Razor FAQs

You really expect me to believe shaving with a single blade is better than five?

Okay, wow. You went straight for it. Multi-blade razors are designed to shave below the surface of your skin, pulling hairs up and cutting them too close. This causes irritation and ingrown hairs. The Single Edge is designed to shave at the surface of your skin, providing a close, comfortable, and irritation-free shave. We're so convinced you'll love the single blade shave that we offer a 100-day trial, and free shipping + returns to the US. You've got nothing to lose - give us a shot today!

But why does it cost so much?

Great question - we actually think it's a steal! Here's why:

1) It saves you money in the long run. The Single Edge is a bigger investment upfront, but costs a fraction of the price over time. After two years with a Multi Blade Razor, you end up paying about twice as much because of cartridge expenses.

2) It's customizable. Multi-blade razors are a"one-size-fits-all" approach to shaving. But your skin and preferences are unique, so your razor should be too. That's why you can customize your shave with the Single Edge and it's three proprietary shave settings - Sensitive, Comfortable, and Ultra Close.

3) It's guaranteed for life. The Single Edge is engineered from 100% metal (and zero plastic). Which means it won't rust, won't break, and carries a lifetime guarantee to back it up.

4) It's a more intuitive shave. Not all single blade razors are created equal. Many are intimidating to use for first timers: causing cuts, nicks and burns. That's why we created the Single Edge. It's the easiest way to begin shaving with a single blade.

5) It's a safer, faster blade load. All other single blade razors require you to unwrap and load thin, sharp blades by hand. Not with the Single Edge. Blade changes are lightning fast, dead simple, and touch free.

6) The blades are 2x thicker. Our blades are twice as thick as blades that are used in both multi-blade and single blade razors, which means they flex less, they cut cleaner, and they last longer. No flex means no blade chatter, which is a common issue with both multi-blade and single blade razors - causing irritation, nicks, and cuts. Most users get anywhere from 8-10 shaves out of our blades.

What's the difference between ALLOY and STEEL?

Our ALLOY razors are made from die-cast zinc alloy, coated with aerospace grade PVD chrome. Our STEEL razors are made from 100% solid stainless steel.

Both razors offer the same shaving performance, rust resistance, and shaving qualities. They both qualify for our 100-day trial and 100-year warranty.  The ALLOY versions weigh roughly 10% less than the STEEL versions.

So which is for you? Honestly, it's a personal preference! Some customers prefer the more premium feel of the Solid Stainless Steel - but you can’t go wrong either way.

Tell me more about ALLOY.

I thought you'd never ask.

Our ALLOY razor is made to exacting specifications from die-cast zinc alloy. It weighs roughly 95 grams (or about 10% lighter than STEEL).

Not being satisfied with the status quo, we specified Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) as our coating process for the ALLOY razors. Most safety razors use a traditional electroplating process that can chip, fade, and peel over time. We use an entirely different process. 

PVD is an extremely durable coating that is typically used in Aerospace and Automotive applications. As far as I’m aware, we are the only razor manufacturer that uses this process to coat zinc-alloy razors. The result is a stunningly handsome finish that will last long enough to pass down to your grandkids.

Tell me more about STEEL.

Gladly. Our stainless steel model is the very first product we ever introduced. We're pretty fond of it.

It’s designed to aerospace-grade specifications and made via Metal Injection Molding. This is an extremely advanced manufacturing method that is typically used for aerospace and medical device applications.

It’s 100% solid stainless steel. No fillers, coatings, or imposters. The grade of steel used is 17-4PH. Fun fact - it’s magnetic!

It has a "bead blasted" surface finish, which means it mas a matte micro-texture. It takes scratches and beatings like it's nobody's business.

It weighs roughly 105 grams - that’s about the weight of an iPhone 5. Remember those tiny things?

How does the Single Edge help reduce and prevent razor burn, bumps, etc.?

Whether you shave with cheap disposables, modern multi-blades or traditional safety razors, the Single Edge is a serious upgrade to your morning shave and can help reduce irritation. Here's why:

It shaves at the surface of your skin. Multi-blade razors are designed to shave below the surface of your skin, pulling hairs up and cutting them too close. This causes irritation and ingrown hairs. The Single Edge is designed to shave at the surface of your skin, providing a close, comfortable, and irritation-free shave.

It requires no pressure when shaving. With multi-blade razors, you've probably found that you have to press the razor against your face while you shave. Here's the deal: you’re doing too much. You might think you’re achieving a closer shave, but in reality, you’re only creating an uneven surface to shave on, which won’t properly cut the hairs. But with the Single Edge, you want to think of it like you're sweeping the hair off your face - not scraping it off. The Single Edge perfects this and literally wipes the hair away. Your job is to simply guide the razor and it will do the rest.

Easy to clean in between passes. Every time you take a stroke while shaving, your blade accumulates shaving soap, hair, and skin. This build-up prevents your blade from getting that clean close shave every time and can also cause skin irritation. The Single Edge fixes this by being easy to clean in between shaves and never clogging up like multi-bladed cartridge razors.

What's included with the Single Edge?

The purchase of any Single Edge 2.0, in either Alloy or Steel, will include the Razor handle, all three Shave Settings and one Injector Pack, loaded with 8 blades - about a 3 month supply.

Will TSA allow me to have the Single Edge in my carry on?

Unfortunately, the TSA does not allow carry on of safety razor blades, and our razor fits in this category. For this reason, they will probably confiscate the blade from your razor (but not your handle) if you bring it in your carry on bag. The best way to travel with your blades is by placing them in checked luggage, if possible.

Can I use the Single Edge to shave my head? And other parts of my body?

We designed the razor for an excellent face and neck shave, but we do have many customers who love using our razor to shave their heads. Our biggest recommendation is that you perfect your technique on your face before moving to your head or start out with the sensitive shave setting.

We actually wrote a blog on this very topic. It covers tips, provides customers' reviews, and even has a video from YouTube of a customer shaving his head with the Single Edge. You can check it out at the link below: Head Shaving with the Single Edge

Can I use the Single Edge to trim my beard?

Yup! And it should be much easier than trying to trim and line up your beard with a multi-blade razor because you only have to worry about the positioning of one blade instead of multiple.

Can women use the Single Edge?

Absolutely! We have many women customers who love using the Single Edge to shave. Our co-founder, Jennifer created an entire blog dedicated to this topic:

Can Women Shave with the Single Edge?

Is shaving with the Single Edge safe?

The Single Edge is very safe to use, especially once you have mastered it's technique. We created the three different proprietary settings for this exact reason. We recommend customers starting out with the Sensitive Setting (one dot, attached to razor) of the Single Edge while they are learning the technique since it is very different from a multi-bladed razor. This setting is attached to each Single Edge's handle out of the box. While this setting may not give you the closest shave, it leaves a lot of room for mistakes and learning — it's also perfect for sensitive skin. However, if you're looking for a closer shave, we advise turning it up to the Comfortable Setting (two dots). And once you're confident in your technique, but still are not receiving the close shave you're looking for, move on up to the Ultra Close Setting (three dots).

The Single Edge is still a sharp razor and demands respect. Cuts and nicks may happen (especially on the Ultra Close Setting) if proper technique is not used. We strongly encourage all Single Edge users to thoroughly review the tips and videos located at the link below before shaving with the razor for the first time. However, we designed it purposely to be intuitive and a great introduction for anyone new to the traditional wetshaving scene.

What's the difference between the three shave settings for the Single Edge?

Think of it like the electric clippers at your barber shop - change the blade setting, and change how close you cut. Need an extra close shave today? Just use our aggressive setting - it allows you to mow down the thickest beard with ease. Just a trim? Use our sensitive setting. Once you shave with our customizable razor, you'll wonder why you ever did it any other way.

Sensitive: Perfect for sensitive skin, short beard growth, and first time safety razor users. Note: This setting will not shave extremely close.

Comfortable: Perfect for the average guy. Gives a close, comfortable shave.

Ultra Close: Perfect for wiry hair, long beard growth, or an extra close shave. Note: This setting can cause irritation if proper technique is not used.

How do I distinguish between the three different shave settings?

Settings are indicated by small indentations on the back:

O    Sensitive Setting

OO   Comfortable Setting

OOO   Ultra-Close Setting

The Sensitive setting comes pre-installed on every razor. The other two settings are included with every razor!

How do I change my shave setting? Do I need a new blade?

We are currently working on a video to show how to easily swap out your settings while using the same blade. It is easy to do and take advantage of the customizable options of the Single Edge razor.

First, hold the head of your razor between your thumb and your index finger in your non-dominant hand. Using your dominant hand, loosen the screw and uninstall the existing shave setting, while holding the blade in place with your non-dominant hand. Then, grab your new setting, install in your razor, and tighten the screw to complete the swap. The blade should be flushed against the blade stops, and the screw should be hand tightened.

Remember to never insert a new blade into an empty razor head!

If you would like to use new blade with your new setting, either follow the steps above, and then inject a new blade as you normally would. Or, you can manually insert a new blade by taking your razor apart, disposing of the old blade, and placing a new blade on the setting of your choice, flushed against the blade stops. Then, screw in the setting while holding the blade in place with your thumb and index finger on either side of the setting.

How is the Single Edge made?

The Single Edge STEEL is produced using a highly advanced manufacturing method known as Metal Injection Molding. This method is typically used for aerospace and medical applications. We figured, if it's good enough for fighter jets - it must be good enough for your face.

The Single Edge ALLOY is produced via zinc die-casting and coated in PVD Chrome. This is a highly durable finish that is rust and wear resistant.

How do I clean the Single Edge?

The Single Edge is made out of 100% stainless steel and super easy to clean. You want to start by leaving your razor under running warm water to wash off hairs and any residue after each shave. Ensure you shake out any excess water from the razor in between uses.

And if you're looking for a deeper clean, a quick dip in rubbing alcohol will also remove any water build up you may not be able to see. After the razor is dry, you may use a gentle household stainless steel cleaner to polish and buff the razor! If you would like to sterilize it, use Barbicide or any other barber-grade cleaners out there intended for stainless steel. Last, make sure your razor is completely dry before storing it anywhere — this is extremely important to prevent rust on your blade.