The Godfather Safety Razor

Brand: Vikings Blade
EAN: 0641361983238
Category: Home & Office
Price: $36.99  (127 customer reviews)
Shipping Wt: 0.45 pounds. FREE Shipping (Details)
Availability: In Stock.
Average Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Treat the Godfather right and he'll lend you a hefty, solid brass and bronze hand, and give you smooth, manly shave with his raw, platinum-coated super blades. Treat the Godfather wrong and...he'll cut you.... [Read more]

Features

  • Premium high-end heavy duty Swedish materials & SUPERB quality control, not cheap pot metals like other similar clones (Same-same BUT different). A SUPERIOR, MANLY Shaving Tool without burning your pocket
  • ECO FRIENDLY - Reduces plastic waste and save the environment
  • Luxury carry case + A pack of Swedish 13C26 steel mild blades
  • Traditional razor head for a hefty heavy duty old school feel with Cut-minimising system
  • Great and meaningful for all occasions: Christmas, Father's Day etc

Top Reviews

Godfather vs Chieftan vs Turbo 10 blade with laser sighting
by Picks (5 out of 5 stars)
January 31, 2017

Once upon a time, men had only one way to shave, the Straight Razor! The safety razor was great, but required going to the barber shop to shave. Around WW2, the "Safety Razor" was became very popular and was issued to troops that brought them home. The first generation of these razors, were extremely "aggressive," which means they had a "comb" in front of the blade that had very wide gaps in between them. If the razor wasn't held a perfect angle, you could easily cut/ nick yourself.

Even though, safety razor combs continued to improve through the 50s and 60s and become less aggressive, many people still remembered the aggressive combs cutting them. Later, Bic released the cheap disposable razor. Since most people from the 60s and 70s had a stigma of the early aggressive razors from them or their fathers, it was a huge hit and the safety razor was soon forgot about. Of course, the disposable razor involved into a billion dollar industry, one that gives you the vibrating handle for cheap and makes their money from the subpar replacement blades at $4 a pop. A business model that is the same as Ink jet printers and the price of their replacement ink cartridges Give the initial product away for cheap and make them pay ridiculous prices to maintain it!

Move to 2016- I bought the Chieftain several months ago based on the reviews and I was even a little nervous to use it at first due to the stigma that safety razors have. I pretended like it was my mach vibrator and just shaved. No nicks, no cuts nothing but a perfect shave. I've always shaved using shorter strokes and not like the beefcake model on the gillette commercials (that drags it all the way across his face during the close up). Maybe people on here that have nicked them selves learned from the commercials? Only they can answer.

It is by far the closest, best shave I have ever had. What really sold me, was when my wife's Venus blade was dull and she took my chieftain to shave her legs, armpits, and "bikini area." She did not know about "wet shaving" or watch any youtube videos on it and she couldn't stop talking about it was the smoothest shave she had ever had. After she stole my Chieftain, I ordered the Viking "God Father." She tried the "God Father" and preferred the longer handle for her legs and I preferred the Chieftain do to the shorter handle that I can choke up on and get a great perfect trim around my beard.

Both products are great but I personally prefer the butterfly design and short handle of the Chieftain for close beard/ mustache trimming around mouth and nose. My wife prefers the reach and handle of the God father. Personally, I can't tell much of a difference in the shave quality of either.

If you are debating on replacing your disposable razor, either one is a great choice and you will never regret it! The razors both become beautifully packaged (I personally prefer the Chieftains with the included travel mirror) and have outstanding customer service. I had a question about the God Father and emailed the company and got a response with in 16 hours. This family business also has the best warranty and/or customer service you could ever ask for, and if you ever I have problem, I assure you it will be resolved immediately.

Stop debating it and just order either model!
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I swooned. Seriously.
by D. M. Kaufman (5 out of 5 stars)
August 2, 2017

I'm a woman that switched to safety razors a few years ago in order to cut down on plastic consumption. I'd been using a super basic butterfly razor, and had no reason to complain until the screw part of the handle became nigh impossible to unscrew and ultimately got stripped so I couldn't tighten or loosen it any longer. That pretty well rendered it useless, so it was time to look for another one. I had no idea there were so many options!

I was initially attracted to the Vikings Blade because of their advertising. I mean, I don't really relate shaving blades to Vikings. They were very neat for sure, but there's not a lot of evidence to suggest they shaved their facial hair. But! I digress...

So I did some more research on the company and what they sold, reviews, etc (I research everything) and decided to give The Godfather a shot. If anyone would have told me that one day I would swoon over a razor, I'd easily conclude that they had lost their freaking mind. But then, I opened the gorgeous box of the Godfather.. and swooned! It really is a finely crafted and designed thing; nice weight, perfect length/fit for my hand. I LOVE the 3 piece method of changing blades. I love the guards. I seriously can't find a single thing to not like about it. Color me impressed.
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Great Razor
by JZ (5 out of 5 stars)
September 7, 2016

I don't own a badger brush nor relish working some fancy oils and soaps into a lather. I have horrible shaving technique and do it all wrong. I bought this razor after years of using a broken Remington electric and $5 packages of Bic disposables. I shave once or twice a week. I won't bat an eye at dropping hundreds of dollars on expensive bike parts, but refuse to pay $20 for a haircut so I do it myself.

So why should you care about my review? Because I'm a regular guy like you, not Joe Fancybeard in a cardigan.

So, when I opened up the package to this hefty, manly razor, and used it to attack a week's growth on my face and a month of overgrowth on the back of my neck, how did it fare? First off, my rough, improper technique of shaving didn't result in any more bloodletting than if I'd used a fresh new cheapo disposable. In fact, it was far less. Another pleasant surprise was the lack of blade clogging, no matter how long the hair was that I was shaving. Even the long hairs on the back of my neck were shaved clean with ease, without the million passes and blade cleanings that my multi-blade disposables would have required. This allowed me to get a nice, straight line in back easily... something the previous disposable razors couldn't do.

All in all, I love this razor. I like its weight and feel. I like the blades and options for cheaply replacing them. I especially love the ease of shaving, after days of being too lazy to shave, and how quickly and easily this single blade gets through the growth without clogging and constant cleaning like the multi-blades (2-5) that I've used in the past. Apparently, the safety razor was something in the category of: "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," as all the years of fixing and adding blades hasn't made shaving better or easier, but quite the opposite. I highly recommend this razor, whether it's your first of this type or you're replacing a lesser model from that discount store that we all love to hate. You just can't go wrong with this one.
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If you are new to Safety Razors, you should read this
by DS (5 out of 5 stars)
February 6, 2019

I'm a beginning user of a safety razor and I have a very sensitive face. I was experiencing razor burn with my Schick Quattro which I have used for years. I did a lot of research on-line and found that I might be better off using a single blade safety razor. I was impressed with the reviews of the Vikings Blade Godfather and ordered one and a pack of 50 Vikings Blade blades. My Quattro was very forgiving and I could shave fairly fast and in any direction I wanted to. STOP. If you are in my situation and are switching to a safety razor...there is a learning curve. I have had to, and still am, re-learning how to shave. The procedure with a safety razor is entirely different and you must follow it or you will get cut. Additionally, I find the Vikings Blades "mild" blades to be quite sharp and I can't imagine using sharper, more aggressive Feather of Astra blades! After a lot of research and to minimize razor burn and damage to my face, I shower prior to shaving, apply organic, unrefined coconut oil to my wet face (as pre-shaving oil) for additional lubrication and moisturizing, then apply Pacific Shaving Company Shave Cream and then shave. You must not use pressure against the skin when shaving and you must shave in multiple, short strokes. These points are very important and, if I don't concentrate, I quickly revert to my old habits of pressure and long strokes. Further, I find that the razor shaves very close with just a few strokes...almost too close. I tend to want a very close shave and it is much better with this razor (with my sensitive skin) for me to stop shaving sooner than later. I have found using this new razor somewhat intimidating but I like the razor and think I'll be very happy once I perfect the technique. It is truly a re-learning process. I like Pacific Shaving Company Shaving Cream and After Shave. Both use only natural, some organic, ingredients. I hope this is helpful to beginners like me.

UPDATE: 2-18-19: This razor is well designed and appears to be of very good quality. Additionally, the one on one customer support is very nice. As an addition to my primmer for safety-razor beginners like myself: With my very sensitive skin, I have now found that for me it is better not to shower before shaving. Showering first seems to produce a closer shave but, in my case, the shower also softens my skin and the end result is too much skin irritation. For me, it is better to shave first...not as close of a shave but certainly acceptable with almost no skin irritation., If I shower first then I use a pre-shave oil before applying shaving cream. If I shave first, I skip the oil since I have not washed my face and there is sufficient oil on it. I hope this makes the learning curve a little easier for some.

This is a very good razor and blades. I would recommend them.
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Tremendous purchase--highly recommended!
by Matt (5 out of 5 stars)
September 16, 2016

I'm truly impressed with this razor--phenomenal craftsmanship, absolutely top-quality materials. The razor is substantial without being heavy, and does its job remarkably well. Not a flaw in the polish (I looked), the plating is really well executed, just screams "quality". Reminds me of some of the more expensive tools I have-yes, it could have been made cheaper and done the same job, but I guarantee that I'll be handing this one off to one of my sons, and he will be able to hand it to one of his sons, and so on. It's built like something absolutely expected to last at least a lifetime.

Two full shaves thus far, and there are a couple of newbie DE tips that I learned the hard way, so I thought I'd share. First, it really matters which side of the razor blade is up. The bevel of the blade is on one side, and to create the right cutting angle, that side needed to be towards the handle. Not sure if all blades are that way, but if you tilt the blade's edge in the light, you can see which side was sharpened. Make sure that side is toward the handle!

Second, the Godfather's cutting depth is a little bit adjustable. The first time I used it, I tightened the razor head completely against the handle, and just could not understand what all the fuss was about-the razor did not reach far enough to cut right at my skin, leaving stubble that required awkward skin manipulation. I could not cut down low enough for a smooth shave, but figured I must be doing something wrong, so I took apart the razor (that's when I realized I had the blade upside down), and figured out the problem--the blade wasn't able to reach my skin.

The solution is in how the razor blade is held within the head of the razor. When the handle is screwed into the head, it bends the blade into the head itself, forming a slight bow. The bowing action pushes the razor up into the head, and pulls the cutting edges in. Reversing that, when you start to remove the razor head, the bow flattens out and the edges extend a little. I ended up tightening the razor fully, and then reversing it for about 1/4 of a turn. That made all the difference in the world! Second shave was right at my skin, and all of the DE advice online started making a LOT more sense. Before you jump to a sharper blade, if you have been tightening the razor fully, I would try adjusting the cutting action a little, it helped me a lot.

Finally, for me, tallow-based shave soap is amazing stuff for this-I tried a few different ones and kept coming back to tallow soap. Julian, make some and I'll buy yours next time.

All in all, I'm extremely pleased with my purchase and the process thus far of converting over to this method of shaving. Definitely worth the extra effort, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what else Vikings Blade comes up with!
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Attention leg shavers! Ditch the plastic!
by MSH (5 out of 5 stars)
June 21, 2019

In an effort to reduce the amount of plastic I use, and avoid the chemical laden "moisture strips", I followed a friend's recommendation and started researching safety razors. After WEEKS of research (brands, prices, reviews, styles, etc.) I settled on The Godfather.

What a blade!!! I won't lie I was petrified to use this. The idea of using a real blade had me freaking out that I'd be slicing my legs apart. However that couldn't be farther from the truth. I watched videos and read how to hold the razor for shaving legs and the best techniques so I felt prepared going in (you do have to hold the razor at a different angle than the plastic ones and go a little slower).

So I tried it out tonight and by far and away the best, smoothest, easiest shave I've ever had. Even the underarms were easy! You can shave holding any direction because it's a two sided blade. Which is great for rotating and curves and edges. I can't believe I waited this long to try a safety razor. So smooth!!!

Delivery was great.

Package was perfectly done from the exterior box to the interior box. It came with five free medium blades. I didn't realize the blades had different styles. I got an email from the company today welcoming me to the Viking family and it explained medium blades were great beginner blades. I honesty think any other blade would be too much for my sensitive legs.

It's super easy to unscrew to put the blade in and screw back together. And the hair washes off the razor so much better than the old plastic multi blades.

I did unscrew the handle from the head when I was done to make sure it got fully clean and dried.

I'm sold. I'm a convert. I'll never buy a plastic razor again!!
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Screws wears off in 6 months.
by M. Wijeyaratne (1 out of 5 stars)
August 2, 2017

Screws wore off 6 months into using the product. I was using this for sometime and I did notice the built wasn't very good with the screw. If you are a person who cleans their razor everyday (like he should) this razor won't last since their screws aren't built well.
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Best Head Shave Ever.
by Amazon Customer (5 out of 5 stars)
December 24, 2016

I Received the Godfather a couple days ago and I must say this Razor is built like a Tank but very balanced. I have a beard but I Shave my Head and nothing in the past has worked, I'm always left with stubble. I used the Godfather this morning and OH BOY!! It's Smooth as silk now. I highly recommend the Godfather for all the Guys or Gals out there who Shave there Heads. Great Job Vikings Blade I appreciate it.
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Recently I have begun to transition into a zero waste lifestyle. If you do not know what that ...
by Dyani Garcia (5 out of 5 stars)
November 27, 2017

Recently I have begun to transition into a zero waste lifestyle. If you do not know what that is, I implore you to look it up. But basically it's to reduce the amount of trash we make; which even includes recycling. It can be a lot, so I've been doing it little by little and the next step for me was to get a safety razor. Now I have never used one before. So when I first tried it my hands were very shaky and the weight of the razor scared me a little. But after I calmed myself down and did my first leg. Everything was fine, the weight of the razor made it so I did not have to do anything other then pull the razor and it did everything itself. I was thoroughly impressed by this little thing and it's power. It so easy to use (the razor blades that came with it also helped. If I used a feather razor blade probably would have cut myself). I started of with a sugar scrub ( 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup of coconut oil, 3 tsp of vitamin E oil, and 10 drops of rose water) to get rid of any dead skin so the blade doesn't get stuck or anything like that. Then I lathered my legs with conditioner to get the hair soft so it would be easier for the blade. And then I started, it took me about an hour. The hands were shaking for a while... but it was a great experience! If you are like me and debating to get a saftey razor. Then get it! You won't regret it!
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Great Razor
by Gary Ray GR (5 out of 5 stars)
January 31, 2017

Great razor, This is my fourth double edge razor, and, by far the best. When tightening the blade, the others either didn't flex the blade enough which made them too aggressive, or flexed it too much , which made them not aggressive enough. The Godfather is just right. I also have a Viking Chieftain which gives a great shave. The Godfather and Chieftain will be my razors for life. Thanks guys!!

I'm updating my review. I prefer the Godfather to the Chieftain because the head is slimmer and makes it easier to get around my nose. I read a bad review of the Godfather today...why?? The reviewer was complaining not about performance, but WHERE the Godfather is made...I don't care if it is made on Mars...best I've ever used!! I ordered a second Godfather this week in case I lose or drop/damage this one. Tks again.

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