How to choose your safety razor?
A tool that is both economical and ecological, the safety razor is back in fashion for a quality traditional shave. However, choosing a safety razor is not easy. Find out what features to consider when making your choice.
Did you know that the first safety razor patent was filed by King Camp Gillette in 1901? The great innovation was the ability to change the razor blade. Prior to this, it was necessary to sharpen the razor blade yourself in order to sharpen it when it became unsharp, leading to many injuries.
On the other hand, as the name suggests, the safety razor is safer because it exposes only a small portion of the blade, and changing the blade is easy.
King Camp Gillette's patent expired many decades ago, so there is now a whole range of safety razors available. Each model has its own unique features. So how do you know which type of safety razor is right for you?
Here are a few things you should know...
Closed vs. open comb
The safety razor with closed comb will suit you if you are a beginner, if you have sensitive skin, or if you shave regularly. This is because the closed comb leaves a smaller portion of the blade visible than the open comb, which means less damage to the hair and skin. On the other hand, the open comb is ideal if you have a thick beard, which you shave occasionally. The open comb will "tidy up" your hair for more efficient blade passage and the larger opening will have no trouble cutting long hairs.
Fixed vs. adjustable head
The adjustable head allows you to adjust the opening, making the blade more or less visible, depending on your hair type. The fixed head, on the other hand, will have a predefined opening that has already been set during the manufacturing process.
Long vs. short handle
The difference between the two standard sizes is only 2 cm, but can make all the difference. It's a good idea to choose a short-handled razor if you're used to holding your razor with your fingertips, and to choose a long-handled razor if you're more used to holding it with your hand.
Choosing and Maintaining Your Safety Razor
The safety razor offered by Raz★War has a closed comb, an adjustable head, a short handle razor, and designed in Germany. It is ideal for beginners while offering an excellent quality/price ratio. However, if you want to get started right away with a top-of-the-line safety razor, we recommend a razor from the brand Merkur.
A well-maintained, quality safety razor will last you for many years, if not a lifetime. Although more expensive to buy than a multi-blade razor with an interchangeable head, it will pay for itself very quickly thanks to the very attractive price of the double-edged safety blades. To bring your handle back to life, simply soak it overnight in a mixture of water, Marseille soap, and baking soda. You can then polish it up by running a metal cleaner over your safety razor, which you can find at your local hardware store.
For those who like to keep the same blade for several shaving sessions, it is recommended that you clean the blade with cold water to prevent it from warping with heat. It is also better to dry the razor with a clean towel rather than letting it dry in the open air to avoid blade corrosion.