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Picking Your First Double Edged Safety Razor: Three Friendly Choices

So you decided to switch over to wet shaving now right? While that is a great decision and something that you will be sure to enjoy, there is still one obstacle that you must go through after the most difficult one of convincing yourself to try it out. That obstacle comes in the form of picking your first safety razor, and if you go in blind without research you might have a difficult time. But the good thing is that you are reading this and you will be well prepared by the end of the article.

Let’s Begin By Discussing The Two Types Of Razors You Want To Focus On

1. The Butterfly or TTO: The newest addition to safety razor designs is the butterfly or TTO. This basically works by twisting the top of the head and simply inserting your razor in. It is by far the simplest and most beginner friendly type of safety razor. This is the one you want to purchase first if you are especially nervous. Furthermore, it is super easy to clean and maintain so it is a smart choice as a beginner DE razor.
2. The Two Piece Design: This is the most popular model of DE razors and most companies that make them have usually multiple models that are two piece design. The top of the cutting head will unscrew so you can insert your blade in. This is a bit more advanced, but nothing that you can’t work around even as a beginner.

We will not talk about the three piece design as that is more complicated for a beginner, and really is not anything special unless you are a true enthusiast. With that said, let’s move on to your three choices.

A classic and vintage safety razor.
A classic and vintage safety razor.

1. Parker 99R Long Handle Safety Razor:

The experts over at Malegroomings choose the Parker 99r as the best beginner safety razor and for good reasons too. It has the butterfly, twits to open method that beginners will surely enjoy, and it is designed to fit very well onto your hand so that you do not have any accidents on your first few times of DE razor shaving. The fit of a razor is an important part of how well it shaves, and this one is just perfect for beginners. Needless to say, I agree with the experts on this one and would definitely recommend it for your first safety razor.

2. Van Der Hagen Traditional Heavy Duty Safety Razor:

VHG is one of my favorite companies and I really like their wet shaving contributions. Their traditional heavy duty razor is a butterfly design as well and one that comes with a pretty short handle as opposed to the Parker 99R. I would say the handle length is strictly preference, and having a short or long one won’t really dictate how well you can shave when you are first starting out. It is really up to you. If you have big hands, go for the longer handle as a rule of thumb.

3. Edwin Jagger Faux Ebony Double Edge Safety Razor:

Edwin Jagger is another classic name in the DE shaving market. All of their safety razors are of high quality, and not really difficult to use at all. This is a two piece design actually and it has a short handle as well. It is heavier than the Van Der Hagen so it is more sturdy for you to hold which definitely helps shaving to begin with.

The main reason that these three are “beginner” razors is because the comb that blocks the blade from being fully open is at a decent place so that you do not shred your skin while you are first learning. There are other safety razors that have an open comb and the blade is free, which can cause a much closer shave but also increase the chance that you will cut your face, especially if you are just starting out. All these three razors I listed above will not do that, and as long as you take caution in your first few shaves, you will be on your way to wet shaving glory.

Why Switch To Wet Shaving? Here’s The Answer

Wet shaving is the first real form of modern shaving, that started in the early 20th century. Back then, Gillette created the first double edged safety razor and put it on the market for men to purchase. It was an upward trend from there, and many other companies soon started to follow in their footsteps. But why has this art seemed to have been lost over the past 30 years or so?

Well, the answer to that is quite ironic. The same company that was a major reason that wet shaving became so popular is also responsible for reversing it’s powerful presence. Gillette is one of the frontrunners in the disposable blade / disposable razor era that we now live in. These types of razors are the most common and the ones that most males use daily without trying any other method really. This is really a shame because wet shaving is what I consider to be a real shaving experience, while the disposable and chemically made shaving cream method that rules now is just a convenience shave rather than a hobby.

Looking To Switch Over To Wet Shaving?

If you are now looking to switch over to the lost art of wet shaving, you are actually at a good point because it is making a comeback. There are companies that are now reverting to safety razor and straight razor models again, so more men can become attuned to it than ever before. It’s not quite sure if wet shaving will ever become what it once was, but the attempts made now are definitely a good sign of things to come. So are you wondering why you should drop the disposable and join the wet shaving ranks? Check out these reasons below.

1. Wet shaving makes you enjoy something that has been seen as a bore to do lately. Let’s be honest, does anyone find shaving with a disposable razor fun or enjoyable at all? Wet shavers on the other hand definitely do and most of them end up becoming enthusiasts, just like other hobbies like cars and books.

2. You haven’t seen a super close shave until you use a safety razor. This is too true and something that a lot of guys nowadays might never experience. The way a safety razor is designed is to get the closest shave possible. The blades that are inserted in these DE razors are super sharp, and the comb that protects your skin from the blade is much less in the way than that of those modern razors.

3. Creating your own lather with an all natural shaving cream and badger hair brush is really something special. First of all, it is healthier for your skin than those over the counter shaving creams. And secondly, the way the brush feels that first time you lather up your face is something that you will yearn for. Also, you will encounter less razor burns and bumps if you shave correctly.

If these four reasons don’ pump you up to switch over to wet shaving, than I don’t know what will. You can become a wet shaving enthusiast just like the rest of us today at a pretty low cost and after a couple of years of use, you end up actually saving money because after the initial investment, the blades you will need to purchase are much cheaper than that of the modern disposable blades. So there’s yet another reason to try out wet shaving today. In closing, I must say that all of you men should at least give wet shaving with a safety razor at least one attempt, and if you seem to like it then keep going with it. If it doesn’t suit you, then you really didn’t lose much to begin with!