11-11-2012, 05:03 AM
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Chaps,

Quite new to this and you may have read my last thread where I found I had a very naughty new razor.

After finding out my new shiny Parker 22 Interceptor was more aggressive than an unhappy aligator with a hangover that had just cut itself on a Parker 22 I am looking to move to something more suitable for my face. I have a perfectly fine Feather Popular Razor which goes well but want to try something that is not quite as plasticcy. I suppose I have a budget of up to $50.

What in your opinion are some of the less aggressive/mild razors currently on the market.

My chin and neck will thank you forever.

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 11-11-2012, 05:30 AM
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I started with a Merkur 33C, the 34C is also quite popular. They have the same head design, but the 34 has a heavier handle.

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 11-11-2012, 05:39 AM
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  • Dave
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Merkur 34C or an Edwin Jagger DE89. Both solid builds and great shavers

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 11-11-2012, 06:32 AM
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I have a Merkur 33C (same head as the more popular 34C but skinnier handle) and it is way too mild for me. Keep in mind that the most aggressive SE razors are what I use daily so it doesn't mean that the 33C is bad at all. This is just the less popular version of the 34C.

Edit: I must have overlooked that Seth already said a lot of what I was trying to say regarding the 33 vs 34.

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 11-11-2012, 07:30 AM
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(11-11-2012, 05:03 AM)Shiny Wrote: I suppose I have a budget of up to $50.

What in your opinion are some of the less aggressive/mild razors currently on the market?

If you prefer a longer handle, the Merkur 38C is as hefty as the 34C but fits well if you have large hands.

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 11-11-2012, 07:34 AM
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I would say to take a look at a Schick Krona or a Gillette Fatboy/Slim set at a 3 for some nice, mild .

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 11-11-2012, 08:01 AM
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  • RedRocks
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A Gillette Tech is also a nice mild razor. If my face is feeling more sensitive than usual, I will grab the Tech. But since (re)discovering adjustables, a setting of 2~4 is pretty close to the Tech.

~Frank

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 11-11-2012, 08:44 AM
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  • tgutc
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I started with the Merkur 34C which is a good razor. I now have the Edwin Jagger DE89 which I prefer. The EJ DE89L provides a milder and smoother shave IMO. To me the 34c is more aggressive and it can bite you if your not paying attention.

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 11-11-2012, 08:54 AM
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  • gijames
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Hmmm,
Save your money for another week or 2, to bring your budget up to $60 and get a Progress LH!
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 11-11-2012, 09:14 AM
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34c, and adjustable (I would a Progress), or my number one recommendation - a Tech. I ran into a very aggro shave yesterday and needed to shave again this morning, but without making my face raw. Grabbed a Tech and combined it with a sharp smooth blade and I was set.

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 11-11-2012, 10:02 AM
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  • Mr Happy
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How about a Muhle R89, for an incredibly well built and finished razor. It's on a par with the Merkur 34c for mildness.

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 11-11-2012, 10:09 AM
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Having just bought and tried a couple of them, I can highly recommend a Schick Krona.

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 11-11-2012, 10:12 AM
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(11-11-2012, 09:14 AM)J_fro Wrote: 34c, and adjustable (I would a Progress), or my number one recommendation - a Tech. I ran into a very aggro shave yesterday and needed to shave again this morning, but without making my face raw. Grabbed a Tech and combined it with a sharp smooth blade and I was set.

For those of us who are less informed, what is a Tech? Thanks!

Michael

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 11-11-2012, 10:16 AM
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(11-11-2012, 10:12 AM)monarch2001 Wrote:
(11-11-2012, 09:14 AM)J_fro Wrote: 34c, and adjustable (I would a Progress), or my number one recommendation - a Tech. I ran into a very aggro shave yesterday and needed to shave again this morning, but without making my face raw. Grabbed a Tech and combined it with a sharp smooth blade and I was set.

For those of us who are less informed, what is a Tech? Thanks!

Michael

A Tech is the most mild of all Gillette Razors. They made them with fat handles and skinny handles as well.

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 11-11-2012, 10:24 AM
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If you want vintage, a Tech. If you want modern, an Edwin Jagger DE89/Mühle R89. You mentioned you wanted something less plasticcy (or I'd have said Schick Krona), do you prefer longer or shorter handles?

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 11-11-2012, 10:29 AM
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Many thanks for the reply chaps, looks like I have a new shopping list (ssshhhhh, don't tell the wife).

I think I prefer longer handles but yet to try a really short one.

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 11-11-2012, 10:32 AM
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A good mild TTO razor is the Gillette Knack.

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 11-11-2012, 10:35 AM
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If you decide you're interested in a Schick Krona, there is a really nice looking cased one on the Bay right now, ending tomorrow afternoon, with a starting bid price of only $7.99. Can't beat that.

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 11-11-2012, 02:05 PM
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Yes, the Knack is a more modern version of the Tech as far as the shave goes.

I echo the "Tech, Slim, Fatboy" advice. Just keep the adjustables dialed down to really low numbers. Be sure to ask if the adjustments work, or get it from the buy/sell forum here. If it's garbage you'll be informed of it. BTW, you'll have money left over for something else out of your $50 budget.

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 11-11-2012, 05:47 PM
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  • matloffm
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Merkur 34C and EJ 89 (I have one for sale) are mildly aggressive razors. They are not mild razors by any stretch of the imagination. The mildest razor I own is a Feather SS. Not cheap, but it will give you a good shave and be very forgiving about it. As for Merkur, I would recommend any Merkur open comb (the heads are all the same) or a Progress. Remember to start the Progress on the lowest setting and open it up as you get more experience with it. These two Merkurs are my favorites for everyday shaving.

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