The joy of using a safety razor is that double edge razor blades are cheaper and more environmentally-friendly than plastic cartridge razors.
They are the very essence of sustainability – made minimally but to great quality. They’re nothing more than a thin sheet of stainless steel – often coated with a microscopic layer of platinum for optimum sharpness. This means they are usually recyclable.
So unlike cartridge razor blades that cost more money, take up lots of shipping space, clog easily and then go to landfill, a double edge blade comes packed in a set of five or ten in a small and dense box at a low price. The shaving experience is superior and the waste is minimal.
Find The Right Double Edge Blades
What’s more is that with such a simple product, there’s not much that can go wrong. So from the finest Merkur DE blades to the cheapest blades, you’re very likely to get good quality. And unlike many things in today’s world the size and fit is standardized so no matter what age or brand of safety razor you have, you’re unlikely to find blades that don’t fit it.
That said, many safety razor users have a preference. So it’s probably best to shop around and buy double edge blades from a range of providers until you find the one you like. If you don’t then you can stick to the cheapest safe in the knowledge that you have found the right deal for you.
Where to Find Safety Razor Blades
The only issue is availability. And that’s not surprising given that double-edge blades are seen as more of a niche product. Shops are likely to sell fewer and make less money because they are cheap. That means many shops simply don’t stock them. In some cases we’ve seen shops sell “starter” sets of a safety razor with a pack of blades but no way to buy just the safety razor blades.
Thankfully double edge razor blades are easily found online. In fact you can buy in bulk if you have the space to store them. If you don’t then thankfully many smaller boxes are Amazon Prime eligible so you can quickly order more when you run out.
When to Change Razor Blades
When to change razor blades is a difficult question depending on a variety of factors:
- How often you shave
- The density of your stubble
- Whether you shave your full face or have facial hair
- If you shave elsewhere – your head or otherwise
- How close a shave you like
- How flush you’re feeling – you can use a blade for many shaves in theory, but nothing is as clean and comfortable as the first shave of a new blade.
Generally a blade used once a day will last 2 – 3 days. Remember that includes using both sides of a double-edged razor blade. Don’t try and keep track of which side of DE blades you use as you’re unlikely to remember and it’s often easier to use both sides in one shave when shaving with and against the grain.
Bulk-Buy Double Edge Blades
Thanks to Amazon you can bulk buy boxes of 50 or even 100 safety razor blades which could potentially be a whole year’s supply.
Packs of 10 Double Edge Blades
Many people simply can’t store that many double edge razor blades. Bulk-buying also means committing, whereas if you’re trying out your first safety razor you don’t want to commit quite so much. We also suggest sampling different brands of DE razor blades to find the one you like most.
Here’s a range of safety razor blades in manageable packs of five or 10.
I’m on a mission to help millions of people around the world ditch expensive and wasteful plastic cartridge razors and switch to traditional safety razors that are far better for the planet.
I discovered the joy of traditional shaving when I was just 14, less than a year after I even started shaving at all. I loved the time-honoured ceremony, precision and quality of soap, brush, razor and aftershave.
My double-edge safety razor from Merkur is still the same one I use every day, although I’ve enjoyed experimenting with a range of models over the years.
Paradoxically I have also been through a long list of interesting facial hair styles, but have never stuck with a full beard. Instead I am normally sporting very intricate mixes of sideburns, moustache and goatee that makes a good shaving system essential.