Most men today use disposable razor cartridges for their morning shave. A majority of men just pick up a pack of disposable cartridges at the store for anywhere between $20 to $25. Recently, there has been a small resurgence in men who have made the switch to safety razors. Subsequently, there have been a lot of questions about safety razors here at the QG. A few of the most popular questions are the following: What difference does it make? Why should I use one? Does it give me a better shave? Or our favorite, “Will I kill myself trying to use one of these?” To answer these questions we will have to briefly look into the past, first at safety razors and then at disposable cartridge razors.
Though forms of safety razors have been found earlier, they were patented in the 1800s. The basic design was as follows: A straight handle joining with a comb like head that would house a razor at an angle. The razor was intended to make grooming more accessible to the masses and to make shaving easier than using a straight razor. In the 1900s, King C. Gillette introduced the first disposable razor to be used in a safety razor. Prior to then, razors were still stropped and honed for maintenance.
Cartridge razors came to the scene in 1970. The first of it’s kind was designed by Wilkinson. This was a single blade disposable cartridge that would attach with a corresponding handle. A year later, Gillette came out with the multi-blade cartridge razor. It was a double-blade cartridge that could be discarded. A few years later Bic introduced a disposable razor. This was a razor cartridge and handle system that was completely attached and could be thrown away after use.
The idea behind the multi-blade cartridge razor is to deliver a close shave by having one blade pull on the follicle and having the second blade cut the hair behind the first. This, in theory, would give a person a closer shave, but it has its problems. The system itself can be harsh to the skin around the face by tugging on the follicles. Ingrown hairs are another issue of cutting hair below the epidermis. The industry’s answer seems to be to add on more blades to their cartridges, causing more irritation.
Safety razors have one sharp blade. With proper angle and technique the safety razor glides across the face to cut the hair follicle off with one pass. Giving the user the ability go cross or against the grain of the beard to deliver an even closer shave. With fewer blades passing through the beard than the multi-razor cartridges, the safety razor is prone to less irritation. When a safety razor is used, only a small blade is discarded leading to less overall waste. In the long run, the safety razor is less expensive than its competitor, at an average cost of $.25-$1 a blade. It is easy to see why safety razors are the way to go for your morning shave. The QG invites you to browse our selection of safety razors here or stop by our shop to check out our collection of razors. Let us help you select your new safety razor.