Help! What is this red blade?

On the day your Single Edge SE or Pro arrives on your doorstep, there has never been more excitement for a good shave. We’ve had customers reach out with concern when they see a red blade installed in their razor, and we’re here to set the record straight.

The red blade is NOT used for shaving.

Why is there a red blade installed in my razor?

Internally (and in our instructions) we refer to this red blade as a “dummy” blade, meaning it’s a placeholder and has zero sharpness to it. If you tried to shave with it, you’d probably think you’ve been duped into purchasing a really nice-looking toy razor.

The reason it’s there is to assist customers with their first blade loading. It should be very easy to do, but it is much easier to load a razor that already has a blade in place than a “blank” razor. It also minimizes the likelihood of the razor blade getting damaged during the installation process.

I just got my razor and see the red blade. What do I do first?

Check out the following resources while getting started with your new Single Edge, especially the loading your new razor one. Then, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out via email to

START HERE: Getting started with the SE & Pro.

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