So you’ve taken our advice and purchased your first safety razor and you want to know which double edged Razor Blade is the best.
We get it, you’ve just made an investment and don’t want any old double edged Razor Blade in your brand new safety razor.
Whichever double edged Razor Blade you choose, it’s going to be sliding against your face and chopping off that facial hair, so if you are going to putting a sharp blade against your face, you want it to be high quality and to last at least a few shaves.
If you're like us then you want the best double edged razor blade you can buy. Before we recommend some double edged razor blade.
Perhaps you should know what a double edged razor blade actually is.
The basics of double edged razor blades
So you’ve decided that double edged razors are for you.
Awesome, welcome to the club!
We are are rather fond of the double edged razor blade ourselves and we’re going to give you some helpful tips on how to choose and use them.
So what is a double edged razor blade
A double edged razor blade is exactly like it sounds, its a razor blade with two edges one on each side, hence the name.
But don’t let the name scare you, your safety razor will protect you from those sharp edges using its guard, hence the term “safety razor”.
Yup we are being the masters of obvious right now, these tools of the trade used to be all the norm but were replaced by the “easier to use” disposable options, sacrificing the shave quality.
Why should YOU use a double edged razor?
There are many reasons, but here are the main three that reasons you should jump on this bandwagon.
- They are very cheap and by having two edges they last longer than the new school multi blade razors.
- The razors are also slimmer So are able to get into places that larger style razors may not be able too.
- They give a closeness of shave that cannot be beaten.
- Lastly and perhaps the biggest reason, Your face will never be as smooth as when its been shaven with a safety razor and double edged blades.
Tips for using a double edged razor
Here are some tips to using a double edged razor.
- Apply no pressure – You don’t need to beat up your skin with these razors, if you’re too rough with them it don’t be long until you’ve tweeting #therewillbeblood and using a vast amount of toilet paper to stop the bleeding.
- Be Gentle - All you need is a bit of light pressure and the weight of the safety razor to get the job done.
- Use the correct angle – When shaving with a double edged razor blade you should shave at roughly a 30 degree angle.
- Slow and steady - You want to be going slow, taking short delicate strokes.
- Stretch that skin – Stretch your skin to make it as smooth and flat as possible, this will ensure your double edged razor blade comes in contact with as much of that stubble as possible.
- Rinse often – Keep that razor nice and clear, rinsing both sides often, you don’t want the razor blade clogging up with hair and lather, a clogged up razor won’t be in contact with the skin and will miss your stubble.
Things you should consider when looking for the best double edged razor blades
It can be difficult to pick the best double edged razor blades, I mean they are all the same size and design this is due to the double edged razor blade having a standard across the industry.
They have to right? otherwise how would they fit your safety razor.
So here are a few facts that apply to almost all the double edged razor blades.
There are many types of coating, some manufacturers make their own.
Though at their core they are made from stainless steel.
Price is one of the biggest differences between double edged razor blades.
Prices change depending entirely on the type, manufacturer and quantity.
A Safety Razor may seem like a steep up front investment but you save money very quickly in the cost of the blades.
The double edged razor blades almost always come individually wrapped and most come in packs of 5-15 blades.
These are normally stored in a small plastic box which has a compartment at the back for you to store and dispose of the used blades, removing any risks when disposal.
Double edged razor blades come in a wide range of sharpness.
Ranging from pretty sharp, to WHOA it can cut through anything!
A common myth is that the sharper the blade the better, but that isn’t always the case.
There are many factors that contribute to how close the shave is, how comfortable and yes sharpness is one.
We have found that the middle of the range in terms of sharpness is usually the best.
As you can imagine there are a lot of factors that contribute to how well a blade performs, there are factors that are unique to you.
Like the thickness of your beard, the pattern of growth, your facial structure, the pre-shave oil you're using, the shaving soap and even the safety razor you use.
There is no sure fire way to tell which blade will be the best for you, we mention this as you will probably will experience a level of trial and error whilst finding the perfect shaving combination.
Again there are a lot of factors that come into play when it comes to durability, your beard being one of them, the lubricant you use but you will find that each blade will last between 4-5 shaves.
But your mileage will vary.
As you can see there is a fair amount of consider when choosing which blades are right for you and experimentation will help you find the perfect blade.
However we will recommend some of our favourites.
We recommend you get a sample pack of any blade before committing to bulk buying.
This will let you test all the different kind of blades.
Now onto the best double edged razor blades we’ve found.
Our choices for the best double edged razor blades in 2016
There is no be all end all winner when it comes to double edged razor blades, it really does come down to personal choice.
Though there are some double edged razor blades that pair up well with certain safety razors, so whilst we cannot give you a definitive winner, we can suggest which razor blades work best with which safety razor.
Find our picks for the best double edged razor blades on the market today and which safety razors they pair up well with below.
Astra Double Edged Razor Blades Review
If you frequent any shaving forum you will notice that Astra comes up a lot.
These blades tend to his the sweet spot for any guy, they’re sharp but not too sharp, they produce a comfortable shave and they’re durable.
These blades are stainless steel which has been coated in platinum.
Feather New Hi-Stainless Platinum Coated Doubled Edged Razor Blade Review
We mentioned above that there were blades that could cut through anything? Ok, we exaggerated… But only a little bit!
These Feather New Hi-Stainless Platinum Coated Double Edged Razor Blades are incredibly sharp and are probably best only for experienced shavers.
The blade itself is stainless steel coated in platinum and honed to a very fine edge.
Because they are so sharp, they are very well-suited for shaving multiple days of growth and do well with thick stubble.
These will work well with any safety razor but due to their sharpness and ability to cut through the thickest beards.
We’ve found they pair up nicely with the Merkur Futur, which is a great safety razor for gentlemen with big hands and tough beards.
Derby Extra Double Edged Razor Blades Review
We mentioned earlier than some manufacturers come up with their own coatings.
Well, welcome to the Derby Extra Double Edge Razor Blades.
These are made of hardened Swedish steel, through some space aged process which we couldn’t explain if we tried these blades are coated with Derby’s proprietary blade of chromium, ceramic, tungsten and platinum.
They’re then coated with a polymer for comfort.
The polymer makes these blades extremely forgiving, making them perfect for beginners.
These will work well with any safety razor.
Our advice is to give all 3 a try.
Well unless you are a beginner then avoid the Feather New Hi-Stainless Platinum Coated Double Edged Razor Blades until you’ve some experience under your belt.
Make sure to get the sample packs to try each out before a big purchase.