01-17-2015, 05:43 PM
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I'm looking for a second razor. I've got an old Gillette (safety bar) razor that I use (and enjoy) right now, but I want something more modern. My beard is thick and coarse, and I dont shave frequently (I'm working on it!). I dont really want to spend more than $75.

I'm trying to decide between an iKon #102, a Merkur 37C, a Weber polished head, a Muhle R41, a Standard Razor, and a Parker 24C. Any thoughts on these? Positives/negatives? Quality concerns?

Thanks a ton!

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 01-17-2015, 06:22 PM
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Of those, I have only used a Weber PH...no quality concerns and a very nice efficient razor!

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 01-17-2015, 06:26 PM
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You need all of them Cool
I vote Ikon Slant

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 01-17-2015, 06:31 PM
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Weber PH has my vote. It's stainless and shaves like a dream.

But it may be important to ask yourself what you want in your next razor; do you want something more aggressive than your current Gillette, something heavier, a slant?...etc

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 01-17-2015, 06:38 PM
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Muhle R89. Cant go wrong with that one. I know its not on your list but should not be overlooked. The 37C is also a great razor. Looking to try a 102.

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 01-17-2015, 06:46 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions guys, keep em coming! Feel free to mention things not on that list (like the R89).

I really wanna try the 102 but I'm scared I'll not like the slant, and $75 is a lot of money (to me) to throw away if its not my thing. I do know i can sell it if I decide, but still. Whats the difference between the R41 and the R89?

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 01-17-2015, 06:47 PM
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I'd go with the Weber PH as well it's mild yet really efficient. Besides my ATT H2, its probably my favorite razor.

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 01-17-2015, 07:11 PM
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Weber Polished. I got myself one for Christmas and it is an awesome razor.

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 01-17-2015, 07:31 PM
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(01-17-2015, 05:43 PM)shave Wrote: I'm looking for a second razor. I've got an old Gillette (safety bar) razor that I use (and enjoy) right now, but I want something more modern. My beard is thick and coarse, and I dont shave frequently (I'm working on it!). I dont really want to spend more than $75.

YMMV is the mantra of this board. Were it me, my first filter would be between (any) chrome-plated zamak head and (any) stainless/aluminum/plated brass head. That will narrow down the options significantly.


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 01-17-2015, 07:33 PM
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Fusion pro glide.

I kid. Just get the shiny metal one.

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 01-17-2015, 07:57 PM
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My only new, 'modern' razors are the EJ86 and Mekur Bakelite. Both excellent, inexpensive razors, especially for new shavers.

That being said, I have an assortment of vintage Gillette razors that shave just as well, if not better than anything modern. If you're patient, you can pick-up 2-3 vintage Gillette's for the price of a new, modern razor.

Gillette made millions of razors, for millions of shavers world-wide. Why tempt fate?

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 01-17-2015, 08:07 PM
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Weber PH

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 01-17-2015, 09:30 PM
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I'm with Celestino--go with the Weber. Great razor, especially for the money.

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 01-18-2015, 01:53 AM
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What I hear about the Weber Wave handle razor I like.
The Mühle, Parker are good razors, however I´d go with Merkur or the Weber. These seem to be serious tools. The Merkur Chrome plating will need some care though.

My shave yesterday wiith a cheap Wilkinson (plastic) safety razor went pretty well.Preparation, blade, Soap and technique will seal the deal.  Buy whatever gives you a kick. A razor does not make the difference IMO
BTW ordered the Phoenix Double open comb razor yesterday
razors with a wider gaps such as Fatip and the R41 are awesome, too, both need the right blade and technique. Have fun!
The Fatip is another favourite of mine because of efficiency and all brass construction. 

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 01-18-2015, 06:08 AM
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I love the Shavecraft (iKon) 102 Slant and use it a lot. Also you can't go wrong with the R41 (2013') version either full razor or head only (add your own handle). At first the Shavecraft might feel very mild but don't let that fool you it's a great shaver.

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 01-18-2015, 07:31 AM
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I have used all of the razors except the 102. They are all good razors in their own unique way. Please excuse me if I am pointing out the obvious here. I have found that the ability to make a cushioned slick lather will impact shave quality more than a specific razor. Make sure you have a good brush and soap. Someone suggested the FaTip and I concur that could be an excellent choice. They are still all brass and affordable. Personally I do not care for Stainless Steel razors. They leave me cold as do synthetic brushes. You may want to consider a vintage Gillette Adjustable. You can dial it up or down which may be good since your beard growth may vary from shave to shave.
Forgive the shameless marketing here, but I do have a 1962 Gillette Slim listed on BST. Send me PM and I can talk to you more about it. I will give you a good deal.

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 01-18-2015, 08:08 AM
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My vote is the R41 as it's my daily driver. Steep angle makes it a very efficient non irritating shave for me. My second favorite is my Slim! (Thanks Freddie!)
Sounds like the R41 would be the most efficient for your beard type too.

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 01-18-2015, 08:30 AM
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Have you considered either a Merkur Futur or Progress ???

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 01-18-2015, 08:55 AM
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I've only ever seen the Futur and Progress once or twice and never really heard anything about them. They seem kind weird looking!

It seems like its between the iKon 102, the R41, and the Weber.

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 01-18-2015, 09:34 AM
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I have just picked up a Weber and it is awesome! I have an Ikon 101 I know its a different razor to the 102, but if they are close to the same shave you won't be disappointed.

Remember that if you don't like what you get you can always sell it on the BST and recoup some of your cost for a different razor.

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