Traditional Double Edge Safety Razors

Traditional double edge safety razors—or simply safety razors or DE razors for short—is the name for a shaving device with a protective barrier positioned between the edge of the cutting blade and the skin. These razors are an excellent way to achieve a close, clean and smooth shave without the unforgiving nature and difficult learning curve of straight razors.

With a range of the best double edge safety razors from leading manufacturers, including Edwin Jagger, Merkur, Muhle and more, you’re sure to find your ideal razor from The English Shaving Company. Make sure to check out our range of women's DE razors as well for an enhanced beauty regime.

Rockwell 2C Gunmetal DE Safety Razor
Rockwell 2C Gunmetal DE Safety Razor
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RRP €33.30 Was €37.00 Save £4.44
Muhle R101 Black DE Safety Razor (Open Comb)
Merkur 34C DE Safety Razor (Closed Comb)
Merkur 34C DE Safety Razor (Closed Comb)
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RRP €35.10 Was €39.00 Save £4.68
Merkur 20C DE Safety Razor
Merkur 20C DE Safety Razor
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RRP €35.96 Was €39.95 Save £4.79
An Open Comb Muhle R41 Black Chrome Safety Razor
Muhle R89 Black Chrome DE Razor (Closed Comb)
Merkur 933C Travel Razor in Leather Case
Merkur 933C Travel Razor in Leather Case
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RRP €36.00 Was €40.00 Save £4.80
Muhle R89 Chrome DE Razor (Closed Comb)
Muhle R41 Chrome DE Razor
Merkur 37C DE Safety Razor (Slant Head)
Merkur 37C DE Safety Razor (Slant Head)
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RRP €37.80 Was €42.00 Save £5.04
Dovo Primo I DE safety razor
Dovo Primo safety razor (Chrome plated)
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RRP €38.25 Was €42.50 Save £5.10
Muhle Companion Unisex Safety Razor (Turquoise)
Muhle Companion Unisex Safety Razor (Blue)
Muhle Companion Unisex Safety Razor (Coral)
Muhle Companion Unisex Safety Razor (Stone)
Muhle R41 Rose Gold DE Razor (Open Comb)
Muhle R89 Rose Gold DE Safety Razor (Closed Comb)
Edwin Jagger 3D Laser Diamond DE Safety Razor
Edwin Jagger 3D Diamond DE Safety Razor (Closed Comb)
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RRP €39.60 Was €44.00 Save £5.28
Edwin Jagger Plaza Imitation Black Marble DE Razor
Edwin Jagger Imitation Ebony DE razor
Edwin Jagger Plaza Imitation Ebony DE Razor + Free Feather Blades
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RRP €40.50 Was €45.00 Save £5.40
Edwin Jagger Imitation Ivory DE razor
Edwin Jagger Plaza Imitation Ivory DE Razor + Free Feather Blades
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RRP €40.50 Was €45.00 Save £5.40
Edwin Jagger Black Chrome 3D Diamond DE Safety Razor
Edwin Jagger Black Chrome 3D Diamond DE Safety Razor
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RRP €40.50 Was €45.00 Save £5.40
Edwin Jagger Chatsworth Imitation Horn DE Safety Razor & Feather Blades
Edwin Jagger Chatsworth Imitation Ivory DE Safety Razor & Feather Blades

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A traditional Double Edge Safety Razor, also known as simply a safety razor or DE razor, is the name for a shaving device with a protective barrier positioned between the edge of the cutting blade and the skin.

Double edge safety razors as we would recognise them today have been around for well over 100 years, with the first patent for the safety razor submitted in 1880. They would have been the razor of choice for your father or grandfather before the cartridge system revolution in the 1970s and 80s.

Recent years have seen a rise in popularity for this classic form of shaving for a number of reasons. Replacement double edge safety razor blades are considerably less expensive than the cartridge system alternatives, making them more economical for long term use. Only one blade and no lubrication strip tends to cause less irritation on skin prone to redness and itching after a shave. Also, due to the reduction in single use plastic, safety razors are better for the environment.

The English Shaving Company stock traditional double edge safety razors from leading manufacturers including Edwin Jagger, Muhle, Merkur, Rockwell, Feather, Parker, and Fatip. We have both men's and lady's razors too!

Although there is a great deal of variation in terms of effectiveness, size, and appearance, double edge safety razors come in just a handful of different designs relating to the mechanism used for accessing the blade, and the style/aggressiveness of the head. The most popular mechanism is the ‘twist to open’ – this is often in the form of a three-piece razor where the base place and top plate that make up the razor head are removed entirely from the razor handle so the blade can be inserted in-between. Another form is the butterfly razor, where the razor head opens like a butterfly’s wings so the blade can be inserted. The aggressiveness of the safety razor shave is usually determined by the style of comb, or protective barrier, between the blade and the skin. The most common is a closed comb razor which offers the most protection between blade and skin, while slant and open comb safety razors tend to offer a more aggressive shave for those with particularly thick facial hair.

Traditional Double Edge Safety Razors are an excellent way to achieve a close, clean, and smooth shave without the unforgiving nature and difficult learning curve of straight razors. We've got a guide on how to get a close shave with a safety razor - check it out!