you use it.

u/castillar · 3 pointsr/Shave_Bazaar

In that price range, you could pick up a Lord L6 online, if you don't already have one. It's a surprisingly good razor, especially at that price point.

u/thelonelyboner · 3 pointsr/bodybuilding

I bought a cheap kit to get started about a year and a half ago and it's still working well. I want to upgrade to a straight razor which costs more upfront but you never need to buy blades again (just sharpen before use)

I'd say this is a good starter kit though, it's what I bought:

You can spend less on the soap kit, and get one for $9 or so to start off.

u/BoremUT · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Yeah, I would say anything you've got there would be good except the Edwin Jagger's that you have listed. There is a ladies version of the Edwin Jagger model DE89bl on Amazon that might be a little better because of the handle length for shaving legs (3.8" mens vs. 4.1" women's - not much of a difference, but may be more comfortable to hold). And if you want to go super budget, the Lord razors are supposed to be pretty decent for the price point.

u/01122014 · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

I'll try and see if I can purchase from Italian Barber but I'd like to get as much stuff from Amazon if possible, otherwise I'll look to local malls etc. for the soap.

Out of these three (Edwin Jagger De89bl, Parker 26C, Parker 24c) what would you recommend for someone that'd like a really, really close shave but with sensitive skin?

I actually saw some of the horse-hair brushes but they're a little on the pricier side for my liking, which is why I was looking at synthetic brushes. Are there any you could recommend at ~$20 CAD? I know I'm asking for a lot so bear with me.

Thanks a lot :)

u/chriskingbc · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

If you HAVE to buy from, the Parker 24C and the Edwin Jagger DE89 are available as /u/ketchuegrast mentioned. I'll put the links at the end of this post.

Italian Barber is in Canada and has some awesome choices for brushes, razors, and soaps, but they charge in US dollars. The products are for sure shipped from Canada however.

The Badger Shaving Co is based in Vancouver and payment is in Canadian dollars. I would say if your mom is hesitant, that could be your best chance to convince her to buy from a smaller merchant with better products. They have the Sterling synthetic brushes, a wide selection of artisan soaps, and some really good starter kits that include razors.

Mens Essentials is in Canada and payment is in Canadian dollars too... and they have a store if you live in that area, but it's a big country, so I'm guessing that's not going to be an option. ;)

If she still says Amazon or nothing you can always get your razor from Amazon and then pick up some Proraso soap from a Shopper's Drug Mart. Most malls also have House of Knives, and they sell Taylor of Old Bond St shaving cream for a good price. That might be easier for you to learn to lather with hard water too.

Feel free to PM me if your mom wants to email me about Badger Shaving and I'd be happy to answer any questions. A guy named Travis owns the company and he is awesome, so he would of course answer any questions as well.

Here are links to what I would say are the 2 best starter razors on

u/JDhakone · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

This razor and this shaving gel. When you say no pressure, do you mean not to push my razor too hard against my skin and do it softer? Thanks for helping.

u/Khromasoul · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Just finished shaving and had to come here to talk about it! I never knew shaving could be this great! Good bye crappy cartridges and goopy aerosol creams!

Here's the links to the stuff I got:

Merkur Model 180 Long Handled Safety Razor

Van Der Hagen Men's Luxury, Shave Set

Proraso Ultra Sensitive Pre and Post Shave Cream with Aloe and Green Tea


Any suggestions on other supplies I should pick up to make my shave even better?

Oh and if you're wondering, the basket in the back is something my family's always done. We have a basket of really common toiletries that we keep in the guest bathroom (I shave in the guest bathroom when no one's staying with us so I don't have to fight the missus for counter space) in case our guests forgot to bring something with them.

u/timmojo · 3 pointsr/SkincareAddiction

Bingo. I'll take this one step further by suggesting that you start shaving with a safety razor, and using a really good, mild shave soap applied with a badger hair brush. The people over at /r/wicked_edge got you covered.

I always had whiteheads and irritation on my chin the day after I shaved. I was using the gilette mach 3, grocery store-bought shaving gel, etc. Every time I shaved, my face would break out the next day where I had shaved. I tried switching to a norelco dry electric shaver, and that helped a bit, but shaving with those things sucks because they don't give you as close a shave, and they are terrible at shaving the neck.

So I read up on /r/wicked_edge, spent a few bucks on amazon on a handle, box of blades (these are RIDICULOUSLY cheap), a badger hair brush, and a mild shave soap and aftershave. Now I'm basically whitehead and irritation-free after every shave. Not to mention I love shaving now, and it's the smoothest, closest shave I've ever had. One really nice bonus is that you won't be dropping $4 per cartridge anymore. Using these old-school blades costs about $0.10 per blade, depending on what brand you get! Be sure to only use the blades once, maybe twice before throwing it out and replacing it. This is key for you specifically, since your face seems really sensitive to dirty / used razors. And at ten cents a pop, you can afford to replace them every other time you shave.

So if you have a few bucks to spend and don't mind trying it out, switch to your grandpa's safety razor-style shaving. I'll include some links (no referral codes, just straight amazon), and some youtube videos that show you how to shave.

One last note: If you do switch to safety razors, watch the youtube videos on how to do it first. You can (and at first, will) cut yourself very easily with these things. You'll learn how to use them, but if you just jump right in and try to shave the same way you did with your mach 3, you'll slice your face up like Edward scissor hands. You have to re-learn how to shave properly.

u/WonderWeasel42 · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

I haven't had any issues yet (I have a similar one I got from Amazon). But I only use mine for travel (typically only a few days at a time, and only a few times a year).

Otherwise my razor is on a stand.

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Edit/Addition: I've had mine for 2 years, and I typically travel with my 34c HD.

u/twozerothreeeight · 3 pointsr/FDNY

Best bang for your buck is to learn how to use an old school safety razor. I switched over a decade ago and am still working through the 100 pack of blades I got back when I first bought in. If you want to do it right you need to spend some money on a decent razor ( I got Merkur Mk34c Double Edge Razor with Heavy Duty Short Handle ), but after that the blades are super cheap. Also I always try and shave immediately after showering. Everything is warmed up and it’s a much smoother shave.

u/_shifte · 3 pointsr/malehairadvice

Thanks! A decent double edged razor really helps with getting those straight lines.

(Shoutout to /r/wicked_edge)

u/nailll · 3 pointsr/depra

Непраны, нельзя больше скрывать этот всемирный проктор-н-гэмбловский заговор! В следующий раз когда понадобиться покупать очередные картриджи для денди для бритья, подумайте еще раз.

Вы спросите, почему собственно безопасная бритва, а не попсовый Жилет Фьюжн...

Ну во-первых это красиво! Помимо этого, безопасная бритва легко справляется с заросшим лицом и не причиняет такой ацкой боли как 5 лезвий фужн. Если вы иногда отпускаете бородищу - вы должны меня понять. Субъективно бреет чище.

А во-вторых - это просто выгоднее в долгосрочной перспективе (вы же собираетесь бриться в ближайшее 30 лет, правда?).

И так, минутка познавательной (и очень приблизительной) экономики.
Для удобства и правильности сравнения, я просто взял цены с

При условии что средне-статистический депер бреет 45 миллиметровую щетину 3-4 раза в неделю в течение следующих 10 лет, ему потребуется потратить:

Gillette Fusion:

  1. Станок Gillette Fusion - $10

  2. Сменные касеты (4штк) - $16

  3. Гель для бритья Gillette Fusion - $6

    Допустим гель для бритья в год нужно два балона, не больше - это $12.

    Сужу по себе - одной кассеты хватает +/- на 3 месяца. Итого нужно 4-6 картриджа в год. (около $16-26)

    Итого приблизительно $10 + $16 + $12 = $38 в первый год и $28 последующие 10 лет = 38 + 280 = $318

    Безопасная бритва:

  4. Станок Merkur Classic - $32
  5. Набор лезвий Derby 100 штук - $10
  6. Помазок для бритья Basic Badger - $12
  7. Крем для бритья Proraso - $7

    Из "расходников" в последующие года вам понадобятся только лезвия и крем. В.С.Е!
    Лезвия надо менять чаще чем раз в 3 месяца разумется, но их то 100 штук!

    За последние 2 месяца я едва израсходовал всего 5 лезвий. То есть в год вам потребуется 30штук. И 100 лезвий за 9 долларов вам должно хватить на 3 года! Что говорит о сумме в районе $30-35 за 10 лет.

    Крем - я израсходовал всего треть крема для бритья. таким образом вам потребуется около 2 тюбиков в год.

    Итого, за первый год 32 + 12 + 7 2 = $61, а за последующие 10 лет - 7 2 10 + 10 3 = 61 + 170 = $231


    Использование безопасной бритвы позволит вам сэкономить в последующие 10 лет около $90.

    Надо признаться, сам процесс бритья стал целой церемонией преображения.

    Всем бриться, депраны!
u/6745408 · 3 pointsr/ZeroWaste

On top of what the others are saying, check out the following:

  • /r/wicked_edge -- a good sub for this stuff
  • For the actual safety razor, I have this Merkur and really like it.
  • -- buy single blades to see which suits you the best. I personally use the Astra Platinums and love them. Get two or three of the top ones. Once you find one you like, buy a box of them from Amazon for under $20.

    The main things to know when using a safety razor:

  • Shave at a 20˚ angle (which you're most likely doing already)
  • Always shave with the grain (you can also shave across the grain for a super close shave, but you'll only do this if you have that thick, carpet-like facial hair)
  • Heat your face and hair, but cool the blade (hot water on the blade will soften it, use room-temp water)
  • Store the razor on its side so it doesn't rust of leave the blades wet

    That's pretty much all there is to it. Using a safety razor is so much nicer than the multi-blade systems that tug and abuse your face.

    Now, if you really want to go deep into low-waste shaving, you can look into a straightedge... but that's not for everyone.. and I'd definitely suggest getting into a safety razor before the straightedge.
u/kahrahtay · 3 pointsr/Frugal

Try a safety razor instead of buying cheaper ones in bulk. You can buy double edged blades for them for like $.10 and they work better once you get used to them anyway.

u/Dubaya · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

well you have a bunch of good creams/soaps already so i would look at a razor and asb.


Skin food

not sure how you feel about your brush but if you want a silvertip i know there are a few parker silvertips on amazon for $60

edit for wrong link

u/NutmeggerBarber · 3 pointsr/Watches

Go new. With vintage you run the risk of having rust on it. I personally use Nicely balanced and doesn't break the bank. You're gonna wanna invest in a beaver hair brush. I use make sure your wash out the brush thoroughly and then you're gonna need a ceramic bowl for lathering. There are tons of YouTube videos on proper lathering techniques and blade strokes. For shaving cream And then you're gonna need a holder for your blade and brush for its not good for them to rest on the counter and it helps the brush naturally dry. For blades I always recommend

Hopes this points you in the right direction.

u/crbowen44 · 3 pointsr/shaving

I went on amazon bought a brush for 10.00, a relatively cheap DE razor for about 27.00 a stand for 10 and a soap for 10.00, I would recommend trying a soap sampler to find one you like. You can find starter packs as well, and I would do that. I was trying to be somewhat frugal but ended up needing more than I thought. Most razors come with a free pack of blades, usually at least 5, and that should last you approximately 15 shaves, so at least two weeks. After that I recommend going with some kind of blade sampler since a lot of packs come with a hundred blades and if you buy the wrong blade you might be out the 10 or 15 that it cost.

It takes longer than a cartridge razor to shave, and requires more skill and attention, but the whole process is much more enjoyable with better results.
I recommend going the cheap route until you're sure you like it, and as you wear out the items you buy (bristles comes out of my brush almost every shave, a couple at a time) then buy the next level up. It can be extremely expensive, but like anything there's also regular people versions of all the expensive stuff too.

For your reference:

u/AlohaChris · 3 pointsr/MensRights

Screw Gillette.

Ditch the disposable razors altogether. Buy yourself a double edge safety razor for $26, one time, and never look back.

The Blades cut so clean, you’ll never want for multi-blade again. You’ll save so much money in the long run as they cost pennies compared to disposable head razors.

If you need technique advice, head on over to r/wickededge.

u/Joey_Bellows · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Edwin Jagger DE89 I have it and love it. You could also go for a vintage off of Bay(super speed seems to be popular, mine is on it's way).

u/Ashtae · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Having recently switched from an electric to DE I don't think you'll be happy with an electric, it's faster but not as close and with more irritation. I picked up the Edwin Jagger De89lbl and have been very happy with it. Rugtoad's on the money with picking up a blade sample pack, every blade works better for certain people. You'll end up having a favorite that someone else hates. Mantic has some great video's that everyone recommends watching.

u/mpperry · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

I bought my first DE razor 4 months ago, got a "Edwin Jagger Diffusion DE 89L - Chrome (Lined)", and have been very! pleased with it.

Yes, it's going to cost double your stated $15, but well worth the extra money in my opinion.

Currently you can get it from Amazon for $29.60 (including Free Shipping):

u/bluejayguy26 · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

I wouldn't buy a ready-to-go kit, especially from a supermarket-type store like Target. However, you can find countless combinations of razors, brushes and soaps all over the internet. My preferred razor is the Edwin Jagger DE89lbl. It is a fantastic razor with great weight distribution, blade expoture and it looks great too. I'm not sure how much you've looked into the different types of brushes but a few good brands that I like are Simpson (pretty pricy), Omega (better price for starters), and Edwin Jagger (in-between the two). For soaps I'd recommend TOBS Sandalwood. You can't go wrong with the scent of sandalwood IMO. If you want to spend less for soap than go with Arko. It's very cheap and will last quite a while because it is hard. Speaking of which, if you have hard water than don't go with the Arko and go with a softer soap/cream that comes in a tub like TOBS. You'll have a tough time trying to create a lather with a hard soap if you have hard water. That's all I've got for you, I don't use any pre-shave oils. One last thing, some antiseptic wouldn't be a bad idea. I hope this was helpful for you and good luck!

u/Hamalicious · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Looks good, all of those get good reviews. You might consider one of the Edwin Jagger's de89 series razors, it's excellent and in the price range. I have no experience with the Merkur so can't give you a comparison but the EJ's are probably the most recommended razor on WE.

u/nugget_pouch · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Nothing wrong with those choices at all. Here is my 2 cents for some harware, and my suggestion would be to just try as many blades as possible to start with.

Razor, Brush, Cream

u/SophisticatedMonkey · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

It won't be any savings over my initial choice, however this is in stock, and it appears the only difference from what you linked is in the handle, which I could certainly live with. *Edit: That is also out of stock, with no eta

Especially given that the Mr Glo is out of stock, it looks like I will be following your recommendations with the Proraso. Please don't take that as the only reason.

I'm certainly going to take everyone's advice about the sampler pack though (the one you selected seems to hit all the brands and versions people have been raving about on here)

Thank you very much for your reply.

u/MisterCylert · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge


If you are fortunate enough to have a significant other who indulges you in your enjoyment of wet shaving, you may be greeted on cake day with an upgrade or two. I was fortunate enough to be the receiver of a new Dovo Silver Steel SE razor and strop set from Straight Razor Designs. I'm only 3 shaves into the SE routine, and it's definitely taking some getting used to.

Anyhow, here's my current gear going clockwise, starting at the top left:

  • I lied. Let's start with the shelf. It's an Ikea Sävern

  • Arko Shave Stick - Smells a bit like Ivory soap with a hint of citronella. The rich lather this thing creates after you wipe it around your face is astonishing.

  • Desert Essence Jojoba Oil - A few drops as a pre-shave between washing my face and applying the lather seems to soften up the rough stubble.

  • Custom brush from Redditor AceByTerror. I can't say enough good things about this guy. I was initially interested in a brush from WhippedDog, but I couldn't find a handle to get me to make the jump. I stumbled across Ace's listing of brush handles for sale and was blown away by his craftsmanship. I contacted him and let him know I was having a hard time choosing between two of his amazing pieces, and settled on one. He had good things to say about knots from The Golden Nib, so I trusted his judgment and he glued the knot in, let it set, and shipped it shortly after. What I didn't anticipate was that he threw in the other handle I was interested in... YES, HE GAVE ME THE OTHER HANDLE, as a token of appreciation for being his first Reddit customer!!! I may as well die now because I don't expect that I'll ever have an experience with another vendor that will come close to being this unexpectedly awesome. Oh, and the brush... It's beautiful and functions as well as its form, as it whipped up a frothy lather that was a joy to shave with when I broke it in today. If you're interested in a custom brush handle, definitely check out his wares.

  • Copper shaving cup from The Best Shave - This thing seemed like a bargain at $5.60; however, it's lightweight and pretty thin, and does feel cheaper than it looks. The Best Shave is located in Turkey, so if you order from them and you happen to live in the US, expect your package to sit in customs for 3-4 weeks. I ordered a few blades, Arko, and an alum block from them along with this bowl. They shipped my order quickly, but US customs sat on it for a long time.

  • Edwin Jagger De89lbl DE ordered from Amazon. Actually, the threads on the first one I had broke, and EJ sent me a free replacement along with some samples. Amazing customer service! The razor consistently delivers a smooth, irritation-free shave. My current blades of choice are the Astra Superior Platinums in the green box. These are a steal at $.10 a blade, and I've been getting 4 shaves out of them.

  • Dovo Silver Steel from Straight Razor Designs - Beautiful. I wasn't ready to have something this nice. I've given myself a few nicks, but I'm only 3 days in, so I guess it's to be expected. I'm alternating between this and the DE as my skin adjusts.

    Bottom shelf from right to left.

  • Hair product and brush... next.

  • bareVitamins skin rev-er upper - Ok, so it's marketed to the lady types. Laugh all you want, but my skin seems to agree with this stuff. It's a lightweight moisturizer with vitamins for healthy, even skin and acids to exfoliate. I use a pump of this stuff after applying aftershave.

  • Royall Bay Rhum - An aftershave that is very heavy on the cloves. Provides a nice warm tingle like a heat lamp hovering around my face all morning. The smell starts a bit strong, but dissipates quickly.

  • Repurposed antique witch hazel bottle with the original label. I dumped out the contents that must've been several decades old, and filled it with Thayers Witch Hazel.

  • Ashtray filled with alum rocks from an Asian market. I got a whole bag of these things for a couple bucks. They seem to do the job!

  • Bonus handle from AceByTerror. I'll probably buy a badger knot from WhippedDog to use in this handle. Speaking of, Ace's generosity inspired me, so I've been mulling over ways to return the favor to /r/wicked_edge. I'll post a follow up when the time comes.
u/EricsOzone · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

I'm extremely self-conscious of my facial hair; if I had to label myself, it would be as trans / genderqueer.

When I was reading earlier, I only mention it because I have a huge issue with shadowing. I missed when you said
> but in cases where I don't have time or don't want to put any on

and I'm sorry. However, I'll leave this link here just in case you haven't looked deep into color correcting, cause it def helps me.

But, in my experience (YMMV), even the closest shave will still have a slight shadow and if I'm feeling weird about it I take 5-10 minutes to cover it up.

Since you're asking for shaving tips though, here's my advice:
Start with a DE. I'd personally recommend the Edwin Jagger (it's what I have, it won't break the bank. The blades are insanely cheap. I generally go with Feathers.

If you want to make buying easy on yourself, there's a kit here I've had on my pinterest wishlist forever that looks pretty nice.

As for the act of shaving itself, you can check out this video tutorial that covers the Edwin razor that's pretty good.

You can also check out this quick shaving routine. A lot of the DE shaving comes in how many passes you do, and which direction you're shaving (with / against the grain etc.) I would highly recommend checking out the FAQ section and scrolling down to "how do I shave".

You don't want to go against the grain though every time you shave, as it'll most likely start to irritate your skin. Going against the grain as the last pass of shaving always gets the closest / least noticeable shave for me. But there is still a shadow, unfortunately. This is why I recommend color correcting under your foundation, as you shouldn't have to be putting on "half a bottle" (I know it's an exaggeration) in the first place.

u/zeekaran · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Total noob here! Seeking advice.

I just ran out of Schick razors and I'm about to buy something else. Finally. I was going to buy this and a pack of 100. Never mind, getting this thanks to /u/praise_the_fireborn. Do I need a razor disposal case too?

Also I planned on buying some standard Dorca razors for non-facial shaving, and as a fallback in case I don't enjoy the outcome of double edge.

u/SoapBarGuy · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Well, I found out it's not a Vikings Blade razor but a Shaving Revolution razor.

Looks like if a Weishi TTO and a Baili TTO had a child.

I wonder who makes them...


Nice compliment by wifey btw. I heard some women like a boy toy when they get older. ;)

u/PresentBeverage · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Yeah man, everything was from amazon. Relatively cheap stuff but i figure it'll hold them unless they get super into them :


Brush and Stand:


The blade disposal case and proraso I got from the drug store

u/pc_help_x · 3 pointsr/wicked_edge

Here's the products I use:

u/rkhbusa · 3 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I did the straight razor thing for a good couple of years. The maintenance on a straight razor is a bit time consuming so I eventually gave it up. A double blade safety razor with Feather blades is my personal recommendation. You can get 200 blades on amazon for $40 US, each razor has two sides as the name implies and I usually switch out blades every 4 shaves, but at $.20 a blade if I was being a real princess I’d switch every 2 shaves. I used to get ingrown hairs all the time but with Feather blades it’s a very rare occurrence I’ll never go back to Gillette and their garbage blade packs.

Q shave is the adjustable safety razor I would recommend it’s a Chinese knockoff of the Merkur adjustable but at 1/5th the price and does an almost indistinguishable job of holding a razor blade, albeit a little light in the handle.

u/Vreedm · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Hello there German brother. I'm looking forward buying a DE on as well.
After browsing this thread for 2 days i decided that I will be buying an Edwin Jagger.

For blade i found this set to have a lot of variarity:

I also don't know if I should not order a brush and soap or just wait till I have more money to buy those things as well. (I'm a broke med school student here.)

I also thought of buying a cheaper Boar brush for 7€ and soap for 6€ but since I'm new to this DE shaving thing I do not know if that's what others would recommend.

Well seems like I talked around the heißen Brei enough.

I hope i could help you somehow. :)

u/frosty_balls · 2 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

You should look at getting a safety razor (they can run anywhere from $10 up to crazy amounts), and then get a pack of 100 blades (those are usually $8-$10), that should set you straight for months if not a year.

Cheap, economical, and an amazingly close shave.

u/bugbits · 2 pointsr/ZeroWaste

I started with a vintage 60s Gillette razor but it eventually broke. Switched to this one about 3 years ago and still going strong. The butterfly style ones are super easy for replacing blades. At the same time I bought a pack of 100 blades for like $10-15, and am still working through that package. So have spent roughly $30 for 3+ years of shaving.

u/BecomingJess · 2 pointsr/MtF

I do this too -- use a trimmer, twice over: once with the regular trimmer attachment to bring everything within 1-2mm of skin, then once with the foil shaver attachment to reduce that to barely-perceptible stubble.

Where I vary is that I swear by double-edge safety razors over a cartridge razor any day. The razor handle is fairly reasonably priced ( or this one's a few bucks less on Amazon ) and replacement blades only run about a buck apiece ( $5.39 for a 5-pack at CVS or $6.99 for a 10-pack on Amazon ). If you really need to pinch pennies, you can probably get two good full-body shaves out of a single razor (remember to use both sides!) or several facial shaves.

As SilverlightPony pointed out, rinse the blade often, use minimal pressure and short strokes, to which I'll add keep your strokes slow; you should practically feel each hair getting sliced down. If it feels like you're running the blade over sandpaper you're going too fast, which means the blade is likely skipping and bouncing over hairs; when doing this it'll probably also come down and nick the skin, not to mention you'll need to make more passes, increasing your risk for more nicks.

u/Bamboo_Harvester · 2 pointsr/shaving

Are you trying to use these with a safety razor or what?

What you ordered will fit in a double-edge safety razor. Not a straight razor... or a Gillette razor like you can get at the grocery store.

If you’re trying to delve into wet/DE shaving you’ll need a razor to go along with those blades. There are tons of choices but here are a couple of good places to start:

Weishi Butterfly Razor

Merkur HD

EJ safety razor

u/otterland · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

It's a popular DE everywhere but this sub. The stand? We don't speak of stands.

u/looking-for-freedom · 2 pointsr/FTMMen

I use this one. It’s not super high quality but it’s cheap and with good quality blades does very well for the price.

u/Throwawaymceveryday · 2 pointsr/asktransgender

WEISHI Nostalgic Long Handle Butterfly Open Double Edge Safety Razor

Would you say this is a good one?

u/Megalonyx · 2 pointsr/northernlion

In regards to razors, recently went from cartridge ones to the double edge razors and its awesome. Like $16 on a nice metal handle thing on Amazon that twists open and you drop the razor blade into it then twist it shut and shave. Got like 100 blades for $10 and I'm set for eons.

Its nice as its a lot less garbage plastic and stuff, cheaper, and for my baby skin doesn't cut the shit out of me and get clogged like the multiblade cartridges. Downside is the head doesn't swivel and tilt, but it's easy to get used to.

Edit: This handle and these blades in particular. They're alright, and apparently good shaving cream helps a lot. Just wish I had found these to begin with, rather than using DSC for years.

u/hiyesthisisme · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

This is the razor. I don't think it's a three-piece, but I don't know what that means.

u/lukeman3000 · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

I ordered a well-reviewed one from Amazon, which seemed relatively cheap. I just want to try it and and see if I like it, so I didn’t particularly want to spend 30+ on my first one if this $16 razor will give me a similar experience.

I ordered this one. Should get here by Wed.

I was planning on using the Harry’s gel I already bought and implementing the tips you have me. Should that be sufficient to get a decent experience I do I really need to buy a cheap brush and some real lather as well? My primary motivation is to just shave lol, so hopefully two more days of growth won’t kill me or make it inordinately difficult. Hell, I shaved when it was a bit longer than this with the Harry’s 5 blade cartridge razor. And while it wasn’t fun, I got through it lol. It was just very time consuming. As long as I took my time and made extremely small strokes it was manageable with minimal pain. But I don’t want to do it again. I’m hoping that this will be a better experience, but also hoping that I’m not sabotaging myself by getting a cheaper blade and using canned lather...

u/reddyenumberfive · 2 pointsr/muacjdiscussion

I use this razor handle, which is currently going for about sixteen dollars, and I'm using Feather blades. The handle has a really good weight to it, and rarely slips. It also has a butterfly head, which makes replacing heads a lot easier. :)

u/charles4995 · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Shaving Cream: Taylor of Old Bond

Razor: Viking Chieftain Safety Razor

Routine: Shower with hot water > don't dry face > lather cream with brush in bowl > lather on face > shave > wash face > apply aftershave lotion

u/okcmaniac2 · 2 pointsr/business

I think he means something more like this. The razor blades are cheap but it takes a little adjustment period. Overall a much cleaner shave but takes a little longer in the morning for me. You can change the blade every two weeks and get a great shave for cheaper than paying for any of those other products. r/wicked_edge has a lot more info for beginners if that interests you

u/dnalloheoj · 2 pointsr/canada

>Headbands and bandanas are amazing if you want to look like a basketball player or Axl Rose.

Cool? That's your opinion, just like my opinion is that a top-knot makes you look silly. I'll take both of those over the latter.

>Also, you said dozens of different ways. I only see 7 things linked here with a few duplicates.

Lmao. That's what you want to nitpick about? The goal is keeping hair out of your eyes, not fancy hairstyles:

u/teamcoltra · 2 pointsr/PepTalksWithPops

First, thanks for coming to us... I know it's probably embarrassing to have facial hair and not know how to shave and/or to cut your face up all the time because of it. It's happened to everyone and there is nothing to feel bad about.

I personally use a safety-razor, something like this

It's easy to learn, plus lots of videos online (the way to do it closely matches the ways you have been described here). Over your lifetime you will save so much money not buying razor cartridges and furthermore if you take care of your razor and get something high quality it's something you can pass down to YOUR child if that's something you are interested in.

u/RuggerRigger · 2 pointsr/Wetshaving

There’s also at least one Viking company selling re-branded razors with inappropriate mark-ups.

Here’s an example but I don’t think Aus is their only company:

u/technofox01 · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Wow thanks for the advice. I will take a look when k get the chance later tonight.

I bought this razor, because I can return it if I didn't like it:

VIKINGS BLADE Double Edge Safety Razor + 5 Swedish Platinum Super Blades, Heavy Duty, 100% Pure Raw Manliness

So far I have liked my first shave with it, I just have to practice on shaving my neck. My wife loves how smooth my face feels when compared to my Gillette Mach 3s.

u/Smith2991 · 2 pointsr/shaving

Shave after warm shower. Use pre-shave oil and quality shave soap.
Use an adjustable razor set to lowest number or an exceptional mild razor like the PAA DOC original, but with a very sharp blade such as Feather.

Once lathered, use only cold water to complete shave. Shave by removing the lather (really light touch), don't try to remove facial hair. Take a look at the FAQ.

After shave ritual: cold water rinse, witch-hazel, balm, then aftershave

u/ovrdrv3 · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

My Edwin Jagger Double Edge Safety Razor is stuck twisted close, it looks like the threading has a bit of buildup. Any tips for getting it opened? My barber has recommended I use a rust remover and let it sit in there, and I plan on doing that, but does anyone have any tips on how to get it opened in the first place?

u/Ontru · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Correct you are.

My Razor

u/justnick · 2 pointsr/BuyItForLife

For regular shaving, I've been using this for countless years now:

u/IIllIlIl · 2 pointsr/askgaybros


If I was the other guy I wouldn't give 2 shits about razor burn on your ass. I mean if anything I'd think to myself "at least he's trying".

I'll also suggest (like the good fedora wearing /r/wicked_edge browser that I am) to check out a safety razor.

something like this:

Since I switched I don't get razor burn no matter where I shave.


>If I was the other guy I wouldn't give 2 shits about razor burn on your ass. I mean if anything I'd think to myself "at least he's trying".

>I'll also suggest (like the good fedora wearing /r/wicked_edge browser that I am) to check out a safety razor.

>something like this:


>FOR ME, Since I switched I don't get razor burn no matter where I shave.

>I'm sure there is actual science and reason behind it, but FOR ME it's just incredibly smooth compared to a high-end disposable. FOR ME, I used to get it really really bad on MY neck. Like 6 hours after I shaved FOR ME it would be red with razor burn no matter what. I tried shaving in different directions, slowing down, aftershave. Nothing worked FOR ME. So I check out the safety razor and poof, all MY razor burn problems are gone.
FOR ME, If I really rush MY shave then I will often get little nicks but if I go at a leisurely pace and don't shave like a neanderthal then it looks great and it's dirt cheap compared to nice disposables.
FOR ME, I can shave every other day for 6 months with a brand new blade every time for only ~10-15$[1]
As for shaving on MY body, I will usually hack it down with an electric razor first, like a body groomer. Then I will just run the safety razor over the area dry. It might not be the best or smartest way but it works great FOR ME. I don't get razor burn and I don't even use a shave cream or anything. I could never do that with a disposable, even with lotion/shave cream/etc.
As for why, MY uneducated opinion is that I have 1 really sharp blade, not 5 sort of sharp (eventually dull) blades. 1 blade irritates MY SKIN less than 5 :D. That's MY broscience opinion.
Check out the /r/wicked_edge[2] wiki for some info

*Edited my post just in case OP thought I was giving peer reviewed evidence like some dumb fucks around here.

u/kjames3419 · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Parker 99R - Long Handle Heavyweight Butterfly Open Safety Razor

Parker 87R Butterfly Open Double Edge Safety Razor

One of these Parker Butterflies might do well for you

u/Benatako · 2 pointsr/AsianMasculinity

I tried to use electric razors but it doesn't come close to a safety razor for me. I did have to get use to using it though, like when i started using them for my first week I was going extra slow but after a while you just get used to it. I think the secret is not actually applying any pressure and just letting the weight of the razor guide the blade. For reference here's the razor i use, I also use Derby blades as they're more forgiving on nicks.

u/thermal_shock · 2 pointsr/freebies

Feather Double Edge Shaving Razor

Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor

I have the second one, waiting on feather one as travel item

u/redrider65 · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

If the 34c works well for you, you might consider a Feather Popular as a travel razor or a Dorco PL-602, both mild shavers, though the Dorco can be amped up a bit by loosening the handle.

u/smitty22 · 2 pointsr/malegrooming

Here's my routine.

What people don't tell you about wet shaving is that the real trick is in the Prep'... While I did disrespect the "Multi-Blade Cartridge Razors"; if you're just starting out they can be alright; but you can get a starter Double Edged Safety Razor for the price of a Gillette, and you'll be able to get replacement blades for .50 apeice. Disclaimer: I am a Jatai Feather fanboy.

The main thing to facilitate hair cutting is well hydrated hair, and the best thing for that is not to use anything that comes out of a pressurized can.

The chemicals used as propellants are drying agents and they use lubricants to make up for that... The problem being that the hairs themselves need to be wet to cut well. I've had both my father and a buddy of mine get better shaves just by using an oil and applying their regular canned cream over it - which is there more to keep the oil and cut hair from sticking to the blade than it is to facilitate the shave, IMHO

u/ItsAConspiracy · 2 pointsr/btc

Would you say this is worth the money, or should I just stick with this?

u/benjammin_t_g · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Feather popular on amazon. $12. With a personna blade, I get a mild, smooth shave.

OR Merkur 23C if you are willing to give 3 piece razors a chance!

u/Orthatworks14 · 2 pointsr/AskMenOver30

This is exactly the razor you want. I've done the research(multiple hours) and bought this one years ago:

Feather Double Edge Shaving Razor

Never looked back and give this as a gift often...

u/PetraB · 2 pointsr/TransSpace

An electric shaver is quick and easy, however it will not give you a close shave.
I used to use Gillette fusion, they worked quite well. I recently switched to a double edge razor and it shaves so easy & so close I will never go back. I'm using this handle paired up with these blades. Works amazing for me with the added bonus of being much more cost effective, that's nice because I shave so much of my body. I would recommend it to anyone. I've seen people be weary of these being more difficult/dangerous but really it is no different from cartridges.

Try wandering over to /r/WickedEdge for a little more info and/or google DE (double edge) shaving.

Body hair, especially facial hair is a huge source of dysphoria and using this is the first time I've gotten a shave close enough I really deem it acceptable.

One big suggestion, whenever I "let things go" for a little bit I find knocking down the bulk of hair with beard trimmers then shaving makes a huge huge difference in how easy things go.

u/Sir_Killington · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Honestly if you want a good, modern starter razor, even though it may not be a popular opinion with the "experts" these days, is the Feather Popular.
I have given about 15 or so of these to friends, and family over the years. It has swayed most, all but 2 so far, to start wet shaving. As others have stated, you should definitely get some nice soap, and a brush to really appreciate the shave quality. A cheap Omega boar brush, and some awesome, but inexpensive Palmolive for Men classic shave stick is what I usually include with my starter kit gifts.

u/SubGothius · 2 pointsr/Frugal

I did some research myself and concluded that a good boar brush was well-regarded and even recommended for lathering with hard shaving soaps, and a high-quality boar brush (e.g. by Omega) would still be about half the price of a decent badger brush, which itself would be better suited to lathering with softer shaving creams.

For a double-edge safety razor handle, you can often find perfectly good, old Gillettes for a song at antiques shops and eBay, but for new models I can recommend the recent Muhle or Edwin Jagger models, which both use the same, gentle but effective head design (if you have a really coarse, dense beard, get the open-comb design).

For a cheaper alternative to dip your toes into safety razors at lower cost and risk, the Feather Popular seems well-regarded as a gentle, quality razor handle for the price, and if you decide to upgrade to a nicer handle later, you can always keep this around as the travel razor you could stand to lose with trivial concern.

After researching blades, I splurged on a 100-ct carton of Astra Superior Platinums and couldn't be more satisfied; smooth and sharp (but not quite as dangerously sharp as the more expensive Feather brand), they seem to last about twice as long as the 10-pack for $1.50 on sale Kroger store-brand blades I'd started with.

FWIW, most of my pre-purchase research was done at the Badger & Blade forum's reviews section, just take care they don't tempt you into making this an expensive hobby!

u/motor_boating_SOB · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

Ahhhhhh, shit man, safety razors are tits city!!!!

I got a cheap one off of amazon that came with a feather blade, it's great, almost no irritation, no ingrown hairs, and the packs of razors are pretty cheap!! The razor actually looks really nice and came with it's own case too.

Here's the old girl

Thanks for the advice!!

u/juhesihcaaa · 2 pointsr/AskWomen

I use a double sided safety razor. A pack of 100 blades is like $10 on Amazon (these). The actual razor was $10 (this one). My husband and I use a pack of blades in about 10 months with each of us getting one shave out of each side of the blade. There is a learning curve to using it but I get zero razor burn, I never cut myself shaving anymore, and it's a smoother shave. I use Cremo for shaving cream and that size lasts about 6 months for me.

I spend about $15 a year for shaving stuff and I get a better shave than multi-bladed razors.

edits to include links

u/HerpDerpingVII · 2 pointsr/onebag

Solve your problem with one of these.

u/z33tec · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Here is a starter kit that I highly recommend and am currently enjoying:

u/lord_of_vader · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

I would suggest, for budget's sake, a Van Der Hagen Deluxe kit and a Lord L6. I personally use these and would put them up to any other piece of equipment I own.

u/wetshaver · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

It is not the best handle. It's aluminum, but the head is identical to a Merkur.

Here's a link: Lord L6

u/lesarahpin · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

So: I normally use a DE razor like this one because I'm too cheap for cartridge razors. (DE blades are about USD$10-for-100.) Cleaning's kind of a non-issue for these, since there isn't really any way to gunk them up, and if you did somehow manage it (using elf magic, possibly), you could just disassemble the head.

I used to use single-blade cartridge/disposable razors, and I never found it to be an issue with those as long as I used a light oil and rinsed well. Stuff like castor oil or olive oil, however, definitely caused problems.

But I can't really answer this for multi-blades. My guess is that you're most likely to run into a problem with the kind of head that has a lubricant strip, since those can kind of dissolve upon contact with oil?

u/OneLegAtATime · 2 pointsr/TheVeneration


I've mentioned this setup at some point here, but now with pictures! I'm sick and working from home today, so I need something to get my mind off of this grant writing.


  • Lord L6, Astra SP blades. Razor is $9 on amazon. Blades are 20 cents a pop if bought in small batches, or 10 cents a pop if bought in larger quantities. each blade lasts me 2-3 shaves.
  • Arko (less than 5 bucks for a 2-pack).
  • Razorock alum $7
  • Ecotools makeup brush - cheap, synthetic 2-pack from amazon

    Probably one of the cheapest full shave kits you can buy. The single Arko stick has lasted me 2 years so far, and I anticipate it will last another 3-4 until it becomes a mushy pile. Arko works really well with the extremely hard water we get in southern california.

    I only shave 2-3 times a week, and lathering straight onto the face reduces the amount of soap wasted. First thing I would upgrade is the brush, followed by a search for an aftershave after the alum.

    I would highly recommend the Lord. Some people seem to have longevity issues with the aluminum handle screwing into the heavier-metal head, but as long as you don't force it you won't strip the threads. Supposed to shave like a Merkur for a fraction of the cost.


  • Aeropress (inverted)
  • Porlex mini grinder
  • Burundi beans, lighter roast.

    Not my favorite roast, but probably my favorite extraction process (I also own turkish coffee, french press, moka pot, vacuum pot/siphon). Inverted, it acts like a french press with a paper filter. Of course, it also means you have a foot-tall precarious boiling-water hazard, which has been an issue some drowsy mornings.
u/xMythx · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge
u/NoHelmet · 2 pointsr/pics

Looks like a Lord L6 from the photos. Not known to be a great shaver, but some guys like it. Also, his blade angle is atrocious.

u/mr1337 · 2 pointsr/Frugal

A good double-edge safety razor, blade sampler pack, shaving brush, and shaving soap can free the both of you from expensive cartridge razors and canned goo. It could take you a little bit to learn how to shave the "old fashioned" way, but as someone who recently took the plunge, it's worth it. Gives a much better shave for a fraction of the cost. (Replacement blades are usually $0.07 - $0.30 each)

If you have hard water, you may want to go with a shaving cream instead, or you could get a gallon of distilled water for $1 that will last you through about a month's worth of shaves.

Shameless plug for /r/wicked_edge. There are a lot of resources there to help you transition.

[edit] Here's a cheaper alternate razor - this is what I have. You can get them even cheaper if you want to wait a few weeks.

u/Craig · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

OP, I have one of the lady gillette and I like it quite a bit, but it is definitely more aggressive (for me, at least) than the new Lord L6 that I got from Amazon.

If I were inclined towards shaving my manly bikini area, I would absolutely reach for the L6.

u/hemifieldsofgreen · 2 pointsr/malefashionadvice

Double edged razors are a great way to start. You could get a Lord L6 as your basic starter, or an Edwin Jagger DE 89. You can also get a Merkur.

u/redgoldfilm · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

This has opened my eyes, thanks again. Can I ask which blades are you currently using... or your top 3? Also, what do you think of the Utopia Care?

u/Archangel_Omega · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Well this one is just over the $10 mark, but has free shipping. It was my first DE, and it's a fairly solid 3 piece. I used it for about 3-4 months till I got my Merkur, and its held up to travel abuse ever since.

u/XTanuki · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Not super clear what you're asking about... for lack of a better source:


The second picture, is that what you are seeing?

u/TheManWhoDoneIt · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Since you're in Croatia, I think you can order from

Good razor would be the

[Merkur 34c] (Merkur HD 34C, Chrome Plated

[Edwin Jagger DE89] (Edwin Jagger Kelvin Double Edged Safety Razor

For a brush you can get

[The purest](Satin Tip Shave Brush the Purest Luxury Synthetic, Black it's a synthetic hair brush, very soft tips, works great.

[Fine Angel Hair](Fine 20mm "Angel Hair" Shaving Brush (Red & White) another great synthetic.

For a soap you can get Proraso, Taylor of old Bond Street, Chiseled face has soaps on amazon, Barrister & Mann, WSP (wet shaving products), schafmilch rasierseife.

you can also do Arko, la Toja, or Palmolive, I wouldn't be surprised if you can find that locally either. Hope this helps!

u/johntclark44 · 2 pointsr/Showerthoughts

They are German-made and available in the US, if that is what you're getting at. Couple those with some Col. Conk shave soap ( and you're good to go!

u/l30 · 2 pointsr/videos

How can anyone take shaving advice from a grown-ass man still shaving with a disposable razor? Get a fucking safety razor, you won't regret it.

u/Marsandtherealgirl · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Does he like star trek? This book is super cool.

Aside from nerdy, maybe he would enjoy something like this. Beers are best enjoyed in the appropriate glassware!

edit- I got this razor and this blade sampler kit for my ex and he said it was the best gift he had ever been given.

u/Longboard80 · 2 pointsr/shaving

It could very well be the electric razors, bud. Have you been to r/wicked_edge? I suggest going there and reading the FAQ bar on how to shave with a DE safety razor. I've been doing it for a few months and it's completely transformed my face (although I switched from disposables, not electric). My best friend has been using an electric for years though and complained about irritation. I got him to try the DE safety razor and he really loves it. His face has cleared up and he doesn't get ingrowns anymore.

If you try the safety razor, I recommend these starters:

Shave kit

Or you could try this system which got positive reviews by a user on wicked edge. Bevel

I recommend shaving after a shower, using a thick lather with a brush, and shaving with the grain only. Study your face before you shave. Notice which directions the hair grows on different parts of your face, and be careful to shave with that growth pattern. Use some alum and an after shave with alcohol in it afterwards to reduce redness and ingrown hair.

u/TomBonner1 · 2 pointsr/AskMen

[A safety razor] ( Seriously. You'll get a better shave and the blades are dirt cheap compared to the garbage sold by Gillette and Shick. And they last longer.

u/vankorgan · 2 pointsr/BuyItForLife

These, and this and a decent brush make a great shaving kit. My safety was actually cheaper than this and it's been going for years. As soon as it wears out (which it has shown no sign of), I'll grab another. The blades are really the commodity in this scenario. I absolutely love them.

u/GhostOfTheNet · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Thank you for the contest!

My cheapest item is Magic card! This safety razor would be sweet.

u/ImSpicy · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

I got all this awesome stuff being shipped to me at the moment and I can't wait to use it:

Merkur 180,
Van Der Hagen Premium Shave Set - Soap, Bowl, Brush),
100 pack Derby Blades, and Styptic Pencil

Well, maybe not the alum pencil, but everything else I'm pretty amped about. I do need a brush stand though.

I figured I'd start with a decent razor and upgrade everything else as I got more familar with wet shaving.

EDIT: Too early, need coffee.

u/Sideshowxela · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

You can get the Merkur 180 for pretty cheap over at Amazon. This Tweezerman brush is a cheap but capable item that's good for beginners. You'll want some soap or shaving cream, Col Conk/Proraso are popular soaps and Proraso is the go-to cream. Blade preference varies from person to person; some blades irritate some people's skin, some aren't quite sharp enough, etc. You'll have to learn as you go. It's generally agreed that Feather blades are super sharp, so you may want to stay away from those until you're more used to DE shaving. You'll also need a stand because your brush has to hang bristles down while drying; I've got the Col Conk one and it works well, but I've seen ones that work just as well made from wire clothes hangers so that's the way you want to go on a budget.

u/CountVonTroll · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

If you can't find a vintage Lady's Gillette, consider the Merkur 180 (a.k.a. Merkur 23C). The one you'd get wouldn't be vintage, but at least the short handled version has been around for some 80 years. It has a long handle, good weight and grip, and it's all metal.

On the other hand, if you're happy with your Lord, why not wait until you make a nice find? If you convince your friends to get one of their own, maybe one of them would let you try the model they've got, so you could compare.

u/gsfgf · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Awesome. Thanks so much. So I'd be set to if I get a kit like this?

Amazon has this brush, this razor, and this soap on package deal.

This toner

and this alum block

Does that look like a good start, and am I missing anything?

u/fansetta · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

do this, no questions asked:

  1. buy this. and this. and this. and this. buy this if you are a terrorist. buy this if you are justin bieber. buy this.

  2. hot water on your face for 15 seconds. soap up your face (not with shaving cream, you fuck)

  3. shave.

  4. spit on the mirror if it gets foggy. hit it with a few squirts of cleaner every 3 months.

  5. aftershave lotion. done. now go download more porn.
u/SeeEmTrollin · 2 pointsr/pics

Or buy a Merkur and shave like a real man!

u/yo_soy_soja · 2 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

As another person said, get a double-edged razor. They're much cheaper than Dollar Shave Club and so much more badass.

This one is a top seller, and I've used it for years. I'm a man who shaves my face 2-3 times/week and sometimes shave my torso, and it'll take me years before I go through my $9 100-pack of Derby razor blades.

u/tgjer · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

An old-school style safety razor, a pack of 200 blades, a good brush and some nice shaving soap.

Total cost: about $70 if you get the cheeper packs of blades. He will probably not need to buy any shaving supplies for at least a couple years, and when he does it'll probably be just another $12 pack of blades.

Plus you can get nice smelling shaving soap, and it all looks classy. Be a little cautious in how you approach your brother about the Hygiene Improval Project; kids that age can be really self-conscious.

u/lampplant · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Here ya go:

Get some shaving cream and replacement blades at a local supermarket and you're good to go ($35 total).

u/DoctorWhookah · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Parker and Merkur make good razors. They're more expensive than something like you could get from Maggard but if you have free gift cards, what the hell.

Razor - Long handled Merkur

I have this Parker brush and I love it. It is pricy and doesn't really fall under "starter" or "budget" labels but it is a nice, soft brush. If you don't want to spent that much or you want boar there are plenty of other options out there.

Tons of blade samplers out there. Pick the one that fits your budget.

I recommend a cream to start with as opposed to a soap. Creams are super simple to build lather with. TOBS is always a good choice. My favorite from them is Eaton College. but they have SEVERAL scents in their lineup.

That's all you really need and it can all be purchased from Amazon. Happy shaving.


u/pangalaticgargler · 2 pointsr/bald

My process. I shave my head in the shower but you may not want to, like to, or feel comfortable doing so.

  1. Shower with warm-hot water.

  2. Put on chosen type of shave cream, gel, substance. (I have been using this which has been wonderful)

  3. I use either a safety razor (this) when I am wide awake and alert, otherwise I use a plastic two blade bic.

  4. Short strokes with little pressure. This I cannot state enough as pushing too hard, taking too long of strokes makes you more likely to cut yourself and get ingrown hairs.

  5. Use your choice of aftershave balm. This is a personal preference. I find that if I don't I will sometimes get that annoying itchy burny feeling.

  6. When I wash my scalp I use a wash cloth and soap and scrub firmly. This has lead to my head having less ingrown hairs/pimples.

  7. Clean your blade. Get the gunk out from between the blades, and put it somewhere it can dry properly.

    Bald life protip: If you are going this way get to learn your scalp. Your skull probably has bumps and ridges that you may not know very well yet. Get to know them as most of my early cuts were from trying to rush and the blade catching a little.

    Shaving tip: Short, soft strokes with a sharp razor. I can't stress this enough.

    Last tip: When beginning to shave your head do it when you have time. Don't do it before school or work do it before bed. Take your time and you will get a better feel for what works best for you.
u/HerpDerpison · 2 pointsr/Frugal
u/flukshun · 2 pointsr/

i just did (better term would be "gone with a more cost-effective solution"):

merkur 180 safety razor: $30
10 merkur double-edged blades: $7

u/StrawberryGuillotine · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

So I get the shaving cream all mixed up with a brush and then have at it with the shaving razor?

Is this a decent razor to invest in?

u/Bolide92 · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

I'd recommend this Merkur DE razor for $29.28. I've had mine for 3 years, and absolutely love it.

u/emeliminator · 2 pointsr/ladyshavers

Do you have access to Amazon?

I use the Merkur 180 DE razor and I love it! It has a good weight to it and the handle is long (shaving legs with a short handle razor is tough).

Here's an Amazon link for the razor :

u/Isthisaweekday · 2 pointsr/AskWomen

I used men's razors before switching to this safety razor.

u/DreamWeaver714 · 2 pointsr/acting

Then in that case if you want to up the ante of gift giving, (i ordered all my supplies on Amazon since i have Amazon student and 2 day free shipping) but i also ordered a stand. Like you can build your own kit really nicely and then arrange it for him as a surprise!



Badger brush


Shaving cream, my favorite

And as for a cup to mix the shaving cream? Don't bother buying one just use a short mug it's much easier

Also, think about it this way, when you are using a regular 4 bladed razor you need to go over each spot at least 2 times right? That's as if 8 individual razors went over that spot. With a single blade you usually get every hair in one pass but sometimes you need 2-3 but still, 2-3 is less that the original 4 so you're regardless way less likely to get razor burn

u/dsm4ck · 2 pointsr/malegrooming

May I ask why you will never go back to Dollar Shave Club? Also, I had had good luck with the Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor (MK 23C)

u/UMich22 · 2 pointsr/vegan

Safety Razor


Deodorant - Herban Cowboy Dusk Scent.

Body Wash - tea tree oil from Trader Joe's (buy it there and not on Amazon due to price).

u/Ventusx · 2 pointsr/news

Probably these Razor and Blades

u/engwish · 2 pointsr/videos

Look into using a safety razor. It's a little old-fashioned, but...

  • You buy a $30 razor that you never need to replace - Link
  • Blades cost about $0.17/week - Link
  • Shaving cream lasts you at least 6 months - Link
  • You need to apply using a shaving brush, but they're cheap, too - Link

    All in all, you spend most of your money up front, and then you're looking at about $3.20 or less per month for an amazing shave, depending on how little cream you use.
u/notable_bro · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Shaving gel with menthol plus a safety razor is the best I've done.

u/Captjacklw · 2 pointsr/malegrooming

I have senestive skin so I always try to get something that helps me not to break out. The cream keeps my face smooth and teh razor best bang for the buck


Cream:Van Der Hagen Shave Butter

u/MetalCard · 2 pointsr/pics

Never been into a straight razor so I use a metal safety razor instead.

I use a Merkur Model 180, a cheap shaving brush (about $15) and simple shaving soap. (about $2.50 each) I buy 100 Razors and one blade lasts a good 2 weeks on average.

Its about $60 initially, then 2.50 every 3 months for new soap, and $16 around every 3.8 years for blades. (3.8 years is an estimation based off 2 week blade use, haven't reached it yet myself.)

Yeah, its going to be more expensive over time for sure compared to your set up, but it beats $34 for 8 razor heads every 3 months.

u/cstoner · 2 pointsr/Frugal

I've never used one of the butterfly ones, but I could never figure out the appeal. On the model I have, I could adjust blade angle by tightening the handle, but I never really bother.

This is the model I use (long handle because I have long hands):

I like the weight. It means I use the weight of the handle to do the shaving. I guarantee that any of the people giving bad reviews on this are pressing WAY too hard on their safety razor, which is a huge mistake. The shaving should be due to angle of approach and not pressure.

The reason I'm pointing all this out is that you should NEVER need to use leverage when shaving.

It also worries me slightly to see only one guide for loading the blades. There are probably some edges I'm not noticing that secure the blade better, though.

u/ZachSka87 · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

The LORD is a fine super-budget razor to start and get a feel for it, but keep that in mind as you use it. Before you make the judgement to not try a DE shave if it's not going well after you buy this kit, consider getting/trying a better quality razor.

I don't know your budget for this, but the recommended razor around here for beginners is usually the Edwin Jagger DE89.

Personally, I use the Merkur 180 Long Handled Safety Razor.

They are the same price at around $33 each.

u/akitaevita · 2 pointsr/ChurchOfTim

My husband uses a safety razor and is SUPER into it. It's a "thing". We got his handle off Amazon... same one he saw at Art of Shaving but significantly cheaper. The blades are SUPER cheap.

He loves the brush and the soap in the bowl rather than the traditional shave cream because combined with the razor it gives him less ingrown hairs, but that's just preference. He uses Clinique for Men Post Shave Soother and swears by it as well. One little bottle lasts him a good 6 months. I think the combo of his products, liking his handle, and just changing the blade out way more often gives him a better shave and less ingrown hair problems. He's jewish with that super course hair that they tend to have and a LOT of it.

u/JohnnyDerppe · 2 pointsr/Destiny

this + these is ez shaving for pretty cheap, and you can even reuse the blades a couple times. Just make sure your shaving cream isnt poop.

u/puddle_stomper · 2 pointsr/gifs

Razor: I started with this Merkur razor (and I'm still using it after two years). Edwin Jagger is probably equally popular, but I haven't tried them.

Brush/bowl: I was given this bowl/soap/brush/holder kit as a gift and still use it, but the brush broke after about a year (I could probably fix it with some good glue but haven't bothered yet. The holder is nice, but you might be able to find just a brush and bowl separately slightly cheaper if you're on a budget. I didn't use the soap in the kit because:

Soap: Proraso soap was suggested and I ended up liking it a lot. Some people like to buy sampler packs of soap/cream as well, but this was good enough for me, and it would take me forever to get through samples. This Proraso got me through 15 months with an average of one shave per week.

Blades: I started out with a sampler pack of blades from Maggard Razors, and Gillette Silver Blue and Gillette 7 O'Clock (both yellow and green were the same to me) ended up being the easiest on my face. I tried Feather, but they were way too harsh at first, I think because I hadn't really gotten the technique down yet. Gillette was more forgiving, but once I got better at shaving, I was able to use Feathers.

Other: Lastly, I really like using an alum stick after shaving to help close up pores/tiny nicks (weepers), but they're not necessary. I also now use Shave Secret as a first layer when I start my second pass (against the grain). Again, not necessary, but I think it helps me personally a little to have that extra layer of protection to prevent razor burn. It does gunk up your razor a little, though, so just be sure to keep it clean.


I still only shave once a week, and I have a 3 day minimum in between shaves, otherwise I'll still get razor burn. Read up on some info in /r/wicked_edge. /u/Leisureguy has a ton of great comments in that sub. Sort his comment history by top, and you'll get plenty of good advice right off the bat. He also has a blog. My best tips: Make sure you use a shallow angle (as opposed to the perpendicular/90-degree shave you're used to with cartridge razors), and don't let your lather be too dry. Also, if your area has hard water, consider using distilled water to make your lather. Maggard Razors has been really great at shipping fast and having good prices for me and carries everything I mentioned, but there several reputable online shops. I know lots of people prefer to use Amazon, so I linked everything on Amazon except the blade sampler pack.

u/mahonster · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Congrats on getting out of that bad foster situation man. I might have a few tips and tricks I haven't seen getting put out yet for you.

  1. I second what some people are saying, take as many showers as you want. Something I did find, however, is that if I only shampooed my hair every other day, eventually my hair wouldn't get oily. I've found that something like a Head and Shoulders shampoo/conditioner all in one cleans and keeps the white flakies off.

  2. Those razor burn bumps were the bane of my existence, 'till I discovered the old-school double bladed safety razors (like this one and learned how to use one. For the shaving cream I alternate between Shave Secret (you can find it at Wal-Mart for a couple bucks) and a Gillette sensitive skin gel. No more bumps.

  3. I am one hairy dude. I even have hair on the backs of my fingers. Mostly what I do is keep my pubes trimmed up (helps keep down body odor), and every once in a while use a trimmer with a guard to trim up my eyebrows and get rid of the uni-brow. They would look like caterpillars having sex on my face otherwise. I wouldn't recommend the eyebrow trimming unless it noticeably gets out of hand, but definitely take care of the uni-brow, if you're cursed with that. Otherwise, lots and lots of chicks dig a hairy-chested (fit) dude.

  4. T-shirts get one use from me. Button downs, one to three uses, depending on if I've sweated. Jeans... if it looks or smells dirty, wash them. Otherwise, just hang them up at the end of the day and you're good to go. If it looks dirty or smells like anything other than your deodorant/cologne, wash it. I just use liquid detergent and about 2 cups of vinegar in the wash. The vinegar actually helps get rid of odors and stains. Also, use unscented fabric softener sheets. It helps keep your clothes looking nice, and there won't be any scent to clash with whatever you're wearing.

    Also, I highly recommend sticking with something like an Old Spice deodorant and no cologne, unless you can ask a girl that you trust what cologne would smell good on you. And then only use a spray or two under your shirt for the day.

    Biotene mouthwash (from Wal-Mart again) dissolves the gunk that is left on your teeth after eating, makes brushing your teeth much more effective. It's a bit more expensive than Listerine, but I've only had a couple cavities in my entire life.

    A good, comfortable pair of shoes will make you feel and look better. If your feet hurt, then you will hurt all over. My personal favorite for everyday wear is Macbeths (you can find them at Journeys in the mall). Good foot support, they look great, and they're (relatively) inexpensive. I was without a vehicle in California for about 6 months, wore a pair out walking everywhere in them without a single problem.

    I know I'm late to the party, but I hope these help!
u/sublimesam · 2 pointsr/AskWomen

Question, since there is some discussion in here about razor use:

Have any of the women here tried using a safety razor, such as this one? I'm always trying to convert my fellow man friends, but not sure if these suit women's needs.

It's crazy inexpensive to refill these things with blades, and they provide a great shave. I can't imagine paying for commercial "Mach 3" type razors.

u/RedditUsr2 · 2 pointsr/Showerthoughts

> Some kind of universal blade system for razors?

Yes and its amaing. You can use double edge safty razors made 50 years ago and its just as compatible as ones made today.

I think this is the one I use:

Then I buy Derby 100 count blades off ebay or amazon (Make sure they are double edge)

They are literally less than $0.10 each.

u/krizo · 2 pointsr/

I believe you are correct. I use double-edge razors to shave and those go for about $0.50 a piece. I get them in packs of 10 for $5. Those are freely available at the counter. No need to get anybody to grab a pack for you.

Seriously, I don't know why people use those 5-blade razors that go for $10+ a piece when they can just get a regular razor. You get just as close of a shave.

This is what I use.

u/cwm9 · 2 pointsr/offbeat

This + this = less $ for P&G

u/devtesla · 2 pointsr/just_post

Electric shavers are a scam lol, get a safety one. You can get a good safety razor for $35, and anyone who tells you that you need more than that is wrong. Replacement blades are cheap as fuck, and you don't need to use the fancy soap, unscented supermarket shaving cream works just as well.

u/bandman614 · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

I think I'm one of the few people that switched to safety razors for the financial savings and actually got that savings, because I didn't get sucked into all of the accessories.

Honestly, I use my relatively generic safety razor ($35) and got bulk double-edged blades ($10). I did that....three years ago? And I'm maybe halfway through.

I don't shave every day, but honestly, I'm good shaving a surprisingly many number of times on the same blade. If I had been going through my old standby of Mach 3 (turbo (express (vibrating))) or whatever it is now, God only knows how much money I'd be in for.

The single biggest improvement in my shaving life was when I went to an old school barber and told him that I kept getting massive razor burn under my neck with a safety razor, and he was like, "that's because you're doing it backwards". I was shaving down, from my chin toward my chest. My hair doesn't grow that way - I need to shave from the bottom of my neck up toward my chin. (you may be different).

After I figured that out? Never going back. Also, I use conditioner instead of frothy mugs of soap. It just works better for me.

u/malkierx · 2 pointsr/DIY

I've read from other users on Reddit a few weeks ago that the Merkur Safety Razors are supposed to be extraordinary as long as your willing to slow down and take your time. Haven't tried it myself but I've been 'man razer' curious and getting fed up with the cheap $3 dollar razors myself.

u/Blasphemy4kidz · 2 pointsr/interestingasfuck

I started with this one, it's a standard high-quality safety razor that comes with a few replacement razors. Very nice starter.

u/xyzzy409 · 2 pointsr/pics

I got this one on another redditors suggestion and I've been very happy with it. It's inexpensive at $30, and it seems to be a quality razor.

For blades, I went ahead and ordered 100 blades that the same redditor recommended. They've been fine, but I've been reading a lot about wet shaving lately I've found that most people recommend trying out a lot of different blades to see what works best for you. I kind of wish I wouldn't have bought 100 of a single brand before trying some others out. No big loss, it was just $17 for the 100 blades. I'd say look for a sampler pack of blades.

u/RexWM · 2 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I've had this for 4 years. Still works perfectly.

u/Kabloski · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

I've been a lurker for a while, finally took the plunge after I saw my dorm mate's Merkur DE Razor. Items in the picture:

Luxury Beginner Wet Shaving Starter Kit from (Thanks, guys. I love you.)

An Edwin Jagger DE89Lbl

100 of the 200 Derby Extra Double Razor Blades (My friend bought the other half.)

u/counterattackk · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

I forgot why I chose this particular one as I made this list some months ago, but looking into it again-

I'm now leaning towards a closed comb razor (as I've read that they are easier for beginners to get into, are more sensitive on the skin, and my hair isn't extremely coarse). Is there a particular one that you recommend?

I'm currently looking into this Edwin Jagger because this website says that its scalloped safety bar design provides the most support for sensitive skin.

u/treefiddylq · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge


I made sure to get a good razor since I assumed that was the most important part. It was consistently one of the highest rated on the reddit threads so I figured I couldn't go wrong.

Since the Brush/Soap was an "oh shit I need something right now", I got something cheap. The brush isn't very good, which is expected for 1 piece of a $10 3 pack.

I'm definitely using both poor blade angle and too much pressure. I need to find that right angle, because when I try to go shallow, I go too shallow and end up just scrapping the top of the DE across the soap for no cut.

I love your first suggestion for flipping the razor. It's simple, so I'll be trying that.

u/MutinyGMV · 2 pointsr/BlackHair

Using a one bladed safety razor has completely STOPPED my in grown hair issue.

I use that cheap one from Amazon. Works great and only took about a week to get used to it vs my Mach 3.

u/Engineered_Shave · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

>...the long handled version of the Merkur 34c (has a different number designation that I can't remember)


That's the Merkur 38c.


It's a 2-piece design, so it's less difficult to load and unload. Long handle is nice.


The Merkur 23c is a more typical 3-piece long-handle design at about half the price, but slightly more cumbersome to install the blade into for a novice.


Either will work depending on your budget and your level of dexterity.

u/i_steal_your_lemons · 2 pointsr/CoolCollections

Hi. I know this is pretty late, but I’ve been using a safety razor for the last six years. While which razor is best is totally subjective, after owning several more expensive ones, I actually found I prefer the straight forward basic [Merkur Classic](Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor Great price and great shave. Oh, and don’t buy into that whole “you have to do this and this and properly do this” ritual shit some people try to feed in videos and even on the subreddits. Just shave as you normally would and you’ll find what works best for you.

u/littlespark88 · 2 pointsr/Showerthoughts

I prefer the ones with longer handles! I think this one is the one I have: Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor Makes it easier to finagle.

The blades are super cheap so pick out a few brands and try them! I normally use Astra. I also use my regular shaving cream (Eos).

Hope this helps! I think you’ll love it.

u/TheTrueLordHumungous · 2 pointsr/AskMen

Go with a good old fashioned disposable safety razor setup. for the money, its tough to find something better than the Merkur. The razor itself might be more, but at less than $0.10 a blade, you wont mind using a new one with every shave.

u/slash178 · 2 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

Safety razor works best for me too. I've tried it all. Trimmer just makes it short and scratchy, doesn't get you shaved. I use this one with these blades. Keep one hand dry to pull the skin tight, always use a sharp blade.

u/ASAP_Cobra · 2 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

I have had this one for 6 years and it serves its purpose well each and every time I use it:

You can probably get away with something cheaper but for the blades since you're starting out, I'd suggest the Derby blades.

Check out /r/wicked_edge for more info.

u/marnie_loves_cats · 2 pointsr/sparfuechse

Ich habe den Merkur 23c der hat einen längeren Griff und eignet sich super für die Ganzkörperrasur

u/Hatless · 2 pointsr/AskMen

I bought this long-handled one from Merkur. I also picked up a sample pack of assorted blades. Can't remember which one, but there are plenty of options on Amazon.

u/VincentClebard · 2 pointsr/france


Je te fais la liste avec prix arrondis.

  • Merkur manche long. Fait pour durer des années. 28€

  • Pierre d'Alun Osma. C'est une pierre. C'est fait pour durer, aussi. 7€

  • Savon Jagger au bois de santal. Un commentateur dit qu'il reste la moitié du savon après trois mois d'utilisation. 9€

  • Blaireau Jagger, taille M. Aucune idée de la longévité. 29€

  • Une centaine de lames Derby. Entre trois mois et un an (voire plus) de rasage. 11€

    J'ai pris uniquement des produits très basiques, très communs. Le coût initial peut sembler élevé, mais finalement, seuls le Merkur (29€) et les lames (11€) changent par rapport à d'autres pratiques du rasage.
u/Real_Identity · 2 pointsr/asktransgender

There are cheaper safety razors, but since you only have to buy it once I tried to get a decent one. There are also way cheaper blades, but many reviews claimed the "feather" brand is the best, so I went with that.

Safety razor:


If you go bigger, it looks like you can get 100 feather blades for about $36.

The container the blades come in have a disposal slot on the back, so no need to worry about getting a special disposal container.

You may also want to get into shaving brushes and actual shaving cream to lather. It also goes a long way, and makes the razor glide easily to help prevent accidental cuts. I got mine at a local Body Shop.

u/Luxin · 2 pointsr/business

$9.83 per hundres, and a great shave.

But I am in love with feathers now, they are a bit more at $23.25 per hundred.

This razor is $26.26:.

But the best part of it all, the most important part, is actually wet shaving. The above will save you money with an awesome shave, but actually wet shaving is best. Check out /r/wicked_edge.

u/karateexplosion · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

I have an Edwin Jagger DE89L and absolutely love it. Feather blades.

EDIT: Amazon link here

u/candytripn · 2 pointsr/TumblrInAction

Stop using cartilages! I made the switch to DES razors (double edged safety razors) and will never go back.

I pay about $12 after shipping for 100 pack of Astra blades, and they last about as long as a single cartridge! Do yourself a favor and look into it. The Edwin Jagger 89bl (the one I use) is a great razor for around $27.

u/n99bJedi · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Cool upgraded to it. its actually cheaper than the Merker. But that's because amazon has a price cut on it, specially the non lined detail one.
M thinking the only difference in it and the lined one is the handle has lines and the other one does not right?

u/syn3rgyz · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

i'm actually pretty happy with the edwin jagger outside of this problem im having right now. But then again its my first one so I'm not sure how more/less aggressive would feel. The one I have right now is this one

I'm looking for something in the $50 range. I can't find the weber you're talking about.

u/the_doughboy · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

As another Canadian I find Amazon is the best source.
First I can tell you went to Shoppers where you got the brush and Proraso. 2nd don't buy the Body Shop stuff, its weird.
On Amazon Astra is the best bang for the buck on blades.
And for a Razor the Edwin Jagger De89bl is quite good.
Both of these are Prime eligible or free shipping on purchases over $25.

u/nickwawe · 2 pointsr/italy

Rasoio, ti consiglio un rasoio di sicurezza ( questo lo presi a 16 anni assieme al pacco da 100 di lamette ) durano un sacco, magari costa più di un usa e getta ma nel lungo andare risparmi davvero tanto, senza contare che dura di più e taglia meglio. Io il pacco di lamette l'ho finito qualche settimana fa, e mi é durato qualche anno (c'è da dire che non mi rado ogni giorno però)

u/zenesis · 2 pointsr/TrollXChromosomes

Hm...that is a little tougher. They last about a week for me, but i don't even really think about it since they're so cheap.

I use this website to order razor blades from the usa -

I bought my razor from amazon edwin jager 89 (never have to replace) couple of years ago for about $30 -

u/hairyhank · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

i just started a little while ago with a edwin jagger ( its been easy and great.

u/ByGollie · 2 pointsr/Frugal

I shave with a top of the line Edwin Jagger 89L that cost me something like $30 (& $10 for Badger brush and soap) due to the fact i have a dense wiry beard that goes in every direction that normal cartridge/disposable/electric shavers won't shift, especially on the neck area.

200 Derby blades (each giving 4 shaves on average), used every other day for $15 - gives me 5 years worth of blades!
All purchased from Amazon

Recently i forgot my shaving kit on a vacation trip, so I bought a cheapo Gilette double edged razor for $5, a tube of Ingram shaving Lather for $2.50 and a Boarbristle shaving brush for another $3) at a local drugstore.

I had an unopened pack of Derby blades in my washbag, so i used them with the Gilette.

The results were as good, if not better than the top of the range luxury DE blade kit.

So it's down to shaving technique and blade quality - the cheapo razor, lather and brush (lather whipped up in a wide cappuccino mug)

If you're really budget conscious, and don't like the plasticky feel of the Gillette razor, try the Egyptian made Lord LP 8122 for around $5-10. This is a great metal razor, comparable to the high-end european metal EJ/Merkur models. The finish may not be as perfect as the chromed EJ/Merkur models, but that's only cosmetic and won't affect the performance

Derby or Astra are excellent budget razor blades.
I'd recommend badgerhair brushes over boar-hair, as it feels a lot nicer and doesn't get bent out of shape. Still whips up and applies the lather just as well.

For an outlay of $30, you too could be shaving with no additional costs for 2 years or more, depending on your beard growth.
($5 Lord LP 8122 + $15 Derby blades + $2.50 tube shaving soap + $5 badger-hair brush + $2 cappuccino mug)

u/commiecat · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Some nice kit suggestions on the sidebar -- do you have a specific budget?

I primarily use straights but I use a DE to shave my head; personally I like the Merkur 34C ($44 on Amazon). Edwin Jagger DE89 ($31 on Amazon) is another popular choice here.

Amazon and other shaving sites offer blade sampler packs. It's good to start out with one of those because all the blades are subtly different and people have various preferences for them.

Another part of your shaving routine to look at would be your lather and post-shave treatment. Most of us use a good soap or cream and build our lather with a shaving brush. After the shave you can use an astringent and follow that up with a scent if you'd like. I use plain witch hazel when I'm done shaving and then apply my aftershave.

u/RaggedClaws · 2 pointsr/shaving

I'll include links but by all means shop around...

  • Edwin Jagger DE89 - popular three piece starter razor

  • One of the many creams by Taylor of Old Bond St. - inexpensive and quality

  • An alum block like RazoRock - you can also find some of their artisan soaps

  • A synthetic shaving brush - this one looks to have the same fibres (Plisson clone) as some other very good ones. You could also get a boar brush by Omega or Semogue for eg but these will have a break-in period. Do NOT get a badger brush on your budget; it will be shite. The exception might be this mixed loft Omega 11047 "mixed midget" which is a fantastic little brush; works out of the box like a badger but gets better over time like a boar.

  • Go to your local drug store for Nivea Men Sensitive after shave balm - inexpensive, effective, and widely available.

    This is a more than decent starter kit and affordable but you'll also need skills. Check out this poster from /u/mmosh and search for tutorial vids on Youtube by Mantic59 and/or "Nick Shaves".

    EDIT: Completely left out blades. You want to sample many kinds to find what is right for you. Something like this.

u/chasethebrony · 2 pointsr/MLPLounge

True. During the week I use an Edwin Jagger DE89 razor. I use 2 blades a week, with each blade costing $.10. It gives a pretty good shave, better than a cartridge, but nothing too spectacular.

The biggest difference I found when switching from cartridge to safety was that my shaves weren't pulling on my whiskers like the would with my wold razor. Makes for a much more smooth and painless ordeal.

u/unconscionable · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

I'd like to suggest an alternative list. I don't have a lot of experience with a ton of different safety razors, but I did have a cheapo safety razor I inherited from my grandpa (RIP), and after 3yrs I spent under $40 on an Edwin Jagger and the difference was staggering. I'm not one to suggest unloading a ton of money on anything, but I'd suggest your priorities are a bit skewed when you're spending less on your safety razor than you are on your alum block (which is hardly a necessity, comparatively. Some people don't even like them, although I do)...

Here's my alternative suggestion that adds up to roughly the same amount of upfront $$ (~$50 - 60), but sets your priorities toward getting a fantastic, albeit affordable safety razor that will last you your whole life:

Edwin Jagger ($40)

There are others in this price range that are good as well. I can't speak to those, but I doubt anyone here will argue that the Edwin Jagger is not a top contender for its price point. It's very popular.

I'd hold off on buying blades today (unless you really want to) since the above safety razor comes with 5 which should get you buy for your first 20 shaves or so if you want them to.. but when you do, buying them 100x at a time for ~$10 seems to be the right price point (and it'll last you 5yrs if you're like me), unless you like fancy feather blades or something. I've never noticed a difference between vendors, but others have. YMMV. Here's what I have:

That brush seems like a good price point. over $10 but under $20 seems to be a good price point for a decent quality brush unless you know what you're looking for. Mine has lasted me 3yrs so far and has no visible signs of wear or hairs falling out. I'd expect it to last another 3 at the very least, but probably many more.

Alum block? Skip it if you want for the time being, but I'd get it if I were you since it's just $6. It's the same one I have and it does its job of closing up nicks very well.

Styptic pencil is like $1 (maybe $2) at CVS / Walgreens, IIRC, no need to get on amazon if you don't want. Definitely get one of these, just don't lose the damn thing. Sure beats little bits of toilet paper on your face for hours and hours.

You can also get a puck of William's shave soap at CVS for $2 link which will last you a long time. If you want to spend a few bucks extra on that Palmolive stuff because you know it'll be better for your individual skin, then go for it.

In short: Spend the money on the safety razor, which should last forever. Skimp on everything else, which will not last forever. That's my advice. I spent 3yrs shaving with a razor that I had no idea was as comparatively awful as a good one. I wish I had known better at the time, but unfortunately I did not, and had pretty shitty shaves and got lots of nasty cuts for 3yrs that could have been avoided.

u/iPodAddict181 · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

After realizing that I accidentally ordered 2 Merkurs I managed to cancel the order. Ended up getting this instead:

u/crazindndude · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

I think you'll find you hit a point of severe diminishing returns past the $25-30 price point. That seems to be the "sweet spot" for value, as you can get the unequivocally excellent Edwin Jagger DE89 (which by the way uses the same head as Muhle). For slightly less, you can get the pretty good Maggard MR5, which packs a solid stainless steel handle for $25.

Notwithstanding a slant razor, which isn't much more expensive, I think one of the above-mentioned razors will perform admirably for 99% of the population. Honestly the difference between a $30 EJ and a $70 Standard or Weber is probably so small that I'd recommend you take your savings and spend it on a nice soap and brush.

u/Dirk_Gently · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

I switched to a Merkur safty razor about 3 months ago (I used the same vibrating nonsense Fusion razor previously). I've been very happy with it. Shaving takes longer, but I get a better shave, and it's more enjoyable. I think I've nicked my face twice since I started. If you go slow you'll be fine.

I'd recommend checking out some of the forums like Badger and Blade and some youtube videos like mantic59's

Keep in mind, especially on the forums, there are some self righteous nuts who take themselves and their shaving method a little too seriously. It's not a big problem, but be aware so you don't get put off by it.

I got all my stuff on amazon (because I have a prime membership), But west coast shaving is a favorite of many. A usual recommendation is to get one of their blade samplers, so you can see what works for you. I like Derby extras, but blades are a personal preference thing. Most people will tell you to stay away from feather blades when you're first starting. I haven't had a problem with them, but my razor isn't super aggressive and my face isn't overly sensitive.

You have to get your technique down before you'll get good shaves, and that takes a while. The most helpful advice I got was to lock your wrist and make all the movement with your upper arm. This helps you to keep a consistent angle, and was really helpful for me.

Is it more economical? It can be, blades are much cheaper than modern cartridges. Especially once you figure out what type of blades you like, you can buy in larger quantities and get a better discount. The initial outlay is higher though, you'll need shaving soap or cream, a razor, blades, and a decent brush.

On the subject of shaving brushes, most people will recommend you get a badger hair brush. I have both a moderate quality badger brush and a cheap boar brush, and really, I like both. One of the good things about using a shave brush is that it scrubs your face, and a boar brush will do this far more aggressively. feels good man. The badger brushes are softer, and hold more water for a nicer lather. So it's something you'll have to try for yourself.

So if you have $100 to spend, I'd probably go:

cream (if you're not opposed to menthol, proraso if very nice)

So it's not super cheap to get into, but the razor will last forever unless you take an angle grinder to it, the brush will last pretty much forever if you treat it right. You get 40 blades for $16 (compare to 4 blades for the same price for a cartridge) and the proraso is a big ass tube that will last you a long time.

Hopefully that was all coherent enough to be useful.

Also, Buying shaving stuff can be addicting. Looking around at this stuff makes me want to spend at least $400,000 on razors and brushes and shaving creams. beware.

u/mental405 · 2 pointsr/woodworking

I hollowed out the entire piece of maple and epoxied it over the original handle.

Here is the original razor

u/password12345432 · 2 pointsr/ireland

If you're using modern razors that might be the problem. I used to be the same as I too have incredibly sensitive skin. Totally changed my life when I was given this razor as a present... they are so much gentler than the manufactured multi-blade razors like gillette, especially since you can control the angle yourself. I even ended up going and splurging on a cutthroat after which while still softer than modern razors I don't think is quite as good as a double-edge safety IMO.

And quite apart from being better, they're so much cheaper to use. A pack of 100 blades for about €8.

Downside is shaving will take a little longer, but IMO it's totally worth it. I'd honestly give it a try.

u/Ty6255 · 2 pointsr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

I had awful itching after shaving as well since I have super thick hair. What helped me the most has been switching from disposable razors to a safety razor. This is the razor I have and I love it:

I bought a pack of 200 blades for like 10 bucks and I can switch out the blade every other shave. I think it was using razors for a long time that really caused the itching for me since they got dull but they were so expensive I couldn't justify using a new one so frequently. With this I can change out the blade often without feeling bad. Using it is a bit of a learning curve but I prefer it so much to disposable razors and will never go back. It'll save you a ton of money in the long run as well.

u/NachoCupcake · 2 pointsr/TrollXChromosomes

It can be or it can't be. I started a couple of years ago (maybe 3?) and when I did, I spent about $120 for everything. Since then, I've spent a total of about $50. That includes blades and soap.

Really, to get started all you need is a razor and blades, then you can buy the soaps or creams piecemeal as you go. A lot of manufacturers will give you free (or cheap) samples of their products, so you can try before you buy.

My recommendations for starting out are:

You can get a cheaper razor, but I recommend a longer handle. You can also find nice older ones at antique shops for really cheap if you're willing to clean them up before using them. I'm not that patient, but maybe you are. The blades are a variety pack, so you can get an idea of what you like because they're all a little bit different. The last time I replaced my blades I bought these because they're really cheap (less than 10¢ per blade) and I like them a lot.

Eventually you might want to get a brush and some fancy soap, but I've seen brushes at Walmart for $5 or less.

There's a lot of fancy lingo that goes into wet shaving, but it's really not a whole lot different than using disposables. The only real differences are that you have to take better care of your skin (shucks), you don't have to press as hard with the razor, and you control the angle of the blade (a blessing and a curse.)

If you have any questions, please ask! There's also always the sidebars at /r/ladyshavers and /r/wicked_edge!

u/kryren · 2 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

I use this one. It's nothing special aside from it has a long, textured handle where as my husband uses one with a standard, smoother handle. The longer handle is, for me, better for getting my legs and awkward bikini areas. Look around online and see what looks best. I've seen razors come with cool wooden handles and colored metals!

Keep an eye on it as it can rust and get dirty after a while (like, I don't hardly shave during the winter so come spring I might have some rust from it being in the shower unused). Just pop the blade out and put the razor in the dishwasher to clean it.

u/whotookmysammich · 2 pointsr/milwaukee

Invest in a safety razor.

The initial purchase for the razor itself will run you $30-$40, but after that you only need to buy the blades. I buy Gillette Platinums, which are $6 for a 5-pack at The Art of Shaving.

u/demizer · 2 pointsr/funny

Time for some gospel... Reddit, please don't use these razors. Use a safety razor, soap, and a badger brush for shaving. I shave my head and face every 3+ days. I go through a small container of soap every 4 months, and I still haven't went through the $10 pack of 100 razor blades I bought almost two years ago. I also get a much closer shave and the soap is not as harsh on my skin as the gel shit. The initial investment is about $70+, but it saves a lot of time and money in the long run and you get a mans shave, close and clean with little irritation. I spent about $15 shaving in 2011. I did cut myself really bad in the first month or two of using razors, but after that I got a styptic pencil to seal up wounds instantly.

Soap: ($10)

Brush: ($14)

Blades: ($10)

Razor: ($33)

Styptic: ($1)

Edit: Forgot to mention, I shave my head and face in about 12 minutes. When you have a fresh razor the hair comes right off. I have shaved off 1 weeks worth of growth (think thick irish beard) on one fresh razor in minutes.

u/strolls · 2 pointsr/business

I'm in the UK, so got mine from Shave Lounge, but I was thinking about using Connaught for more blades, as their postage seems a little cheaper (also, I kinda like their archaic website). There are lots of US suppliers listed on the /r/wicked_edge wiki.

I got a Parker 91R because I believe that the handle should be knurled. It's not that fancy (although I see there are cheaper), but it's fine. You can get it for $30 in the US, it seems.

Buy a sampler or two of blades and see which ones you like. This seems to be a subjective matter - I've only tried two brands so far, as they're the ones which came with my razor; I liked the Derby Extra, which lots of people seem to dislike, whereas the Persona Platinum didn't suit me.

I kinda think the subscribers to /r/wicked_edge are taking it a bit too seriously, posting photos of their new razors and making it into a "hobby", but I can feel a noticeable difference between the two brands of blades.

The /r/wicked_edge subscribers harp on about shaving gel / foam being shitty - I bought a brush and the kind of shaving soap they recommend, but haven't used it, as Gillette gel still seems fine to me.

Hope this helps.

u/Kusatteiru · 2 pointsr/PersonalFinanceCanada

The one I bought is the Merkur 34C, it is pricy and if you have larger hands. The Merku4 34C will feel small. Select the 38C, as it has a longer handle.

The other one I have seen people recommend it the Edwing Jagger DE89lbl. I think either one will work fine. If you can get to a House of Knives or a Tommy gun's I think they will have them on display so you can handle them.

Please note, unlike your normal cartridge razors, these razors are top heavy. It takes a bit of practice to be able to shave well, quickly and not cut yourself. Since the weight is at the top, you need less overall pressure to shave. Also I would really recommend that you sign up for one of those razor blade clubs, that way you have a large selection of blades to try. Not all razor blades are the same. I use feather because I read they are really good but aggressive blades. I had no idea what that meant. It just means you gotta be careful. My SO kept going "i see you cut yourself again" for a good 3 months. While I learned how to shave with both the razor and the blade combination. The razor itself will come with a blade, and the others you will have to try on your own. Looking back, I should have signed up for a "gift box" of blades to try a couple of brands instead of just going "I'll just use Feather because the internet said it was good."

Good Luck.

Also not using alcohol based aftershave and shaving foam has been great for my face. I use shaving soap, and some baby oil.

u/1Screw2Few · 2 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Everyone is touting safety razors for a reason. Here is what you want...

Pick up a Merkur Classic safety razor.

Then buy some Feather refill blades (they are the sharpest I have found without dragging)

Get a nice silver tip badger shaving brush

A decent quality razor and brush stand

A good shaving cup to get a nice lather

Then grab some Tabac or Taylor of Old Bond Street shaving pucks. (I prefer Tabac since it reminds me of my father and grandfather. Traditions die hard I guess)

Taylor of Old Bond Street

u/chasteta · 2 pointsr/crossdressing

Hair that grows back is always going to be prickly because it's so short. Only way to avoid that would be laser treatment.

Best way (imho) to avoid razor burn is to use good products.

I shave with a safety razor and use a nice shaving cream. You'll need a shaving brush and a small shaving bowl as well. I change the blades frequently (available online or at drug stores) and pretty much every time before I do my legs.

I will never go back to disposable razors and canned shaving cream. I had to use both on vacation recently and it gave me the shittiest shave and worst razor burn.

Now shaving for me is less of a chore and more like a mini spa trip. :]

Full Disclosure: using a safety razor takes a little practice and I promise you will nick yourself a few times before you get it right. Be patient, it's totally worth it.

edit: I also find this helps with razor burn, bumps, and ingrown hairs: I exfoliate, shave, exfoliate (again), towel dry, use moisturizer.

This will leave your skin soft and smooth and also helps prevent bumps! :)

Good luck!

u/plotbe01 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This will greatly improve my way of life, because it will lead to a much cleaner shave and a better looking face. Better face means better interactions with others. Betting interactions with others means better life!

It all works out!

Also, Happy Tax Day!

u/OldUncleEl · 2 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

Multi blade razors are awful. Try a true safety razor instead. No itch because the stubble is cut smoothly. Moisturizer after.

u/e30kgk · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

This is what I have, and couldn't be happier with it. Amazon has it for $32, but I don't recall paying anywhere near that for it. I think it was more like $20 when I bought it (3-4 years ago, don't recall where).

u/chchad · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

I have the Merkur Futur and I really like it, but that smooth satin handle gets slickery when wet. If I had to buy another, I would go with something like this.

I also bought this blade sample pack. The difference in blades is huge and it's all personal preference. I would've never known which ones worked best for me without these samples.

Add a My Nik Is Sealed Styptic Pen to your order. It took me 10 shaves before I didn't have to close a wound when I was done :)

u/Schoffleine · 2 pointsr/AskMen

It's really not that hard. I didn't want to buy a Merkur because it's like $30, but then I figured that, well, the blades are only 10 cents or so, so in a few months it'll pay for the razor. Pretty glad I went with that option.

There's two large differences with a 'safety' razor (this is the one I have but I got it cheaper):

  1. I don't press as much as I did with a gillette. It's technically less room for error but after getting the hang of it, there's just no need to press against the skin as I did before.
  2. I don't have to 'pull' any more. Even with new gilette razors I'd till have to put a bit of force into the actual stroke, which would sometimes cause the hair to pull (and be painful as a result). With the type of razor that we linked above, it's a heavier razor. Mine weighs about 2.5 oz according to my scale, but you can get heavier ones. Anyhow, you let the razor and gravity do the major pulling where as you kind of lightly pull and guide the razor against the skin. That said, my first shave was horrible, because I was still pressing and pulling like with a Gilette. I then went 'surely this can't be right' and Googled a bit, then found out you're supposed to let the weight of the razor itself do the work with these. After that it was smooth sailing.

    Being one of those who used to be like "no way that can be superior" I can see why people don't want to make the switch, and more so fork out the money to buy one, but it's really much cheaper. 10 blades costs $3 instead of $30, and there's a wide variety of just razor blades that you can try out. There's a subreddit you can visit for more information. I think it's /r/wicked_edge or some such.
u/JGexists · 2 pointsr/GNV

You've got to go online, there are a few specialty stores that sell them, but none in town.

Also, not need to buy an actual vintage razor unless you really want a piece of history. (Not that I blame you that is pretty cool)

Merkur still makes brand new safety razors that are built to last a century.

Can't go wrong with the classic design. I love mine

u/AngelicBabyGirl · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I am also having a horrible time finding things for my boyfriend...boy shopping is soooo hard! I did buy him this though and plan on getting this, your boyfriend might like something like it also. If you ask the Etsy seller he might give you 10% off, he did for me! :3

Good luck!

I nominate my boyfriend /u/lynchmob1009! Xp

u/MogwaiInjustice · 2 pointsr/AlternativeAmazonVGF

I use a Merkur-Razor Safety Razor 37c Chrome with Slant Bar and it's a great razor. Smooth close shave, quicker than other safety razors I've used in the past and would definitely recommend it to people who are looking to get a safety razor.

The one issue is I wish it had a longer handle.

u/beerhawk · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

I myself am not a fan of parker butterflys. I had one and it had just poor all around construction. It worked, but was not overly enjoyable. Also failed after like 2-3 years (the metal inside that controls the butterfly actions is like cheap pot metal).

I would suggest the similarly priced Edwin Jaggers or possibly a Merkur.

Also, combo blade packs are totally the way to go. I was crazy polarized on blades that I sampled. I personally settled with Astra and Feather, but that is just my preference. Sharks were ok, but IMO there are better blades.

Edit: Also, for $13 [this] ( shaving brush is amazing. I bought it as a throwaway for a trip I was taking to Thailand. I ended up keeping it as a travel brush. Works fairly well, sheds a little bit. Still, surprisingly good for the price. I have $60 brushes but still don't mind using the Tweezerman.

Also, I personally don't use alum; I almost never cut myself. I shave about ever 2 days (more and I get mild irritation), I stay away from aftershaves with lots of alcohol in them, use a good glycerine soap, and if you need to there are a plethora of face moisturizers out there.

u/elgevillawngnome · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

And don't forget your Colonel Conk World's Famous Shaving Soap. It makes you smell like a god.

Here's my razor. I really wish I had dropped the extra coin for a Merkur though. The weighting on this thing is all weird.

u/ManCaveDaily · 2 pointsr/BuyItForLife
u/jdubba · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

> Im looking to get a razor on Amazon due to convenience, any suggestions would be appreciated.

Honestly, I understand where you're coming from. I think a lot of us coming in have the same thought, you're in unfamiliar territory trying to order from an unknown source and amazon is a safe, known place to pick things up. However, if you choose to upgrade, I strongly recommend going to somewhere like Maggard Razors. The owners run an excellent customer focused business, that out does amazon by a mile on a lot of things. There are some commercial items you can do better on through amazon if you know what you're looking for, but in general, they are just the best place to go. You can check out safely through Pay Pal, and they ship very quickly. I think if you look around you'll see and endless amount of recommendations for using them here, and for very good reason. In the world of wet shaving, it just doesn't get more convenient than Maggards.

Specifically if I were in your position, I would order an MR-1 or an MR-5 and select the V3A head. It will run you about $26 + shipping. You won't get a more efficient razor than that from amazon for that price. It is considered to be on the more aggressive side for razors, but you've been at it for six months, so it shouldn't be an issue. I find it to be very comfortable to use, and it's currently one of my favorite razors.


All that being said, if you want some options from amazon, here are a few. The one you linked above was my first DE, and I would not recommend it. It was inefficient (very mild), and I don't care for the thin hollow handle.

  • Edwin Jagger DE89 — Decent razor, will be more efficient than the one you have, but is still comfortable.
  • Mühle R89 — Same head design as the Edwin Jagger, but manufactured by Mühle. Generally has a better fit and finish than the EJ
  • Merkur Progress — Modern adjustable that will allow you to change the settings to find the balance of comfort and efficiency that works best for you. Downside is the plastic adjustment knob.

    Most of the results that come up if you search amazon for safety razors, are just overpriced weishi or baili clones, which is same thing you have right now. The rest are EJ clones that may be coming out of Pakistan and have serious QC issue. A prime example of something to avoid is that Viking Blade razor near the top of the results, which is a $9 baili razor selling for nearly $40. Be careful to avoid stuff like that, which is one more reason why places like Maggards are held in high regard. They are very transparent about all the things they sell, and you don't have to worry about getting scammed.
u/orwiad10 · 2 pointsr/army

$40 including shipping over 200 shaves or move @ 2 cent or less per shave. 2 shaves per side? That's 400 shaves or 5 days a week for 80 weeks... after you buy the razor, you will shave for 5 dollars for every year to 1.5, forever. Following years it's .025 cent per shave

Dollar shave club at the cheapest is apox 36 a year. 5 double blades per month, meaning you'd average about 3 to 4 shaves per cartridge. That 4th time is rough, doesn't matter what brand it is. I'm getting .2 per shave for 12 months on the math for this one.

So, for cost, you get more shaves, and (imo) more quality buying in bulk. But the true difference is years to come, DSC, keep paying your yearly 36, or pay 5 every 1 to 1.5 years.

u/OVNEV · 2 pointsr/everymanshouldknow

Get a safety razor and a box of 100 blades for like $30 will last you a few years if you shave like twice a week. A straight razor is too expensive IMO, they are like 200 dollars and you have to strop them. Get something like this with a blade sampler pack. I think Feather is the best blade but people have many different opinions on blades. A sampler pack will help you choose what you like the best. As always, check out /r/wicked_edge as well.

u/twentyafterfour · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

Are there any notable differences between the DE87 and DE89 besides the fact that the 89 has the solid metal handle as opposed to the faux ivory?

u/improbablyhungry · 2 pointsr/wicked_edge

just get a DE already.

cant beat that deal.

pick up a brush and some quality cream and get into it.

u/ryemanhattan · 2 pointsr/gifs

You should seriously try a double edge razor. Blades are way cheaper, and most people find that one blade gives a better shave than the current crop of multi-blade cartridge razors.

I've liked this one. Give it a try, you may never go back

u/ilovetofaceswap · 2 pointsr/Wetshaving

Yeah, they are actually all clones of this design:

u/freebeer256 · 2 pointsr/Frugal

There's a whole subreddit for wet shaving. My roomate switched to it and says it's amazing


Edit... He uses a a safety razor such as this. The blades are cheap, and he claims it gives him a much better, less irritating shave than something such as a Mach 3.

u/Durithill · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

How about this? Or is that too expensive? >_<

u/atetuna · 1 pointr/oddlysatisfying

Perhaps we should compare notes. I just started using one. I dry shave, and the first time I got two little cuts under my chin that were barely scrapes. Here's what I'm using.

Merkur Safety Razor
Personna Double Edge Razor Blades

You're supposed to wash all the oils/grease off your face before shaving, but I don't always do that. The only thing I do is take apart the razor afterwards to clean the gunk off with soap.

u/mfact50 · 1 pointr/gaybros

So I got this, this and this. I cheeped out on the brush because I'm poor and figured I could always quickly upgrade later. I'm already spending slightly more than I want on this experiment into manliness (I know I know.... in the long run it is much cheaper). I'm gonna get a blade variety pack soon but quite a few places said I should wait on experimenting till I actually know what I'm doing and can make an informed comparison. But I took your advice on the handle and going to DE shaving to begin with! Plus if I mess up I'll blame my cheapness. Unless I die, in which case your username is going on the headstone.

u/nightgames · 1 pointr/AskMen

Get a safety razor like this one by Merkur. You can even find kits that come with shaving cream, and a brush. The blades are super cheap too so you end up saving money over time.

u/HawkeyeGK · 1 pointr/AskReddit

This $30 that'll change your life.

Also, this and this and this and this and my very first Amazon order placed August 27, 1998 for this

u/the_oswald · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

Well you let me know when you do that, as I've just got my one Merkur 180 ( and am wanting to expand my experience.

u/Jont828 · 1 pointr/shaving

Hey what do you think of the Merkur 24c? I'm thinking about getting it, but I wanted a second opinion. Thanks!

u/pheonixblade9 · 1 pointr/explainlikeimfive

I got my beautiful adjustable merkur for $32 shipped on Amazon.

u/Scorpio_Rex · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

Here you go:

Merkur Long Handled Chrome Safety Razor

Colonel Ichabod Conk Chrome Safety Razor Stand

Escali 100% Pure Badger Shaving Brush

Merkur-Razor Double Edge Razor Blades

Proraso Shaving Soap, Eucalyptus & Menthol, 5.2 oz (150 ml), New Formulation

It is a nice set up to being with. My word of advice: take your time on your first shave to get used to this way of shaving.

The first time I shaved with the safety razor I spent about 30 mins. Now I can do it in 10 to 15 mins.

This video helped me get started:

u/jwhardcastle · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

Are you me? I've been thinking about this for a while and tonight I just spent the last few hours (it's now past 2 a.m. local) reading through the wiki here and Leisure Guy's book and some pdfs, etc.

I came here wanting to learn more about SR. I wasn't aware of what DE was, and I spent the first two hours trying to learn the difference between the two.

Ultimately I purchased a Merkur Model 180 Long Handled DE because it came highly recommended from lots of folks here, it was listed in some of the starter kit links, and because of one other key fact: I have a flight coming up in 10 days and I'm hoping not to check my luggage. I'll have to buy blades when I land, but I can carry on a DE razor as long as there aren't any blades in it.

My hope is that I'll get used to shaving again (I've had a beard for the past 6 years and a goatee for five before that) and after that I'll add an SR to my collection. I realize he's a bit of an expert hobbyist, but /u/betelgeux has both, and seems to use both (in his videos anyway) and that gives me hope that one day I'll tackle step two, the SR.

u/sabin357 · 1 pointr/Frugal
u/slavik262 · 1 pointr/MensRights

Grab a double-edged safety razor. It takes a little to get used to, but within a week of switching I got a better shave for a lot cheaper. /r/wicked_edge welcomes you.

u/ZombieSushi · 1 pointr/malefashionadvice

This is the one I settled on: Merkur Model 180 Long Handled Safety Razor using these blades 100 Astra Superior Premium Platinum Double Edge Safety Razor Blades and I like Col. Conk Bay Rum Soap.

When I switched I watched a YouTube tutorial and never looked back. The few times I've had to use a disposable it's like shaving with a toy.

u/popepeterjames · 1 pointr/

Agreed! But I'm partial to BlueBird blades... a little sharper and last a little longer than Shark (which are also good) but they won't shave your face off like you can with Feather blades... and a little cheaper too!

My razor is a Parker 91R Super Heavyweight (I like it)... and it's inexpensive.

And then for my shave cream I use Taylor of Old Bond Street... a little goes a very long way. The stuff is great.

A good badger shave brush and a shave mug.... maybe some pre-shave oil if you really want to take your time. And you got yourself a shave that is far closer and more comfortable than an expensive as hell cheaply-made multi-bladed razor...

Sure upfront costs are slightly higher, but in the long run you save tons of money... plus you get a better shave. What's not to love?

u/addcream · 1 pointr/Frugal

Parker Safety razor:

A lot of people like feather blades (I haven't tried them) but I'm happy with Derby (also bought on Amazon)

u/naery · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

This has been covered before, and I recommend you head over to the FAQ's on the right.

That being said, the great thing about wet-shaving (i.e. using a brush and soap ISO gel) is that it gets your beard to actually stand up so the grain is of less hindrance. Notice I said "less" hindrance; grain is still important and relevant. So, you're on the right track if you start with a good kit that includes brush, soap and razor.

Now, on to Safety Razor vs Straight Razor debate, and trust me, it is a debate with both sides very vehemently and stringently for their side. However, and this is my $0.02, as you're a N00B, you should probably consider a Double Edge Safety Razor. The reason I suggest this is because there will be fewer differences between a DE and a cartridge (which is what you're using if you're not using a straight or safety razor). You can find lots of inexpensive ones, but this is definitely an area where you get what you pay for.

The problem with starting with a straight is that you have to worry about a lot more, e.g. blade maintenance, sight lines (it's a straight blade and your hand will be in your line of sight), blade types, and a whole slew of other things. Most people (who use them for a while and get the feel of them) end up preferring straights to DEs, but there is a severe learning curve with the straight.

So, here are a few recommendations for beginner sets. Very reasonably priced so if you give it a shot and decide it's not something you're into very much, you won't be out a lot of cash: (These can be broken in half to make two blades for a straight.)

u/sharkd · 1 pointr/AskReddit

I have one of these.
Works great. Blades cost $1.50 for a ten pack and my face doesn't breakout any more and I don't have any ingrown hairs. I couldn't begin to tell you how much money I've saved.

u/chuckley · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

The Parker 91R Super Heavyweight Double Edge Safety I would suggest being careful with yours. A number of other people have had issues with the chrome coating on the 91R, I can't speak for the 99. The treads tend to snap too. Apparently Parkers aren't cheap razors, they are just made cheaply.

u/JerrMe · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

This is the blade I ordered. The reviews seem to give it high regard.

u/redtonks · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

This brings up an interesting point in discussion. So, I bought a lifetime supply of blades from Costco over two years - every time we made it up to the one in the city, I'd buy them because they are quite expensive otherwise here in Australia. This resulted in a tiny drawer full of blades I have very slowly worked my way through.

I justified to myself that taking up the one small (really, it was quite small) drawer was fine and I didn't need to feel bad about the space usage since I saved money.

Then after five years in our apartment, we moved. That meant I had to box up my still half full drawer to move them. Then I had to make room for them and the other pack I found stuffed in another drawer because I'd ran out of room and forgotten it.

The physical burden went from one drawer to moving it, finding a new home, the mental space it took up and the inevitable land waste from the razers. It wasn't just the physical space that mattered. And in our small apartment that was just one more thing I had to stress about moving.

BIFL for me isn't about just the physical space. It's about the life I choose being effective for me in the immediate present, the less obvious present (my landfill footprint and how much goes into my garbage and recycling that doesn't even need to be there in the first place if I choose not to), and the future of my life that will inevitably leave its mark on my child.

One really good item replaces all of that and more for me it means I can live in a place with less storage because I don't need it. Less to clean up, organise, fix or replace. Because replacing still happens and is a little mental pocket I have to care for. My mental burden is less for every item I choose to not store.

I swapped to this and it's great.

I'm still working on that blade pile too though. Ugh.

u/nsomnac · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

I use Eagle Creek Pack It Quick Trip Toiletry Organizer, Black It packs well for travel and has a mesh side where I can store a damp brush. This is big enough to carry a puck in a ~5oz container, bottle of aftershave, bottle of cologne, brush, razor in case, alum block, toothbrush, nail clippers, comb, and a small jar of pomade.

For protecting the DE, I have this Parker Safety Razor's Felt Lined Genuine Leather Double Edge Safety Razor Protective/Travel Case which I highly recommend. It fits a Fat Boy and other similarly sized DE's.

For storing blades, I use two Altoids minis tins. One for new blades, the other for used. I have a blade bank that I keep at home to properly dispose of the blades.

The only thing I haven't quite solved is a bowl for lathering. I don't like the face lather as it screws up my face making it red. So I either make it on my hand, of find a glass, mug, or bowl at my hotel. I'd love to hear ideas to travel with a bowl.

I've yet to fly with this setup. I plan to just throw a disposable in there and empty the DE and Altoids tins. Then pray that I can find a pharmacy that sells DE blades at my destination.

Good luck and safe travels!

u/Spoon06 · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

This safety razor case should do the trick, but you can also go with one of these or even one of these

u/Anivair · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

brush case

razor case

No lie, I like the razor case a LOT better than the brush case. The brush case doesn't get my nice brush, it gets a coarse horsehair travel brush that I use in emergencies. I have yet to find a really nice case for a brush to travel with.

u/mwilliams · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

On my phone, it sure of this link will take you to Amazon's mobile site. But, it's from Amazon. I don't think there's a chance it'll fit the Futur. But it fits the DE86 nicely.

u/Henesta · 1 pointr/UKFrugal

The Merkur 34c link tightens the blade down at the bottom of the handle. I grown a thick beard and after a weekend I'll tighten the blade until it's just tight then back it off a tiny bit (like 2-3 degrees) this leaves a little slack between the head and the razor so it doesnt "pull" when I shave. If it "drags" just tighten it back a little.
I also have a handle that tightens at the top and it sucks for me on Monday because I cant leave that space.
I have no doubt that this razor will last a better part of my life. It is made well and I can't think how I could break it. Hopefully that clears things up

u/pluub · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

This is the same razor for $15 less.

u/greath · 1 pointr/Advice

What they are saying with a better razor right right, but may be only half the battle. I would suggest /r/wicked_edge

A good DE safety razor will end up being more expensive up front, but cheaper in the long run. You only replace the blade and not the whole razor head, and the blades are cheap. Something like this:

And then a blade pack like this:

Soaps/creams a lot of people will recommend different things and your mileage will vary, but I think an after-treatment may be more important in your case. Some type of alum after-treatment works as a disinfectant and prevents ingrown hairs. I am guessing your "boils" will be more affected by an alum block than anything.

u/simonmitchell13 · 1 pointr/AskReddit

This is the one I started using about 3 years ago. My issue was that the blades in the "modern" razors cost so much, so I was waiting far too long to change them.

I went all the way and got a bristle brush and shaving soap while I was at it, I have not once regretted this change.

almost forgot the link:

edit: Just realized you don't want to purchase online. Not sure where you can get the "handle" but all the other parts, blades, brushes, soap, can be found in any store with a "drug store" section.

u/Bernden · 1 pointr/AskReddit

A beard trimmer.

Coffee maker.

If you spend a little more you can buy a safety razor set and save yourself a tonne of money shaving for an unbelievable shave. A 100 pack of blades is $15-20, those gilette razors are just a money grab and complete garbage.

A thermos, you'll save yourself a lot of money not buying coffees from Tim Hortons.

u/vailman · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

If I had $30 I would spend an additional $13 and buy a Merkur slant bar. Its amazon for $43. LINK

u/zato_ichi · 1 pointr/wicked_edge
u/Hal_Incandenza · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

Parker has a lot of good options such as this one. You could also grab a Weishi.

Edit: Here's a Lady Gillette for under thirty bucks shipped.

u/Damius · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

I agree. I was in the same position as you are about 2 years ago. I HATED shaving. And believe me when I say I HATED shaving lol. I watched this video and got intrigued. Soon after that I bought my first double edge razor. Before it even came, I had already purchased some Wilkinson, some Proraso shave soap, and an Omega Boar Brush. About a week before I even got my razor I was already using the brush, and the soap to make lather and shaving with it. I loved it. When my razor came in I fell in love with wet shaving. I could go further in depth, but I think you get the idea. It's a passion instead of a chore by now and it's well worth it. I understand your apprehension, but I promise you that with the right start you'll not regret it. I run a Wet Shaving Group on Google+, and if you look up /r/wickededge you will find ALL the help you need to get a good starter set and be well on your way. Everyone in these groups, and the many other groups available, are great. My suggestion for your neck, take your time, go light on your neck and put less pressure and your irritation will go away. Mine did and I used to have a full face cloth full of blood after every shave. I hope this helped :), and feel free to friend me if you want a little additional help :).

u/gak001 · 1 pointr/oddlysatisfying

I sprang for one decimal place over and am quite happy with my Parker 96R. I actually bought it in 2011 and still haven't had to buy any blades since it came with so many sample packs (and I keep a beard half the year, which requires minimal shaving). My shaving expense has pretty much just been aftershave, though my shaving soap puck that I got at the same time is getting a little thin.

u/JKraems · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

Parker 71R

Edit: Its the Parker 96R. His is a TTO not a 3 piece. Oops.

u/tjhart85 · 1 pointr/news

He went way expensive and turned it into a hobby (nothing wrong with that).

I started with a $10 razor handle and started with a $15 mug/soap/brush from Amazon and that worked just fine for about a year. Then, the cheap razor broke and I bought one for $30 and the brush started losing hair, so I bought a replacement for $7 [it was on sale]. Shave soap is like $3 a puck and lasts a year or more.

I've been using the new razor and brush for about 2 years now. The mug I got in the cheap set I still use as well.

I pay ~$10 for 100 blades and change it every week on average (which is actually probably wasteful of me). From November until ~March or April, I let the beard grow. Those 100 blades last me around a year and a half (give or take a few weeks).

So, if you went for better equipment from the start, it'd be something like:

$30 razor ... not the one I use, but nice ... you can go a lot cheaper than this for a quality one as well.

$15 brush [like I said, mine was way cheaper, currently $15 on amazon

$15 blades [this is middle of the ground, some people spend as little as little as $8 for 100 blades, the brand I like is ~$10]

$10 mug/soap/cheap brush combo

= $70 for the first year and you've got an extra brush.

Realistically, that's around what some would spend for a year of shaving with a normal razor from Gillette. For some, it would be a bit more and for some it would be less. For me, I think it was around $40 worth of cartridges a year when I used the Gillette 5-blade.

But, the second year of shaving, would only cost around ... well, nothing since you'll likely have right around a years worth of blades left and won't actually need to buy anything at all other than maybe some shave soap.

u/hullaballoo3 · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

Thanks! right now I'm leaning towards the 96R

u/BFH · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

In that case, I'm thinking of getting

u/chrislouden · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

Since posting this I have purchased a Edwin Jagger De89lbl, your book, and a variety of blades (Feather, Derby, Gillette, Bluebird). I'll check out the razor (but not use) before wrapping this up as a holiday gift for my boss.

u/mcwilshire · 1 pointr/IWantToLearn

Get a double edged safety razor. It's a good place to start and it's usually a better choice anyway.

u/GlossyProse · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

> I can see the tiny hairs inside the bumps

This happens with kp, too, but I haven’t seen any photos and you would know your body better than I would. If they are ingrown hairs, consider switching to a Safety Razor, changing your shaving cream, using aftershave or isopropyl alcohol afterward, and then moisturizing immediately and frequently.

But my money is on kp.

Keratosis pilaris results from the buildup of keratin — a protein that protects skin. The keratin forms a hard plug that blocks the opening of the hair follicle. Read that again: hair follicle. That’s why you’re going to find hair in the bump. Usually many plugs form, causing patches of rough, bumpy skin. But it’s painless and irritation free. It’s just unsightly and rough to the touch. Dry skin tends to worsen this condition. Exfoliation can temporarily relieve symptoms.

u/cynthiadangus · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

While I'd be happy to sell it to you, you should definitely look over the postings by the veterans here on the sidebar as to what to get for a first DE. They recommend getting a non-adjustable to start out, and for around the price I'd be asking you could get a pretty decent (and brand new) Edwin Jagger, Merkur, or vintage Gillette Tech or something on eBay and be off to a fine start. The Slim was my first razor, and trying to figure out the adjustments set me back a good 3-4 weeks filled with consternation fiddling around with the settings, all the while not knowing what the hell I was doing.

Although, as we say around here, YMMV. So what was a flop for me at the start might be a success for you. I still have it, regardless, so you say the word and I'll send a PayPal invoice.

God, I would be the absolute worst salesman. Maybe some other people can weigh in on this situation?

u/UndeadTed · 1 pointr/MGTOW

Get a Double Edge Safety razor. There are many to choose from, I recommend this one as a good general purpose starter. Edwin Jagger Double Edge Safety Razor

Once you start shaving with a DE and saving money on top of it, you'll wonder why you didn't do it before.

I also recommend getting a pack of misc DE blades (Amazon) so you can try different ones. Every face is different, so different men prefer different blades. I like the Feather brand myself, but you might like something else.

(Straight razors are great, but too much a pain in the ass maintenance-wise when you need to go to work and you want a quick shave on the go.)

u/Mr-Echo · 1 pointr/Frugal
u/TheFedsKnow · 1 pointr/AskMen

recommending EJ DE89

then jump on over to

Great weight and balance on the razor. It was my first DE razor and the one I mostly use. I bought a "standard razor" and it just feels light compared to it; however it does cut really aggressive.

u/Doctor_Evil_Was_Here · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

I'm from Canada. I too started with Amazon. There is nothing wrong with some of the stuff on there; it's quality. I did research on Reddit & YouTube first, but here is what I had gotten...


Edwin Jagger De89lbl (same as de89bl but better grip) Here

Rocky Mountain Barber Sandalwood shaving cream Here

100% pure badger hair brush & stand Here

u/Evolatic · 1 pointr/malegrooming

I had the same problem but these have really helped me:

Philips BodyGroom

Bump Patrol After Shave

If you need to go even closer, use the BodyGroom first then a double edge razor.

u/lunar_limbo · 1 pointr/MtF

Shaving Creme

Safety Razor

Blades for Razor

Sorry that was so difficult!

u/nouseforasn · 1 pointr/barstoolsports

buy a sample pack of blades its really dependent on your face. also a brush and a decent cream like proraso. r/wicked_edge should have some basic buying guides

u/ilikesleep · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
  1. Wet shaving Edwin Jagger razor blade, because Edwin Jagger is a company in England that produces products for wet shaving, which normally wouldn't be used unless you're either 1. A hobbyist, or 2. A old school 70+ fellow. default wishlist

  2. Hello Kitty wheel cover, because it's a product primarily made for young teenage women. <20 list

  3. Phallic item I'm... not jealous....of its length...not at all.. default wishlist

  4. Geekiest gaming headset, my list is primarily composed of geeky items, but this is probably the geekiest. default wl

  5. Bath scale , it has a body fat % option as well, which is what I'm more focused on rather than weight. default wl

  6. Search and rescue knife would be best for a deserted island. default WL
u/MadderThanMad · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

I've been DE shaving for about 3 weeks and I pretty much have no trouble attaining the BBS shave every day. Of course I did watch tons of online videos (geo fat boy and mantic) and read up on WE for weeks before jumping in to DE.

My routine is simple: hot shower with conditioner in beard, warm brush and bowl in sink, build lather, WTG, XTG, XTG opposite direction, ATG on remaining spots.

Proraso sensitive skin soap,
Parker Badger Brush,
Edwin Jagger DE89L, and a $2 bowl from the Goodwill
Working my way through a blade sampler: Derby was weak, Shark nicked me a lot, Astras were good, and I'm liking the Bic Chrome Platinums. Next up are BlueBirds, Gillette 7'oclock super stainless, and the (in?)famous Feathers.

u/purebredginger · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
u/rdeckard16 · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

Invest in a better razor. The Merkur Long is a great starter and one that will stay with you forever. I actually do own the brush from this kit and don't mind it. There are better brushes out there, but this is fine for travel. Especially if you forget it in a hotel bathroom.

I learned early own that good technique, a decent razor, and the right blades make all the difference in the world. Trial and error until you find what works for you. YMMV is tossed around a lot here for that very reason. I myself use a Bakelite slant (be jealous) with Astra platinum blades.

u/UrzaJR · 1 pointr/interestingasfuck

Those are really nice looking, but you can get a really high-quality razor for MUCH less than that:

u/MasqueRaccoon · 1 pointr/MLPLounge

I actually went with wet shaving as a way to save money. It's a bit more up-front to buy the old fashioned safety razor, a brush and soap. Once you get going though, the blades are dirt cheap and soap will last a long time before needing replaced.

u/IHATEMYSKINUGH · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I will look into using a different razor. When you said straight razor do you mean a safety razor like this (Amazon).

I recently joined the Air Force so I'm not sure how I setup an appointment with a dermatologist, but I'm looking into it now. I'll look into Retinoid and ask the doc about it.

I've also read that jawline acne is hormonal, my diet is pretty healthy. Mainly grilled meats, corn, potatoes, greens, and fruit. I don't drink milk because it makes me break out.

As far as a moisturizer, I figured the sunscreen would help with that, but I guess now.

Thank you for the advice.

u/pharmaconaut · 1 pointr/news

then legitimately, just snag a safety razor, 20 dollar steel one, and a 10 dollar 100 blade pack.

bam, you've got shaving supplies for a year.

Get soap later if you care, it's just another way to save money. A thing of soap lasts years. You just lather it up with a brush.

u/bag-o-tricks · 1 pointr/news

I have this safety razor and these blades. I've had many years of great shaves with these.

u/mavajo · 1 pointr/news


Seriously. You'll save boatloads of money and you'll give yourself the best shave of your life. The initial start-up is a bit of an investment (~$50), but after that you'll only pay about $20-30 per year.

Buy a safety razor. This is a perfectly good one for $20 on Amazon. They can last your lifetime.

Next, buy these 100-count razor blades for $10 on Amazon. You can get 3-6 excellent shaves out of a blade before needing to change it. If you're not picky about a super close shave, you can get 10+. That's 300-600 excellent shaves for $10. Or 1,000+ okay shaves for $10.

Now of course, if you go the safety razor route, you'll also want to buy a brush and shaving soap. First the brush. Brushes come with either boar hair or badger hair. Badger hair is superior quality, but's naturally more expensive. Boar hair is perfectly sufficient, it's just not quite as smooth or durable. If your want to try this whole straight razor thing out for a while first before investing any more money than necessary, go with a boar hair brush. You can find them pretty easily at Wal-Mart and Target these days for $5-10, but here's one on Amazon for $11. You may be able to find one for cheaper -- I only spent a few seconds searching.

Next we have the soap. Personally, I'm a big fan of Proraso Shaving Soap for $10 on Amazon -- it comes with its own bowl, so no need to buy one. Naturally it depends on how often you shave, but these last quite a while. I shave 2-3 times per week and I probably go through maybe three a year. There are of course many options - you can also consider buying the solid soap bars that go in a little bowl. I feel like these last even longer. I think I once bought a 3-pack for $15. It lasted me almost 2 years.

Alternatively, many vendors and stores sell combo packs that will include all or most of these components. I know I've seen them at Target and Wal-Mart. I can't attest to the quality, but I'm sure they're perfectly acceptable for a newbie that wants to try it out and see if he likes it. If you decide any of the individual components aren't meeting your standards, you can easily buy an upgrade on Amazon.

Switch to a safety razor. I implore you. It's the best and closest shave you'll ever give yourself - and it costs a fraction of what the stupid Gillette, etc., razors cost.

u/monkeywork · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Safety Razor --- soo much better shave and sooo much cheaper than typical razors.

u/devbryce · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

I had no idea, thanks for the info.

I recorded a video of it opening and closing, as you just need to twist
the handle to make it open/close. Just haven't gotten it uploaded yet.

I had purchased a Merkur about a year ago, but I dislike how you to disassemble the razor to change the blade. I'm going to enjoy this new to me razor.

u/typpeo · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

Yes, I have a pretty good understand of how my hair grows and which direction.

Normal routine for the DE would be to run some warm water running and add a little bit to the brush. I have this kit. Then I lather up the brush with the soap and then my face. I have a the Mekur Model 180 and [Derby Extra Double Edge blades](

I usually shave the sides of my face first and work my way towards the middle. I end up doing my neck last. I usually always shave the grain, if I don't I feel like I'm not getting close enough of a shave. It seems like some people think you should shave with and some say against but maybe that's part of my problem right there.

Thanks for helping me out!

u/SharkToothTony · 1 pointr/explainlikeimfive

If you want to have a better shave and also save a lot of money, buy a safety razor. You can get the handle for around thirty dollars, for example this one, and the razors are dirt cheap, for example, this pack of 100 blades costs $11.

So there you go, a safety razor and 100 blades for $50. That is a whole lot of shaves right there, and if you ever need more blades, you can get 100 more for $11. It is also way easier to shave with a safety razor, because it is so heavy.

u/heisenbrau · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

My equipment is a long handled Merkur and Astra blades.

I did not use identical prep methods. I used Gillette brand shaving gel for the Mach 3. For the DE, I used Taylor of Old Bond St. Sandalwood Shaving Cream.

u/HiggityHank · 1 pointr/AskReddit

I'm going to clue you into an amazing thing: The Safety Razor.

Yes, it's $30+ dollars. but it will last you the rest of your days, and unlike cartridge or disposable razors, blades are CHEAP. Like $0.20 a piece cheap, and they last (on average I get a week out of a blade)

There's a learning curve, which basically consists of "You won't get it all in one pass, don't be scared of a second" "let the razor do the work" "no pressure on the razor" and "For the love of god stop pushing on the damned razor! That's why you bleed!"

Once you're there, you'll get a better shave, for less money, and feel better for it (disposable razors fuck up my skin something fierce, safety razors do not 1 blade doesn't irritate as much as 2/3/5/11 blades.)

u/dizzoknows · 1 pointr/pics

Ah. Interesting. It's funny that you mention that because the following two items were already on my Amazon Wish-List: This and This

I did some research awhile back and learned that I was being totally ripped off by the razor manufacturers, especially in the realm of refills.

I wouldn't need shaving cream recipes, though, as I own a little company that makes the best shaving cream I've ever used. We use an absurd amount of aloe and shea butter in ours. We also make a shaving lotion and a shaving gel, but I prefer the cream.

u/FLYBOY611 · 1 pointr/AskReddit

You can find specialty shaving shops. The Art of Shaving is a popular mini-chain but pricey. Here's the razor that I own. I would recommend buying online.

u/Albacorewing · 1 pointr/TwoXChromosomes

As user Fleaslayer punted out, shaving too close can result in a hair growing askew, causing inflammation.

Always shave with the grain, not against it. Forget those multiple bladed plastic razors that are dirt cheap but shave way too close. The best shaves are done either with straight razors (which take a lot of time and resources to sharpen and maintain) or with the old double-edge blade safety razors.

The double-edge safety razors can be found used, at flea markets, or new from some sources.

u/mariushm · 1 pointr/AskReddit

I'm serious - try the shaving foams for women, (the sensitive skin versions), such as this one:

You could be allergic to something in the regular shaving foam/paste/cream or could even have issues with the stuff that's on the blades (the green bands on Gillette razors for example)

Consider using an old style safety razor such as this one:

You may cut yourself the first two-three times but once you get some practive, that will be history and you'll actually have better results compared to these modern razor blades.

u/gliscameria · 1 pointr/AdviceAnimals

here ya go.


Now you can have the best shave you've ever had and not need blades for YEARS. Honestly, it takes a few times to get used to it, but just go slow. You're probably used to hacking at your face with multiblade garbage.

u/tremplek · 1 pointr/firstworldproblems

Which one are you talking about, exactly? This one?

u/wetpoohstain · 1 pointr/Frugal

Safety razor. Blade refils are about 10 cents each. As opposed to the $4 -$5 for cartridges.

u/rmill3r · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

I'm actually not sure, but I think it's this one. My girlfriend got it for me. And yeah, hairs have definitely been falling out of the brush a little too often, but I like it and think it's a great start.

u/riverstyxxx · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

They're losing, slowly but they're losing. Over 4,000 boxes of Astra blades sold, 1,500 boxes of Super-Max platinum, 5,000 reviews for the merkur 180, the list goes on. I tried their gillette platinum plus blades being sold at walgreens for a significant markup and found them to be ok but certainly not worth the price.

u/St1ffM1st3r · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

Hey man in the grand scheme of things, I'm pretty new to wet shaving in general. I went out and bought a Merkur Long Handle on a whim because I wanted to mix it up, and try something new. Plus, I thought it would be manly. Anyway, I discovered three things:

  1. Wet shaving is a FAR BETTER SHAVE than ANYTHING I've tried before. I've tried all the various cartriage razors like Mach 3 etc etc. Not only is it far smoother (ladies love) but it's also a more comfortable shave. Less tugging and pulling

  2. Far more manly. I've gotten compliments from women and men alike on the quality of my shave. Impressive I think.

  3. It feels amazing. Like a man-spa-day for your face. The soaps and everything that go with it also smell really good.

    Ultimately you just gotta try it for yourself! It does take some technique to get it down well. However I will say I was shaving well enough to avoid bumps/cuts within a week or two!
u/martingarrix69 · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

Does this blade look good to you? It's the cheapest double edged blade I can get with Prime shipping (unfortunately the Dorco you reccomended wouldn't come in the mail for up to a week)

Alternatively I'm considering their best seller, which is a bit more expensive:

u/tretsujin · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

Thanks for the advice, do you think it is worth going a bit more on it if I use this razor and then buy an Omega brush and some soap and anum separately?

u/BirthDeath · 1 pointr/AskReddit

You should switch to something like this Merkur Safety Razor. It is only one blade, and a bit expensive, but the blades last a really long and it is a very close shave.

Also, replacement blades are very cheap (a ten pack costs like $7).

u/Phunk131 · 1 pointr/

Here's what I learned that blew my mind and basically turned me off of overpriced plastic multi-bladed razorblades for life; the point of two or more blades is for the first blade to pull the hair out, then the second blade does the cutting, so that you're basically cutting it off at the root. All that tugging is what causes the razorburn. FUCK. THAT. NOISE!!

Get a good safety razor, like this one (the one I use) and learn how to use it. You'll razorburn will drop 80% with a few weeks.

u/IAmVeryStupid · 1 pointr/frugalmalefashion

This merkur and two orders of these blades have lasted me eight and a half years.

u/shaveandahaircut · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

After some careful deliberation and lots of research here on w_e, I bit the bullet and made a $100 purchase (more than I would have liked, but I think I can justify it):

Merkur 180 razor $31 for my large sized hands. Good reviews all around and price seemed comparable to the Edwin Jagger that was recommended.

VDH Men's Luxury Shave Set $32 I went with this set basically because I wanted a shaving mug. Also, I'm not convinced I could purchase each component separately and save more than a few dollars while retaining quality. The soap has great reviews, the brush seems decent (good for a starter brush) and the stand is bonus. If I purchased each component separately I might have been able to save a few dollars, but it's easier to start out with the kit, I think.

[This blade sampler] ( $16 This was a recommended sampler on one of mpperry's links, I went with it because it's a good variety of brands I recognize from research and gives me more than one or two blades of each brand.

[This alum block] ( $8 incl shipping Again, found this through research. Alum block was said to be a non-essential, but I have sensitive skin and it sounds like alum will help me with razor burn and dryness. Plus, I figure, if I'm making the change, might as well go whole-ish hog.

Finally, This nick stick $8 because I know I'll screw up a few times, and I can't be bleeding all over the ladies all the time.

I skipped an aftershave, mostly because I didn't want to pay for shipping. I can probably find a decent one at Walgreens or something.

Although I didn't buy many of the things mpperry recommended in his awesome comment, I plan to use those things in the future when I'm no longer a beginner. Better soaps, better blades and better brushes are in my future, when I'm getting better shaves!

Shipment should arrive over spring break, I figure that's a good time to learn. Can't wait!

u/potnachos · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

I can't recommend the Merkur Long Handle MK 23C enough. It's inexpensive, it has a nice weight to it, the metal stays nice and hot while you shave, and the long handle is comfortable to hold (and a nice transition if you've been using disposable/cartridge razors).

As long as you properly dry it out when you're done and not let it get rusty (I just put mine in the windowsill to dry in the sunlight), you should definitely be able to hand it down someday.

u/Baron_Von_D · 1 pointr/pics

I have been using a safety razor for a couple years now (Merkur 180 with the Feather blades) and it is the best. I thought about getting the straight, but I am more comfortable with the safety. The blades are super cheap, so I don't mind replacing them.

u/i_no_like_u · 1 pointr/funny

Get one of these. Blades are about 20 cents and last a couple of shaves each. It paid off for me in a few months of shaving and will last you many many years.

u/jfavre · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

If you've enjoyed that well enough but prefer a longer handle I'd suggest

Pretty much anything by Merkur, Muehle or Edwin Jagger will last you decades. Personally when I'm not using a straight I go for 3-piece DEs bc I can change handles when the mood suits.

u/FatJoeAndAshanti · 1 pointr/bodybuilding
u/luuey15 · 1 pointr/funny

Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor

For anyone wondering what razor that is. Bought one last year and love it. Initial expense is high, but you come out ahead after about 6 months.

u/BombTheCity · 1 pointr/funny

I got this one for like 12 bucks, and you can get a 100pk of blades for 12-15 bucks. It is the only way I can shave, if I use a regular cartridge razor it absolutely destroys my skin and my face is covered in rash. I change my blades every ~4-5 uses, so that 100pk of blades would last you for quite a while. They also give a smoother shave than cartridge razors.

u/Mr-Nancy · 1 pointr/minimalism

A safety razor, bought one about 4 years ago and I still love using it. New blades cost about $.10 and I never cut myself with it. It's really nice not having to buy lots of cartridges for razors all the time.

u/Usul_ · 1 pointr/wicked_edge


I know the blades make the biggest difference and I'll be getting some 5 packs to sample.

In your opinion how much of a difference does a safety make all thing considered? Does a quality safety give a noticeably better shave? Or is it mostly about prepping and technique?

Since all things considered the brush, lather, etc is going to cost more, would it be better to get a $30-40 safety like this one -

u/WhiplashOne · 1 pointr/confessions

Buy a safety razor.

Replacement blades are 10 cents and will give you a better quality shave at a fraction of the cost. I'll never shave with plastic cartridge razors ever again.

And, you have the bonus of never having it clog with someone's pubic hair, plus the double-bonus of the fear factor most people have. Blade dull from someone else's use? Get a new one, spend only a dime, win at everything.

u/ak74guy · 1 pointr/AskDocs

I have sensitive skin on my face personally, I found a type of razor that actually helps to reduce the irritation. Safety razors (yeah I know kind of old school) But when using them it helps to reduce irritation significantly (at least in my experience) I personally use a Merkur safety razor. You can also get womens safety razors but for whatever reason they cost more. On top of that I use a boar hair brush, but some people prefer badger hair brushes as they are softer and are easier to use on softer soaps. Then go onto r/wicked_edge as they have tutorials on how to use the type of razors. You can also look for shaving soaps that contain aloe or things to soothe the skin during shaving. So look at the links and determine what would be best, you can also look further for other types of soaps, blades, and the razor itself. You will also need some sort of bowl to keep the shaving cream. You will and a stand to keep the soap from ruining the knot inside of the brush itself. This type of set up made it so I don't get ingrown hairs or irritation.

u/momo_knows · 1 pointr/todayilearned

I used to use a merkur safety razor like this:

It worked really well, but now that I live in a colder climate it just feels better to use my beard trimmer on the lowest setting when wearing beanies and whatnot.

u/mrcastiron · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

Best beginner DE Razor... the Merkur 23c. Feels very similar in the hand to the cartridge razor that you're used to... and not too aggressive of a shave so you shouldn't get too many nicks when you're just starting out. It's also $23, so you might actually save money over a Harry's deal.

u/thenseruame · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

I think you'll be ok, I switched my ex over to a DE and she loved the change. I'd recommend a long handled razor. Gillette used to make something known as the Lady Gillette. Merkur also makes a long handled razor called the 180C, I own one and it's a very nice razor. The longer handle should help you out and both are mild razors so they're perfect for learning.

You don't need to use soap or cream, though it certainly will help. My ex would just lather up with soap if she was in a rush. If she had more time she'd use a can of shaving cream, she had no interest in the more traditional soap and brush method.

u/bier4brkfst · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

I lurked Amazon for the longest time eyeing this Merkur Long Handle safety razor Then I saw this video review and I was sold.

u/leakytransmission · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

I'll second that recommendation of the Parker 24C or 26C. I have the 24C and it's my third razor (others being a 1954 Gillette Super Speed Flare Tip and a Merkur long handle) and I absolutely love it. They're $29 on Amazon.

u/KnodiChunks · 1 pointr/pics

Oops, I wasn't speaking precisely. Mine's merkur, not gillette; I just meant that the size, shape, cut, and fine style details are the same.

Compare the handle, head, etc.

No issues with it, it works perfectly. If I had to buy it over, I'd get one that didn't require me to put my fingers so close to the blade in order to screw on the head; although several years now and I haven't cut my fingers, so maybe it's not a real danger.

u/electricsugar · 1 pointr/Wet_Shavers

Don't know about the soaps and balms, but I can say you definitely shouldn't buy a razor from them.

For example, they're selling the Merkur 23C which you can get on Amazon for $23, and they're selling the exact same razor for $40.

u/cos_dashit · 1 pointr/hillaryclinton

It's way cheaper. I only do a few times with each blade, maybe 4-5 though you could probably get more. I get like 50 blades for $15 on Amazon.

Feather Double Edge Blades, 50 Count

Merkur Long Handled Safety Razor

u/bleedscarlet · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

I have a three piece DE...

is that not possible for most people? Merkur 180 Long is what I use. I don't wash it so to speak, I just rinse it with hot water.

u/frontpagewhiteness · 1 pointr/AskMen
u/that_dope_shit · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

The Merkur Long Handle is a relative deal at $20 from amazon with free shipping.

Maggard Razors has a great starter kit with a razor, a few different packs of blades, an excellent brush, and one of their bestselling soaps for $30.

Also look into the Edwin Jagger DE8x series, Parker 24/26c, or Muhle R89.

Click some of the links on the right sidebar for more recommendations.

My preference would be for the Maggard kit. The 3 piece razors (Maggard, Edwin Jagger, Muhle, and many more) have mostly interchangeable heads and handles.

I would also stay clear of Amazon unless it's a seriously good deal (like the Merkur above). There are a bunch of excellent mom & pop vendors with much better customer service, and they really appreciate the business.

u/DannyFilming · 1 pointr/beards

Awesome! You seem to know your stuff, could you please recommend me some products? It would mean the world to me since I know nothing about this and I'm looking to order it as soon as possible. I have a lot of questions about this stuff and I have no one to ask.

I think I've already found a great safety razor on amazon though I'd love to get your advice on a good one. Also what type of blade is the best? Gilette, something else?

What shaving soap should I get? I use shaving cream in a can right now.

An aftershave that use alcohol as a base and add other moisturizers sound great. Any recommendations there?

What's the difference between boar and badger?

What type of shampoo should I get

And what type of oil? And why oil over conditioner?

As for my budget, sky's the limit, I want the best right now since I've been dealing with cheap stuff for a while.

u/ErroneousBosch · 1 pointr/CrappyDesign

Seriously, buy a safety razor, blades are ~$.12 a piece

u/Pappy091 · 1 pointr/gifs

Try a safety razor a good shaving brush and a quality shaving soap. Use it one time and you will never use anything else. Unless you wanted to go a step further and use a straight razor. Also, shave after a hot shower (or in one) whenever possible. Using a shaving brush and safety razor has been my favorite part of getting ready for my day for years. It is almost therapeutic for me.

I'm not recommending any of those specific items. They were just the first ones that popped up. Do some research and there are tons of options and accessories out there.

u/gregermeister · 1 pointr/Frugal

As someone who just switched from cartridge razors about a month ago:

>The first is it takes a lot more skill and effort to use the safety razor.

I couldn't disagree more. I was terrified at first, and was almost shocked at how easy it was to pick up. I nicked myself once, the very first time - and haven't seriously since. And really, that's why god invented styptic pencils.

>With the safety I might be able to shave the time down to 15 but it's still with much greater effort.

...I don't know how you're shaving that it takes you 15 minutes. I mean, if you're using a brush and everything - yeah, probably - but I don't currently have the money to invest in one, so I've been using regular old shaving cream from a can (I know, blasphemy. I'm sure I'll switch eventually - but seriously, it works just fine.)
You have to make shorter strokes than you would with a cartridge razor, but that's it. It takes maybe a minute longer - but not significantly so, or I wouldn't do it. ~5-7 minutes, max.

>Third thing is cutting yourself is more common but it's not just easier to do, you can also actually leave a scar if you haphazardly use it on your face or rush.

Again, I was terrified of this, and find this to be incredibly misleading. You can nick yourself, but you honestly would have to try pretty damn hard to cut yourself any worse than you could with a cartridge razor. Maybe if you, like, sliced it horizontally across your cheek or something, but why would you do that?

In addition, while it does have a higher intro price - from that point on, your blades are dirt cheap. I mean, seriously cheap. Like, 100 blades for ~$15 cheap, though when first starting, you should spend a little more and get a variety pack to see what blades work best for you. Even still, it pays for itself inside a month or two.

For anyone looking to switch - this is the one /r/wicked_edge recommended me, and I've loved it so far. I'd never switch back, because I honestly haven't found a single downside. Blades are cheap, shaving is quick and close, and most importantly to me - my face doesn't constantly hurt anymore. If you're prone to razor burn, a safety razor will change your life.

u/shahadien · 1 pointr/knives

Came here to say exactly this.

Here are some links to the exact handle and blades I use myself:

Mercur Model 180

Derby double edge blades

u/fosterwallacejr · 1 pointr/pics

Merker Razor

100 blades

Spend $50, lasts like more than a year, also once you get used to it, a more enjoyable and better shave, same amount of time w/ skill

u/wagnerjr · 1 pointr/AskReddit

As far as the razors thing: go get yourself a double edge safety razor like this. It'll run you about 30 for the razor, 30 for the brush, but the blades are about 10 for $5. It'll save you a lot of money in the long run and give you a much better shave.

u/2fucktard2remember · 1 pointr/BigBrother

Smoothest and best shave I've ever had. I've lost 3 of these fucking things to ex girlfriends who started using mine and never stopped.

u/SkitTrick · 1 pointr/instant_regret

dollar shave club? or go with the original safety razors

u/Volomon · 1 pointr/explainlikeimfive

Razor is expensive but this is what they use in the old days and it's what I use. It's pretty good after using this you will wonder what in the heck was the point in all the extra blades on those other razors.

When you need more razors you just buy them for like 3.50 for 10 blades. You can easily change them monthly and keep the razor, well razor sharp.

u/skorm305 · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

I can only speak from what I've heard from others online, but I'd say yes. It'll take longer to shave with, and there's a transition of learning to use it, but once you have it figured out you'll be glad you made the switch. If you're gonna use a DE, you'll definitely want to do the whole package and get a shaving brush and a real soap or cream. It takes a little longer to use, but it gives a much better shave and is also much healthier for your skin than stuff in a can. Here's a razor I'd personally recommend. If you really do want to try it, you'll have to do a bit of research to figure out what you need. As I said before /r/wicked_edge is a good starting place.

u/jtortiz86 · 1 pointr/explainlikeimfive

as others have stated, not every razor refill is expensive, mostly just the Gillette/P&G ones. they just put a lot of money into marketing and capture enough market share that they can get away with their rampant price increases.

here's what you need to do.
buy one of these: Merkur Long Handled Chrome Safety Razor

and a package of these: Derby Extra Double Edge Razor Blades - 200 Ct

even if you use a new blade every time you shave, that's less than $0.07 a shave

u/Scripto23 · 1 pointr/DIY

Well those will do, but that's like saying you're going to buy a Dodge Neon over a Mercedes because hell they both have four rubber tires and that's all that really matters right? So in other words, yes it will work but the weight feel of a nice razor (this is what I use) makes it a big difference.

u/HogtownHoedown · 1 pointr/AskWomen

How I shave is detailed below. The most important thing to do is a pre-shave scrub and to 'treat' the skin by putting unscented anti-persperant on the shaved skin, and also not to wear tight clothing for some hours after shaving, although loose cotton underwear should be OK.

Safety razor, good razor blades, soothing shaving cream, shaving brush. See below.

Have a shower. Scrub your crotch with a lemon-sugar scrub to remove all the dead skin and oil.

While you're still in the shower, put a dab of shaving cream on your wet shaving brush and work up a good lather on your crotch. Shave with the grain. Learn to use your razor on your legs before you take it near your clit. This isn't a venus, if you make the wrong movement with this razor you can slice your most sensitive of sensitives wide open.

Watch some tutorial videos. Safety razor shaving isn't difficult and men manage to shave their faces every day using them without incident. Go slow and take your time to learn the techniques.

I've linked some good starting products below. Your mileage may vary.

u/workrate · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

One thing I would suggest is getting a brush with a large knot. I recently got this one and my wife likes it for her legs because it is so soft, holds a ton of lather and is very large so it covers a lot of area space fast.

as for a long handled razor I would highly recommend the merkur 180.

u/chris1neji · 1 pointr/Frugal

Congratz! I have a Merkur Long Handle one. Been shaving with the same razor handle since 2012. It's been very nice to me and my skin. I actually get less irritation as well. I buy a pack of 100 blades per year from Feather Blades. They cost me about $30 dollars total. That's less than what I would spend on TWO months of shaving. Hair clippers, hair trimmers, double edge safety razor and the savings add up quickly!!!

Bought my grandfather a DE razor as well, he loved it! He didn't know they still sold those. He was so happy! I buy him blades in packs of 100 or sometimes 200 to make the international shipping worth it.

u/highstead · 1 pointr/AskMen

I've had success with both a straight razor and the 'old school' Safety razor.

Blades are dirt cheap and you can afford to toss em away after one use. You can get a pack of 50 for about 5 bucks. Witchhazel as an aftershave as well.

u/BukkakeKing · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

Thanks for all the info, I suppose its time to upgrade.
I tried doing some research and your right this handle is rather mild, Im looking for a more aggressive one then would this Merkur work?

Im looking to get a razor on Amazon due to convenience, any suggestions would be appreciated.

u/ake-ake · 1 pointr/Netherlands

Geen idee over wat er in Amsterdam te krijgen is, maar in combinatie met de mesjes waar OP om vraagt en die ik zelf ook gebruik, gebruik ik een Mercur long handled safety razor.

^((sorry voor de Amazon links, woonde destijds in de US, bestelde alles via Amazon)^)

u/pippx · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

You really don't need to go as far as a straight razor. A double edge will be just as "for life" as a straight razor will be, and will still save you tons of money on blades vs. cartridges.

I shave with a Merkur DE and bought a 50 pack of sample razors so I could find a brand that works really well on my skin.

u/LittleGreenNotebook · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

I looked at my order receipt from Amazon it actually says it's a 180. So I'm not too entirely sure. Here is the link I have to it; it's the long handle version.

u/fa1thless · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

using this guy

Trying the sample pack, too many to tell. Just reordered 7 O'clock sharpedge and some super platinums as those seemed the best on my face need to do a tie breaker.

u/jjshinobi · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

Wow. I paid ~$40 to ship a Merkur to PR.

u/sedmeepsy · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

I am making the switch too. After reading a lot on here and talking with a buddy who uses a DE this is what I ordered (should be arriving today). Total cost was around $125. If anyone knows anything I should add let me know. (Edit formatting)

Double Edge Safety Razor Blade Variety Pack

Merkur Model 180 Long Handled Safety Razor

Taylor of Old Bond Street St. James Shaving Cream

Nick Relief Styptic Pencil

Colonel Conk Evernice Model 775 Chrome Safety Razor Stand

Tweezerman Men's Shaving Brush

Proraso Pre-shave Cream

u/AverageIQis100 · 1 pointr/humor

I guess the only thing I can recommend is what I use.

I use this body:

I use this shaving soap:

I use a brush that came in a set from walmart back when I started using these 5 years ago.

And for the actual blade, I recommend getting a variety pack and deciding which one works best for you. ( is an example of one.

I personally like stainless steel blades, but that comes down to personal preference and your facial hair type. If you are just starting I recommend getting a cheaper razor body (my first was some set I got for real cheap, thinking under $20, that came with a soap, a bowl for the soap, a brush, some blades, and a body.)

u/sakatana · 1 pointr/

I bought one of these after using a friend's. I just got it in the mail today and it shaves better than the Gillette piece of trash that I had before.

u/pzer0 · 1 pointr/Portland

About two weeks ago, I bought a safety razor and shaving kit with badger hair brush for about $65 total. Best shave I've ever had, hands down.

It was a bit of money up front, but I figure I spend $60 a year on disposable blades for my 4 blade razor anyway. 100 blades for this new razor cost about $15, and I get almost no irritation after I'm done shaving (which was a huge issue with all the multi-blade razors I've used, even with buying the cartridges with aloe strips and all that).

If you're looking for more of a one off thing, I know that there's a place on Scholls Ferry called Barbers that offers a shave, but I am not sure if they use a straight razor or not. It's also a bit on the pricey end, at least compared to your normal hole-in-the-wall neighborhood barber. Hope this helps a bit.

u/smfd · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

After several comments, I finally got around to looking it up: my razor is this. But what does aggressive really mean? Something to do with the angle of the blade I'm guessing? Isn't that determined by how you hold the razor anyway?

u/grelphy · 1 pointr/self

Amazon; I got this one.

u/wonkynerddude · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

The edwin jagger razor you are looking at is not the best. The handle is too slippery. This edwin jagger got a better handle
The brush you are looking at is not the best - I recommend that you get a synthetic brush from maggard or yagi or edwin jagger or mühle.
Regarding the soap - buy some soap samples from stirling soap - or buy a whole starter kit from stirling

u/A_Lurker_Once_Was_I · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

Thanks. I'm looking at this one because of the textured handle and the small grip.

So between 5 and 10 different blades huh? I guess I'll look at blades that very between very and mildly sharp.

Should I expect to go as lightly as I do with the SE when I eventually switch over to DE?

u/needlzor · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

I am in the UK so the Maggard basic starter kit ends up being a bit pricey. I settled on the EJ Kelvin because I saw it recommended on another comment, was it a mistake? I was hesitating between this and the Merkur 33C so the final choice was a bit random.

u/ausommet · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

This one?

Are they all the same head, regardless of model # from EJ?

Or what about this EJ for £15 on Amazon: ?


(thanks by the way!)

u/DiogenesBangBang · 1 pointr/goodyearwelt
u/TaigaWinters · 1 pointr/FemBoys

Yep, here you go! Just be sure to read up on how to use em right and you'll be A-Ok!

WEISHI Nostalgic Long Handle Butterfly Open Double Edge Safety Razor
Astra Platinum Double Edge Safety Razor Blades ,100 Blades (20 x 5)

u/tickleyourbutthole · 1 pointr/Shave_Bazaar

If you're looking for a very mild razor I've got a black Weishi I've only used a few times. I can ship it to you with some Derby Extra blades for $8. I don't have it with me to take a picture but here's the exact same one:

u/evildustmite · 1 pointr/wicked_edge
u/skankstro · 1 pointr/shaving

My bad:

WEISHI Long Handle Version Butterfly Open Double Edge Safety Razor.

u/stormtroopin19 · 1 pointr/barstoolsports

Personally I bought one of the top rated ones on Amazon. I think it was around 20 bucks. You can obviously go all out for them but if they hold the blade and don't fall apart, thats all you really need.

Edit: Link

u/ZEsq · 1 pointr/eczema

Of course, no worries! Go slow with the safety razor and look for a butterfly closure one, I have the one below and I like that I can control the tension on the blade.

WEISHI Long Handle Version Butterfly Open Double Edge Safety Razor.

u/Scry_K · 1 pointr/asktransgender

Sounds like there's only one option left! You can grab a good safety razor from amazon for about $20, and one hundred platinum-coated blades for under $10.

u/JLHumor · 1 pointr/IsItBullshit

There are some that cost 100 but you can find a great one for much cheaper, like around 50-60. Read some reviews off the internet and make sure it has a grated handle, if it doesn't have a grated handle it becomes very slippery when when wet. The other things is that different razors do better with different blades but I've yet to find a razor that doesn't work great with either feather blades or the Astra superior platinum so I would recommend buy a small pack of each to try.

I bought this one for less than 20 bucks for travel and it works really well with feather blades. It doesn't have the nice weight you get from a higher quality razor and the perfect blade stability, but it's still better than a cartridge razor and will get you started until you can save up for something better. When I get home I will send you some other things you should get.

u/puppup289 · 1 pointr/PCOS

You could buy a double edge safety razor from Amazon and then buy a sample of different razors to see which ones suit you.
I bought my razors last July and still have a bunch. They tend to last forever and are dirt cheap.
I didnt get this razor but its similar with pretty good reviews.
WEISHI Nostalgic Long Handle Butterfly Open Double Edge Safety Razor

These are the sample razors I mentioned
Double Edge Razor Blade Sample Pack (2x each)

The samples didnt last long but I found the one I liked ordered them and have had them since july.

u/USPropagandaFor100 · 1 pointr/justneckbeardthings

Dollar shave club is a joke. They suck really bad.

Let me introduce you to the real 10¢ shave club.

Safety razor 20$

Blades 10$

Alum for after shave 10$

40$/365 = about 10¢ per day.

u/tetraggressive · 1 pointr/bodybuilding

I got this one because it wasn't too expensive and had good reviews, idk if it'll suit your needs like it will mine tho

u/CharybdisXIII · 1 pointr/videos

This is the one I bought. It's just a cheap one I found since I wasn't sure if I'd like it. Haven't had any problems whatsoever apart from the blades being kinda rough. I'd suggest buying a pack of blades as well since the ones that come with the razor are bad quality.

u/MasinleaveMealone · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

Not sure why things are marked up, but at least SOME things definitely are. Here's one example. Relatively new to DE and wanted to build out a travel kit. Looked for a relatively inexpensive yet shaveworthy razor. Bought one for $33 on Amazon primarily because of tons of rave reviews and virtually no negatives. Later found the same razor available in a starter kit from Dorco for $25. Still later found the same razor on eBay for $8. :( EDIT: looks like they are $10 now.

In the final analysis, I paid $25 for 5 very cheap unmarked "Swedish" blades.

u/MECE-PEASY · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

Very cool. I shave maybe once every 3 days and want to try a DE razor asap! It's something I've always thought would be awesome but always thought it was just a fad with no benefits. I can see that I have been living under a rock!

Would this be a good beginner razor?

VIKINGS BLADE The Chieftain Safety Razor + 5 Swedish Platinum Super Blades + Travel Case

u/HashBrownJM · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

Cool. What say you about this Vikings brand on Amazon?

Just started understanding what TTO means, and now that I see you can just twist open the top (versus unscrewing the whole thing), I think I'm sort of keen on a TTO model.

Looks like the old SuperSpeeds were also TTO? Is that what made them so speedy?

u/bab5871 · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

I ordered mine off of Amazon... you can check there to see if they offer international shipping.

u/ZimbabweHeist · 1 pointr/DaveRamsey

The handle I find isn't as important as the blades. I bought two different ones:

Vikings Blade for $38, which is actually my favorite but I gave to wife:


And then I use this one that was about $20 it definitely gets the job done:


I've only used Astra SP blades and like them enough so I don't experiment with all the different types of blades out there. 100 blades for $8 right now on Amazon:

u/monkeynostrils · 1 pointr/shaving
u/DimentiaMan · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

I found it on Amazon. I'm impatient and at less than $20 it was worth the premium price for 2 day shipping if you're Prime. I was pleasantly surprised with the build quality and function. First full head shave and facial shave went without issue and drew no blood. I settled in at #4 on the face and #6 on the head with a feather blade. So far the Qshave Futur clone is a winner for the cost.

u/porschekid11 · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

i would check out the QShave adjustable razor if you are on a budget. it is a copy of the Merker Futur and comes with a lot of strong reviews on this sub. Amazon sells it for $20 or you can get for less from AliExpress and wait 2 weeks for shipping from China.

Blades samplers are the best suggestion that people recently gave me so try as many blades as you can. Consider soap samples too from Maggards

Good luck!

u/TurkeyHotdog · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

Don't buy a Futur, get one of these QShave knockoff razors for much cheaper. They're just as good (I've had both, and I still have the QShave), and if you're going to spend $70 on a razor there are MUCH better ones for that price than a Futur.

The Futur is a cool razor, but with that giant head it's less convenient to use for some than razors that have a "normal" sized head.

u/Clamd · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

I'll blame that on a brain fart. I try not to ramble by nature. Anyways what I've been using is some Derby blades in an Edwin Jagger razor. I bought this shave kit and am using the brush and soap.

What I do is start with a hot shower and wash my face. I use a preshave oil that i got in an Art of Shaving sampler kit (so far im not a fan of this stuff). I make a lather and then spend a couple minutes applying said lather to my face. What I've been doing is trying to find the angle by going 90degrees to my face and rotating the blade down until I feel the razor, then I shave with the grain. I do both sides of my face, then I shave upwards under my chin about half way. Once I get to my chin and mustache I basically forget how to shave and proceed to butcher my face. I'm trying to go with the grain (still finding that pattern) then relather and do a second pass across the grain.

Then I use an alum block, rinse the face, dry and apply a balm. I'm trying a nivea balm now but I tried a neutrogena one as well. I'm liking both so far but I think it's too early to tell.

I think one problem I have is that I'm used to "I definitely feel the hair being cut" from cartridge blades so when I make a pass and feel nothing, my brain takes over and out of habit goes "That clearly didn't work, press harder or go sharper"

u/casebastian321 · 1 pointr/shaving

I bought this and a sample pack of razors, and decided astra were the best for my skin. I would definitely try it if I were you, it helped a ton.

u/syncategorema · 1 pointr/AskWomen

Safety razors are the best! Superior shave (only one pass needed!) and extremely cheap after razor is bought. :)

Try this:

And a variety pack of blades to find which you like:

You can use any foamy shaving cream you like. Barbasol does the job for me.

u/thenewmeta · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

And I thought I was a fancy pants because I ordered one of these today instead of a questionable $2 chinese thing called the sodial.

It's my first and now I'm scared for my wallet that someone makes razors this expensive.

u/SrsSteel · 1 pointr/wicked_edge


DE Blade


I do have a shaving lotion currently, got it with my Harrys kit, it seems to work for me although I do not have a brush. I apply it using my hands, is a brush necessary for a good shave?

u/dollartree · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

Edwin Jagger DE with the Blue Bird blade from this sampler pack.

Usually three or four strokes WTG and ATG.

u/WE_GO_NORTH · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

Has anyone ever used one of those and reviewed it? I get that you don't need to spend 100 bucks on a DE razor, but 2.25 seems like it wouldn't even be a good razor.

brush/cream, also on Amazon there are...Van Der Hagen

it's about 15 bucks for a brush and soap to start out with. I haven't used it so I cannot vouch good/bad, but it's worth a try.

I prefer long handles, but there are some cheaper EJ short handles.

30 bucks for a razor plus a few blades.

As far as blades in the future, I got this sampler pack myself:

But there are smaller versions (something like 10 blades). I have that one, but I would suggest going with the smaller ones. There's a 16 pack for about 12 bucks.

It isn't cheap, but in...3 months? Maybe 4? You're already less than with cartridges and canned goop.

u/Sobek · 1 pointr/guns

I have one of these for various body hair removal, but I have a really big jaw with hair that stops at my neck, so there's no need to need to get a nice one like you :(

u/bubbal · 1 pointr/AskReddit

I guess you could try and hook one of these up to an electrical outlet somehow...

u/cbigsby · 1 pointr/pics

I would have to disagree with most of your cons. Shaving doesn't take much longer than with a multi-blade razor, except for making the foam, which only takes a minute or two. I only do one round of shaving and I get as good or better results than with a disposable. At least with my razor, a Parker 99R, it's almost no more dangerous than a disposable. It's a little tricky around the nose and mouth and you're a little more likely to cut yourself there, but not much.

u/atehrani · 1 pointr/pics

Get one of these, better shave and cheaper.

u/Roman_____Holiday · 1 pointr/untrustworthypoptarts

Don't use that overpriced crap. I use this: and get yourself one of these:
and you're pretty much set for life.

u/Central_Incisor · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

I'll step in and talk about the Feather razor. In all honesty, it is not significantly better in function than a brass bodied razor from Parker, or the razor that often gets mentioned here the Merkur (neither inexpensive or uses better materials). Heck even the $3 razor I use for travel and it is probably less likely to break if dropped than the Merkur if dropped.

But I got the thing as a gift. One of those graduation/wedding/holiday gifts and it is still part of my everyday routine. Unlike other razors the blades are snug and you don't have to fiddle with alignment, The knurling has the best positive grip that I have found even when were, the stainless steel is machined unlike other stainless razors that are sintered and not in production at the time, it is not plated, and it gives a nice mild shave. It has to be about a decade old by now. Six Gillette Fusion refill packs of 8 would have cost the same as that razor and I doubt that I have spent $20 in blades since then.

Over all, all of the above should be mentioned in a BIFL on DE razors, however the thread you linked to with the Feather Razor was a lifetime warantee thread and I do not know how many other brands have this, and it specifically mentions their stainless version because I doubt that their $20 twist to open DE is covered.

Similarly your "$150 on a frying pan, so you can fry your grilled cheese to perfection." comment seems both out of context and misleading. Copper, stainless, and cast iron each use different materials and machining practices. My most used pan is a $10 (used) skillet that is around 70 years old, my next most used is a $200 stainless pot. These are not dorm room/get lost stolen/destroyed by roommate used to make a velveeta and wonderbread sandwich, but something this person will use for a lifetime. Heck, 80% of that thread was about how to take care of the least expensive of the BIFL cookware, cast iron.

u/cryospam · 1 pointr/onebag

Ah man it's not a huge investment! They're SOOO much better than even the gillette platinum ones!

This is only 15 bucks for a solid handle. You can spend a lot more, but you don't need to.

Their blades aren't super expensive and they're noticably sharper than even the premium US brands and those you get from those boutique shops in the mall.

Match that with a solid Badger Hair brush and high quality moisturizing soap you're talking under 60 bucks total investment and it's a massive step up in quality and overall experience while shaving.

But for travel, a Defender razor with a pack of blades can't be beat. They're inexpensive, they are disposable, they last a reasonable amount of time, and apart from a premium safety razor, they shave closer than any other disposable I've found, even better than a mach 3, they also rinse super easy.

u/zoolandermagnum · 1 pointr/MensRights

To answer your question, I would strongly recommend safety razors which use double-edge (DE) blades. I too don't shave much and this was by far the best option for me economically and environmentally. I also transitioned away from Gillette on principle. What a disgusting ad! And what a delight to see the company suffer an $8-billion loss. Karma bitches!

Going back on topic, I started out with a cheap plastic beginner razor made by Feather. It is $20.99 at Amazon AU at the moment so it won't cost you an arm and a leg.

It comes with Feather 2 blades. Just make sure you watch YouTube videos and read about wet shaving for beginners. Join r/WickedEdge for some good advice. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time when you start out and don't rush. It's totally different to 'normal' cartridge shaving and it's infinitely better. Good luck mate!

u/rmhuntley · 1 pointr/shaving

I frequent /r/wicked_edge. if you're just looking to break into wet shaving, I would look at something like this. I have this razor, along with far too many others for my wife's liking. it provides a very good shave, and is quite affordable. The Astra blades you linked are a good price, but the same blade doesn't yield the same result for everyone, so you might want to stat with a blade sampler pack and see which blade feels best on your face. When it comes to brushes, the sky really is the limit, I like big, thick hair knots on my brush, others like them a little floppy(ok, that sounds slightly dirty) anything in badger should do you fine to start out.

u/flyingcanuck · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

That's awesome! Where are you doing your training?

This is the razor:

The Arko soap is hit and miss with people. I'm new to it so my lather skills aren't the best but I was able to get a great lather with a basic pure badger brush (
For $1 per stick though, can't really go wrong.
Here's a video of a review on the Arko soap:
Don't mind his somewhat heavy breathing at times.
The soap really does smell like industrial cleaner but I kind of like it! And it doesn't stick around for long.
If you're unsure, to start I woud definitely recommend some form of shaving cream. They are easiest to lather and work with. Just cracked open my Nivea today and it was a decent shave! Not too much of a scent, nice and slick and $3/tube.

u/6inchpianist · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

I have a Van Der Hagen and it's not bad. Maybe mine was a quality control exception, but the alignment and finish are perfect. It's got decent heft to it, but personally I like a lighter razor. The blades it comes with are crap though.

But my favorite sub-$20 razor is from Feather. Sure it's plastic, but it's some sort of magical plastic that feels like powder coated metal, is indestructible, but is light as a, well..., Feather. It's definitely the better shave than the VDH, I prefer the Feather's blade angle.

u/Trent_Boyett · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

If you just want one to try it out, take a look at this:

It's not BIFL, but it does a great job, and it's a bit less money to risk...if you get that and like it, then you can invest in a better one

u/KenshinManabu · 1 pointr/asktransgender

Shave before you go to bed. Also, make sure that you are using a good razor. I use Cremo shave creme and a fairly inexpensive razor from Feather that is amazing(and inexpensive) that I learned about after reading an article about the 6 best safety razors that you can buy(this one wasn't in the list, but the user recommended it for those who couldn't afford the Feather razor that was in the list.)

u/gorchitza · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

So if I want to use a DE, should I go with a standard razor holder over the shavette?

u/eaten_by_a_grue · 1 pointr/malegrooming

I bought this DE razor for use specifically downstairs... it's actually really good for the job, and pretty cheap!

u/CalTigerr · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

Try Feather Razor, it is a very good razor for beginners. It was my first too.

u/Bitcoon · 1 pointr/news

Here's the one I recommend. It's very cheap, works better than the metal one I had before it, it's very safe (you can't catch the edge of the blade and cut yourself while shaving, and when you tighten the top all the way the blade doesn't stick out too far), it's a very familiar feel compared to your standard disposable razors and really nice quality for something made of plastic. Even though it's cheap, it feels like they used the materials because they're the right ones for the job, not just the cheapest they could find.

u/coldashes · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

If you do piece it together yourself, you can get one of these for $9-12.

Mine has been used at least 150X between my husband and myself and hasn't broke down yet.

u/Overslept · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I read other posters here claim that a thin coat of vaseline helped lock in moisture, if it doesn't, oh well. The tube was $4 and can be used.. other ways.

In response to your question: I am still learning. I probably take way longer than necessary and my technique could be improved, but even my sloppiest wet shave looked 10x better than any shave my electric razor ever gave me. You can pick up this razor and this kit for around $20 shipped.

u/oniongasm · 1 pointr/shaving

Back when I was living at home I snagged the promo Fusion my dad got in the mail. I was still in the early stages of shaving, where it was uncommon enough that I didn't really care how good it was. Six months or so ago I went back and tried my old Mach3 and it's just plain a better shave for me.

That said I just switched to a safety razor yesterday. Shaving was incredibly smooth, though my skin is a bit dryer (not sure if that's the razor or the change from cream to soap without a moisturizer). I know a lot of people swear by safety razors, though I haven't had enough experience to make that sort of judgment. I do enjoy it so far, though.

u/Noyes654 · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

I got my first taste by going to the local pharmacy store, picking up the VDH Starter Kit, a Styptic pencil, some Shave Secret, and bag of two blade disposables. After about a week, I went back and got aftershave lotion and went to Bath&Body Works and got some C.O. Bigelow.

Just last week I finally decided to take the next step and I ordered a basic Lord DE, Blade sampler, and a nicer Brush. I can't wait for this all to come in. giddy

u/ferrarisnowday · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

I've been happy with the Lord L6, which is just $12 and is chrome plated, though it is aluminum and not stainless steel. You should head over to /r/Wicked_Edge if you're interested in shaving info.

u/pianomansam · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

I wondered the same thing, and have found the following:

  • Razor: Online. Use sidebar links for ideas. For example, Lord L6.

  • Blades: Don't trust anything you see locally. Get a sampler pack online.

  • Brushes: Target Shea Moisture Shave Brush, maybe Walmart for Van Der Hagen Shave Brush/Set.

  • Shaving Cream: CO Bigelow at Bath & Body Works.

  • Shaving Soap: Williams Mug Soap (YMMV) Walmart, Target, Meijer, Kroger, or any local drug store (CVS, Walgreens, etc).

  • Old school aftershave products: Walmart, Target, Meijer, Kroger, or any local drug store.

  • Bowl/Cup: Thrift store or your kitchen cabinet.
u/GeneralKinetics · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

You're welcome. The Omega line of boar brushes are pretty fantastic. Cheap badger brushes aren't worth it. If you're looking on Amazon, I would suggest the Omega 98 for $15.00 on Prime. Any of the Proraso soaps in the jars for $9-10 on Prime, Also on Prime and uber cheap. Pretty much the same head as the DE89. For Blades, I would suggest the TryaBlade path and get him a sampler of well-known and popular blades. I can make you a good list if you want.

I'm not a fan of normal aftershave splashes because they're just alcohol and fragrance. I would rather use something on my face that's going to benefit with medical and health properties. I love witch hazel mixed with pure aloe. You can even add some essential oils to it to give it some fragrance.
For Pre-Shave Oil, you can literally just slather extra virgin olive oil on your face, or use Noxzema in the 12oz tub for pre-shave cream.

Believe me, I would rather study about traditional wetshaving than what I'm actually studying in college.

If you're confident that your Dad will stick to DE shaving and fall in love with it. I would suggest getting him the EJ DE89. They're insanely cheap on Amazon Prime right now.
The quality is way above that Lord with basically the same head. Same geometry, same aggressiveness(unbelievably mild).

u/wolever · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

I don't know exactly how constrained your budget is, but I've been using a $13 Lord DE for a few months now, and I've been very happy with it.

u/AlizabSeri · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

Lord L6 is a great cheap safety razor at $12. I think the blades that come in this pack are right up there with any other blade I've sampled. Although in full transparency, I've never bought one of those huge 100 blade sampler packs.

I got my brush at a local grocery store selling artisan brushes from a nearby soap company. I also used that company's soap, but I really think Proraso is a luxurious cream. Bonus tip, you can just apply some of the cream to your face and work it in with the brush instead of working with a bowl or your hand if you are impatient like me.

Lastly, just choose any one of these Thayers products for an aftershave. It all works the same and burns less than alum. Or at the very least, when you are learning it will burn less as you figure out your angle on the blade and prevent shaving burn, nicks, and cuts.

All together, you can be up and running with wet shaving for less than $50 dollars. There are so many wonderful artisan options for soaps and aftershaves, as Leisureguy has clearly outlined; however, you will rack up quite a bill very quickly. /r/Wicked_Edge has demonstrated how quickly a routine part of your day can turn into an expensive obsession.

So remember, shaving is shaving. We all do it for the same reason.

u/jlking3 · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

I found this Lord razor at a Navarro pharmacy 2 years ago for $4. Haven't looked back.

u/lexianne · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

This is the razor I use currently. It's pretty well-weighted, and I don't have any problems with it unless I'm having a bad day. In which case I just don't shave lol.

The blade that came with it sucked, but that's to be expected. I use Wilkinson Swords. Mostly because they work and are only $20/100.

I've had it for 2 years, and take a little bit of care of my razors, but not much. I dry it after I'm through, but keep it in the bathroom. Zero rust, or chrome chipping.

I'm a woman, and I use it all over my body.

u/Kind_Of_A_Dick · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

I've just recently, like within the two weeks, started using a DE as opposed to buying disposables. I picked this up as kind of an intro to shaving this way. I would say that so far it's much more satisfying, with one notable exception. The first time I shaved with it I was so unused as to how to hold it, how much pressure to apply, how many passes, etc..., that I sliced off a small bit of flesh at the corners of my mouth.
That being said, all the reviews I've seen place Feather as a blade you really need experience to use. That actually kind of scares me because if they are as sharp as I've heard I am not going anywhere near one until I'm a pro

u/engineeringChaos · 1 pointr/MLPLounge

I'd go with a nice DE razor.

Apparently better than cartridge razors.

u/montanasucks · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

The razor is a Lord L6 and the stand is a Colonel Ichabod Conk.

The brush and mug were purchased from the local Farmer's Market from a nice lady who makes homemade soaps. The soap is a disc in the mug and it is amazing. It is Bay Rum scent made with all sorts of oils and since I started using it over shave gel to shave with I have no razor burn or irritation. I am excited to do my first wet shave tomorrow!

Also, not pictured is my Pre-shave Oil, Blade Sampler, and Styptic Pencil

u/Mainecat · 1 pointr/frugalmalefashion

Lord double edged safety razor. It's nothing glamorous but combined with good blades it gives a nice shave.

u/GCS_3 · 1 pointr/explainlikeimfive

Dude for about 33 bucks you can get a safety razor with soap kit and 100 blades. After that a pack of 100 blades will cost you 10 bucks (good for 400 shaves)


Soap Kit


u/iamwhoiamnow · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

I am female and I recently started using a DE, I bought this one from Amazon because the price was right and I have seen it recommended on this sub. I didn't want to spend too much money at first. I got a small (20?) sampler of razors and this shaving cream because I didn't want to buy a bowl and a brush and mess with it.

I don't know anything about the specific products you recommended but what I have is working for me.

u/nevertoomany · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

I see you mention broke college student looking for a long and heavy razor...why not take a look at the Utopia? Seems to be fairly well reviewed and for the price you can't go wrong. Worst case you can re-use the long heavy handle on another head you do like later...

u/Call_Me_Ryan · 1 pointr/Wellthatsucks

It was this one, "Unbreakable" by Utopia Care. I put in a 1 star review we'll see if they offer a replacement.

u/EricHill78 · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

I did look at the [Parker 24c] ( last night but got a little nervous about the open comb design. Thanks for the advice by the way. I hate the learning curve when it comes to new interests sometimes.

u/virstulte · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

If you want one, and fast, get the Parker 24c - with Prime shipping, you can get it in two days.

Damn fine razor from what I've heard, universally great reviews with notes from Leisureguy (and others) stating that it's the go-to recommendation for a first razor, being both very comfortable and very efficient.

Though if you can wait a bit, might be better to order from Maggard Razors, since supporting small business is always a great idea, and they won't let you down in terms of customer service or product quality.

u/Qndrez · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

Oh, well here's the link. Price went up 7$ from last year :(

Might be worth shopping around.

u/MrStory · 1 pointr/Wet_Shavers

Edwin Jagger Kelvin Double Edged Safety Razor

I got that for the grip since my shaving location would be in the shower. Also, I shouldn't have to worry about these babies riding correct?

u/TargetNailer · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

Nice thing about doing business with Amazon is they have a great return policy. If it hasn't been too long consider returning it. I've had the EJ DE89Lbl for about a year. I have no problems with holding on to it, and it feel secure in my hand.

u/RobTof · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

Thanks for the tips.

This is the razor that I use, what do you think of it?


u/Daggers21 · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

Alright so to update on what has been ordered so far!

Deluxe Stainless Steel Safety Razor

Edwin Jagger De89lbl

Stirling Aftershaves

I opted out for a shave bowl and mug as I don't think I'd use it and I already have two Omega Brushes to use.

u/BigJohnAustin · 1 pointr/cigars

I use this one with Kai blades and its my fav out of the three I've tried so far. Definitely second getting some good quality soap or cream and a decent brush, it makes all the difference in the world.

Check out the badger and blade forums for a LOT of really good info on all things shaving, lol. Also, as far as blades go, these guys are awesome. Nice easy way to put together a selection of blades to try without having to buy a bunch of 5packs you'll never use.

u/ponytaexpress · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I use the Merkur 23C long-handle razor, which is currently ~$28 on Amazon ( I'm super happy with it -- mild, well-balanced, glides like a dream. Minimal blade exposure and lightweight, so there's less risk of nicks/cuts for DE razor beginners like myself. The long, slim handle also means it fits my (small, female) hands comfortably. There are less expensive options on Amazon in the $12-$20 range, though I can't vouch for them personally. There's also a longer recommendation list over at r/wicked_edge.

For DE razors, it's recommended you replace the blade often. The blades themselves are super inexpensive (anywhere from $0.15-0.55 each depending on brand; see

In terms of suggested prep, here's an outline of my approach:

  1. Soften skin with water -- I do my shaving post-shower, though I'm sure you can also place a warm wet towel on your face if you'd prefer to do it another time
  2. Cleanse skin -- I use my regular hydrating facial cleanser and then rinse it off with lukewarm water
  3. Lather shaving area -- On wet/damp skin, I apply a tiny bit more of my cleanser in the area I'm planning to shave and massage/lather it in (I don't have a dedicated shaving soap/gel/foam & just using my normal cleanser works well, but YMMV). Let the product sit on skin to soak for a few seconds
  4. Shave with DE safety razor -- Use a light touch, never apply pressure or actively press the razor, simply let the weight of the blade do the work and gently guide it across in short strokes. Rinse razor as often as needed.
  5. Rinse & recheck -- Rinse off the area with lukewarm water & check to see if there are any missed spots. If there are, lather & reapply more product onto skin before shaving those missed spots.
  6. Apply soothing and moisturizing product(s) of choice onto skin -- Whatever works for your skin, preferably alcohol-free to minimize irritation/stinging

    After a few hours, I'll use Stridex/BHA over the area & then moisturize again. Previously I tried doing it between step 5/6, but my skin felt itchy/unhappy. So now I either wait a few hours, or do it the next day. Hope that helps, lmk if you're curious about anything else!
u/Kealion · 1 pointr/BeAmazed

Hello fellow bald dude. Can I lay a suggestion on you? I use this safety razor. I use a new blade every shave. I use these Feather razor blades. I don’t complain about the cost blades and I always get the best shave compared to any other razor I’ve ever used. Saves a ton of money and a better shave!

u/Ev_antics · 1 pointr/gifs

i use products from the art of shaving - their shaving oil is especially nice and when used generally makes the blade slide across my face and not cut it.

the blade holder (i'm bad with names - razor?) was a gift during the shaving exchange. I think it was this one

and then i got myself some of these blades

what ive discovered is that the blades are cheap but if you want a good clean shave the oil is really nice (bit expensive though). In a pinch ive used shaving cream from a can before with safety blades, was still a really close shave.

I've cut myself a few times but after getting used to the blades I generally do no end up with cuts - was a bit of a learning curve.

u/azthemansays · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

I learned how to shave with the cheapie super aggressive one, so I've gotten used to the angle I need to shave on to not get cut. Though the angling makes it less forgiving, it usually takes me one pass, occasionally two to get a clean shave.


With the other two I've had to do up to 7 passes, but I still felt stubble.


I actually went back in my purchasing history, and found out the Merkur is the 23c.


EDIT - I actually forgot to mention that I have very coarse and thick hair coupled with sensitive skin.

u/Bones95 · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

Could I just try this: and still use my shaving cream?

u/teabagcity · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

Edwin Jaggers can be had on Amazon for very cheap in lots of styles. I've had a miles of great shaves out of this one:

Shaving the right way is always worth it.

u/DirtyVerdy · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

wow thanks for the speedy reply! i've seen a lot of your posts and i've got to say, you're probably one of the most helpful/underrated accounts on reddit. and i've checked your book out, and there's a very good chance that i'm going to be getting it!

so i think i'm going to go with the $65 kit to start off, and if i need upgrades it'll (progressively) be the razor, this [soap] (, and maybe the brush.

does that seem like a pretty good way to get started?

edit: formatting

u/pbourdyk · 1 pointr/wicked_edge

I can't seem to find the Omega brush on Amazon. How about this Badger Hair one? It's also 1/2 the price. Any reason you suggested artificial rather than real?

How's this one for a beginner? Here.

Plus, some blades.

The beard is pretty normal, regular thickness, hair tends to curl when growing longer (hence the in-growns, I presume). This looks like a natural choice.

Finally, the pre-shave soap.

Could I get a final "OK" and I'll go ahead an order. Hoping to start finally enjoying shaving rather than just existing through inevitable experience every 2 days.

u/UristMcUselessNoble · 1 pointr/france
u/Number1AbeLincolnFan · 1 pointr/CasualConversation

You might consider switching to a safety razor. Cartridge razors don't work well with very thick hair.

Here is a pretty good place to start. Razor, brush, scuttle, cream

I personally use Feather blades, but you might consider a variety pack because blade preferences vary person to person.

It costs a bit of money up front, but your blades will only cost 25-35 cents afterwards, so if you are used to using a Mach 3, it will pay for itself in a couple years and will save you hundreds or thousands of dollars over a lifetime.

u/romat22 · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction
  • Edwin Jagger DE89
  • Omega 10049
  • Proraso Sensitive

    You pay a premium for certain things on Amazon, but those are good options. The price of blades is quite high on Amazon, so get a couple of packs of Astras (or a sampler pack) on Maggards before sampling a larger selection from

    Maggards also has build-your-own DE starter kits which you may find to be better value. Also they sell excellent artisan soaps which are better quality than massed produced soap like Proraso, (and much nicer on the skin). Their own soap is very good quality and affordable.

    Brands to avoid on Amazon are Escali brushes and Van der Hagen.
u/Jammed_Revolver · 1 pointr/ifiwonthelottery

Started with a £40 Double-Edge kit after trolling /r/wicked_edge for a while and haven't looked back since.

Had a couple of little nicks but have never even felt remotely concerned about slicing my face open! Really recommend it, now I have fun shaving! :D - What I'm using :)