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09May Choosing The Right Razor

A Gillette system razor or a fashionable, traditional safety razor? 

  • Gillette system razors (commonly known as Gillette cartridge razors) are the most popular razors purchased globally and are available in two variations:

    • Gillette Mach3 — 3 blade cartridge offering a close, comfortable shave. 
    • Gillette Fusion — 5 blade cartridge offering an extra close, comfortable shave. Fusion cartridges typically last longer than Mach3 cartridges.

      Replacement Gillette Mach3 and Fusion blade cartridges are available to purchase from leading supermarkets, pharmacies and online men's grooming stores. Gillette Fusion blade cartridges attract a higher purchase price.

  • Safety razors are considered the old-school style of razors and a revival in their use has become the fashionable way again, to enjoy a wet shave. Using a single double edge blade a very clean, close shave is accomplished. Replacement blades are very inexpensive compared to Gillette blade cartridges.

    Read more in our detailed safety razor article to understand why many men are now shaving the traditional way.

What does each razor type look like?

choosing the right razor Gillette Mach3 Razors Gillette Fusion Razors Single Blade Safety razors

  • Gillette Mach3 — 3 blades in the plastic cartridge and a small round release button which pops the cartridge out of the razor head.
  • Gillette Fusion — 5 blades in the plastic cartridge with a wide, lozenge shaped release button which pops the cartridge out of the razor head.
  • Safety razors — No plastic cartridge, a single double edge blade is used to shave beard growth. Safety razors simply unscrew into three peices ready for blade insertion.

made in Sheffield razor

The Wilde & Harte 'Eltham Collection' Gillette cartridge Mach3 razor

What is the cost per shave?

Starting with the most inexpensive cost per shave:

  1. Safety razor double edge blades: Very, very cheap. A pack of 10 typically costs only one British pound (one and a half US dollars) and yield easily 25-30 shaves per pack of 10.
  2. Gillette Mach3 cartridge blades: Cost around £1.50 per cartridge (a couple of US dollars), sold in packs of 4 or 8 with each cartridge lasting up to 6-8 shaves.
  3. Gillette Fusion cartridge blades: Cost around £2.50 per cartridge (just over 3 US dollars), sold in packs of 4 or 8 with each cartridge lasting up to 8-10 shaves.


best safety razor for men 

The Wilde & Harte 'Osterley Collection' safety razor, an inexpensive cost-per-shave

Why Purchase from Wilde & Harte?

  • Made in Great Britain
    Our razors are designed and manufactured in Britain. We are proud members of the MADE IN BRITAIN campaign.
  • Beautifully handcrafted stainless steel items
    Each razor handle is polished to an impeccable mirror finish by skilled stainless steel finishers.
  • Monogrammed detailing
    Each razor is monogrammed, a feature unique to Wilde & Harte razors.
  • Presentation
    Razors are presented in handmade, foil blocked, branded gift boxes.
  • Matching shaving accessories
    You may purchase matching razor stands and leather razor pouches.
  • Kind to the environment
    All our packaging is completely plastic free.
  • FREE UK Shipping
    Furthermore, we also ship worldwide at very competitive rates.

best Gillette Fusion razor for men

The Wilde & Harte 'Eltham Collection' Gillette cartridge Fusion razor

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