05-08-2016, 11:54 AM
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I am beginer in DE shaving. Now I use plastic Wilkinson, but intend to replace with one of safety razors from title.
I want no expensive mild safety razor, whic is good for beginer.

I know that Muhle R89 and EJ89 have same shape of head, but is there any diference in material or manufacturing?

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 05-08-2016, 11:58 AM
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  • nikos.a
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EJ DE89 is slightly heavier than the R89. They share the same head, but different handles.

I recommend you to try the EJ DE89 with the handle of your preference. It has a far better chrome finish than the Merkur but it's a little heavier than the R89, as I previously wrote, with variety in handles to buy the one you like the most.

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 05-08-2016, 01:04 PM
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  • Chaddy
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Get the 34c it's good for beginners and years of experience.

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 05-08-2016, 01:07 PM
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The heads all shaved the same for me. Some like the 2 piece design over 3 but whatever seems maneuverable and within price range. EJ and Muhle have smoother finishes though.

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 05-08-2016, 02:42 PM
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The Muhle/EJDE89 are much nicer, overall, with finish and shaves, for me. Good luck.

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 05-08-2016, 03:34 PM
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  • HUF
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I was not impressed with the quality of a Merkur 1904 and will never buy another Merkur.

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 05-08-2016, 09:58 PM
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I like the EJ/Muhle quality more than the Merkur.

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 05-09-2016, 12:16 AM
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I would go for Muhle anyday.

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 05-09-2016, 05:41 AM
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I would go with the Merkur, personally.  The DE89 is a beautiful razor, but I don't really like the way it shaves.  

To each his own, as they say.

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 05-09-2016, 06:17 AM
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I liked the EJ better. Better finish, and smoother shave for me. You can find an inexpensive clone with a nice stainless/brass handle from most vendors these days. On the other hand, the 34C's two-piece design has its pluses (and minuses).

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 05-09-2016, 06:54 AM
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When I started out I ordered both the DE89 and the 34c.  I have always preferred the DE89 and ended up selling the 34c.  However, you will also find a lot of wet shavers who have tried both and prefer the 34c.

Bottom line is you can't go to far wrong with either one : )

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 05-09-2016, 07:03 AM
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  • DayMan
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I started with a Merkur and I liked it until I discovered stainless steel razors.  My advice would be to choose based on looks or price, whichever is more important to you.  The 34c and DE89 seem to be the top 2 choices for beginners, so I think you'll be happy with either decision.

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 05-09-2016, 12:40 PM
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  • carvelo
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Don't waste your money in the Merkur. It is a good shaver, but the finish doesn't justify the price. Go with the Jagger. Muhle is good, but the handle is too light. My favorite is the Muhle twist, but I also own a Jagger. The Jagger is closer to your price range than the twist.

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 05-09-2016, 05:04 PM
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I have had the EJ and the Merkur and feel like they shave the same.  As for quality it won't really matter because as soon as you get hooked you will be buying something else. Winky

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 05-09-2016, 10:03 PM
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Than you all. You solved my trilema. I'll buy EJ. First I was closest to Muhle, but now I'm pretty sure that I'll buy EJ DE89. Thanks again.

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 05-11-2016, 07:22 AM
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  • chazt
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(05-09-2016, 05:41 AM)kingfisher Wrote: I would go with the Merkur, personally.  The DE89 is a beautiful razor, but I don't really like the way it shaves.  

To each his own, as they say.

That was my experience, too.

I've bought 2 Merkurs, a 23c and a 46c (the "old scool handle") version. Frankly, I have zero issues with fit and finish. Both razors were top notch. Equal to the 89 head. Another ymmv...

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 05-15-2016, 08:23 AM
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I own and use a EJ DE89LBL.  I get a very good 3 pass shave.  The chroming is the best of the best.  I've never tried a 34C but I would like to.  The 34C is more popular between the 2 as a beginning razor and many love the 34C razor as well.  I think you'd be happy with either 1.

The handle is longer on the EJ by almost 1/2".  They weigh about the same.  34C is a 2-piece and EJ is a 3-piece.

It really comes down to personal preference on needs/wants and also the blade choice you select.  You could buy both and sell the loser on eBay and get most of your money back.  Try 1 of the 2 first and see if you like it and then to decide to sell it and buy the other.

In the end you're saving money in the long run over the cost of multi-blades.

I've accumulated a "few" razors (including vintage) and I find myself rotating them just for "fun" and the different experience.

You won't go wrong with either razor you're considering.

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 05-15-2016, 03:27 PM
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Me, I would go with the Merkur 34C. While I like the Mühle, the handle is a catastrophe. (Way too slippery)

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 05-15-2016, 05:29 PM
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EJDE89 would be my recommendation.

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 05-17-2016, 02:07 PM
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  • NJDJ
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Get the EJ.

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