Building The Cheapest Safety Shaving Starter Kits

So you've decided to make the switch to wet shaving and now need to put together a decent starter shaving kit on the cheap?

Well, you've come to the right place.  Below we have listed a number of items to help you build your first kit and get to grips with wet shaving.​

Obviously, price has been our primary consideration, yet we've taken time to ensure that these items are still decent, despite the low price.

Starter Kit 1 - The Van Der Hagen "Penny Pincher"

​This kit is all about getting up and running for the cheapest amount of money possible. Put your wallet away, you can probably find the money for this down the back of your sofa.

Here we have the Silver Tone double edge razor ($3.35) and the Van der Hagen shaving kit ($12.50) complete with brush, bowl and shaving cream.

In terms of value for money, you can't get much better than the ​Silver Tone razor.  For less than $4, this razor is actually pretty robust and is a great mild razor for beginner wet shaver.  Here's a closer look at the razor:-

The razor comes complete with 1 blade and the Van der Hagen shaving kit gives you enough soap for a couple of months.

If you want to get up and running for the lowest price possible then this is just about as good as it gets.​

Total cost for kit:- ​$15.85

Starter Kit 2 - The Frugal First Pass

We've upped the budget on this starter kit, mainly so that we can get our hands on one of the most popular razors for beginner wet shavers.

While the "penny pincher" kit above is focused purely on saving money, here we've moved the needle slightly towards the quality end of the scale.

The Merkur heavy duty #34c, manufactured in Germany, is one of the most raved about razors on the market and is commonly recommended for new wet shavers.  It has one of the highest review ratings on Amazon that I've ever seen, with an average score of 4.7 out of 5.  Check out this detailed review of the razor:-

On top of this, we've added the Van der Hagen luxury shaving kit, complete with 100% pure badger hair brush, stand, mug and shaving soap.

Finally, we've added 100 Personna double edged razor blades to give you two years (yes, you read that correctly) worth of shaving.

Total cost for kit:- ​$76.07

Starter Kit 3 - The Long Term Investor

This kit is a compromise between being on the lower end of the price bracket and being a decent long term investment.

I had to throw this shaving set complete with the Merkur long handed #180 razor into the mix because this would suit someone who is really interested in making the shift to safety razor shaving, or even a veteran.

The kit includes a high quality Merkur razor (manufactured in Germany)​, shaving soap, bowl, badger hair brush and a chrome plated stand for both the brush and the razor. This is basically everything you need to get up and running in one convenient pack.

You can see from the pictures that the kit would look great in any bathroom​ and Merkur is a great brand of razor, known for lasting so long that you can hand it down to your next generation.

The initial expense for this kit is a bit higher than the "Penny pincher" setup above, but in the long run you get a razor that you'll likely stick with for the long run, not to mention the stand, badger brush and bowl that comes with it.​

Total cost for kit:- ​$84.13

Are You New to Safety Shaving?

If so, you might also want to check out ​the cost comparison between safety shaving and cartridge shaving.  Also, be sure to check out our instruction guide to shaving with a safety razor for the first time.  Finally, here are some of the best beginner safety razors on the market.

Let us know what kit you decided to go with?  We love to hear the experiences of our readers, so leave us a comment using the form below...


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