The Best Slant Bar Safety Razors
Are you making the switch to a slant bar safety razor and looking where to begin or are you looking to expand your collection? Here are the best slant bar safety razors on the market so far.
Slant bars are currently nowhere near as popular as straight safety razors, but they are on the rise and you will found more and more choices popping up in the next few years.
The great part about owning a slant bar razor is that you can detach the head from the handle and switch it up as you see fit.
There are some fantastic opportunities to create some unique razors!
Merkur 37C and Merkur 39C
You can’t really go wrong with a Merkur!
The extremely well designed and highly affordable line of razors never really disappoints.
Merkur’s slant bar options, the 37C and 39C, come with the same slant bar razor head, but different handles.
The 37C comes with a heavy duty handle and the 39C with a long handle. The Merkur slant bar razor will provide a medium to aggressive shave and was designed for those with tougher beards in mind.
The heavy duty handle is about the same length as that of a cartridge razor and the sturdiness and weight help maintain great control over the razor.
The long handle is great for larger hands, and it also helps access the harder to reach areas. The long handle is also a good choice for women as it does a wonderful job on legs and underarms.
Both the 37C and 39C are priced under $50 which is a great price for a slant bar razor. They take nearly every type of double edge razor blade, so it’s up to you to work out which combination works best for you.
iKon’s Stainless Steel Slant is not as readily available anymore, the newer option, the iKon B1 Slant Head Razor is basically the same razor head, coated in B1 for durability and style.
The black razor head looks really great on iKon’s stainless steel OSS handle. You can purchase both pieces separately or together as one piece.
While the iKon slant is on the pricier side, retailing at about $130 for the head and handle, it’s a wonderful piece to have in a collection, provides a great quality shave and really looks good.
You can easily interchange the handle with a longer one if you so desire as it fits most 3-piece razor handles. The razor is pretty heavy, heavier than a Merkur, and really requires extreme precision when shaving.
It’s the type of razor that requires a vigilant hand and eye. It’s not the razor to use when you are half asleep or in a huge rush.
The weight of the razor requires constant control to ensure that there is barely any pressure on the skin, as the risk of cutting yourself is much higher than with the Merkur.
The results, however, are usually pretty amazing, so definitely worth it.iKon’s B1 slant razor doesn’t seem to fit all types of blades, and it can be somewhat tricky to fit the blade in properly.
This video explaining how to load a blade in the iKon slant is very helpful:
This razor basically demands that you take your time while shaving, but in the end it is more than worth it.
On the very high end of safety razors, the Above the Tie Atlas S2 slant bar razor is a beautifully crafted stainless steel number with an open comb and a 3 inch barberpole handle.
The razor weighs about 2 ounces and by slant standards provides a mildly aggressive shave. This means that while it would still be pretty aggressive for a first timer; it will probably seem quite mild for a seasoned slant bar shaver.
The Atlas S2, and it’s more heavy duty brother, the Colossus S2, are finely engineered razors that look very stylish and provide an excellent shave.
If you are willing to spend the $185 that they go for, then you will not be disappointed.
If you are new to slant bar shaving then we would recommend that you start with a more affordable option such as the Merkur and then work your way up to an Above the Tie option.
Those lucky enough to have obtained a RazoRock Stealth Slant prototype seem to enjoy how mildly aggressive and forgiving it is for a slant bar razor.
RazoRock released a certain number of their product in both aluminum and stainless steel, making sure to note that they were only prototypes.
At this time there is no release date online, so we really just need to wait and see what will happen.
Even though the prototypes were going for $200, they were highly popular and sold out, so it appears that RazoRock won’t have any trouble finding their niche in the world of the slant bar razor.
According to RazoRock’s Twitter feed the next round of prototypes, or even a final product isn’t the highest priority right now, but it is still being worked on, so that is something to keep one’s eye out for!
The design is super sleek and stylish and it would be great to see what a final product will bring.