10-10-2014, 09:26 PM
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Which of the Edwin Jagger 89 model is best for beginners?

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 10-10-2014, 09:30 PM
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They all have the same head. I don't know about some of the later handles ("diamond cut" and such) but for the earlier ones, the "regular", the lined, the barley... one is no more grippy than the next. So I'd suggest whichever is cheapest, for beginners. You'll develop more specific tastes soon enough, and then you buy other things. Or else, you're just a DE89 guy and you stay thrilled.

Really, the head design is the thing about these razors.

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 10-11-2014, 06:52 AM
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It makes no difference -every one of EJ's razors use exactly the same head (which is on the mild side).

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 10-11-2014, 08:19 AM
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Choose the one that talks to you. Mine was a gift, matched my faux ivory brush handles and coffeemug/soapcup.when I buy another one I'll have to get matching gear for it. See how this works?DodgyDodgyDodgyDodgy< me BiggrinBiggrinBiggrinBiggrin<Phil

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 10-11-2014, 10:02 AM
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I'm not sure. I've got a Muhle r89, and I'm looking forward to trading someone for a mint EJ Barley handle. EJ also has a 3D diamond cut handle for those who want that "for sure" kind of grip. I bet I would have gotten that one initially had I know about it.

Good luck

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 10-11-2014, 11:17 AM
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(10-11-2014, 06:52 AM)bullgoose Wrote: It makes no difference -every one of EJ's razors use exactly the same head (which is on the mild side).

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 10-11-2014, 11:49 AM
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I would say go with a r89. Nice, classy and simple handle.

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 10-11-2014, 12:50 PM
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I know it's really not an answer to your question, but if you're looking for a beginner razor, I much prefer the Merkur 34C to Muhle/EJ's 89.

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 10-11-2014, 05:48 PM
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The DE86 was the first DE I ever bought. I do like the 34c better than it though They are both good razors though and I plan to pull the 86 out and shave with it tomorrow since reading this thread.

I haven't used it over a year so should be interesting...

If you are set on the EJ, I will say this. I wish I'd gotten a different handle.

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 10-14-2014, 05:50 PM
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89 is the best out of all the DE razors

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 10-15-2014, 06:03 AM
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Is this an EJ DE 89 model http://www.westcoastshaving.com/Edwin-Ja..._2496.html or 86, 87 etc.?

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 10-15-2014, 06:08 AM
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(10-10-2014, 09:30 PM)wagstaff Wrote: They all have the same head. I don't know about some of the later handles ("diamond cut" and such) but for the earlier ones, the "regular", the lined, the barley... one is no more grippy than the next. So I'd suggest whichever is cheapest, for beginners. You'll develop more specific tastes soon enough, and then you buy other things. Or else, you're just a DE89 guy and you stay thrilled.

Really, the head design is the thing about these razors.

Agreed on all points here. Personally, the laser-cut diamond knurled handle made me go "Ooh" -- and I was fortunate enough to receive one as a newbie in a PIF package. I can't say foor sure whether it's more grippy than others, but I have not dropped it yet!

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 10-15-2014, 06:43 AM
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(10-15-2014, 06:03 AM)Alex7 Wrote: Is this an EJ DE 89 model http://www.westcoastshaving.com/Edwin-Ja..._2496.html or 86, 87 etc.?

I could be wrong, but I believe that the 86 is black, the 87 is ivory, and the 89s are all chrome handled. However the heads are all the same so really you are just buying the handle you like best...

That's my understanding anyway.

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 10-15-2014, 03:17 PM
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Amazon has this "kelvin" model that I heard was exclusive to them. The knurling on that handle looks much better than any of the others.

http://www.amazon.com/Edwin-Jagger-Kelvi...agger+de89

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