Frequently Asked Questions About Wetshaving

Is wet shaving better?

Wet shaving can be better for some people depending on their habits, personal preferences and skin type. Wet shaving typically involves using a traditional safety razor, shaving cream or soap and a shaving brush to lather the cream or soap on the face before shaving. A high safety razor will provide a close is often recommended for those who have sensitive skin.

Wet shaving can offer several benefits over other shaving methods:

Closer shave:

Wet shaving can provide a closer shave than other methods, as the razor blade is able to cut the hair closer to the skin.

Less irritation:

Wet shaving can also be less irritating than other methods. A single edge blade glides on the skin with the help and use of a high quality shaving cream or soap that will help to lubricate the skin and reduce friction between the razor blade and the skin. Multiple blades on disposable razors can cause irritation and razor burn.


The use of a shaving brush can help to exfoliate the skin, removing dead skin cells and leaving the skin feeling smoother and softer. The price of quality double edge razor blades is significantly low, replacing your blade is very affordable and allows for a comfortable close shave and a more effective exfoliation.


Wet shaving is also more eco-friendly than other methods, as safety razors and blades are generally made of metal and can be reused many times, reducing waste.

However, wet shaving may not be suitable for everyone. It can take longer to complete a wet shave compared to other methods when you first start, which can be inconvenient for those with busy schedules. Ultimately, it is up to the individual to decide which method of shaving works best for them based on their own preferences and needs.

What safety razor is best?

Choosing the best safety razor depends on personal preferences, budget, and experience level. Here are some considerations:

1) Machined safety razor

A high quality machined stainless steel or titanium safety razor will last the longest, Chrome plated razors which are most common won’t last. They will typically break at the threads. I talk more about the material and manufacturing of safety razors here.

2) Material

If you are looking for a product that will last, look for premium high quality material such as 316L Marine grade stainless steel or Titanium. Be careful of 303 stainless steel as they are prone to rusting or "Tea staining" much quicker.

3) Aggressiveness

Look for safety razors that offer a comfortable shave for your preference. Look for base plate options. Ask about blade exposure. Look for reviews...

4) Price

A chrome-plated razor or a cheaply finished razor (not polished) will be much less expensive and gives you an opportunity to discover your preference. If you ever decide to get a quality heirloom razor consider our Cx models which are made from quality 316L stainless steel or Titanium.

Ultimately, the best safety razor is the one that feels most comfortable and provides the closest, most irritation-free shave for your skin and hair type. It's important to do your research and read reviews before making a purchase to ensure you choose a razor that meets your needs and preferences.

Why are safety razors better?

Safety razors offer several advantages over other shaving methods, which contribute to their popularity among shaving enthusiasts.

Here are some reasons why safety razors are considered better by many:

Closer shave:

Safety razors are known for providing a close and clean shave. The design of the razor head and the sharpness of the blades allow for precise cutting of the hair, resulting in a smoother finish compared to other methods.

Reduced irritation:

Safety razors can be gentler on the skin compared to multi-blade cartridge razors. They typically have a single blade, which reduces the chances of pulling, tugging, or clogging, leading to less irritation and razor burn. I talk more about sensitive skin here.


While the upfront cost of a safety razor may be higher than disposable razors or cartridge razors, in the long run, they are more cost-effective. Safety razor blades are significantly cheaper than cartridge refills, and they tend to last longer, saving you money over time.

Environmentally friendly:

Safety razors are a sustainable shaving option. Unlike disposable razors or cartridge razors, safety razors have a durable, reusable handle made of metal, and the blades can be easily recycled. This reduces plastic waste and contributes to a more eco-friendly shaving routine. I talk more about the environmental benefits of a safety razor here.

Traditional and enjoyable experience:

Wet shaving with a safety razor can be a ritualistic and pleasurable experience, a time to reflect. The process of lathering the shaving cream or soap, using a shaving brush, and taking your time with each stroke can create a sense of relaxation and mindfulness. Many people enjoy the traditional and nostalgic aspects of using a safety razor.

It's important to note that while safety razors have their advantages, they may not be suitable for everyone...I talk about some other options here. Some individuals with very sensitive skin or specific shaving needs may find other methods more suitable. Ultimately, the best shaving method is the one that works well for your skin type, preferences, and shaving routine.

Does a safety razor shave closer?

Yes, a safety razor can provide a closer shave compared to multi-blade cartridge razors. Safety razors typically have a single, sharp blade that cuts the hair closer to the skin in a single pass. This can result in a smoother and more precise shave, especially when used with proper technique.

Multi-blade cartridge razors, on the other hand, typically have multiple blades stacked on top of each other. While these razors are designed to offer convenience and reduce the need for multiple passes, the additional blades can sometimes cause the hair to be lifted slightly before being cut. This can lead to a shave that is not as close as that achieved with a safety razor.

The single blade of a safety razor allows for better control and maneuverability, enabling you to navigate the contours of your face more effectively. By adjusting the angle and pressure during shaving, you can achieve a close shave while minimizing irritation.

It's worth noting that achieving a close shave also depends on factors such as hair type, skin sensitivity, and personal technique. Experimenting with different safety razor blades and techniques can help you find the best approach for achieving the closest shave that suits your individual needs.

What is a safety razor?

A safety razor is a type of razor that has a protective guard that helps to reduce the risk of cuts and nicks during shaving. The basic design of a safety razor consists of a handle and a razor head that holds a single, double-edged blade. The blade is inserted into the razor head, and the guard helps to protect the skin from the blade's sharp edges.

The guard on a safety razor is typically a metal or plastic comb that sits between the skin and the blade, allowing only a small portion of the blade to come in contact with the skin. This helps to prevent the blade from cutting too deeply, reducing the risk of injury while still providing an effective shave.

Safety razors have been around for over a century and were once the most popular type of razor for men's shaving. Today, safety razors are still widely used and appreciated by shaving enthusiasts for their effectiveness, sustainability, and traditional shaving experience. The term safety razor has changed over the years, I talk more about the history of the safety razor here.

In contrast to disposable razors or multi-blade cartridge razors, safety razors are designed to be reusable and are a more sustainable option. They typically use less plastic and generate less waste, making them an eco-friendly choice for those who want to reduce their environmental impact.

What are the similarities and differences between a safety razor versus cartridge razor?

Both safety razors and cartridge razors are used for shaving, but there are several key differences between the two:


Both are hand-held shaving tools that require some degree of manual dexterity and technique.

Both use a blade to cut hair close to the skin.

Both have a handle that allows the user to grip and control the razor during use.


Blade: A safety razor typically has a single, double-edged blade that is inserted into the razor head. A cartridge razor, on the other hand, has multiple blades stacked on top of each other, typically 3-5 blades.

Shave quality: Many users report that safety razors provide a closer shave compared to cartridge razors, due to the precision of the single blade and the ability to adjust the angle and pressure of the razor during use.

Cost: While the upfront cost of a safety razor can be higher, the replacement blades are much less expensive and can last longer compared to cartridge razor refills.

Environmental impact: Safety razors generate less waste compared to cartridge razors, as the blades are usually made of recyclable materials and the razor itself can be used for a long time. In contrast, cartridge razors are typically made of plastic and are disposed of after a few uses, contributing to environmental waste.
Shaving experience: Using a safety razor can be more of a traditional and enjoyable experience, as it involves using shaving soap, a brush, and taking your time to achieve a smooth, close shave. Cartridge razors are typically more convenient and quicker to use.

Travel/Flying: In the USA the TSA currently bans carrying double-edge razor blades on airplanes but you can carry a disposable plastic cartridge razor.

Ultimately, the choice between a safety razor and a cartridge razor depends on individual preference, shaving needs, and budget. Some people may prefer the convenience and ease of use of a cartridge razor, while others may appreciate the closer shave and sustainability of a safety razor.

What gives the closest shave for men?

The closest shave for men can be achieved through a combination of various factors and techniques. Here are some factors that can contribute to a close shave:
Razor type: Safety razors are often considered to provide a closer shave compared to multi-blade cartridge razors. The single blade in a safety razor allows for better control and precision, enabling a closer cut.

Blade sharpness:

Using a sharp razor blade is essential for achieving a close shave. Dull blades can tug and pull at the hair, leading to an unsatisfactory shave. Regularly replacing the blades or sharpening them, depending on the type of razor, is crucial.

Pre-shave preparation:

Proper pre-shave preparation can help soften the hair and open up the pores, making it easier to achieve a close shave. This includes washing the face with warm water, using a pre-shave oil or lotion, or applying a warm towel to the face before shaving.

Shaving technique:

Employing proper shaving techniques is important for a close shave. This involves shaving with the grain of the hair growth, using short, gentle strokes, and avoiding excessive pressure on the razor. It may also involve making multiple passes with the razor, going across or against the grain, depending on your skin sensitivity and hair type. I talk a lot about the proper technique here.

Post-shave care:

After shaving, using a soothing aftershave product or moisturizer can help calm the skin, reduce irritation, and provide a smoother appearance.

It's important to note that achieving the closest shave may vary from person to person, as individual factors such as hair thickness, skin sensitivity, and personal preferences can come into play. Sometimes you don’t want to shave that close! Experimenting with different techniques and products can help you determine what works best for you in achieving the closest shave possible.

How does a safety razor work?

A safety razor is a type of razor that uses a single blade to shave facial hair. Unlike a cartridge razor that has multiple blades attached to a single unit, a safety razor has a single blade that is attached to the razor head using a locking mechanism. The blade is guarded by a “safety bar” that help to protect the blade from cutting too deep unlike a straight razor or a cut-throat razor which has no protection or safety feature.

To use a safety razor, you first need to prepare your skin by washing your face with warm water to soften your facial hair and open up your pores. Then, you apply shaving cream or gel to your face to help lubricate your skin and reduce friction.
Next, you hold the safety razor so that the blade is at a 30-degree angle(The handle will be at 45 degrees to achieve a +/-30 degree blade angle...more here) to your face and begin shaving in short, smooth strokes. You should use light pressure and let the weight of the razor do most of the work. You should also rinse the razor blade frequently during your shave to remove any excess shaving cream, hair, and debri.

After you have finished shaving, you should rinse your face with cold water to close your pores and then apply a moisturizer or aftershave to soothe your skin.
Safety razors are designed to provide a close and comfortable shave while minimizing the risk of cuts and irritation. They are also more eco-friendly than cartridge razors, as the blades are typically recyclable and produce less waste.

What safety razor should I buy?

Choosing a safety razor is a personal decision based on your individual needs and preferences.

Here are some factors to consider when choosing a safety razor:


Different manufacturers offer mild or aggressive razors. This is a personal choice base on your hair type and preference...I talk more about this here. We offer 4 different levels to customize your experience. We strive to offer a smooth shave regardless of your efficiency preference.


The weight of a safety razor can vary, and it's important to choose one that feels comfortable and balanced in your hand. Stainless steel is heavier, while titanium is extremely light.


Safety razors can be made from a variety of materials, including stainless steel, brass, and chrome plated. Finishes can vary from a polished finish to a dull bead blasted or machine finish….I talk more about finishes here. Some materials may be more durable than others, so it's important to choose a razor made from a material that fits your needs. Chrome plated is the least durable as it will corrode and crack at the threads.

Blade compatibility:

Not all safety razors are compatible with all types of blades, so it's important to check the razor's specifications to ensure that it is compatible with the blades you prefer to use. Single-edge razors have the most variation and the blades are the least available. Double-edge safety razor blades are universal, offer the most options, and are available in most places online, in-store, and in 3rd world countries. Blade choice makes a difference in the shave feel!


Safety razors can vary in price, from budget-friendly, cheap options to high-end heirloom models. It's important to consider your budget when choosing a razor. At Carbon Shaving Co. Our Cx-Brass is the lowest price and our Mokume and Damtanium are our high-end models.

Reading reviews and doing research can also be helpful in choosing the right safety razor for you.

What safety razor to shave head?

When it comes to shaving your head with a safety razor, there are a few factors to consider when choosing the right razor.


It's important to choose a razor with a handle that feels comfortable and balanced in your hand. For shaving your head, you may prefer a longer handle for better grip and control.

Blade exposure:

The amount of blade exposure can affect the closeness of the shave. A razor with a higher blade exposure may provide a closer shave, but it may also increase the risk of cuts and irritation.

Blade Gap:

The blade gap is important, depending on how often you shave your head. If you shave every day a smaller blade gap would be your best choice. If you shave more infrequently a larger gap will be less inclined to get clogged and will mow down more hair.

At Carbon Shaving Co. we recommend either the Mild/- or the + plate depending on your routine. With either these plates and your blade choice you can shave your head, you might need to experiment but enjoy the journey, often a sample pack of blades available on Amazon will give you the perfect shave. I talk more about blade choice here. It's also important to use a shaving cream or gel to help lubricate your scalp and reduce friction.

A safety razor vs a straight razor?

Choosing between a safety razor and a straight razor largely depends on personal preference and shaving experience. Here are some factors to consider when making your decision.

Shaving experience:

With a sharpened blade and proper technique, a straight razor provides a closer shave than a safety razor, but it also requires more skill and technique. A safety razor is easier to use and less intimidating for those new to wet shaving. Often times a traditional barber will use a straight razor to shave. P.S. I highly recommend going to a barber at least one time in your life to have a straight shave!


A straight razor requires more maintenance than a safety razor. You'll need to sharpen and strop the blade regularly, and properly care for it, to prevent rust and damage(Straight razors are made from high carbon steel which will hold an edge better but will rust quicker). A safety razor requires less maintenance and is easier to clean.


A straight razor can be more expensive than a safety razor, especially if you opt for a high-end model. You'll also need to factor in the cost of sharpening and maintenance. A safety razor is a more affordable option, however, we also offer exotic material with our safety razors including Mokume safety razors, Stainless steel Damascus safety razors, and Titanium Damascus safety razors.


Some people find a straight razor to be more comfortable and enjoyable to use, while others prefer the convenience and ease of a safety razor.

Personally, a “Cut-throat” razor or a straight razor scares the hell out of me, it's not called a cut-throat on accident. Overall, if you're new to wet shaving or prefer a more convenient and easy-to-use option, a safety razor may be the better choice. However, if you're experienced with wet shaving and enjoy the ritual and skill of using a straight razor, then it may be a good option for you.


Misc. At CarbonShavingCo notes: Wet shaving is a bit of an art form. It is personal to your skin type, which dictates the type of soap and shaving brush you will be using. Opting between a straight razor or safety razor (disposable razors won't be the best of experiences at all). The use of some hot water to open up your pores and soften the facial hair is a good thing. When it comes to skin conditions, such as sensitive skin, razor bumps, and at times hair growth in multiple directions extra care and consideration must be taken and avoid razor burn caused by dry shaving, lack of lubrication, wrong direction, ingrown hairs, etc. At CarbonShavingCo, the construction and design of our razors aims to allow you to shave with a tool that can be bacteria-free as much as possible to help avoid allergic reactions by being polished with easy to clean surface, the design maximizes the flow of debris, the pinch design reduces gaps for the collection of debris and germs, we aim to help people with sensitive skin and prevent razor burn and ingrown hairs. We believe that wet shaving is the best approach with a good shaving soap as opposed to using men's disposable razors. This also applies to safety razors for women. Keeping your gear clean is so important if you are sensitive. Join the community of wet shavers today to learn more so you can enjoy your personal spa experience.

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