Amazon with Simply Beautiful has the Merkur 20C Double Edge Long-Handled Safety Razor (Matte) for $24 with free shipping on $35+. Includes a Merkur sample blade. Features a matte finish handle for better grip.

  • Silver Tone Double Edge Blade Razor Shaver for $2.18 shipped
  • Retail: $34

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      fxp Ben's cred: 189
      Posted 6:01 am PST 12/11/13

      I faintly remember these safety blades, who would want to use them again? they caused more nicks and cuts when half asleep shaving. The Bic disposables are light years better.

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      zzyzx Ben's cred: 158
      Posted 6:42 am PST 12/11/13

      Yes, it takes a somewhat careful man to operate these types of razors properly. If you lack the patience and skill needed to safety use this type of razor you should stick with the plastic BICs or you might end up bleeding to death.

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      Petejc Ben's cred: 104
      Posted 7:01 am PST 12/11/13

      And I see you can even get the Gillette Blue Blades for them. But they are made in Russia.

      Anyway, real men use straight razors.

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      Sliver Ben's cred: 119
      Posted 7:25 am PST 12/11/13

      #1, I think that there is a building dissatisfaction with the ridiculous cost of "state of the art" modern shaving implements. I haven't made the switch to a safety razor. I've considered it, but there are too many times when I'm either half-asleep or in a big hurry and razors of more recent design are just a lot more appropriate for that. But certainly a safety razor, where your only ongoing expense is the relatively very modest cost of injection blades, is a way of avoiding paying so much to shave. I'm using a Sensor handle and 2nd party blades (grocery store and Target/Walgreen/etc.), and as those have gotten harder to find, I've found an Atra handle - Atra-compatible blades can still be found for dirt-cheap in most supermarkets. This is just another, more elegant way to go.

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      benben Ben's cred: 115
      Posted 7:43 am PST 12/11/13

      Sliver wrote:
      #1, I think that there is a building dissatisfaction with the ridiculous cost of "state of the art" modern shaving implements. I haven't made the switch to a safety razor. I've considered it, but there are too many times when I'm either half-asleep or in a big hurry and razors of more recent design are just a lot more appropriate for that.


      Have heart. I switched two months ago and it's not too hard. I used to shave with DE blades many years ago, and it does take a bit of practice to get it going smoothly, but it's not difficult. Also, the heavy razor like Merkur tends to have less vibration and the motion in general is more smooth. One thing, though - yes, you'll need to find the shaving cream/gel/whatever that works for you. I tried olive oil for holistic shaving and while it works with cartridges, it tends to dull the DE blades quicker than modern gels. Ultimately, I get quite a mileage out of my Personna blades. There are ways to sharpen them, too, which I haven't fully explored.

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      DEguy Ben's cred: 92
      Posted 9:08 am PST 12/11/13

      As a man who has been at this for a LONG time, when in a hurry, I shave with a twin blade disposable and hot lather from a machine. Those are perfectly adequate. With more time I use a shaving mug, good brush and twin blade disposable. I do have a safety razor (Gillette adjustable) and still occasionally use it. Even more rarely I'll use a straight razor or Rolls-Razor. I like nostalgia as much as the next guy, but the simple fact is that a modern twin blade disposable is a superior shaving instrument and much less likely to cause skin injury than any of the others regardless or one's skill level.

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      fc Ben's cred: 23
      Posted 10:01 am PST 12/11/13

      Been using a DE razor for 2 years now and would never go back to expensive Gilette Fusion and the other assorted brands at Walgreens.

      Although it may cause $30 to get started, the fact that the blades can be had for 10 cents apiece (I like Astra brand) means it will pay for itself inside of 3 months. But the best part is the quality of the shave is far superior. Smooth as a baby's bottom.

      In fact the only ones who dont agree that a DE razor offers a superior shave are those who have never tried one. Just look at the reviews on Amazon for Parker 22R (Thats what I use)

      Those who "cut themselves" are using the wrong brand of blades for their face or are newbies who are trying to shave too fast before learning proper technique.

      Just went on a trip to South America and was forced to use a Shick Quatro and had forgotten how inferior these high-tech new razors are too the old DE standard. By the way, I had a cut and razor burn on my neck from dragging along the Shick Quattro blade.

      Try a double edge safety razor and you will never go back to the over-priced garbage from CVS and Walgreens

      @DEGuy: No offense man, but you are totally out of touch. Hot lather has fallen completely out of favor, we use ice water now to shave with. It stiffens the beard and makes it stand up straight so that the blade can shave it in one quick pass.

      I dont know what kind of old-fashioned DE you have but the modern DE razors like Merkur and Parker are excellent and far better than the plastic handle crap from CVS. Plastic disposables are for the prison yard

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      dennis007 Ben's cred: 233
      Posted 10:04 am PST 12/11/13

      If you wants the blade to stay sharp longer. The secret? applied baby oil on the blade after each shave.

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      rkpoo Ben's cred: 142
      Posted 10:08 am PST 12/11/13

      This is an attractive offer, have not tried this yet. Of all the disposables, including the recent 5 (!) blade Gillette cartridges, the two blade Schick disposables from the clubs are best for me, especially for hurried shaving in the shower when needed. The Gillette has unequalled smoothness on the "flats" but is too clunky large on the curves and tight areas, and c'mon, $50 for blades?

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      BenKat Ben's cred: 468
      Posted 1:08 pm PST 12/11/13

      Shaving is for wussies and my mom's mustache. Be a man, grow a beard.

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