What Makes a Great Razor?

Not all razors are created equally. If you are looking for the best shaving razor, there are a number of factors you need to consider before making a purchase. It is also important to know that the best razor for someone else might not be the best razor for you. We all have different skin types, shaving regimes and budgets but with the information below, you will be able to get a much clearer idea of exactly the kind of razor you need. Ready for the closest and smoothest shave of your life? Read on:


Razor head

Selection of Edwin Jagger Razor Types

The most notable difference between the variety of razors on the market is the head type and blade system. The blade may be the only disposable part of the razor but it plays a huge part in the feel and quality of your shave. You have the choice between a double edge safety razor, which features a single double edge razor blade, and a cartridge razor, which can be fitted with either a Gillette® Mach3® or Fusion® multi-blade systems. A double edge safety razor is the most traditional design, providing a uniform and close shave without being too harsh on the skin. Gillette® cartridge razors feature compact blade systems, enabling multiple passes with every stroke. This makes your shave quicker but also applies more pressure to the skin. If you would like to know more about the benefits and key differences between double edge safety razors and Gillette® cartridge razors, read our previous blog post The Edwin Jagger Razor Guide for more in-depth information. 


Blade exposure and blade gap

Edwin Jagger DE89 Chrome Knurled DE Safety Razor (Closed Comb)

In addition to different razor types, two razors of the same type can have slightly different blade designs to be more or less aggressive. Blade exposure refers to the amount of the cutting edge that is exposed to the skin. As seen from our best-selling model, the Edwin Jagger DE89 Chrome Knurled DE Safety Razor, the most popular design is closed comb, which features a relatively straight safety bar with small grooves. This safety bar prevents too much of the double edge safety blade from being exposed, providing a milder shave that is perfect for those new to wet shaving as well as experienced shavers who need a quick morning shave.

Blade gap has slightly different meanings depending on whether you are referring to a DE safety razor or a Gillette® cartridge razor. When shaving with a single blade, blade gap is the space between the blade and the middle plate and controls how much of the blade is exposed. In a Gillette® multi-blade system, blade gap is simply the space between the individual blades. In both cases, if the blade gap is too large, the blade will feel too aggressive. Likewise, if the blade gap is too small, a single pass will not be close enough for a baby smooth shave. It is therefore important to strike the balance and find a blade gap and exposure that delivers the closeness you want. At the forefront of innovation, the blade gap of the Gillette Fusion ProGlide® system has been meticulously calculated to ensure the closest possible shave without causing skin tags and razor bumps. It also features a blade stabiliser, which maintains this perfect blade gap with each stroke.


Handle length

The most important factor when considering the dimensions of a razor is how it feels in your hand. Unfortunately, when purchasing a new razor online this is not an option, so as a rule we recommend a handle length of approximately 85mm (3.3”) but you should adapt this figure depending on whether you have larger or smaller hands. Some people also prefer a shorter handle as the centre of gravity is closer to the blade while others want a longer handle as it can feel more secure in the hand: it is all down to personal preference.

If you are planning to shave body hair, you will want a longer handled razor to make it easier to shave all the way down to your ankles. Our ladies’ razors are all over 100mm (4”), giving you the length and control you need for those hard-to-reach areas. If you still have questions about the dimensions of our razors, you can contact our customer service team via phone or email. They will gladly answer all your questions so you can be confident you are buying the best razor for you.


Handle weight

Edwin Jagger Bulbous Chrome DE Safety Razor & Feather Blades (Closed Comb)

A common misconception is that it is harder to shave with heavier metal razors than plastic disposable razors. In reality, you can use the additional weight to your advantage and rely on gravity to make it easier. You also want a bit of weight behind your razor as this forces you to take your time with your shave, rather than rushing the process and potentially cutting yourself. Although double edge safety razors are considerably heavier than cartridge razors due to the bulkier head, every model has been specifically balanced so the razor can effortlessly glide across your face without you needing to apply any force. For a particularly weighty razor that feels powerful in the hand, we recommend this Edwin Jagger Bulbous Chrome DE Safety Razor, which weighs 115g (4.1oz). However, most razors are between 60g–70g and still deliver a premium shave so there is no need to purchase a heavier model if you prefer something a little more nimble.


Handle design

Edwin Jagger Plaza Imitation Black Marble Mach3 Razor

As the very first thing you see, the aesthetics of the razor are hugely important. But it is not just a matter of what you find attractive, the materials and finish can have a huge impact on your shaving experience. With how often you rinse the blades, your hands naturally become wet or even soapy as you shave so if you are a bit on the clumsy side, you will want a razor with enhanced grip. This Edwin Jagger DE89 Chrome Barley DE Safety Razor has a unique barley knurling pattern, making it feel safer in the hand compared to a very smooth, plastic-coated finish.

While most safety razors feature a simple straight handle, there are several more ergonomic designs that fit more securely in the hand. In particular, the Plaza range has an eye-catching design with the rounded end proving particularly comfortable to grip and hold. Plaza razors are available as a double edge safety razor and with both Gillette® cartridge blade systems. For something a little different, why not try this Edwin Jagger Plaza Imitation Black Marble Mach3® Razor. It looks beautiful with the hand-polished chrome contrasting with unique black marbling, and its excellent quality, balance and weight make for an incredibly close shave.