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Revolutionize your shave: the safety razor in detail

The safety razor is more than just a shaving tool – it’s a statement of quality and sustainability.

The popularity of the safety razor lies in its precision, economy and sustainability. This traditional razor, often referred to as a safety razor, is known for its ease of use and effective shave. From three-piece razors, which are particularly suitable for beginners, to adjustable models for a personalized shaving experience, the safety razor offers a variety of options.

The quality and durability of a safety razor, coupled with the ability to use different blades, make it an amazing choice.

In this article, we explore the world of safety razors, their different types, methods of use and the many advantages they offer over other shaving methods. Discover the world of the safety razor, a tool that is appreciated for both its efficiency and its elegance.

Types of Safety Razors

When the one-way blade was introduced at the beginning of the 20th century, several types of safety razors already existed. The standard version is the straight closed comb. Razors with an open tooth combs are meant for the removal of longer beards or body hair. The teeth allow for long hair to get through to the blade, which the closed comb would hold down.

One distinguishes between two configurations: The three-piece razor consisting of a top plate, comb and handle, and the two-piece razor consisting of top plate and comb with neck, handle and rotatable key.

The slanted razor serves to stabilize very thin blades (0.08 mm) that were available in the past. An additional effect of the slanted blade is the tendency of the movement in the direction of the blade. This is not hazard-free, but suitable for a very strong beard.

The mechanically most complex type is the adjustable razor. The blade gap adjustment with setting scale varies the distance between the blade and the skin-stretching comb. The system allows the adjustment of the razor for an individual shave feeling from soft to strong.

A Look at Our Bestsellers

  • MERKUR 34C: The MERKUR 34C, also known by the nickname “HD” for Heavy Duty, is a classic among safety razors and has made a name for itself through its weight and outstanding performance since the 1950s. With its closed comb construction, this safety razor is the all-rounder for classic wet shaving. The 34C offers intuitive shaving with an immediate, ideal result. The generous blade gap ensures easy cleaning and hygienic shaving. With its glossy chrome finish, this safety razor is not only a highly functional tool but also an aesthetically pleasing one for daily shaving.
  • MERKUR 33C: The MERKUR 33C is a model that combines tradition and efficiency. Developed nearly 100 years ago, the 33C stands for timeless design and reliable quality. Its compact handle and straight foam edges of the proven razor head enable nimble and smooth shaving. The closed comb of this safety razor serves as a versatile all-rounder, while the generous blade gap ensures high soap flow and protects the razor head from clogging. Its handling also provides a good grip for wet, soapy fingers, making the 33C an outstanding safety razor.
  • MERKUR 23C: The MERKUR 23C, a design that has proven itself since the 1930s, combines original aesthetics with reliable functionality. The long handle and straight foam edges of the razor head allow for flowing handling and a reliably smooth shave. The 23C is an all-rounder for beard and body, where the generous blade gap facilitates the flow of soap and hairs and keeps the blade hygienically clean. This safety razor merges traditional design with modern shaving technology.
  • MERKUR 24C: Specially developed for the needs of body and facial shaving, the MERKUR 24C represents a unisex safety razor. Its long handle allows for reaching almost all body hairs, while the closed comb and straight foam edge promise a reliably smooth shave for all body parts. The combination of ergonomic design and functional efficiency makes the 24C a versatile safety razor for daily shaving.
  • MERKUR FUTUR 700: The MERKUR FUTUR 700 sets standards in terms of design and functionality. Its matte chrome surface attracts attention, while the innovative technology of the adjustable blade gap allows for individual adjustment to personal shaving needs of the DE razor expert. From coarse for long hairs to gentle for daily care, the blade gap can be adjusted by turning the handle. The FUTUR 700 is an example of German engineering, offering a perfect symbiosis of aesthetics, performance, and the functionality of a safety razor.

SAFETY RAZOR FOR WET SHAVING

A safety razor is a hand tool, for the removal of body or facial hair. There are several types of razors: cartridge razors with 2 or more blades set in plastic, and razors with one blade and two cutting edges.
A razor usually has an interchangeable head where the worn blade can be changed periodically so that the cutting edges are sharp again.
The exception is disposable razors from the medical industry.

PREPARATION OF THE WET SHAVE:

  • Moisten skin with warm water, (convenient after showering).
  • Apply soap foam (either oil or gel) and massage.
  • Leave soap a few minutes to work.
  • Shave with the clean razor following the stroke of the hair.
  • If necessary, lather again and shave the area a second time. Vary the shaving direction or shave against the grain.
  • Rinse skin thoroughly.
  • Apply skin care with aftershave, alcohol-free lotions, balms, or skin oil.
  • Thoroughly rinse the razor. For razor planes, loosen the screw by turning it halfway, then rinse and tighten again.

Tip:
The double-edged blade of the DE safety razor lasts longer if you let it rest for more than 24 hours. When shaving only every few days, the number of maximum uses increases. Try it and see.

Cost Efficiency Through Safety Razors

Switching to a safety razor can not only lead to a better shave but is also economically sensible. With low costs per blade, the safety razor offers an affordable and at the same time environmentally friendly alternative to conventional system blades.

Materials, Maintenance

Most of the MERKUR razors are made of die-casted zinc (top plate, comb) and brass handles. The surfaces are galvanically coated in three layers (copper, nickel, chrome). The model series 700 is entirely made of die-casted zinc, with the surface options of matt chrome, glossy chrome, and glossy gold.

Blade Change of Merkur Safety Razors

Safety Razors for Women: A Gentle and Effective Shave

The quality and precision of safety razors are not only beneficial for men – women are increasingly finding favor in using safety razors. The safety razor is perfectly suited for a gentle shave of women’s sensitive areas. MERKUR Stahlwaren has designed the safety razor to glide softly over the skin, significantly reducing the risk of cuts and skin irritation. Women prefer the safety razor for its ability to leave the skin smooth and well-cared for, without the common issues often encountered with traditional shaving methods.

Preparation & Handling

Athorough shave requires a meticulous preparation of skin and whiskers. Best after the shower, with firm shaving lather so the whiskers can swell for several minutes. As with soaps, many skin care products are offered for after shave care. With the beginning of the 20th century, safety razors with a classic double-edge blade became the successors of the straight razors for everyday use. The shave is thorough, and handling of the open edge requires a bit of skill and practice, but can be acquired quickly. The safety razor shave is executed with planning, scratching movements vertically towards the cutting edge. Movements in the longitudinal direction of the blade, or turns, can lead to injuries. The lather edge of the comb serves to stretch the skin tight, so all whiskers are reached. The razor’s own weight facilitates the gliding without pressure for a gentle shave. As with a straight razor, it is ideal to move the blade in a 30° angle toward the skin’s surface. How to hold the handle is something to be tried, but with a bit of practice it is quickly done. The versions of the different handle lengths and weights enable the choice of a personal preference. With the classic models, the blade protrudes a bit at the short outer edges, so that they can be grabbed together with the top plate for blade exchange without letting the blade tumble out accidentally. The individually ground and polished top plates, as well as the blades are subject to variations in dimensions in the range of 1/10mm. The construction is almost 100 years old and entails markedly higher tolerances than modern blade systems. The shaving results are traditionally good, and embraced by many supporters. The long-term favorable price/performance ratio of safety razors and blades makes those retro products attractive in modern times.

Sustainable shaving

In the environmentally conscious culture of shaving, sustainable safety razors, particularly those by Merkur Razors, play a pivotal role. These sustainable safety razors offer an efficient and ecologically responsible alternative to common plastic razors, with a significant emphasis on tradition and quality. By using durable zinc die-casting and brass, complemented by a triple electroplating of copper, nickel, and chrome, Merkur safety razors ensure a long lifespan while minimizing waste. This strong commitment to sustainable shaving is evident in Merkur’s philosophy.

As Merkur continuously expands its range of sustainable safety razors, it further promotes sustainable shaving practices. The range includes everything from classic safety razors to innovative, adjustable models that allow for a precise and individualized shaving experience, all in the spirit of sustainability.

Shaving with a plastic-free razor from Merkur Razors is not only an act of environmental responsibility but also a choice for a superior and enjoyable shaving experience. Users enjoy the benefits of a thorough, gentle shave, free from skin irritations and with minimal environmental impact. By promoting plastic-free shaving, Merkur Razors helps to raise awareness of sustainable personal care practices and demonstrates that an environmentally conscious choice can also be the best choice for personal care.

Safety Razor FAQ

WHY SHOULD I BUY A DE Razor?

Benefits of MERKUR DE razors are:

  • Safety razor: the design is proven for double blades for more than 100 years.
  • Unisex: the DE razor is suitable for face and body.
  • Saving resources: the durable razors come from regional production (Made in Germany), the interchangeable blades are cheaper than other systems.
  • Easy clean: with the loosening of the screw, the blade and the soap gap are easy to rinse under water. Also suitable for long hair.
  • Plastic free: the razor and the stainless-steel blades are packaged exclusively in paper and cardboard.
  • Regional production: MERKUR razors are 100% Made in Germany, the blades are made in the EU.

WHY IS THE RAZOR CALLED A “DE RAZOR”?

With the classic razor blade blade containing of two cutting edges, it becomes a ‘double edge’ DE razor, one on each side. The movement at right angles to the cutting edge and with the razor head slightly tilted (about 30°) resembles a carpenter’s plane. The German term is from the beginning of the 20th century.
The more elegant description corresponds to the English variant ‘safety razor’. In the original comparison with the barber’s razor, the razor is easier and safer to use.

HOW SAFE IS SHAVING WITH A RAZOR?

Always handle sharp blades carefully.
The blades are thin and very sharp. It is essential to grasp them at the short ends and carefully remove them from the paper.
If the blade is clamped to the razor, the outer protruding foam edge of the comb protects against direct injury. You should still only touch the razor by the handle.

Straight strokes, perpendicular to the edge of the razor blade, are the basic principle when using the razor plane. Circular and lateral movements should be avoided on your interest.
Skin folds are to be pulled tightly so that the razor blade head can glide perfectly. Following these guidelines, a safe, injury-free shave with the DE razor is possible.

The used razor blade should be disposed of carefully. Wrapped in paper and once broken through, the blade should be disposed of in household waste to protect against accidental contact and to be kept out of reach of children.

WHICH DE RAZOR IS SUITABLE FOR BEGINNERS?

Three-piece razors such as models 33C, 23C or 24C are suitable for beginners and all skin areas with their universal blade gap. The handle length is a matter of personal taste and perhaps depends on the size of the hand. For body shaving, the handle of model 24C is
another 20mm longer.

WHICH RAZOR BLADE SHOULD I USE?

The classic double blades have been used worldwide for over 100 years. Platinum stainless blades have the highest quality from all manufacturers. These are mature products. I recommend MERKUR SUPER PLATINUM to MERKUR razors.

HOW DO I USE A SAFETY RAZOR?

I place the carefully unwrapped blade in the top plate on the pegs and screw the razor together again.
I prepare the skin to be shaved with warm water and shaving soap. The hair should swell a little, for this I leave the foam to act for a few minutes. With one hand I pull the skin taut if necessary. In straight strokes perpendicular to the blade and the razor set at about 30° to the skin, I can hear the blade cutting the hair. It glides almost on its own and with the high dead weight a razor needs less force when cutting the hair than a plastic razor. For a good
shaving result, I spread the soap residue again and pull a second time over the skin areas. I pay attention to straight pulls. I avoid circular and transverse movements completely. In between strokes, I rinse the razor under water. Alternately, both sides of the razor are used.
After the finished shave, you can loosen the razor head a little and clean the blade and the soap gap thoroughly under water.
Rinse the soap from the body part with warm water. Wet shaving also removes skin debris and stimulates its renewal. For care, the skin can be treated with aftershave, balm or skin oil, depending on your preference.

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