If you would like to start enjoying the benefits of shaving with a safety razor, but are not sure how to choose a razor, this guide will get you started.
There are two main types of double edge safety razor and these are, closed comb safety razors, and open comb safety razors. Closed comb or open comb refers to the design of the safety bar on the razor head. The closed comb design is a solid bar and the open comb design is, well, like a comb!
Okay, which one do I need? Well the closed comb design is the most popular being suited to beginners and experienced safety razor shavers alike. It is definitely the place to start. Generally speaking closed comb designs, due to less blade exposure, give a milder shave than their open comb counterparts.This is especially helpful for beginners. You can still get an extremely close shave with these razors and they make excellent daily shavers. I also find they have no problems removing several days growth easily too.
When King Camp Gillette first introduced the single bladed safety razor in 1904 it quickly became very successful, and after all the US troops were issued with one during the First World War Gillette dominated the shaving market. The design was brilliant it got you an extremely close shave. The safety bar that reduced blade exposure made shaving far safer, which was particularly welcome for troops in the field. The blades were disposable, so when you had used them a few times you could discard the blade and load up a new one. There was no need for the sharpening, honing and stropping that was required with a traditional razor. The single bladed safety razor, with it’s double edges and replaceable blades, stood the test of time and was sold by Gillette for over eighty years. So why the change to multiple blades?
A safety razor is any razor that provides a protective guard between the blade and the skin, reducing the exposure of the blade and providing a safer shaving experience. When most people are referring to “safety razors” they are talking about the classic double edged safety razor design that was first introduced in 1904 by King Camp Gillette. This design enabled men to shave easily and safely in their own homes rather than having to go to a professional barber. This design was an instant success!
In the early twentieth century ladies fashion moved towards sleeveless dresses and in 1915 Gillette introduced a safety razor for ladies to accommodate the new desire for smooth skin. The Ladies safety razor featured a shorter handle to fit ladies smaller hands but as fashion changed and knee length dresses were introduced Gillette extended the safety razor handle to provide slightly more reach for leg shaving. The Lady Gillette double edged safety razor was popular until 1975 after which Gillette ceased to produce it. In fact Gillette started to phase out all their double edged razors about this time as the market was changing.
Hair brush, nail brush, powder brush, blusher brush, eyebrow brush, blending brush, eyeliner brush… So why not a shaving brush? It seems that we certainly know a thing or two about getting the best from our beauty products, however when it comes to shaving could there be something we are missing?
Since starting to shave with a safety razor, shaving brush and shaving soap/cream I’ve really begun to appreciate what a good shaving experience is all about. Not only do I get a very smooth result but my skin feels great and shaving is fun! It could be said that the shaving brush is the key component to achieving a great shave so I have been wondering why it is missing from the plethora of ladies shaving products available on our high street shelves?
This is the 3rd video in a 3 part series demonstrating how to shave with a safety razor. Happy Shaving!
This is the 2nd video in a 3 part series demonstrating how to shave with a safety razor. Happy Shaving!
This is the 1st video in a 3 part series demonstrating how to shave with a safety razor. Happy Shaving!
This is the 4th video in a 4 part series introducing shaving with a double edge safety razor to ladies. I show you how to apply a lather created in a bowl and how to shave your legs with a double edge safety razor. I am using a Semogue shaving brush and D R Harris lavender shaving soap and a Mühle R107 safety razor. Happy shaving!
This is the 3rd video in a 4 part series introducing shaving with a double edge safety razor to ladies. I show you how to create a lather for leg shaving, firstly in a bowl and then directly on your skin. I am using a Semogue shaving brush and D R Harris lavender shaving soap.