Are Safety Razors Dangerous?
The short answer is no! In fact, a good double edged safety razor with a quality blade causes much less irritation than your typical cartridge razor.
Why? We have written a couple of articles that answer this question with specifics. You can find those articles and more information below.
In general terms a safety razor is, at minimum, as safe as a cartridge razor. The head of the razor is bent so that, in combination with the user, the blade can be positioned at just the right angle to maximize your shave and minimize your cuts.
So use that safety razor with an ease of mind!
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So what’s so great about single blade shaves? Until the 20th century, men shaved with various versions of straight razors. These were single blades, but maintaining them was time-consuming and dangerous to use. Basically, you were taking a knife to your face, and that’s about as safe as it sounds. With the invention of the safety razor (our specialty here at The Wet Shaving Club) in the early 1900s, you got a single blade that was safe to use that didn’t require sharpening.
A safety razor is going to give you a close shave. That one blade is there to do only one thing – cut hair. No pulling or tugging like with a cartridge, the safety razor gets right to business. When placed against the skin at thirty degrees, the blade is at the optimal angle to slice right through the hair. Because there’s only one, you’re only going to get a fraction of the irritation of a multi-blade cartridge. But that’s not the only advantage a single blade has.
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