Last updated on December 5th, 2018 by Garrick Dee
I’m here to bust a myth.
You don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a world class shave.
If you know what products to buy and of course know the proper technique in shaving, you can get it done in the comfort of your own bathroom.
One such product that will get it done is the Perfecto de long handled safety razor.
This three piece de razor like the Merkur 180 is chrome plated and has a 3.5 inch handle (a bit shorter than the Merkur) great for an average sized hand.
But unlike Merkur, this product is made in the Far East (China to be more specific).
Consumers don’t seem to mind, saying that it performed well shaving facial hair and hair on the head.
A quick look at the features
- 3 piece razor
- Chrome plated
- Has deep crisscross knurling for a secure grip
- Length: 3.5″
- Aggressiveness: 4/10
- Blades included: 0
- Pretty good quality for a “budget” priced safety razor
- All metal construction means this will last for years (if not a lifetime)
- Knurled handled ensures solid grip
- Three piece design make it easy to clean
- Chrome plate can be prone to chipping
- Screw attached on the guard can break if you are not careful
- Some complaints regarding quality
This razor isn’t expensive at just under $15. It’s one of the best options if you’re new to wet shaving.
The three piece design is cheap to produce hence sellers can sell this at a lower price but quality does not suffer.
It is made from metal and is chrome plated to give it that nice shiny finish.
But while chrome is resistant to rust, it can chip in the long run due to the high moisture environment you shave inside the bathroom. Or if you accidentally bump it hard on the counter top.
Another potential weak spot is the single bolt that holds the parts together.
Underneath the chrome plating is a metal frame that can rust. But it should not be a major issue if you properly dry it thoroughly after every use.
The Perfecto utilizes a three piece design where the top place, base plate and handle are three separate parts.
This design usually makes it easier to thoroughly clean the razor but it takes a little bit longer to load the blade because you’ll have more parts to work with.
A tip I’d like to give newbie wet shavers is to hold both sides of the head when tightening the handle so the blades will line up perfectly and you’ll get an even shave on both sides.
In terms of aggressiveness, I’d rate this the same as an Edwin Jagger DE89 which means it’s suitable for a beginner.
In terms of knurling design, the Perfecto looks very similar to the Merkur 34C with the exception of the bottom part that protrudes at an angle.
I like the crisscross knurling that’s a bit deeper than the Merkur. It’ll provide more grip and there’s less risk of slipping off your fingers even if it’s full of shaving cream.
This razor measures around 4 inches long from tip to end – handle length is around 3.5 inches so it has pretty good length, good enough for men with larger hands.
|Type||3 piece design|
|Blade included||None (you should buy it separately)|
Consumers for the most part are happy with how this product performed.
Cheaper in the long run than a cartridge
This product is a great option for beginners looking for a quality safety razor.
More aggressive than an Edwin Jagger?
Some consumers however mentioned that the angle of the blade is much more aggressive that an Edwin Jagger razor.
Here’s the photo comparing the Perfecto and Edwin Jagger that one of the consumers shared.
Some potential issues
It’s the same person who complained about it rusting.
This could potentially damage the threads on both the handle and the screw if you force things.
But take note that this a minor complaint. I would suggest that you check out the threads if you buy this just to make sure then check and see if it screws on smoothly.
There are also some quality control issues that consumers complained about. The photo below is a good sample of what they mean…
Yikes. Again, if you decide to buy this product make sure to check every part and if something breaks, contact Amazon immediately for a refund or replacement.
Going back to the aggressive shave, one way of preventing nicks and cuts is to use a lot of lather and use the weight of the razor to your advantage.
Don’t press too much or you will cut yourself.
You can buy this in Amazon for less than $15 which is one of the cheaper safety razor options out there. This will be eligible to the 2-day free shipping if you join Prime.
One reason I recommend safety razors would be the price difference between DE blades and cartridge refills. Over a period of let’s say 10 years, you’ll literally save thousands of dollars because DE blades are much, much cheaper.
You’ll also help reduce waste on landfills because cartridge razors and disposables are almost impossible to recycle.
This razor is another good budget alternative for men (and women) looking to go into wet shaving. The three piece design allows the manufacturer to sell this at a low price.
The angle of the blade is a bit aggressive so you will have to be very careful when shaving with this.
As with any new skill, there are some techniques that you need to learn.
As with all China made products there will be a small percentage that will have QA issues but for this one, it seems to be minimal based on reviews.
Garrick spends his days researching and writing about grooming. When he’s not in front of his computer, you can find him hanging around with his wife and son.