02-26-2013, 03:35 PM
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Hi there-

My long awaited starter package has arrived.
I am new to DE wet shaving- only cartridge and electric before.
I ended up with the EJ89 as my first razor. I ordered a sample pack of razors. Which should be my first:

New Lord Platinum Class
Lord Super
Astra Superior Platinum
Feather new hi-stainless platinum coated
Bolzano Superinox
Derby extra

My initial shave will be with Proraso cream

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 02-26-2013, 03:37 PM
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  • Dave
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Astra SP hands down. Astras are wonderful for new and old shavers alike.

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 02-26-2013, 03:41 PM
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  • tgutc
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Astra without a doubt to start with. Smooth and not too sharp. Other great blades there for you though once you get your feet wet.

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 02-26-2013, 03:44 PM
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Out of that group, I echo the others...go w/ the Astra.

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 02-26-2013, 03:49 PM
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(02-26-2013, 03:37 PM)Dave Wrote: Astra SP hands down. Astras are wonderful for new and old shavers alike.

(02-26-2013, 03:41 PM)tgutc Wrote: Astra without a doubt to start with. Smooth and not too sharp. Other great blades there for you though once you get your feet wet.

(02-26-2013, 03:44 PM)BladeDE40 Wrote: Out of that group, I echo the others...go w/ the Astra.

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 02-26-2013, 03:53 PM
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(02-26-2013, 03:49 PM)SharpSpine Wrote:
(02-26-2013, 03:37 PM)Dave Wrote: Astra SP hands down. Astras are wonderful for new and old shavers alike.

(02-26-2013, 03:41 PM)tgutc Wrote: Astra without a doubt to start with. Smooth and not too sharp. Other great blades there for you though once you get your feet wet.

(02-26-2013, 03:44 PM)BladeDE40 Wrote: Out of that group, I echo the others...go w/ the Astra.

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 02-26-2013, 04:28 PM
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 02-26-2013, 04:52 PM
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I vote for Astra too. If you find that you like them, order another half-dozen pucks and use them until gone -- so that you can concentrate on refining your technique without the complicating feature of changing to a new brand of blade frequently. After your technique gets good, then try the other blades.

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 02-26-2013, 05:18 PM
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Thanks for the replies guys. I think I will start with the Derby's!




JUST KIDDING. Overwhelming vote for the Astra blade- that is where I will start. I think my first shave will be this weekend. I am going to play around with making a lather tonight.

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 02-26-2013, 05:41 PM
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  • savagejoerude
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WOW I NEVER EVER SAW ANYTHING THAT WE ALL AGREED UPON BEFORE.....lol.... Count me in too.... I was gonna say Lord just to be different but I would never steer a noob wrong even in jest... ASTRA BROTHER.... My first blade was a Shark. I still like them....

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 02-27-2013, 08:40 AM
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(02-26-2013, 05:18 PM)Net Tender Wrote: Thanks for the replies guys. I think I will start with the Derby's!




JUST KIDDING. Overwhelming vote for the Astra blade- that is where I will start. I think my first shave will be this weekend. I am going to play around with making a lather tonight.

That's a nice starter pack of blades you have there, but yes the Astras are the one out of that group to start with. Sharp enough to get the job done nicely, but smooth enough not to remove your face the first time using them.

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 04-04-2013, 09:11 PM
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Hi All,

Ah, if I only I saw this thread when I started. Smile

I'm also just starting out (4 DE shaves now), and I went with the Derbys (that came free with my Edwin Jagger DE89L).

I have a variety pack with Astras and Feathers in there as well, so I guess I'll just finishing using my Derby pack and then happily move on to Astras. Smile

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 04-04-2013, 09:26 PM
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The main thing I would emphasize is to leave the Feathers for last. They are the sharpest, most aggressive blades currently in production.

The Derby is probably the mildest blade of the ones you have, so it wouldn't be a bad one to start with, either.

- Murray

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 04-04-2013, 10:05 PM
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Ha Ha! Yeah, we all agree! In a pigs eye! Biggrin

Just pick one. I agree that the feathers shouldn't be first however.

If you have a 10 pack of blades use one from that. Unless it's a Dorco.

My reasoning? You won't know a good blade from a terrible blade. You're going to have so many things on your mind that it won't make any difference. So just pick one out of any 10 pack.

At this time concentrate on technique, blades come later, after you know what you're doing. You could just as easily shave with a bladeless razor to perfect technique and then later put a blade in the razor. I don't mean to pick on you with that comment, but in general, I think that noobs are better off practicing lather and no pressure before a real shave with a blade in the razor. Especially if they come to blades from a cartridge. Of the 2, lather is easy in comparison, but "no pressure" is simply not believed by most noobs and they need to have their EUREKA moment where they realize that no pressure means exactly that.

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 04-11-2013, 08:39 AM
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(04-04-2013, 10:05 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: Ha Ha! Yeah, we all agree! In a pigs eye! Biggrin

Just pick one. I agree that the feathers shouldn't be first however.

If you have a 10 pack of blades use one from that. Unless it's a Dorco.

My reasoning? You won't know a good blade from a terrible blade. You're going to have so many things on your mind that it won't make any difference. So just pick one out of any 10 pack.

At this time concentrate on technique, blades come later, after you know what you're doing. You could just as easily shave with a bladeless razor to perfect technique and then later put a blade in the razor. I don't mean to pick on you with that comment, but in general, I think that noobs are better off practicing lather and no pressure before a real shave with a blade in the razor. Especially if they come to blades from a cartridge. Of the 2, lather is easy in comparison, but "no pressure" is simply not believed by most noobs and they need to have their EUREKA moment where they realize that no pressure means exactly that.

Agree!!! (weird, isn't it?)

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 07-06-2015, 05:31 AM
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Astra

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 07-06-2015, 06:54 AM
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Astra are really  nice to start with.....and for me, I used it on a regular basis.

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 07-06-2015, 11:59 AM
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I think he's had his first shave by now, gentlemen.

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 07-06-2015, 12:08 PM
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I think you made a good choice.

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 07-06-2015, 12:10 PM
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(07-06-2015, 11:59 AM)Peregrino Wrote: I think he's had his first shave by now, gentlemen.

Maybe he wanted to try it on a 2+ year old beard ...  Blush

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