What Is The Best Cheap Safety Razor?

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It just doesn’t matter! You might be brand new to classic shaving, or maybe you’ve been a wet shaving aficionado for a few years. The truth is, we all like a bargain and we’d like to hope that what we’re buying is good value for money.

When finances are a bit tight, we all start to prioritise what’s important in regards to our budget. What you shave with is no exception. In previous posts, I’ve discussed the pros and cons of various razors and safety razors definitely take out the top gong for the most economical. The one off purchase of the razor, plus at only 15 to 30 cents per blade, really makes your choice a no brainer.

==> Click here for my shaving showdown: Safety Razors vs Multi Blade Razors <==

==> Click here for my shaving showdown: Safety Razors vs Electric Razors <==

But what is the best cheap safety razor?

It seems like a great idea to purchase a $10 razor off E-Bay, that is, until you start using it. As you’ve probably guessed, there are a few lemons out there. Even a quick search on Amazon will deliver you a number of cheap safety razors.

The trick though is to wade through the pool of options and find a double-edge razor that is not only reasonably priced, but gives you a close, comfortable shaving experience.

In a moment, I’ll introduce you to three razors that are not only brilliant value, but they are also well renowned for being robust and great quality products. Furthermore, if you are just beginning to explore the universe of classic shaving, the razors I’m going to recommend are the same as what I’ve suggested for new-comers in previous posts. These double-edge beauties offer a plethora of qualities that span the distance of new and seasoned wet shavers. Any one of these razors would be a perfect weapon of choice.

Merkur 34C Heavy Duty

Merkur 34c

  • Design: Two Piece
  • Comb: Closed Scalloped Bar
  • Length: 84mm (3.3in)
  • Weight: 77g (2.72oz)
  • Price: Approx $30. Click for Today’s Price at Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk & West Coast Shaving
  • My Rating: 5 out of 5

When you start talking about safety razors, the Merkur 34C is the standard by which others are judged. It’s reputation is unsurpassed. German manufacturing has a reputation for perfection. This razor has a rugged look & feel. It has what you’d call a medium aggressiveness which is brilliant for those new to wet shaving. Once you get past the learning curve that all new double-edge users face, this razor will last you a lifetime.

Although the handle is the shortest of the three, it is slightly heavier than the Edwin Jagger. The handle grip is secure, with much of the weight in the head. The result is a very comfortable, close shave. A two piece razor, that’s not only solid & good looking, but it’s very easy to clean, & blade replacement is a breeze.

The Merkur 34C has an uncomplicated robust design, which is easy to use & performs beautifully.

You don’t have to be Einstein to see why this is the first choice of many double-edge aficionados around the world.

Merkur 23C Long Handle

 Merkur Long Handled

  • Design: Three Piece
  • Comb: Closed Scalloped Bar
  • Length: 101mm (4in)
  • Weight: 61g (2.15oz)
  • Price: Approx $21. Click for Today’s Price at Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk & West Coast Shaving
  • My Rating: 4 out of 5

The 23C has got a lot to love about it! The chrome finish on this razor is outstanding. The workmanship around the head just screams quality.

Like the DE89 it is a three piece design. Although blade replacement takes a little longer, it’s so simple even I can do it! This razor delivers a silky smooth shave. I believe it’s even less aggressive than the DE89 or 34C . Which makes it an attractive choice for new wet shavers. In saying that, any razor will slice you with poor technique.

Compared to the 34C, this is longer by a country mile. In saying that, it is also thinner. It gives you an amazingly secure grip & plenty of control to safely navigate around your face. If you are coming from the longer handles from cartridge razors, this will definitely make the transition more comfortable.

If you’re one of these blokes with good sized hands, this razor is a great choice.

==> Click here for my review: Merkur 23C Long Handle <==

Edwin Jagger DE89L


  • Design: Three Piece
  • Comb: Closed Scalloped Bar
  • Length: 95mm (3.7in)
  • Weight: 62g (2.2oz)
  • Price: Approx $27. Click for Today’s Price at Amazon.comAmazon.co.uk & West Coast Shaving
  • My Rating: 5 out of 5

The Edwin Jagger DE89 just has a certain, understated elegance about it. The mirror-like chrome finish & overall detail is second to none.The handle is slightly longer than the 34C, which for me feels very comfortable in the hand. The shave has a simplicity that’s hard to explain. These razors are finely balanced, making them very easy for the first time user. Blade replacement is slightly more fiddly than the 34C, but only by a matter of seconds. Like all razors, certain blades will give a different feel to your shave, but the DE89 isn’t aggressive in the slightest.

Another point not to be overlooked is the amazing price. You just feel like you should be paying a whole lot more for such a finely crafted instrument.

If you want a repeatable, pleasant experience in your double-edge journey, it’s pretty hard to go past the Edwin Jagger DE89.

==> Click here for my review: Edwin Jagger DE86, 87 and 89 <==


If you’re still undecided about plunging into wet shaving, my best advice to you would be…just do it!!! (Sorry Nike).

As you can see, you don’t need to pay hundreds of dollars to own a sturdy, well-built safety razor. Any of the razors I’ve suggested would be a worthy addition to your shaving cabinet.

Just take your time, be patient and begin to learn that rather than a chore, shaving can be a relaxing, almost meditative experience.

==> Click here for my tip: How Do You Use A Safety Razor <==

As usual, I’d love to hear about your experiences and get your thoughts. Feel free to drop me a line in the comments below.

Time to get your shave on! 😉

16 thoughts on “What Is The Best Cheap Safety Razor?

  1. Pete

    Now this post is more my speed about safety razors. i’m definitely always on the lookout for something that works great but isn’t going to break the bank. I’ve already heard about safety razors saving money just in the long run, but if you’re able to get them at a relatively decent price, that makes it even better. Thanks for info!

  2. Jaime

    Wow this is a great article. I’m in the military and we have to shave everyday which could be a dread at times. I’ve been looking up new shavers to try because the one I have hurts my face. Which one would you recommend for everyday use?

  3. Derrick

    Those blades are beautiful! I’ve always been a Gillette guy, but I’m going to have to look into one of these. You actually had me shopping around your website.

    I really enjoy looking at this site. (those great looking razors don’t hurt either)! Great job.

  4. Anthony

    These razors remind me of the type of razor my granddad used to shave with back in the day. Is it a retro fashion coming back, of did these never go out of style? I still use the branded throw-away versions, but you have definitely caught my attention with these.

    1. Andrew Post author

      G’Day Anthony

      People have always used safety razors, however in recent years, this simplicity of shaving has made a massive resurgence. Mainly because it’s economical and you get a better result.


  5. Matt

    You had me sold as soon as I saw ‘cheap’ 🙂
    I’ll be sure to check these out but quick question. You talked about safety razors. Whats the difference between a safety razor and a regular razor?

    1. Andrew Post author

      Hi Matt

      Safety razors use one replaceable razor blade as opposed to a cartridge style razor having 3 to 6 blades. Unfortunately, more blades means more irritation.

      I compare the pros & cons of both in my shaving showdown Safety Razor vs Multi Blade.


  6. James W D

    Andrew, I have been looking at using razors like this, but not for my chin. I am looking to shave a bit higher up on the old dome per say.

    Is there any difference when it comes to razors like this if I am looking to shave my head rather than my chin?

    1. Andrew Post author

      G’Day James

      Many blokes use safety razors to shave their “domes” 😉 Ant one of the razors I recommended in the article would do a great job!



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