Learn To Use A Safety Razor And Never Buy Overpriced Blades Again

If you’re still using expensive cartridge razors or disposables, it’s time to give them up and learn to use a safety razor razor. This video from the The Art of Manliness will show you how.

This guide is easy to follow, and walks you through everything you need from start to finish, from shaving soap to a good shaving brush, and of course, the razor blades and the razor itself.

Shaving with a classic safety razor like this not only saves you a lot of money, it also leads to better, more consistent, more enjoyable shaves. If you feel like shaving is a chore that has to be done, using a safety razor like this can make it a bit more fun and luxurious. If you’re even more daring, we’ve shown you how to use a straight razor.

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    • i dont shave
      i pluck my facial hair (i started when i didnt have much to begin with)

      so my face is permanently hairless. and no stubble or hair folicle under the skin look either

      just requires a touch up every 2 days

      cost: $2 pair of eyebrow pluckers

      it hurts like a mother at the start
      but afterwards you barely feel it

      cant get smoother than that!

      may not work if you have coarse skin or huge pores.
      and remember to use facial cream after

  • Been doing this for five years, love it. Much better shave, no razor burn and good value. I’ve spent $60 on blades over four years. Take that Mach Three Turbo.

    • What? I get at least 4 months from my Mach 3 blades, which runs to about $12 a year or $48 over 4 years. That’s the problem – everyone still thinks that modern cartridges only last as long as traditional blades but they last much, much longer.

      • I can’t speak for you but I have quite thick facial hair, five o’clock shadow at lunch kinda thing. One cartridge would last me about a week, particularly hurting on the last few days, leaving my skin with glorious amounts of razor burn. I used a Fusion razor, because gimmick. From memory a four pack was $24, thats $288+ a year on just cartridges alone. That’s damn crazy.

        A steel blade is far cheaper and coupled with a badger brush and some shaving soap, will give you a far superior shave.

        I’d bet that if you can stretch a mach three blade for four months, you’d get buy on a single pack (6 blades) feather blades for over a year, about 33c a blade. So at $66 for a pack of 200 blades, broken up into 33 packs of 6, you should have:

        33 years worth of shaving blades for $66. Or, you can pay $400 for 33 years worth of shaving.

        Let’s just all grow beards.

        • It doesn’t work like that. You guys are just kids but when I started shaving there were only safety razors. The first cartridge style shavers were Bic disposables and they were hopeless. I used a safety razor for several years before I got an electric shaver but I continued to use a safety razor in the field during my 10 years in the Army. It’s not something new, wonderful or unknown to me. Quite the opposite, it is exactly the kind of thing I couldn’t wait to leave in the past.

          It also informed my previous comment. i.e. When I switched back to a twin-blade razor, I still treated it like a safety razor and changed the cartridge every week. It was my Dad who discovered that if you put up with two or three dodgy shaves, the blades eventually settled down and you could use it pretty much indefinitely. I’ve since put plenty of others onto this and they have all found the same thing.

          Just recently I got a Fusion Power (on special) and it is the best razor I’ve ever had. You can feel the difference over just dragging the razor across your face. Switching the power on makes more difference than changing blades after 4 months, even on a brand new cartridge, and it is the smoothest shave I reckon I’ve ever had.

          • When I was young we used to shave with raw olivine found only on Mount Sabretooth. Yes, you had to fight a sabretooth to have a shave.

  • I made the switch 4 months ago and will never buy one of those stupid multi-blade razors ever again. Better shave, cheaper and more satisfying.

  • Too much hard work.. I’ve been using the same Phillips electric shaver for 5 years. Cost of blades over that time: $0, cost of creams and whatnot: $0.

    Time per shave? 30 seconds.

    • I second this, use mine in the shower – no mess, no rash, nearly no time to finish. The initial cost is definitely offset by not needing blades etc for at least 2 years.

    • I’m not adverse to a quick shave, however cartridge and leccy razor’s alike give me burns and ingrown hairs.

      There’s just something about the prep. Lather and cream, face conditioning. Boiling hot water.

      The shave is ultimately closer and I haven’t had a single ingrown hair or zit since.
      For best results I always shave the night before, right before bed.

    • I started shaving with a safety razor just over a week ago, got a kit from mensbiz.com.au I was prone to ingrown hairs with every shave, haven’t had one since shaving with one of these. My shaves are closer too.

    • Mensbiz.com.au

      Pick your favorite looking safety razor (make sure it’s full metal), pick up a sample razor pack (they all have various types of blades and you need to find your best suited one,) a shaving soap or cream and a badger hair brush. You can get some form of aftershave/skin food but it’s not vital.

      Once you’ve got that, check out Mantics youtube videos for a good rundown on how it all works. Then figure out what works best for you.


      Couldn’t recommend the switch more.

  • To all those saying cut throat razors are better. They are…eventually. It is however a hell of a learning curve where you will get cuts and sub par shaves and this will go on for months and months. You also need to find someone to hone the razors which is very rare in Australia, or learn how to do it yourself which is an expensive setup and again, a long learning curve which is going to complicate your shaves as you use a an improperly honed razor.
    But it makes you sound like a man to say you use a cut throat razor.
    Personally, I shave using a live shark and use an electric eel dipped in gunpowder as after shave.

  • I use the cartridges, but I clean the blades straight after and make sure I don’t leave any moisture in them, Most cartridged have lasted about 6 months.

    The way to clean them is to rinse them in hot water, then dry them by running the razor in the opposite direction of shaving to leave them dry and remove any oil also. Works a treat but I want to try a safety razor for the cool factor, just scared to cut myself haha!

  • A few years ago I was using a straight razor which I found was really effective but I found I had to set the clock a half hour earlier to allow enough time to complete the shave. So I was saving money but I was “time-poor” . I must admit that the shave was superior to the cartridge razors.
    One luxury that I recommend to all aficionados of a good shave is to try a Turkish shave. When I was in Kusadasi I went to a barber and had the treatment that includes using fire to clean up the residue. Have a look at this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbOuCslWosQ. You have to try it !

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