Ask Aaron Q/A: An adjustable safety razor vs non-adjustable – Which one should I go for?

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Aaron is asked a question about the benefits of an adjustable safety razor over a non-adjustable razor

Craig Cook, from the UK, asks:

“I am looking at purchasing a double edge safety razor and wondered if I should buy one recommended in the ‘beginners guide’ or save money by buying a fully adjustable one from the outset? What difference does an adjustable one make to shaving? Other than changing the angle of the blade, what benefit is the adjustment for?”

Merkur Futur 760 Adjustable Safety Razor with Satin Chrome Finish
Merkur Futur 760 Adjustable Safety Razor with Satin Chrome Finish


Mr. Cook,

It is always a good rule of thumb to buy the best you can afford. If you would like to buy an adjustable, who am I to say no? Being a fan of adjustable razors such as the Merkur Progress and Merkur Futur, I so go for it but with one caveat.

When you start shaving with your new razor set your dial at a medium number and leave it there. Don’t move it! It will add yet another variable that you just do not need to wrestle with as you learn all the new techniques involved. Give it a couple of months and then once you are quite comfortable with your new shaving regimen begin to play with the adjustment to see how and what you prefer there.

The blade angle itself doesn’t change as much as the blade gap; the distance between blade and safety bar. This allows more or less room for contact with the hair and face, giving a “mild” or “aggressive” feel. The benefits may be you haven’t shaved if a few days and can dial the razor more aggressively to mow those whiskers down quickly and then dial it down to finish off the last little trouble areas without irritation.

Thanks for a great question! Enjoy your new razor, and welcome to the world of traditional shaving!

Happy Shaves!


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