I’ve reduced my shaving costs to almost nothing since using a safety razor. There’s a little bit of adapting needed but once you’ve got the hang of things you’ll never go back to using Gillette again!
Price of blades
I purchased 100 Wilkinson Sword Double Edge blades 2 years ago for £12 and still have 75 left! That’s another 6 years of shaving which works out at £1.50 per year. Admittedly, I don’t shave every day, but even if I did I wouldn’t envisage costs increasing that much. And it’s possible shaving with a safety razor is even cheaper! While researching current prices for replacement blades I found several sellers on eBay selling the same 100 pack I paid £12 on Amazon 2 years ago for £1.99!
I purchased an Edwin Jagger Chrome Plated Double Edge Safety Razor for £17 on Amazon. I expect it to last a lifetime. [**update** 4th March 2021: I bought Parker 99R with butterfly mechanism — what difference! better shave with fewer nicks and much easier to replace blades ]
Using a safety razor
Here are the 3 tips I wish I’d learnt from the beginning for getting far fewer cuts!
- Don’t apply pressure to the razor. You’ll notice most safety razors are heavy and this weight is used to lightly glide the blade across your skin.
- Move the skin to the left and right of your Adam’s apple. This is a game-changing tip – no more shaving nicks!
- Hold the safety razor so that it’s around 30 degrees to your skin. You’ll feel when the angle is right.
Modern-day razors compensate for when you change the angle and pressure whereas safety razors won’t. These tips will definitely reduce or stop the number of nicks you get!
Your on-going running costs are close to zero after purchasing a safety razor. Whether you’re using Gillette, dollar shave club or cheap disposable razors. Making the change to a safety razor will save you money while maintaining a close or closer shave to boot.