The Best Safety Razor You Can Buy In 2019 & 2020 (Buying Guide)

What makes a good safety razor?

Ergonomics

I shave my head with a safety razor which requires my hands to be in awkward angles and I want the handle of my razor and weight of my razor to be comfortable.

While this might not be applicable to all, I think the ergonomics of a razor are vitally important to something that you’re going to be using every single day to shave.

Adjustability

This won’t be a make or break factor for every safety razor as some of them can’t be adjusted, but having a razor that can adjust the closeness of the shave is something that anyone new to wet shaving or shaving with a safety razor will appreciate. 

Look & Style

This is an investment into your personal shaving and while function should be more important than form, no one wants to look at an ugly hunk of metal every day they start their morning shave routine.

It think a razor that is beautifully designed and functions well is a valuable asset to determining what makes the best safety razor you can buy. 

Durability

I wouldn’t recommend a razor that wasn’t durable, but it should go without saying that any of the safety razors that I’m mentioning on this list has been long tested for their durability and have 1000’s if not 10’s of thousands of satisfied customers that have been using them for years.

In a Rush? Here is our top pick for the best safety razor

Vikings Blade Chieftain

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The primary reason that I choose this razor is that it’s probably the most user-friendly safety razor in the market. I’m aware that traditionalist doesn’t consider this brand to be traditional as it’s relatively newer, but to hell with traditionalist.

This razor was introduced in 2015 and has been something that new wet shavers have loved since it came on the scene. The butterfly opening is more susceptible to issues over time, but I’ve never had any issues with this model in the time that I’ve used it.

Ergonomics:

At 3.75” long and roughly 3 ounces, this razor has a good length and weight to it that allows it to be held by people with varying size hands. I particularly like the design on the handles that allows it grips well and it has a very even balance point that doesn’t put too much weight on the head or in the butt of the handle. 


Adjustability:

None


Look & Style:

Viking will always get an A+ from me here. It’s made from a very polished, Swedish steel and it comes in a beautiful leather case with a suede interior. I know most people would prefer to just toss their razor in their Dopp kit, but I think the extra attention to packaging detail shows their attention to aesthetics overall.


Durability:

My only concern about the durability is the butterfly doors. The Chieftain isn’t any more susceptible than other safety razors in the market, but more moving parts logically has to equal the potential for more things to potentially go wrong. It comes with a lifetime warranty should something go wrong with the doors.

Pros:

  • Beautiful packaging
  • Great for beginners
  • Great ergonomics

Cons:

  • Not as aggressive for super close shave
  • Butterfly doors are more prone to breaking

The Best Classic Safety Razor

Merkur Classic

They don’t call it the “Classic” for nothing. This safety razor is about as traditional as you can get in its design and function. With a straight bra and closed comb, there isn’t much to fuss about on this safety razor.

Ergonomics:

The handle is 3.3” long and it weighs 2 ounces. I think this is more on the lighter side which usually encourages new wet shavers to use a bit more weight on the head than needed, but not something that can’t easily be worked around.


Adjustability:

None


Look & Style:

It’s a classic safety razor with knurling on the handle to give you a great grip even when the razor is wet. I think it’s probably one of the more beautiful safety razors in the market.


Durability:

If you take care of this razor, it should outlast you. How’s that for durability?

Pros:

  • Knurling on the handle for grip
  • Simple 3 piece design
  • Great for beginners

Cons:

  • Weight might be too light for some

The Best Safety Razor For Adjustability

Merkur Futur

I’m not sure if the Future is the only safety razor that you can adjust that’s made by one of the more reputable brands, but it is basically the go-to when you say, “I want an adjustable safety razor”. This is probably the best option for people that are shaving different parts of their body (i.e. head, face, neck etc..) and want to have a different level of closeness for different types of hair.

Ergonomics:

The Futur is definitely on the heavier side of safety razors, coming in at 4.3 ounces and over 4 inches long. The only thing I wish this razor had was some kind of design feature on the handle that makes it easier to hold when wet.

Adjustability:

This is the most adjustable safety razor in the market you can buy. It allows you to set the blade gap by twisting the handle and can go anywhere from the least aggressive shave to the closest shave.

Look & Style:

The Futur is probably more along the lines of function over form. I don’t particularly find this razor to be a “good looking” safety razor, per se, but it is very good at what it does. What it lacks in beauty, it makes up for in its ability to be a great safety razor.

Durability:

It’s made from German steel and more likely to break whatever you drop it on versus itself being damaged. I don’t think there is anything to worry about when it comes to the durability of this safety razor.

Pros:

  • The adjustability
  • The heavyweight and durability

Cons:

  • Not the most beautiful looking razor
  • No features to help with grip when wet

The Best Safety Razor In Multiple Colors

Edwin Jagger Double Edge

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The Edwin Jagger is one of the most highly rated and affordable safety razors in the market. That’s probably why it comes in so many different options. It’s a 3 piece design that doesn’t have a lot of fuss about it and is really a great safety razor for beginners

Ergonomics:

The Jagger is a little over 2 ounces which is on the lighter side of weight for a safety razor and just short of 4 inches in length. If a lighter razor is something that best suits your hand, then this will have excellent ergonomics. I do think the handle could have a better design or knurling to make sure it’s easier to hold when wet.

Adjustability:

None

Looks & Style:

You will struggle to find a razor in the market that has as many different handle options as the Edwin Jagger. You can get everything from chrome, to copper plated and ivory handles. If a style is what you like, then this is definitely a safety razor that will work for you.

Durability:

I would only be concerned about the durability of some of the finishes that they offer. I know that plating from copper and some of the faux ivory handles could wear over time.

Pros:

  • Great for beginners
  • Lots of handle colors and styles

Cons:

  • Finished are plated and can come off over time
  • Ivory isn't real ivory

The Best Safety Razor For The Closest Shave

Parker 99R Long Handle

The Parker 99R is one of the closest, if not the closest shaving safety razor on the market. This is definitely not a product recommended to beginners as cutting yourself will be a frequent occurrence or razor burn as the gap between the blade and the cutting surface is much larger than beginner razors.

Ergonomics:

With one of the longest handles in the market and weighing in at just over 3.4 ounces, the Parker 99R has great handling and a lot of weight that allows the head of the razor to do a majority of the cutting.

Adjustability:

None

Look & Style:

The Parker 99R has a classic handle with knurling on it for better handling when wet, but unlike other 3 pieces and butterfly razors, this one simply twists open to expose the razor head. It’s kind of a cool and unique look. I really love the simple straight bar a closed comb that makes this look classic.

Durability:

Parker is a very well established brand and the quality of its safety razors speaks for itself in the 1000’s of satisfied customers they have. With that being said, any device that requires more moving parts, like the Parker 99r twist-to-open razor head, is logically more susceptible to breaking over time due to more moving parts.

Pros:

  • The most aggressive razor your can buy
  • The long handle is easy to hold
  • Quick-release blade compartment

Cons:

  • Not easy to use for beginners
  • Butterfly blade compartment is more prone to breaking

The Best Safety Razor For Beginners

Merkur 23C Long Handle

The best feature of the Merkur 23 C is the handle. I’m sure the name gave that away, but the length of the handle and the design on the metal makes it one of the easiest razors to hold fro hands of all sizes. This is a very simple 3 piece razor that most beginners will find easier to use and the head is probably the middle of the road when it comes to how close and aggressive the shave is. 

Ergonomics:

While this safety razor is over 4 inches long, it isn’t super heavy. It weighs just around 2 ounces and fits really well in basically all hands. The handle is one of the most desirable features and sometimes I wish that all safety razors would just copy this aesthetic as it really makes holding the razor while wet a charm.

Adjustability:

None

Look & Style:

The classic closed comb and pencil silhouette handle with knurling makes this one of my favorite razors to look at. Surely this beautiful piece of metal will look good on any shaving stand.

Durability:

Chrome-plated, stainless steel is about as durable as you can hope to get. This is a three-piece razor where the top simply screws off, so there aren’t many things to break on this razor. I’m certain it will last longer than you’ll ever need it to.

Pros:

  • Knurling on the handle is great when wet
  • Easy to use and great for beginners

Cons:

  • At 2oz's the razor might be too light for some

The Best Safety Razor For a Long Term Investment

Feather All Stainless

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The Feather AS gets a lot of flack because it’s almost 4x’s as expensive as basically most razors in the market, and most people don’t think that is a premium they should have to pay. 

To which I say, Fair…

What makes the feather more expensive? 

It’s the extreme attention to detail. Every feather that I’ve picked up has great quality control. Every edge is perfectly polished or perfectly cast. It even has 4 little guides on the inside of the head that prevents you from over tightening the razor. The short answer is, the Feather All Stainless costs a bit more because it’s made from premium materials and because they can charge more this razor. If you like a more luxury product, then you’ll completely understand that. If not, there are plenty of other razors in a more affordable price range.

Ergonomics:

Everything from the length of this safety razor, to the weight, is about perfect. It’s right around 3.5” and weighs just over 3 ounces which give the Feather AS a really good balance point just below the head of the razor. This keeps weight out of the handle and towards the head so you don’t have to apply much pressure. I can also find no faults with the handle as it is perfect for grip when your hands are wet.

Adjustability:

None

Look & Style:

It should be expected that you won’t find anything “cheap” on this razor, but what you don’t expect is that every little design feature is excellently crafted. Looking down at the metal, you don’t find manufacturing blemishes that you’ll see on razors that are 25% of the price. It’s just a very good looking and well-designed razor.

Durability:

This razor is a simple 3 piece design made with very high-quality Japanese steel. I’m certain that you’ll be passing this down as an heirloom with how good the quality is. 

Pros:

  • Very well built with quality materials
  • Simple three piece design that will last for generations

Cons:

  • The Price

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