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A cut above: The top five double edge safety razors

By Jake Daniels on 9th August 2015

Shaving shouldn’t be regarded as a chore, in fact it should be something that everyman looks forward to, especially on a quiet Sunday morning. Unfortunately, the majority of men are still opting to shave with a multi-bladed cartridge razor (I won’t mention any names). Suckered into the slick marketing campaigns from the big razor blade manufactures, these types of razor blade systems promise the earth with the latest gadgetry and technology.

But if you really want to do your face a favour then transform your grooming regime into a ritual by using a traditional double edge safety razor. These timeless tools not only add elegance to any bathroom but also offer an extremely close shave, using supremely sharp, replaceable single blades. This good old-fashioned method will not only reward you with the closest possible shave but also make you feel like a proper man that’d make your granddad proud.

We’ve enlisted the help of traditional shaving products retailer The Shaving Shack – who have picked out their top five double edge safety razors.

1.) The Bluebeards Revenge “Scimitar”

The Bluebeards Revenge "Scimitar" Double Edge Razor
The Bluebeards Revenge “Scimitar” Double Edge Razor

Here’s one for the younger and trendy shaver. The Bluebeards Revenge is known around the world for producing some of the finest shaving products, and their stylish “Scimitar” razor is no exception.

The “Scimitar” is a prime example of the brand’s modern and whimsical designs. Immediately noticeable is the skull and crossbones Bluebeards Revenge logo laser etched onto the top plate of the cutting head. This ups the “cool factor” because it is masculine and unconventional, but presented in an upscale way. The chrome plating is evenly applied and smooth with no areas of unevenness or imperfections to be found anywhere.

The “Scimitar” is classified as mild to medium in terms of aggressiveness (the amount of blade exposure) so this is an ideal razor for the newbie.

£34.99 from Shaving-Shack.com


2.) Muhle R89

Muhle R89 Double Edged Chrome Safety Razor
Muhle R89 Double Edged Chrome Safety Razor

The legendary Muhle R89 offers precise German engineering. This ensures a beautiful, corrosion-resistant, chrome-clad razor with perfect weight distribution and a forgiving cut for wet shave newbies. This is a truly stunning and lightweight precision double edge safety razor that has a cult following in the traditional shaving community!

The Muhle R89 was recently named the best double edge safety razor on the market by The Independent newspaper.

£25.99 from Shaving-Shack.com


3.) Pils 101NE

Pils Stainless Steel Double Edge Razor 101NE
Pils Stainless Steel Double Edge Razor 101NE

Considered by many wet shavers to be the most beautiful of safety razors, the hand-crafted Pils 101NE really is the king of the mountain. Finished in a gorgeous brushed stainless steel finish, this connoisseur two-piece razor personifies precision and craftsmanship from the German experts at Pils. It offers flawless construction combined with a very distinct design, making it the ultimate artisan razor!

£159.99 from Shaving-Shack.com


4.) Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Classic

Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Classic Double Edge Safety Razor
Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Classic Double Edge Safety Razor

No list of the best double edge safety razors would be complete without the legendary Merkur 34C. Considered by many to be the best pond for pound safety razor on the planet, the Merkur 34C has won countless awards for his faultless performance and design.

Sometimes you hold a razor in your hand and it feels just right. The chrome finish 34C is one of those razors. The combination of weight, craftsmanship and looks make it the perfect entry into double edged razor shaving. A true heavyweight classic!

£29.99 from Shaving-Shack.com


5.) Feather AS-D2 (Stainless Steel)

Feather AS-D2 Double-Edge Razor (Stainless Steel)
Feather AS-D2 Double-Edge Razor (Stainless Steel)

The most expensive razor on the list is the super stylish Feather AS-D2. Considered to be the most sort-after double edge razor in the world, the AS-D2 is the Ferrari of the wet shaving world.

Finished in a gorgeous brushed stainless steel finish, this connoisseur three-piece razor personifies high quality precision and craftsmanship. Made in Japan, the AS-D2 is supplied in a burgundy presentation box.

£164.99 from Shaving-Shack.com


The Shaving Shack offers a great range of high quality traditional shaving products such as double edge safety razors, open razors, shaving brushes, shaving creams, soaps and beard grooming products.