06-07-2014, 12:19 PM
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Hey guys,
I'm looking into trying the switch to shaving like a man as my great grandpa would say. The cost of cartridges are killing me and having to shave daily for work (US Navy) is just ridiculous on my wallet. I feel like I'm getting royally screwed with shaving. I mean $25 minimum for cartridges is ridiculous. Any recommendations on something to get me started would be great. I've been researching the Merkur 1904 or something similar but if you guys have recommendations or even wouldn't mind getting rid of one that would be awesome. Thanks in advance.

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 06-07-2014, 12:35 PM
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Look into the Edwin Jagger DE89...
A fine razor with a great chrome finish that you'll be able to hand down and keep in your family for generations.

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 06-07-2014, 02:17 PM
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Awesome! Will do. Time to look into all the other stuff I need. Thank you.

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 06-07-2014, 02:22 PM
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Here is a great starter kit that includes the DE89:

http://www.bullgooseshaving.com/beginner...razor-set/

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 06-07-2014, 07:31 PM
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(06-07-2014, 02:22 PM)Str8player Wrote: Here is a great starter kit that includes the DE89:

http://www.bullgooseshaving.com/beginner...razor-set/

This is an excellent starter set. The Mekur 1904 is also an excellent razor, especially the open comb version.

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 06-08-2014, 03:19 AM
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(06-07-2014, 12:19 PM)treyalexjohn Wrote: I'm looking into trying the switch to shaving like a man as my great grandpa would say.
You are contemplating a journey that closely parallels one that I set out upon about three months ago. You can see the preliminary results of my quest in a recent post (post #26 in the thread) here: Long time cartridge razor user essays DE switch.

(06-07-2014, 12:19 PM)treyalexjohn Wrote: The cost of cartridges are killing me and having to shave daily for work (US Navy) is just ridiculous on my wallet. I feel like I'm getting royally screwed with shaving. I mean $25 minimum for cartridges is ridiculous.

The dollar figure suggests that you have been purchasing Gillette Fusion cartridges. My personal experience (with the usual YMMV caution) is that not only are Schick Hydro cartridges significantly less expensive, they also give better shaves, than Gillette Fusion cartridges. With a little shopping (o.k., Wal-Mart), you can get a four-pack of Schick Hydro 3 cartridges for under $9.00. Actually, $2.24 per cartridge. Currently (June 2014) Safeway is selling a complete Schick Hydro 3 razor (handle plus four cartridges) for $9.99, worth checking out if you live near a Safeway store. My experience is that I always get more than two weeks, and more usually about three weeks, of daily shaves -- about 20 DFS or better shaves -- per Schick Hydro 3 cartridge, whereas I get about four, or, if I push it, five days of shaves from a good DE (Gillette Silver Blue) blade. At $2.75 per five pack of GSBs, the price per shave from the DE blades is just about par with the price per shave from the Schick Hydro 3 cartridges.

My experiment (FWIW, I am putting the GSB blades into a Standard Razors razor, the one favored by "Leisureguy," Michael Ham: Michael Ham's review of Standard Razors) is an on-going project, and I may decide by the time that I have completed it that I prefer a DE shave to a cartridge razor shave. But I know already at this stage that the price of the blades will not be a significant factor in my decision going forward.

Good luck with your own journey.

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 06-08-2014, 03:22 AM
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Welcome to The Shave Nook.

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 06-08-2014, 03:24 AM
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DE shaving is the best and cheapest and you will love shaving when you start. A DE89 is an awesome shaver. Well worth the price and buy a sample pack of blades to try some out. Remember to search Youtube for some cracking videos that will help you on your DE choice and journey.

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 06-08-2014, 03:46 AM
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Welcome aboard, and greetings from the RNoAF Biggrin

There are many great razors out there, so picking just one is hard... in my opinion razors like the Feather Popular and Wilkinson Sword Classic makes decent 'beginners razors' for not too much money - just be prepared to buy more razors later Tongue

Two things I would not skimp on is the brush and soap/cream though... but a good brush isn't that expensive and will last many, many years. Depending on your situation, something like the Omega 50014 might be the thing for you since it collapses into it's handle / carrying tube.

Enjoy your shaves, and stay safe.

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 06-08-2014, 04:27 AM
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 06-08-2014, 06:52 AM
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Hello, welcome to: " The Shave Nook " Relax & Enjoy.


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 06-08-2014, 10:18 AM
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 06-08-2014, 10:24 AM
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