Safety Razor Shaving Kits – Are They Good Value?

The decision to plunge into the world of classic shaving wasn’t really all that difficult for me. I spent a little time doing some reading and weighing up all the pros and cons of wet shaving and in particular, investing in a safety razor and its companions.

The question that posed much more difficulty for me was “what do I buy?” Do I just buy a safety razor and build my own shaving set? Or do I purchase a you beaut, ready to go, no assembly required…safety razor shaving kit?

Personally, I ended up going with the later. The main reason was, I simply had no idea what to buy in regards to shaving brushes, shaving soaps, razor blades, shaving bowls, alum blocks, shaving stands, etc. Now not all shaving kits are created equal. You still may need to get one or two additional items, but you’ll have the basics so you can start your journey.

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If you’re a beginner to traditional shaving, buying a prepared kit is a great choice for a few reasons:

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  • You have everything you need to get started
  • Eliminates much of the decision making process
  • Gives you a starting point
  • Cheaper than buying items individually

Now if you’re a seasoned wet shaver with a well established set up, the thought of buying a full shaving set up may not be all that attractive. But if you need a couple of items, buying a kit may still be a lot better value.

You Have Everything You Need To Get Started

One of the great things about buying a shaving kit is that you are set up with the basics. As I mentioned earlier, not all kits will have everything, but you’ll have everything you need to commence your wet shaving adventure

Eliminates Much Of The Decision Making

With almost any new pursuit interest or hobby, getting guidance from professionals and those with experience, can be a massive help. Allowing the experts to help with your initial decision making can save you plenty of time and money.

Gives You A Starting Point

As most of you blokes would agree, working out what items you need for a decent shaving set isn’t exactly difficult, but it gives you a base from where to begin.

Over time, as your skills improve and you gain more experience, you’ll be able to judge for yourself what you like and what you don’t. From there, you’ll be able to try different razors, blades and brushes. Not to mention the world of artisan shaving soaps that await you.

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Cheaper Than Buying Items Individually

Right from the outset, I want to say that there is no problem with buying items individually when setting up your shaving kit. There is a certain freedom, a certain expression of individuality in doing so. But if this is all new to you, it just might be an advantage to allow those in the know, to put together a robust & functional shaving set for you.

Let’s have a look at a real life scenario. I’ve put together a list of items you might buy if you were creating your shaving ensemble:

  • Safety Razor
  • Shaving Brush
  • Shaving Soap or Cream
  • Aftershave
  • Alum Block
  • Towel

You can certainly get away without having one, but another handy addition you could gift yourself with later down the track would be a shaving stand.

Edwin Jagger is a well known and much respected name in the shaving community. Likewise, West Coast Shaving has established itself as a market leader in the world of shaving. So I’ve paired these two together for a real life comparison in buying items individually versus purchasing them as a kit.

The prices I’ve listed are current at the time of this article’s publication and may change. But even so, you will form a clear picture of the options available to you.  So without any further adieu, here we go!

Head to Head Comparison

Individual Items

Safety Razor: Edwin Jagger DE89L – Price $42

Shaving Brush: Edwin Jagger Super Shaving Brush (Medium) – Price $91

Shaving Cream: Edwin Jagger Sandalwood Shaving Cream – Price $16

Aftershave: Edwin Jagger Sandalwood Aftershave – Price $39

Alum Block: Shavex Jumbo Size – Price $11.99

Towel: West Coast Shaving Towel – Price $7.49

Total Cost – $207.48

Shaving Set

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With the exception of the Alum Block brand difference, the rest of the items are the same. If you were to purchase the above items as a kit:

Total Cost – $154.99

Now if you’re on a budget (or even if you’re not) a saving of over $52 is not something to be sneezed at. Although you could save the money, I personally might put it towards more shaving stuff. 😉

The above shaving set is but one example of the dozens of great shaving sets that will suit every budget and taste.

There are plenty of great places to shop for great quality and brilliant value shaving kits. A couple of my favourites are:

Conclusion

It’s truly exciting when you begin to look at all the shaving paraphernalia available these days. The varieties of razors, brushes, blades and soaps offer the opportunity to transport you to wet shaving heaven for a few lifetimes.

The truth is, if you wish, you can be quite specific about what you want in your shaving cupboard, particularly if money is no object.

However, you might be very similar to me when I first began classic shaving. With little money and even less experience, buying a shaving kit seemed to be the best option. And in retrospect, I couldn’t have made a better decision.

With my shaving set sorted, I now had no distractions or purchases to worry about. I could devote my time to honing my skills to become a better exponent of traditional shaving.

Have you had a shaving set yourself, or have you considered buying one? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

Time to get your shave on! 😉

24 thoughts on “Safety Razor Shaving Kits – Are They Good Value?

  1. Julius

    Hi I had no idea there where really good kits out there. I am looking something for my boys. Which kit do you recommend for a 14 and 16 year old?

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    1. Andrew Post author

      Hi Julius

      Safety razors are fantastic mate, but a word of caution, there is a learning curve with them. So you sons will need to exercise some patience. In saying that, I would purchase a set based around a good razor for beginners. I’d recommend either something in the Edwin Jagger DE8X range, or the Merkur 34C

      Cheers
      Andrew

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  2. Rachel

    Hi Andrew! Great article. You are very thorough with your information. I will be referring to this post when it is time for my son to shave. Thanks!

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  3. Roger

    Andrew,

    Great idea!

    I agree that getting a set is a great way to start any new endeavor.

    After all, how can you know what to choose when you are just a beginner?

    Of course it’s important to avoid trading high quality items for cheap stuff, but the set in your example is nearly the same for a lot less. That’s a 25% discount!

    As you become more and more experienced, then you can always decide to upgrade at some future date. OR, maybe the kit is exactly what you want!

    And how about this for a father’s day gift? How could you find out if your father might be interested in such a gift?

    Thanks for the information!

    Roger

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    1. Andrew Post author

      Hi Roger

      I 100% agree that if you are able to save yourself a few dollars & still purchase good quality items…full steam ahead!

      And yes these would be a terrific fathers day gift, however you’d need to ask a few subtle questions to be sure that it’s something he’d be interested in.

      Cheers
      Andrew

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  4. Steven Varley

    Love this article as it brought back memories of when I first got a proper shave, it was in Turkey with a cut throat but it felt amazing.

    I have gone back to having stubble from an electric shaver but after reading this post it has inspired me to go and buy a kit and go baby smooth, what would you recommend, the way you went or build my own?

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    1. Andrew Post author

      G’Day Steven

      It’s really a personal choice mate, but if you’re just getting started, I think the wisest way to go is with a kit.

      Cheers
      Andrew

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  5. carl

    Andrew,

    Interesting idea, although it seems a little expensive in comparison with a convenient electric shave.

    Perhaps this is something for the man with both time and money on his side?

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    1. Andrew Post author

      Thanks for your thoughts Carl

      Touching on a couple points:

      1) You’d pay $200 to $300 for a decent electric shaver (plus the power source). Considering once you have your shaving set, the only additional cost of classic shaving is razor blades (20c each). So this is comparable or even less than using an electric shaver.

      2) I agree that using safety razors take more time, however the experience and quality of your shave are poles apart. Many blokes who use an electric shaver claim that even the very best one’s can be uncomfortable to use and do a less than desirable job of shaving all the whiskers (particularly around the neck). I measure up the pros & cons in my article Manual Razors vs Electric.

      Cheers
      Andrew

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  6. Sam

    Awesome and informative post, I personally only shave with a straight razor, a lot of the other things irritate my skin, it seems like the single blade in a straight razor is much more friendly on my skin.

    Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Andrew Post author

      G’Day Sam

      I couldn’t agree more mate. Straight razors are great and you need to go with what’s best for you. Enjoy the journey!

      Cheers
      Andrew

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  7. Francesca

    Great post! You are right, a proper shaver kit is pretty important because is not only about having a beard, but having a really good one by taking care of it. I hope every man reads this 🙂

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  8. Rachel

    With Father’s Day right around the corner, this would be a great gift! Thank you for all of the great info! I just KNOW he will love it!

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  9. Andy

    Wow! I’ve never been introduced to the art of shaving with real razors. I remember I started out with a Schick but it was just too time consuming for me so I went with an electric. I definitely can tell the difference. With the electric shaver my face is not smooth and the stubbles grow back in a few hours. If I had more time to get ready in the morning perhaps I would try using a real razor. I haven’t experienced one yet so I’m actually pretty curious.

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  10. Pete

    I’ve always wondered about safety razors. I see them advertised sometimes, and I’ve always heard that they work really well and that it gives you a great close shave. I’ve always wondered about straight razors as well. I used to always get a straight shave when I went to the barber, and it always felt like a great shave. I know you’re a safety razor advocate, but I am curious as to what are your thoughts on straight razors?

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    1. Andrew Post author

      G’Day Pete

      Straight razors are fantastic! As they are a single open blade, a little more care and patience is needed. But like anything, in time, technique improves and you become more proficient.

      Cheers
      Andrew

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  11. Stuart Noel

    Wow Andrew,
    I am blown away at the great content, I have always just gone with the easiest fastest off the shelf razor to satisfy the job. I can see now that there are better ways to get the best shaving results. Thank you for sharing this information and giving the options to help us get better results.

    Stuart

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  12. Ryan

    Very informative, I haven’t considered buying my own personal kit before but I guess you’re right, they will end up providing quite a bit of value in the long run.

    Thanks for the review Andrew

    Reply

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