01-24-2013, 03:35 PM
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  • Blue line
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What razors, NEW and/or VINTAGE razors do you recommend for newbies? I seem to remember a Merkur or Jagger 89 being known for being a forgiving razor.
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 01-24-2013, 03:37 PM
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  • Dave
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I've got a Weishi I was trying to sell on the BST, but if you pay the shipping on it, you can have it. Just PM me.

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 01-24-2013, 03:40 PM
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  • savagejoerude
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As far as Vintage how bout the Schick Krona, or Gillette Fat Handled Tech. Both great shavers that can be found for CHEAP...
New razors perhaps a Cadet TTO or a Parker (My 1st DE was a 96R).
A newbie should start off with quality without the big ticket price tag.
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 01-24-2013, 03:43 PM
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  • tgutc
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I would suggest a Edwin Jagger DE89. It's mild, smooth,and a great shaver. Before the DE89 came out most recommended the Merkur 34C. have both and IMO the Edwin Jagger is WAY more forgiving and suited to a newbie.

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 01-24-2013, 03:43 PM
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  • Dave
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I'll second the Recommendation of the Krona. The most wonderful TTO razor made IMO (with no apologies to any of the old Gillettes).

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 01-24-2013, 04:07 PM
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As mentioned the EJ89 is a good choice. Flairtip Superspeeds are pretty forgiving. I personally started w/ a Merkur 23c and found it to be nice. The Cadet/ RR SB razors are probably another good choice, particularly given the price point. I started my brother on a RR Little Bastone and its been pretty smooth for him.

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 01-24-2013, 04:18 PM
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I would look on eBay for a vintage Gillette Tech. They're very common, affordable, and provide a very comfortable, mild shave. I've heard great things about the Krona razor too but with the Tech being a 3-piece, it's bullet-proof and should provide another 50+ years of service to you.

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 01-24-2013, 04:29 PM
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  • bjorney
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I'll "third" the Krona choice and add Gillette Super Speeds too, especially the 1940's style. I think a TTO is nice for a first razor. I started with a Lord 3-piece and cut my thumbs on the edges of the blade when I first loaded one... You only do that once!

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 01-24-2013, 04:32 PM
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My first razor was a Superspeed and it is still one of my favorites. It was a nice starting point and they can be found in nice condition fairly inexpensively.

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 01-24-2013, 04:38 PM
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I began with a GEM Featherweight, but it's just a tad more aggressive than I think is good for a Noob. In DE I began with a Gillette black handle. I regret neither razor.

But when asked the question put forward here I always suggest a Gillette Tech; inexpensive, readily available and mild. Too, it's easy to add shims to once someone learns the basics and wants a more aggressive razor.

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 01-24-2013, 04:43 PM
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  • bjorney
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The Lord 3 piece razors are good beginner razors too. The L5 (my first DE) is like a slightly more aggressive Tech and I hear that the L6 is even better. They are new razors for less than $20 (probably closer to $10).

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 01-24-2013, 04:45 PM
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I recommend Edwin Jagger as well. Just so you know, all the heads are the same on the EJ DEs - so, you can pick your handle and know you'll be getting essentially the same razor (not counting aesthetics).

I really like the Barley handle Edwin Jagger for looks -- but, in practice it actually is a little slick if you get lather on the handle - seems counter-intuitive, I know, considering you'd think a pattern on the handle would give it more grip Smile

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 01-24-2013, 04:51 PM
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I started on a EJ DE89 and highly recommend one! Vintage Gillettes are great too.

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 01-24-2013, 05:12 PM
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Edwin Jagger 89 and Merkur 34C are quite common for newbies.

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 01-24-2013, 05:59 PM
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I started with the DE89 as well. It's a nicely mild razor.

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 01-24-2013, 06:03 PM
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If they are instock Weber razors would be a great start.

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 01-24-2013, 08:30 PM
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Merkur Classic 33C

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 01-24-2013, 08:33 PM
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Another vote here for the EJ89 ... inexpensive, well-made, and user friendly.

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 01-24-2013, 11:14 PM
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parker 22r

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 01-24-2013, 11:26 PM
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  • matloffm
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Merkur Progress. Start with minimum blade exposure and increase it as you learn. The Merkur open comb head is a favorite of mine also. All Merkur OC razors use the same head so choose the one that appeals to you. The 34C HD and the Jagger 89 are moderately aggressive razors and are not adjustable. I learned on the 34C and it will chew your face up if you use any pressure at all, so no pressure no matter what you go with.

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