[UPDATED February, 2015!]
“What is the best double edge safety razor?”
I get the question all the time. Unfortunately there’s no easy answer. Unlike razors with multi-blade, pivoted cartridges that come from a few large multi-national companies and manufactured to a very narrow set of specifications, double-edge (DE) razors (and blades) have a wide variety of options to choose from. Lets look at some of the variables and see what stands out. These are not the only products of course–I’m listing the most popular razors that many people say may be “best” in a particular category–so if you know of a good DE razor not listed here be sure to mention it in a comment! All the prices here are in U.S. dollars and approximate. This post last updated 3 September 2014.
These “endorsements” are my own opinion and I was not paid by any vendor or manufacturer for these recommendations.