Safety Razor Review

Photograph by Tala Parker

Photograph by Tala Parker

Safety Razors ≠ scary.

I switched to a safety razor in lieu of the disposable plastic razors I was using in the past and am so happy I did. Safety razors are much better for the environment and leave a closer, smoother shave than any other razor.

I bought my razor from Package Free Shop for $25. I chose the 3-piece style rather than a butterfly because it seemed more durable and overall smaller. A 3-piece can be broken down into three pieces, whereas a butterfly is twisted to allow for a blade to be inserted. Before each use, I’ll pop in a blade and then it’s ready to go. I use it just as I would with a plastic razor. I soap up my body, then carefully draw the razor over my skin. It’s important to be very mindful when you are shaving and to not go too fast. The only time I cut myself was when I got distracted and dug in too deeply. I recommend that you practice using the razor before you insert the blade in part because it requires a different angle than plastic razors do. After a few strokes of use I’ll rinse it off.

The most important part of taking care of your razor is to completely disassemble the razor after each use and to dry it completely. I store the blade in the little pouch it comes in to ensure I don’t accidentally cut myself if it’s lying about. At the end of the blades life, return it to its pouch and send it to Albatross Designs, PO Box 2254 Berkeley, CA 94702 for the steal to be recycled. The razor itself can last a lifetime if cared for properly but ultimately can be recycled.

Although more work, I highly recommend safety razors.