Beforehand, we recommend that you read our safety razor anatomy page, which will explain the different heads and mechanisms. For example, this will help you understand why open combs are more aggressive than safety bars.
Can I Use Vintage Safety Razors?
Unlike straight razors, which require a lot of care and maintenance, safety razors require very little. That is not to say that they don’t need a little TLC every once in a while but they can survive untouched for far longer. In short, safety razors are practically bombproof.
Therefore, if you ever find a safety razor either in a garage sale or even in an older relative’s bathroom, chances are that you could use it.
In fact, it’s not uncommon to inherit a safety razor even if the relative is still alive. Your grandfather could have completely forgotten about his 1954 Gillette Super Speed, which is still sitting in a drawer in its box.
Don’t hesitate to ask around if you’re thinking of taking up wet shaving. Some vintage razors can sometimes be of superior quality than modern constructions. However, many today including the ones listed above are built to last.
What Are The Best Safety Razor Blades?
Unlike cartridge razors that use a one size fits all approach, safety razor blades offer a surprising range in variety. Furthermore, you don’t necessarily want the sharpest blade possible. In fact, the sharpness of a blade is a secondary consideration when choosing the right blade for you.
Instead, the best approach is to think about how you will use the razor as well as your skin and hair type. For instance, different blades are best adapted to the following factors:
- Beard Thickness
- Skin Sensitivity
- Level Of Experience
- Number Of Passes
- With The Grain & Against The Grain Shaving
- Other Areas Shaved (Head, Body, etc.)
As this is a relatively complicated subject, we’ve created a dedicated guide so you can explore all your options. You can choose the best ones for you with our razor blade guide.
Having learned about the best safety razors, why don’t you check out how to use one properly? Alternatively, check out the following guides: