How To Use A Safety Razor - Emporium Barber

August 16, 2021 5 min read

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How To Use A Safety Razor

For guys hoping to take their shaving routine to the next level, learning how to use a safety razor is an essential lesson.

After all, they’re easier to clean, can save you money, and are much more eco-friendly than disposable cartridge razors. Plus, they’re not hard to use, especially when you know what you’re doing. 

At first glance, they can seem rather confusing. Though when they're used properly, safety razors can elevate your grooming game to a whole new level. 

Are you ready to get started? Learn how to use a safety razor properly with our step by step guide below. 


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What Is A Safety Razor?

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty, let’s start things off with the basics - what is a safety razor?

A safety razor is a traditional shaving tool that was invented in the early 1900s. It was initially designed to make it easier for guys to get a clean shave on their own, without needing to visit a barber.

There are many different types of safety razors - including single-edge, double edge, butterfly, and more. Though, all of these types of safety razors typically have some features in common - including a weighted handle, removable tops, and a protective space between the blade and skin. 

The Benefits Of Using A Safety Razor

So, at this point you might be wondering: 'what are the benefits of using a safety razor? We've listed a few benefits of safety razors below. 


Easier To Clean

When it comes to properly cleaning your blades, disposable razors can be a nightmare. Since safety razors only contain 3 pieces and require frequent blade changes, they’re much easier to keep clean. 



Safety razors are many eco-friendly options when compared to disposable razors. They’re often plastic-free and are much more durable - meaning that they won’t produce as much waste and can be used over a much longer period.


Save Money

In the short-term, disposable razors can often be a much cheaper option. Though over time, these continuous smaller purchases can take a chunk out of your wallet. In the long term, safety razors are a much better investment. They’ll last much longer and give you more bang for your buck. 

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How To Use A Safety Razor | 6 Simple Steps 

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s get into the good stuff - here’s our step by step guide for using a safety razor properly. 

1. Apply Shaving Cream 

Whether you’re using a cartridge or safety razor, you’ll still need to use a shaving cream for the best results. The shaving cream will work to provide a protective layer between the blade and your skin - reducing friction to stop razor burn or skin irritation. 

Start by wetting your shaving brush and applying a small dollop of shaving cream. Use gentle, circular motions to create a rich lather, then work the blend over your cheeks, chin, and neck. Once the blend is evenly spread, you’ll be ready to start shaving with the safety razor. 

If you’re looking for good shaving cream, try this Old Fashioned Shave Cream by Triumph & Disaster. It can create a full lather to properly prepare your whiskers for a smoother shave - with a medley of unique aromas to accompany. 



2. Position The Razor At A 30° Angle 

It’s finally time to start using the safety razor! Start by tilting the handle at a 30° angle to reposition the protective bar and reveal the blade. This will allow the safety razor to work properly and effectively.

It’ll take some time to get used to this shaving angle, but remember - practice makes perfect. 


3. Short Strokes

Once you’ve got the angles right, begin cutting the hair with short strokes along the skin - about 2 cm for each stroke is perfect. 

Doing so will stop the razor from clogging and will reduce your chances of a shaving cut. 


4. Go With The Grain 

There’s a reason this is one of the first shaving tips we hear as young men - don’t go against the grain. By shaving in the same direction of hair growth, you can reduce the risk of skin irritation, razor burn, or razor bumps. 

Whether you’re using a safety razor or cartridges, the rules stay the same. 


5. Use A Gentle Touch 

When shaving with a safety razor, there’s no need to push down or put excessive force behind it - especially since the blades are quite sharp. For the best results, a lighter touch is much better suited. 

The safety razor will often be weighted, meaning that it’ll do all the hard work for you. All you need to do is softly hold the head of the tool against your skin. 


6. Rinse Regularly 

One of the great things about double-edge blades is that there are two sides - if one side clogs, you can switch to the other side. Because of this, you won’t need to run the blades under the tap as frequently. 

That being said, it’s still important that you’re regularly cleaning and rinsing your blades under the tap as necessary. 

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The Best Safety Razors For Men 

Learning how to use a safety razor is one thing, but picking the right tool is a whole other challenge. To make the process a bit easier, we’ve listed our favourite safety razors below - take a look! 


1. Safety Razor | Baxter Of California 

First up, we have the chrome-plated, traditional Safety Razor by Baxter Of California. The model doesn’t only boast a sleek, yet stylish design, but it’s also very easy to use and can elevate your shaving game to a whole new level. 

It’s packed into a matte black gift box, alongside a set of blades and an instructional card - perfect for getting those first-timers started. 



2. R71SR Thuja Wood Safety Razor | Muhle 

Another great option is this R71SR Thuja Wood Safety Razor by Muhle - the perfect tool for guys hoping to take their luxurious shave to a completely new level. 

The handle is made from beautiful thuja wood - coated in a high-quality resin to make it water-resistant and long-lasting. The model is complemented and contrasted by chrome-plated highlights, which is corrosive resistant and durable. 



3. Scimitar Double Edge Razor | Bluebeard’s Revenge 

Lastly, there’s the deluxe Scimitar Double Edge Razor by Bluebeards Revenge - perfect for cutting through stubble easily, precisely, and smoothly. 

The model features a brass body with a zinc-alloy head, finished with chrome plating. It’s perfectly weighted for a superior shaving experience.


Head to the online store to browse our entire safety razor range now! 

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