The hipster fever has finally got you or your old man who has seen you growing into a man has presented you with a shaving kit. At first, used to the usual quick pre-work shave, you didn’t have a clue about it but now the razor fever has got you and you want to move on to other blades and know what is the best double edge razor blade available on the UK market.
Let’s admit it, electric shavers can be as handy as MP3s, but nothing can beat the analog feel of a razor, exactly like the crispy sound of vinyl your parents forgot in the penthouse some 20 years ago. Take your hot towel, your vintage-looking can of shaving cream and sit back for Outsons’ guide to the 7 best double edge razor blades.
Wilkinson Sword Classics Double Edge Razor Blades
A good safety razor blade for beginners and at a decent value too for a top class double edge blade. The German brand is a guarantee when it comes to shaving and this model won’t disappoint. Wilkinson Sword Classics are one of the best double edge razor blades available. Silkier than a silky cat, easy to use and delivering a smooth shaving. The non-Classics version comes with an “oily” moisturising substance thought to give extra-smoothness to the blade when in contact with the skin.
Gillette 7 O’clock Double Edge Razor Blades
For the man who’s on the run but always want to look on point when getting to the office. This made-in-Russia blade from one of the field’s historical brands will take less than a handful of minutes to leave your skin smooth. It’ll deliver a super close shave just before doing your tie and running down the tube for your usual commute. Gillette improves a standard with Permsharp stainless, go for a classic and get one of the best wet shave razor blades out there.
Shark Double Edge Razor Blades
It doesn’t come everyday to find an Egyptian double edge razor blade manufacturer. It isn’t only the exotic factor to give Shark a certain charme, but everything from the packaging to the cost. 20 tucks of 5 blades for less than £8, stainless steel and great comfort. These blades have been traditionally used by old-school barbers and wet shavers and fit all the best shaving razors. Then, take a minute to appreciate the packaging. From the retro design to the warm red and yellow tones these blades look like those your grandad could have bought on a Egyptian holiday in the 1950s.
Feather Double Edge Razor Blades
One for experienced and skilled shavers, but what a blade. Platinum coated and hi-stainless, these blades are ideal for close shave razors and have in longevity a key feature. Their sharpness warrants incredibly smooth shaving, but at the same time make them not the easiest to handle for beginners. Feather blades are thought for the skilled shaving connoisseur who is happy to spend a bit more than usual as these blades come for $0.30 each.
Derby Extra Double Edge Razor Blades
Turkish-made Derby Extra are cheap razor blades but nontheless some of the most popular and best blades for safety razors. Derby Extra reviews are positive because these double edge blades have got great flexibility. This means that they are easy to use for beginners. Price/quality ratio is exceptional considering that the cutting edges are deposited with chromium ceramic, tungsten and platinum. A box of 100 blades only come for the price of two pints.
Kai Double Edge Razor Blades
Here’s another Japanese gem. Kai produces some of the best double edged razor blades and they are made from surgical-grade stainless steel by one of the country’s premier cutlery manufacturer. Kai shaving blades are particularly sharp. Previous experience with safety razors is required to fully enjoy the potential of these double edged blades. Kai don’t come cheap, but the 5 blade packet is less than £4 if you’re in for a treat.
Merkur Detailing Razor Blade
We do know Germans are precise and such a blade couldn’t come from anywhere else. Merkur offers this trapezoid-shaped blade which is ideal to refine your beard and moustache by shaving small areas. Merkur gets close to the skin to detail your style with precision and care doing nearly everything by itself. Hold the razor with a 30° angle and don’t apply pressure. Let the razor’s weight do the job when moving it with the grain (in the direction your hair grows).
To sum up, some essential tips when approaching the razor blade market:
- Don’t pick too sharp blades if you’re still a beginner.
- Use a 30° inclination when shaving with a safety razor.
- Don’t apply to much pressure on the razor to avoid cutting your skin.
- Multipacks are a good deal, but if you need to test a blade out go for 5 blade packs.
- Never forget that the success of a good shave depends on the shaving cream’s quality as much as on the blade’s.