Safety Razor - 3 Piece
Our 3-Piece safety razor is made by Albatross Designs and is beautiful, durable, ultra-functional and affordable. The 3-Piece secures the blade by sandwiching it between the two, top blade holding plates and then screwing on the razor handle until snug. This is an especially great model for travelers as it can be disassembled into a compact size that fits into even the most packed bags.
We also carry the Butterfly model for even easier loading of the double edged blades
Razor comes with 10 blades and an envelope that you can collect your used blades in. You can return your used blades to us and we will send them back to Albatross where they are upcycled into new (non-razor) products like Take Back Ware.
Tips for using a Safety Razor for the first time:
- First, make sure you are using a good lubricating shaving cream or soap. This is Critical to ensuring the blade can glide smoothly over your skin
- Hold the razor at an angle of about 30 degrees between the blade and your skin
- Do not apply much pressure or pull too hard; the weight of the razor itself is acting on the blade and that is generally sufficient for a great, close shave
- Use short strokes, especially in the beginning
- Rinse the blade often as you go
- For an excessively excellent shave, try shaving after a shower or steam bath. The heat, water, and steam help to soften the hair for an even better shave. Note, this is not necessary though
We also recommend watching Youtube videos. Here is one made by Albatross that focuses mostly on shaving the face, but a quick search will bring up many other Youtube videos for more details on using safety razors.
Caring for your Safety Razor:
Like any good tool, taking care of it will make it last longer. You should rinse all the soap/ hair/ gunk/ etc. from your razor after each use. Then shake it dry. Ideally you will store it somewhere dry, please do not store wet. You can clean your safety razor and blades by soaking in vinegar and water for 10 minutes. If you notice corrosion or rust starting to develop you can also generally rub that spot vigorously with a terry cloth towel, or if a more aggressive approach is needed, use a small piece of emery cloth.
I was super nervous about moving to this kind of razor, I grew up on the pink disposable ones. I will not ever go back. It was a new skill for me to learn for sure but having the right soap helps a lot. I get a better shave and can send back the blades and they recycle them in to silverware. I love that.