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The 5 Types of Razors You Will Ever Need (And How to Pick Yours)

Types of Razors

Did you know that your hair grows about half an inches every month? Or that the average man spends an average of just above 3,000 hours of his life shaving them off? Now that you know how many hours you are likely to spend in dealing with facial hair, here’s a list of the five types of razors you can use to make those 3,000 hours as pleasurable as you possibly can.

Disposable Razors

BIC Comfort Disposable Razor, 24 Count
  • 3 blades provide a close
  • comfortable shave
  • Lubricating strip with Vitamin E for added comfort

You most likely started your shaving life with a disposable razor. These are cheap, easy to find, and are meant to be thrown away after a couple of shaves. These razors are generally made of plastic with the shaving head and handle permanently attached to each other. These are the cheapest razors you will ever buy, and you will need multiple strokes to achieve a close shave.

Cartridge Razors

Gillette Mach3 Men’s Razor Blade Refills, 15 Count (Packaging May Vary), Mens Razors / Blades
  • Specially positioned blades progress gradually closer to your beard, resulting in fewer strokes
  • For an incredible shave, use with Mach3 Sensitive shave gel.Each blade has a patented DLC Comfort Edge to help minimize irritation
  • Advanced indicator lubricating strip features a gradually fading blue stripe to alert you that it's time to change blades
  • mach3 blade refills fit all Mach3 razors

Instead of an immovable head, cartridge razors have a flexible center that connects to a disposable cartridge head. Each cartridge head may contain three to six stainless steel blades in an attempt to cut as much hair as possible in a single stroke delivering a close shave that is just about what you would want for your day-to-day business.

When compared to disposable razors, these are one step above, so expect that they are going to cost a few extra dollars than a cheap disposable razor. Also, these are some of the safest to use razors and are the ideal choice when traveling abroad.

Electric Razors

Philips Norelco Shaver 4500 (Model AT830/46) Frustration Free Packaging
  • DualPrecision heads are designed with slots and holes to quickly and comfortably shave both long and short hair
  • A great gift, the shaver's Aquatec Technology allows you to shave wet with gel or foam for extra skin protection or dry for convenience
  • For best results, replace shaving head every 12 months with SH50/52 replacement head
  • Integrated pop-up trimmer is perfect for sideburns and moustache

The very first electric shaver was created and sold by Schick back in the 1930s. Since then countless modifications have been done to improve the electric razor experience, with perhaps, the most important one, being the removal of cables. Modern electric razors can run on ion-lithium batteries that last for weeks without a recharge.

Electric shavers do not require the use of shaving creams or soap, which is turning to be one of the greatest advantages of these type of razor, but on the other hand, this is not the best type of razor to get that neat close clean shave.

Safety Razors

Muhle Stylo Thuja Wood Safety Razor
  • Close comb head
  • Genuine Thuja Wood handle
  • Made in Germany

The safety razor was created by King C. Gillette back in 1904, and it was designed to minimize, if not to fully eliminate, cuts when shaving. With a solid handle that ends on a metal head which holds a replaceable double-edged blade, this is a classic razor design.

These are a bit more expensive than disposable and cartridge razors, costing somewhere between $25 and $150, but with proper maintenance and care, they are bound to last you a lifetime. In addition to the cost of the razor, you will need to replace the double-edged blades once a week, or on a per need basis, at a cost of $1 to $3 per blade. 

As opposed to other razors that are initially cheap but require more expensive maintenance in the long run, a good quality safety razor requires a higher initial investment but eventually allows you to save with low-cost double-edge blades.

If you are used to disposable and cartridge razors, keep in mind that double-edge safety razors may also take a bit of mastery before you are able to enjoy a close shave that is free from nicks and small cuts.

Straight Razors

Straight Razor Natural Wood Scale Handmade – Sharp, Stainless Steel Cutthroat Straight Edge Blade, Vintage Wood Handle, Barber Approved
  • Classic vintage style straight edge razor, premium quality.(Please Note: Another Seller "Crema Shaving" Is Selling Counterfeit Product with Pool Quality and without Our Logo)
  • Blade is pre-sharpened manually before sending out, made by quality solid stainless steel, edge holding.
  • Scale made by mahogany wood, 100% natural, polished without painting, unique color for each. Contoured to fit your palm well
  • Hollow design is conducive to dry razor after use and inhibit bacterial growth.
  • Comfort in use, smooth and easily for traditional shaving.

Also known as Cut Throat Razors, Straight Steel Razors were first produced in Sheffield, England during the 1800s. Straight razors consist of a permanent blade made of hardened steel that folds into a handle which may be made of metal, horn, wood, plastic or bone.

With prices ranging from $40 to $200, from a basic stainless steel design to a luxurious wood finish, there are razor blades for all sorts of buyers. The major benefit of a straight razor is that you just don’t need to worry about replacing blades, though these models will require some maintenance to keep the blade from getting dull.

Using a straight razor will surely make you look like a badass but they require a great deal of mastery to ensure that you do not get injured while trying to get the closest cuts. The permanent blade on a straight razor is extremely sharp and it can easily cut to a deep skin dept if one is not careful while shaving.

How to Choose the Right Razor for You

A well-groomed face is a good sign of a positive attitude and professionalism. Even little stubbles that one has let on for just a couple of days are enough to alter a man’s overall appearance. So, choosing the right razor is half the way to set yourself towards building a skill that will serve you for a lifetime.

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