09-12-2015, 08:46 PM
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  • MHWood
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If you had to recommend any safety razor that is under the $40 mark all in (shipping and all) what would it be and why?  I'm looking to "wet my feet" in the area of safety razors as I'm just not liking the shave I've been getting with my current razor.  I'd like to start off on the relatively cheaper side to see how I like it (plus I'm a poor college student Cheers )

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 09-12-2015, 08:48 PM
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  • Agravic
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Edwin Jagger 89 
or
Merkur 34C

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 09-12-2015, 09:04 PM
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  • MHWood
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(09-12-2015, 08:48 PM)Agravic Wrote: Edwin Jagger 89 
or
Merkur 34C

Is there anything that would make one slightly better than the other at all?  Or can't go wrong either way?

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 09-12-2015, 09:10 PM
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Imo muhle r49. Similar (or identical) head to ej, but better finished and nicer handle. International sellers offer for around 40 shipped.

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 09-12-2015, 09:25 PM
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Buy a used Standard off one of the BST threads. They show up pretty regularly for $40-$50.

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 09-12-2015, 09:32 PM
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What is your current razor/shaver?  If it isn't a vintage Gillette, then I would get one of those as you can buy one for usually under $25 shipped from ebay or on the BST.
There are a few on the BST, right now, being sold by a gentlemen with a vast and superb collection.
Good luck.

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 09-12-2015, 09:58 PM
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  • evnpar
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I have both in nearly new condition tucked away in one of my shaving boxes that you could have for an unbeatable price. PM me if interested.

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 09-12-2015, 10:54 PM
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My first razor of the three I own was the Edwin Jagger DE89 lined version and I love the head but did swap out the handle with a heavier 5oz Maggard MR5. I used it for a couple weeks with the stock EJ handle and it was fine but the heavier handle made it more efficient without having to apply any pressure at all. I highly recommend a EJ for beginners and I still use mine every day and love it. I have a Muhle R41 that I use for multiple days growth and have been pleased with it. However, the R41 is very aggressive and for me is not suitable for every day shaving like the EJ is.

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 09-12-2015, 11:41 PM
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  • MHWood
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I'm so glad I joined this forum, you all are great! Within two hours of asking a question late at night I get multiple responses and people willing to help me out. Would you all recommend buying both an aggressive and a mild to see what fits?

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 09-13-2015, 01:49 AM
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  • chrisbd
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If you're relatively new to DE shaving I recommend starting with a mild razor until your technique's consistent enough to try a more aggressive razor. If you don't get on with it then you could always BST it and step up later but there's a bewildering array of razors available of varying aggression to add to confusion. Start mild and research the reviews here and on other forums for what's available. Don't forget, you're not looking to mow off your bristles in one vicious pass, you're trying to reduce them in several passes.

Try "The Sharpologist" web site for reviews of razors at various price points, also his "mantic59" Youtube tuition videos were a great help to me when I recently returned to DE shaving after too long an absence. Showed me what I'd been doing wrong all these years. For the record I also started with an Edwin Jagger 89 and got completely hooked. Now suffering RAD bug fever.

Regards,
Chris

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 09-13-2015, 02:03 AM
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 09-13-2015, 02:27 AM
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As you did ask for a razor to buy and forget about buying a razor in the near future... this sounds like the Merkur 34c to me . But almost any razor will work nicely as you adapt the technique and use a good blade with it.

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 09-13-2015, 02:29 AM
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(09-12-2015, 08:48 PM)Agravic Wrote: Edwin Jagger 89 
or
Merkur 34C
Either is fine. I would lean toward the 34c... Personal preference


Also would consider the Razorock Mission... I believe it is close to a EJ 89 clone And abt $24

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 09-13-2015, 02:37 AM
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  • nikos.a
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My first razor was an EJ89 with lined handle. I use it very often. The quality is superb, one of the best in my opinion. I recommend it!

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 09-13-2015, 04:28 AM
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The Parker 26C gives a very nice shave. Around $28 .

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 09-13-2015, 05:52 AM
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Go vintage. Get a Gillette Slim, having an adjustable razor will allow it to grow with you as you find your aggressiveness.

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 09-13-2015, 07:06 AM
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The problem with the EJ and Merkur razors is they're zamac (aka pot metal), which means they're prone to deterioration and, if dropped can snap at the screw head.  Most don't, but you see people mention it fairly regularly on certain forums.  A vintage Gillette would be brass and the Standard I mentioned is aluminum, both of which will last longer than anything made of pot metal.

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 09-13-2015, 08:10 AM
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40s SuperSpeed.
Easy, mild and efficient.
Will outlast you and your children if you get a nice one with plating intact.

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 09-13-2015, 08:48 AM
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Edwin jagger de89 IIRC they even worked with amazon when releasing the Kelvin de89 to make a nice handle and an affordable razor.

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 09-13-2015, 03:35 PM
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  • SCOV
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My first was the Edwin Jagger DE86 (guessing a DE89 with a short black smooth handle ?).  Happy with my choice and the results.  However. coming from a cartridge razor, an Edwin Jagger or Merkur long handle might have been a better first razor.  

I recall shaving (without blade) my cheeks at age 7 with my dad in the mornings.  Always wanted a really nice TTO like we both used.

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