I wrote this safety razor review because the biggest hurdle for one to overcome when deciding to wet shave is choosing the right double-edge. Picking one requires an understanding of what to expect. With double-edges, there is not much difference in design or technology. The differences between safety razors are mostly balance, look, comfort, and feel.
These differences can alter the shaving experience completely. The most well-known safety razors on the market comes from Germany. They are Merkur safety razors and are the most provisional for new wet shavers. You can find these online easily for a reasonable price.
Merkur makes a slew of different models from lightweight basic chrome razors to heavy matted chrome adjustable razors. There are many well-known brands that have very gorgeous and aesthetically pleasing safety razors, like Muhle. None of these are necessary for a newbie. In fact, they take away one of the most practical reasons for wet shaving, cost efficiency.
I am sure you have found a huge selection of razors to choose from by now while searching the web. The entire process can get a bit over whelming, so I will offer some practical advice on narrowing your choices for safety razors.
Two safety razors are great choices for new wet shavers. They're both nonadjustable Merkur razors and can be found easily online. They will keep things simple and straight forward when learning to shave with them.
I personally started with the fully adjustable Merkur Futur and had absolutely no problems with it. Granted, I was pretty gung ho about wet shaving, so maybe I was the exception not the rule. I'm confident that you can also do well with it, but I definitely recommend that beginners start with the 34 or 23C.
God must have forged the Merkur 34C in Heaven Himself the way we purists praise it. It is an absolute must have in every wet shaver's rotation. The 34C is heavy and has a short handle. So it's going to give you more control and smoother passes. It has impeccable balance and will become your best friend when finding the proper cutting angle. Most retailers sell this razor anywhere from $35-$40 USD online.
The Merkur 23C is also a classic. It looks just like the 34C but is longer, lighter, and more narrow. This is for men far too accustomed to the feel of cartridge razors. It will provide an easier transition for them because of its longer handle. It is also well balanced, but doesn't offer that extra weight the 34C has, so it's not quite as smooth as the HD, but still an awesome shave none-the-less. This razor goes for anywhere from $25-$35 online.
Picking either one of these razors will be a good choice for a beginner. It all boils down to preference. Both are cost effective, very efficient for close comfortable shaving, and will provide you a lifetime of quality shaves.
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