What Is The Best Safety Razor For Beginners? – The Top 3


OK! You’re really keen on the whole safety razor thing, but there’s hundreds of choices out there!

If you buy a razor that’s too aggressive, your first experience with safety razors may not be all that pleasant. Let’s face it, if your first shave is uncomfortable & you get a whole bunch of bleeders, you’ll be hesitant to have a second crack. I know I would!

So! What is the best safety razor for beginners?

There are plenty of reviews out there offering a multitude of suggestions. Not to mention so much information that it becomes bloody mind-numbing.

I want to avoid all that rubbish by cutting out the fluff, & getting down to brass tacks by giving you my top 3 recommendations.

Any one of these would be a superb choice to begin your journey into the wonderful world of wet shaving with safety razors.

All right, let’s get a move on!

In no particular order:

Merkur 34C Heavy Duty

Merkur 34c

  • Design: Two Piece
  • Comb: Closed Scalloped Bar
  • Length: 84mm (3.3in)
  • Weight: 77g (2.72oz)
  • Price: Approx $34. 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 <==

So…which one’s the winner?

If you’re looking for your first safety razor, you won’t go wrong with any one of these excellent bad boys. I can’t split the Merkur 34C & Edwin Jagger DE89 as my first choice. Both are extremely well built & designed, delivering a consistently high quality shaving experience.

The 23C comes a very close second & only because I prefer the feel of a shorter, thicker handle in my safety razors.

What razor did you begin your journey with? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

Time to get your shave on! 😉

2 thoughts on “What Is The Best Safety Razor For Beginners? – The Top 3

  1. John

    Wow, I never even heard of this shaver before, but I think I’m going to try this one out. I seriously have been using this Mach IDK for how long now and I think it’s time for a new one. Do you think I should try this or do you recommend something else?

    1. Andrew Post author

      G’Day John

      You know you’re not alone. There are many people (particularly younger men) who have never heard of a safety razor.

      Yes I do recommend you try a safety razor. Either the Edwin Jagger DE89 or Merkur 34C would be a great start.

      It is a learning curve, but one that’s worth it for a better & more pleasant shaving experience.



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