Comb Open or closed?
Double-edged razors come in many shapes and sizes. The ‘two-piece’ has a simple design that allows one to unscrew the top and insert the blade. No mess no fuss.
The ‘three piece’ sports classic lines that allow complete dismantling for ease of use and maintenance. The butterfly head safety razor is a newer design that opens the blade mounting through a simple twist.
All perfect safety razors (no matter their fundamental design) come in either a closed comb (solid safety bar) or open comb (comb shaped safety bar) configuration.
Those in the know maintain that the closed comb safety razors provide a softer (less aggressive) shave, making it perfect for inexperienced hands. The verdict is inconclusive when theory and practice collide. With folk convinced the closed comb safety razor provides a robust shave irrespective of the hair quality and length.
We can’t say for sure, but all things considered the closed comb safety razor, because of the inherent safety, is ideal for newbies.
Safety Razor Design and Ease of Use – the ultimate balancing act
The shape and form of your safety razor will play directly into the balance and weight and these will impact your shaving experience. Men have expressed that a weighty safety razor with awkward grip impede shaving dexterity and limit ease of use.
Essentially, one ends up trying to keep the safety razor at the correct angle relegating the art and pleasure of wet shaving to the back burners. Safety razor balance issues stem from novel design oversights that favor heavier head or handle pieces.
We strongly recommend that you scrutinize the overall proportions (head in relation to handle) of any safety razor you may want to purchase.
The weight is over…
In the same token, razors lacking substance result in reflexive attempts at steadying the blade against the skin which can increase the chances of cuts and nicks.
The heavier safety razors are laborious and cumbersome and shelving. The clearance depth of a razor blade can vary from one side to the other.
Design flaws and or cheaper brands might slip up in their quality control rendering the razor head unsymmetrical. This leads to uneven blade exposure from one side of the head to the other.
The problem with this is that identical forces applied to both sides of your razor head could lead to cuts from the side where more of the blade is exposed. Reputable razor manufacturers enforce stringent quality design measures that ensure the blades and razor heads are intimately compatible.
Gentlemen, there are some beautiful safety razors on the market (and we can’t show them all). To help you along in your quest we’ve got three (in no particular order) of our favorites Enjoy!