02-25-2017, 11:16 AM
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Hello,
        I'm a total beginner seeking suggestions for a good quality affordable, budget choice DE razor. What would you recommend for my very first razor?
Thank you

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 02-25-2017, 11:35 AM
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A good shaving affordable Lord L6 razor is a very good razor for the beginning (or experienced) shaver.  It costs in the vicinity of $10-12 and provides a great shave.  Later if you want you can move up to more expensive razors.

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 02-25-2017, 11:45 AM
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Merkur 34C.

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 02-25-2017, 12:04 PM
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I've started a few friends on shaving with a "starter pack" I've put together.  Here are the basic components:
  • Edwin Jagger DE 89 -- good razor, lots of positive reviews, not overly aggressive.  Well built. There are lots of less expensive clones of the DE 89 head floating around on several of the wetshaving online shops but you can pick up an EJ with handle for less than $30 if you search around.  Pricing varies significantly depending on what handle you buy.
  • Small tube of CO Bigelow Shave Cream (made by poraso).  Good cream, very affordable
  • An inexpensive shave brush.  In the past I've given boar brushes but realize that their "break in" period might put folks off, so now am rethinking that.  I haven't found the affordable replacement for my kits yet but there are lots of very good inexpensive brushes around these days
  • An assortment of 5 or so different types of blades.
Other than a Progress from Merkur, I haven't used any Merkur razors, but I know they are highly regarded as suggested above.

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 02-25-2017, 12:04 PM
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What do you mean by budget? I started with an EJ DE89l. But for a bit more you could get a rockwell 6s.
Or lots of vintage choices- a slim or fatboy can be had for reasonable prices and aren't too aggressive at the lower settings.

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 02-25-2017, 12:08 PM
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(02-25-2017, 11:45 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Merkur 34C.

Feather Popular - costs next to nothing, but provides an almost identical shave to their  Feather AS-D2,  which will set you back about ten times as much. The Schick Krona is another much underrated razor and cheap to buy too. Please don't think that you you have to spend a fortune to enjoy top quality products.

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 02-25-2017, 12:11 PM
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budget = how many dollars you wish to spend?

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 02-25-2017, 12:16 PM
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I would recommend Merkur 23c, it is very mild. I got it for my 16 year old son to learn on. He had no issues learning and didn't experience any cuts or irritation.

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 02-25-2017, 12:59 PM
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(02-25-2017, 11:45 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Merkur 34C.

+1.  Perfect razor to start with.  Very user friendly.

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 02-25-2017, 03:26 PM
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(02-25-2017, 12:08 PM)Smudge Wrote:
(02-25-2017, 11:45 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Merkur 34C.

Feather Popular - costs next to nothing, but provides an almost identical shave to their  Feather AS-D2,  which will set you back about ten times as much.

+1 as to the Feather Popular.  

Aside from the Feather Popular, however, my advice is not to buy a razor that you know when you buy it that you probably will get rid of it very soon.  That leads to buyer’s remorse and a locked-in feeling far too soon — and may lead you into the, “Is it me, or is it this crappy piece of hardware that makes the process such a chore?” question.  And, remember, just as you can get a used Acura for the price of a new Chevrolet, you can let somebody else take the hit of new-equipment prices who will be happy to recoup half of his investment selling his nearly new razor to you used.  

A little research (here on Shavenook, such as the question the OP is asking now), perhaps some noncommittal window-shopping of the B/S/T forum here will provide some grounding for the monetary plunge.  

Bottom line:  aside from the Feather Popular, my recommendations would be either the iKon (a site sponsor) Shavecraft 101 head ($40 new) on a Maggard Razors MR5 handle ($19 new) or a Bevel Razor (razor only, not the system) through at least two non-site sponsors  ($39.95). The Shavecraft 101 is made of aluminum machined from a solid block, not plated Zamak, and will introduce you to two kinds of head design, open comb and solid bar; you may choose never to replace it; the Bevel razor is a sleek piece of modern art that punches above its weight class.

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 02-25-2017, 05:54 PM
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(02-25-2017, 11:45 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Merkur 34C.

+1 great first razor indeed . Still use mine on occasion .

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 02-25-2017, 07:25 PM
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Skip the beginner razors, get a Rockwell 6s. You'll never need another razor because you'll have all spectrums from mild to aggressive with one of the smoothest shavers on the market.

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 02-25-2017, 07:49 PM
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34C is hard to beat as a first razor, it's still a solid razor later on and when you have a Wolfman, Blackbird, Timeless and other high end razors.

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 02-25-2017, 08:00 PM
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(02-25-2017, 05:54 PM)DEdestroyer Wrote:
(02-25-2017, 11:45 AM)TheLegalRazor Wrote: Merkur 34C.

+1 great first razor indeed . Still use mine on occasion .


Wow, so many choices!

Lots of great recommendations. I will tell you how I started, and how I would do it now that I have been shaving with a safety razor for over one year.

My first DE razor was an Edwin Jagger DE89. It's a great first start for a beginner. I moved on to the Merkur 39c slant which was more aggressive at first glance, but now it's an awesome razor. Recently I have bought several vintage razors.

If I were to start from scratch again, I would go the vintage route. Start with a Slim adjustable which are quite reasonable. The beauty of an adjustable is that you can begin on a mild setting and work your way up. Even at the highest settings, the Gillette adjustables are just moderately aggressive.

Good luck!




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 02-25-2017, 08:39 PM
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(02-25-2017, 12:11 PM)jackgoldman123 Wrote: budget = how many dollars you wish to spend?

For now, I'll say $100 and under....

I said "budget" because I didn't want people suggesting $500 and up razors

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 02-25-2017, 09:38 PM
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I'll mention it again, for $100 you could have the rockwell 6s. You'd have a really excellent stainless steel razor you can easily sell if you ever want to upgrade.

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 02-25-2017, 10:17 PM
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There is quite a number of razors--from vintage to new--that you can get for under $100. What you should be aware of is that the blades play a large role in the comfort and efficiency of a razor, so once you get your first razor, regardless of what you choose, be sure to get several different brands of blades. Two different blades will give you a different shave with the same razor. Furthermore, the perfect razor and blade combo will vary from one individual to the next. So you will need to experiment and see what works best for you.

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 02-26-2017, 08:16 AM
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(02-25-2017, 08:00 PM)olpski Wrote: If I were to start from scratch again, I would go the vintage route.  Start with a Slim adjustable which are quite reasonable.  The beauty of an adjustable is that you can begin on a mild setting and work your way up.  Even at the highest settings, the Gillette adjustables are just moderately aggressive.

Lots of good advice in this thread.  With a budget of up to $100 I agree that you can get a very good razor -- and one that is adjustable would be a plus for someone starting out.  Both the Rockwell 6 S as well as a Parker Variant would be great options in addition to vintage gillettes.  I really enjoy my Variant and for the price I think it is a very good deal.

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 02-26-2017, 10:22 AM
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If I were to go the vintage route, should I just go for a Gillette adjustable or slim adjustable or something else?

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 02-26-2017, 10:34 AM
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I prefer my fatboy over my slim, but that is just personal preference. Good thing about an adjustable is that it will allow you to learn what level of aggressiveness is most comfortable for you. Otherwise I'd suggest something mild, like a tech. Or if you can get a good deal on a rocket hd500, those are nice shavers.

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