02-08-2014, 02:34 AM
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I'm looking for suggestions for medium aggressive to aggressive razors. One of my friends I started in wet shaving has been using the Merkur 34C for some time now. He has a very thick beard and thinks he needs something more aggressive. I prefer mild razors so this isn't my forte. I do not want the R41 however. Open to suggestions from a step lower than the R41 to medium. Price range of $10-$80.

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 02-08-2014, 05:08 AM
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My suggestion would be the Merkur Progress. A setting of 3 is fairly aggressive, and it can still go higher.

A Cadet OC is another good choice.

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 02-08-2014, 05:52 AM
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Fatip,Cadet OC,Futur,Progress,SABI T2

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 02-08-2014, 06:14 AM
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For your price range I would suggest the Maggard brand safety razors. Medium aggressive at the most and none higher then $30 with delivery.

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 02-08-2014, 07:40 AM
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(02-08-2014, 06:14 AM)slantman Wrote: Foy your price range I would suggest the Maggard brand safety razors. Medium aggressive at the most and none higher then $30 with delivery.

+1 on Maggard. Unfortunately, they seem to have a tough time keeping them in stock lately. But you can get what appear to be the exact same razors from Matador and Stirling, at similar prices.

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 02-08-2014, 09:46 AM
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Try any adjustable Merkur or Gillette razor or a slant.

I've never used a Merkur adjustable so I'm not sure how they compare to Gillettes as far as aggressiveness.

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 02-08-2014, 10:10 AM
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the EJ 89 is the bast all around for made, smooth and shave close

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 02-08-2014, 12:15 PM
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II'm looking at trying a Fatip and a Cadet OC to start. If he doesn't like either of those than I will just go the adjustable route. What is the difference betweeen the normal Fatip, the Piccolo, and the Anthracite? Do they all shave exactly the same?

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 02-08-2014, 01:48 PM
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In that price range, I'd suggest getting a Merkur Progress or Futur. Both are adjustables that go from being mild to a lot more aggressive than any Gillette Adjustable.

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 02-08-2014, 05:43 PM
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Has he tried some really sharp blades? A mild to medium razor with a very sharp blade (like a Kai, Feather, or even a Polsilver) might give him better results.

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 02-08-2014, 07:18 PM
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Merkur Progress, also! They are truly great shavers and adjustable.

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 02-08-2014, 11:34 PM
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Yes, he only uses Feather Blades because of this reason. Milder blades such as Astra are unusable for him. It's dawned on me to also let him use my single edge razor. I know SharpSpine (Brian) switched to single edge because DE blades were to thin and vibrated to much for his thick beard.


(02-08-2014, 05:43 PM)david1201 Wrote: Has he tried some really sharp blades? A mild to medium razor with a very sharp blade (like a Kai, Feather, or even a Polsilver) might give him better results.

The EJ DE89 is WAY too mild for him. The Merkur 34C is more aggressive than the EJ DE89 and it's still too mild for him. I like the EJ DE89 my self but I prefer mild razors. The EJ DE89 is one of the milder DE's out there.


(02-08-2014, 10:10 AM)BrotherCavefish Wrote: the EJ 89 is the bast all around for made, smooth and shave close

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 02-09-2014, 05:04 AM
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There have been some great suggestions so far, the Progress is a great razor, I have had mine upgraded to a Digress with a brass knob (UK take on a Mergress). I love the FaTip head, the quality of the piccolo handle is rubbish but on an iKon bulldog it is fantastic. What about a vintage Gillette New?

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 02-09-2014, 12:33 PM
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(02-09-2014, 05:04 AM)sm304 Wrote: There have been some great suggestions so far, the Progress is a great razor, I have had mine upgraded to a Digress with a brass knob (UK take on a Mergress). I love the FaTip head, the quality of the piccolo handle is rubbish but on an iKon bulldog it is fantastic. What about a vintage Gillette New?

Scott

I've never used a Gillette New. How aggressive is it compared to a Fatip?

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 02-09-2014, 12:48 PM
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Progress or Cadet type open comb are good suggestions. So is the 2013 R41 (not sure if you were referring to that one or the 2011). I also really like Gillette Old Types or Single Rings.


But I really like your idea of an SE razor, particularly a 1912, 1914 or Clog-Pruf would be great to start (middle ground SE razors...room to go up or down in efficiency).

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 02-09-2014, 01:38 PM
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(02-09-2014, 12:33 PM)tgutc Wrote:
(02-09-2014, 05:04 AM)sm304 Wrote: There have been some great suggestions so far, the Progress is a great razor, I have had mine upgraded to a Digress with a brass knob (UK take on a Mergress). I love the FaTip head, the quality of the piccolo handle is rubbish but on an iKon bulldog it is fantastic. What about a vintage Gillette New?

Scott

I've never used a Gillette New. How aggressive is it compared to a Fatip?

The NEW is a milder and smoother shaver than the Fatip.

However, since it's hard to gauge some else's tastes in aggressiveness of a razor, I'd go with an adjustable. Let him find out how aggressive he likes his shave.

Any non-adjustable will be a guess. You could guess right, but you would also be wrong. If you're going to go with a non-adjustable, I'd suggest the 2013 R41.

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 02-09-2014, 01:57 PM
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(02-08-2014, 05:52 AM)dcc Wrote: Fatip,Cadet OC,Futur,Progress,SABI T2

This family was the one I was going to mention. I like the "Little Bastone" from Razorock. It seems to be a good implementation of the Cadet/Fatip Grande family, and comes with a great handle.

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 02-09-2014, 02:49 PM
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(02-09-2014, 12:33 PM)tgutc Wrote: I've never used a Gillette New. How aggressive is it compared to a Fatip?

In my opinion the New is a step up from the Merkur but not quite as aggressive as the FaTip.

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 02-09-2014, 03:04 PM
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Merkur Progress

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