08-29-2013, 06:00 AM
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Hey I'm new to de shaving,for the last few months I've been using an old Gillette and it doesn't give me an aggressive shave at all I get a lot of irritation going over spots many times to compensate,I have been looking at a Edwin Jagger de86 and a merkur 180 long handle(I have large hands)although not sure if that matters,well I would appreciate any feedback from anyone.

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 08-29-2013, 06:48 AM
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  • Grumpy
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1) Map Your FACE.

2) Focus on Preparation

3) Focus on Technique

4) Focus on the Angle of the Razor.

5) Focus on the passes you want to use WTG, XTG and maybe ATG.

6) Focus on Advance Finishing Techniques (Blade Buffing or J Hooking)

7) Look at the Mantic59 You Tube Videos

8) Now find a new or vintage Razor as I do not think it really matters. But, I like longer, heavier handles.

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 08-29-2013, 08:23 AM
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  • beartrap
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Welcome to The Nook!
180 will be a little uncomfortable for larger hands since the handle is thin. EJ will work great though.
Otherwise, take your time and enjoy, you'll get there soon enough.

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 08-29-2013, 08:48 AM
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Agree with the above - two big things stood out for me when I was learning.

- Make sure you are using a shallow angle! I regularly shallow out the angle to the point where the blade doesn't touch my face just to double-check my angle.

- Focus on no pressure - 3 passes with no pressure is much better than 1 pass with pressure.

Edwin Jagger razors are great razors, hard to beat for a mild shaver at the price point.

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 08-29-2013, 09:22 AM
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  • RedRocks
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^^^ What they said! ^^^

...and especially
(08-29-2013, 08:48 AM)david1201 Wrote: - Focus on no pressure -

When I notice my shaves are going downhill, I re-evaluate my technique, and most of the time it comes back to pressure.

Work on your technique & soon those little hairs will just be popping off your face! Biggrin

~Frank

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 08-29-2013, 09:29 AM
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I'm going to be the odd man out. If you don't have anything against spending less money Give a Cadet razor a try. More aggressive than the EJ and a broader range of usable angles . The closed comb is less aggressive than the open comb .

I like the EJ just fine. But the Cadet gets the job done faster for me . 1 less pass!

BUT ! Proper technique with NO or Little pressure is more important than the razor Smile)

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 08-29-2013, 09:36 AM
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(08-29-2013, 06:48 AM)Grumpy Wrote: 1) Map Your FACE.
2) Focus on Preparation
3) Focus on Technique
4) Focus on the Angle of the Razor.
5) Focus on the passes you want to use WTG, XTG and maybe ATG.
6) Focus on Advance Finishing Techniques (Blade Buffing or J Hooking)
7) Look at the Mantic59 You Tube Videos
8) Now find a new or vintage Razor as I do not think it really matters. But, I like longer, heavier handles.
Signs011
H O L Y - W O R D S

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 08-29-2013, 10:03 AM
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  • Agravic
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Welcome to The Shave Nook! Smile

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 08-29-2013, 10:25 AM
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Welcome to The Shave Nook and there has been some great advice already given. Good luck.

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 08-29-2013, 08:41 PM
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(08-29-2013, 06:00 AM)zscott86 Wrote: Hey I'm new to de shaving,for the last few months I've been using an old Gillette and it doesn't give me an aggressive shave at all I get a lot of irritation going over spots many times to compensate,I have been looking at a Edwin Jagger de86 and a merkur 180 long handle(I have large hands)although not sure if that matters,well I would appreciate any feedback from anyone.
Welcome to the Nook, i thought that u did like the Old Type.

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 08-30-2013, 02:01 AM
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(08-29-2013, 06:48 AM)Grumpy Wrote: 1) Map Your FACE.
2) Focus on Preparation
3) Focus on Technique
4) Focus on the Angle of the Razor.
5) Focus on the passes you want to use WTG, XTG and maybe ATG.
6) Focus on Advance Finishing Techniques (Blade Buffing or J Hooking)
7) Look at the Mantic59 You Tube Videos
8) Now find a new or vintage Razor as I do not think it really matters. But, I like longer, heavier handles.

Can't say it any better. Bow
From your options, go with the EJ.

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 08-30-2013, 06:10 AM
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  • savagejoerude
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One other option you may want to try is a Singe Edge razor. Since I've switched I have had much success. Mastering technique and prep that works for you takes some time so be patient and eventually it will all come together. The advise given so far is correct. BTW Welcome to The Shave Nook.... Good luck and Happy Shaves!!!

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 08-30-2013, 07:19 AM
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Thanks to everyone for the help,much appreciation.

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