Single Blade Shaving Razor – An Essential Guide

By Jean Alfonso / April 14, 2017
Single Blade Shaving Razor – An Essential Guide

Shaving has been part of almost every man’s life for the past one hundred years or so. At a certain point in history, not too long ago, men decided facial hair was an option, and those who wanted to get rid of it would make an appointment with a barber in order to get the unwanted hair removed. Shaving was an art back then, and a professional was required to achieve a safe, neat shave.

As time passed by, the necessity for a personal blade ended up in the invention of the safety blade. This new way of shaving involved less skill and those who were initially afraid of getting hurt with the barber’s blade were now able to do the deal themselves.

However, the single blade shaving razor still demanded higher abilities than the multiple blade razor most people buy these days, and although the advantages obtained from using the former one, the latter disposable razor rules the market.

Single Blade Razor vs Multi Blade

The benefits of a single blade razor are far greater than you could imagine:

  • Costs are reduced. A typical multiple-blade razor pack is usually ten times more expensive than a single blade razor. Ten times! The same thing happens when you try to acquire your shaving creams and soaps in a drug store: although they might cost less than natural, traditional shaving creams, you will find yourself needing more product in the long run. This won’t be helping you save money at all!
  • It reduces the environmental impact. Disposable multiple-blade razors are, as their name tells you, exactly that: non-recyclable. This might not have been much of an issue when they were first invented over fifty years ago, but now that we are aware of how much waste is being produced with our plastic-derived lifestyles, it is necessary to put away those numerous cartridge razors once and for all.
    • It leads to better shaves. As simple as that. Most man don’t realize it because they probably have never tried a wet shave with a single blade razor, but some electric razors and multiple-blade razors irritate the skin, cause bumps, burns, redness and ingrown hairs. A single blade razor shaving avoids irritation and allows you to end up with a neat and consistent shave while making your face look healthy.
Single Blade Shaving Razor

What usually happens is that the multiple blades in common razors are placed so close together, that it will end up requiring several passes across the skin to fully eliminate the hair. This can easily create skin irritation and discomfort. On the other hand, single blade safety razors cut the hair without pulling it or clogging, resulting in a far better shave.

How To Shave With A Single Blade Razor


Required Tools

  • Firstly, you need to obtain a safety razor, which you can find in several places: antiques stores, online, or even through an older uncle in the family! If you would like to buy a new one, you can always get it from one of the few companies that still make them.
  • To achieve a perfect shave, you will also need to stock up on the correct type of soaps and creams. Can products won’t do any good to your skin, so it’s a good idea to do some research and obtain shave cream and soaps made from natural ingredients that will truly nurture your skin and leave you with a great after-shave smell. You will notice these products may cost a bit more than the ones you find in a drug store but, as stated before, you will be needing less of it to create lather allowing you to save money in the end.
  • Lastly, you will need to buy a proper brush that you’ll be using to swirl the shaving cream and generate the lather. These brushes can be obtained pretty much in any related store.


Shaving Technique

  • Start by preparing your beard. This step is necessary if you want to reduce irritation as much as possible. This means you need to hydrate your beard in order to soften it enough for shaving. The best moment to do this is while you are coming out of a hot shower, but if you are doing it at any other moment, you should at least wet your face with hot water.
  • Take a tiny amount of shave cream, about the size of a nickel, and place it in a cup. After soaking your brush with some water, start swirling it so it can produce lather. Apply this lather to your face with the brush in whirling motions and smooth it out to cover all of the beard area.
  • Start the shaving. This is the trickiest part because it is quite different to shaving with multiple-blade razors, but once you have practiced enough, you will end up getting great shaves in little time. 

Secrets For A Great Single Blade Razor Shave

  • Use little pressure. The weight of the razor itself will be enough to cut down your beard, and if you apply too much pressure you will end up chopping your face so be careful! 
  • Angle the blade as far away from your face as possible. To get the right angle, you should put the top of the razor on your cheek while the handle of it is parallel with the floor. Slowly lower the handle of the razor until the blade cuts your hairs.
    • Shave in the direction of the hair growth. At the beginning, this might not give you a smooth shave, but after some practice, you will get it right. A single blade razor requires skills. If done incorrectly, i.e. trying to go against the grain on your first time, you might end up with a cut or two.

Final Step

Once you are finished shaving, wash your face with cold water to close your pores and reduce hair growth. Lastly, use an aftershave lotion of your choice. This step is as important as the rest as aftershave lotions contain oils that reduce irritation, nourish your skin and is the final touch for a neat, smooth shave. So, would I recommend a single blade shaving razor? Yes, definitely!

Video Tutorial: Pre-Shave Preparation 

Video Tutorial: Single Blade Shaving Razor

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    Jean Alfonso