Cartridge Razor vs Safety Razor: Which One to Choose | Fifth Avenue Barber Shop

Cartridge Razor vs Safety Razor: Which One to Choose

Do you want to get a better shave, but you are not ready for shaving with a straight razor? In this case, you need a safety razor. It is not a question, of which razor to choose: cartridge or safety one. A safety razor is probably better. We just show you, why a safety razor is better and why you should throw out your cartridge one.

For a long time, safety razors were the most popular. And we have the answer to the question: why. Check this blog and you will find a lot of useful information.

Cartridge Razors

These razors are usually plastic and have no weight, so you need to apply unnecessary pressure. This razor has multiple blades, which are very close to each other. It can cause pulling and tugging at longer stubble. At the same time, it makes shaving uncomfortable and hard to get a close, clean shave in a single pass. When the first blade of the cartridge razor cuts the beard at the surface, the second one, third, and sometimes even fourth removes dead skin cells and can cause irritations and ingrown hairs. Cartridge razors are also prone to clogging, which can lead to bacteria growth which in its turn can lead to acne. The only benefit of these razors is the hinge point that moves the head. Also, it is very hard to make a cut with this razor.

Safety Razors

The first benefit of safety razors that you can feel is the weight in your hand. It makes shaving easier and you don’t apply too much pressure. As you can admit, the single blade is less prone to clogging, it cuts your beard in a single pass, and it helps to avoid irritation and ingrown hairs. Safety razors are also cheaper than cartridge ones, it helps to change them more frequently and avoid bacteria build-up. Many men don’t switch to a safety razor because they think it can be difficult. The truth is that after several shaves you will have perfect technique and will shave as a God.

The only con you can find in safety razors is nicking. But if you will practice, it won’t be a problem.

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Comparing the Cost

Let’s compare the cost of these two razors.

Using a cartridge razor will cost you approximately 140$ per year (a handle + cartridges, a little bit more in the first year, for about 150-160$).

Using safety razors will cost you approximately 15$ per year (handle + blades, but keep in mind that in the first year it will be about 60$).

Choose a razor with wisdom and don’t be nervous, if you have had a wrong choice. Nervous shaving can lead to cuts and nicks.

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