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Beginner friendly razor on a budget
05-29-2013, 05:06 AM (This post was last modified: 05-29-2013 05:07 AM by Ratax.)
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Beginner friendly razor on a budget
Hello, I'm 16 years old and have been using the Gillette Mach 3 for most of the shaving but now I'm thinking of going for a safety razor because of the cheaper blads. Therefor I was wondering what razors you would recommend for me. Right now I got very mild beard growing at a slow rate but I want to be able to use it for a long time. Even after I get rougher beard. The last problem is the price, I want spend between 15 and 35 dollar leaving razors like Edwin jagger de98 out of the range.

I would really appreciate any suggestion aswell as tips or advice.

Thanks in advance.

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05-29-2013, 05:34 AM
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Lord L5 is a good choice. Kudos on a wise decision.
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05-29-2013, 06:05 AM
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Muhle's version of the DE89 (the R89) can be had from Connaught Shaving for about $35 shipped.
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05-29-2013, 06:57 AM
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This reminds me of when I started shaving, I was roughly the same age when I bought my first DE safety razor because I was having bad results with cartridge razors.
I would recommend the wilkinson sword classic, even though it's made from plastic it a metal weight in the handle. Which is the reason why I fell in love with wet shaving. The cartridge razors i was using felt like feather weight plastic crap compared to the wilkinson classic. I suppose the best thing about the razor is the price and will be widely available for under $15. (I managed th get mine for £7 in the UK).
The razor comes with decent blades to learn on too!!!
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05-29-2013, 07:19 AM (This post was last modified: 05-29-2013 07:25 AM by Jabberwock.)
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I would go with the Lord L6, it is an excellent razor and is priced well. If you don't mind it taking a while to arrive, the Social is a nice razor...a bit light weight, but it can be beefed up by adding some b.b.s. to the hollow handle. Don't let its low cost fool you, it is very well thought of by those who have used it.

Add in some double edge blades and some shaving cream or soap and you'll be good to go. If you're looking for stuff locally, I highly recommend the Van Der Hagen Premium shave kit, it comes with a puck of VDH Deluxe soap, a basic boar brush and a lather bowl. It is usually available at HEB or WalMart for under $10. Sally's Beauty Supply will have a few really basic razors for around $10, but they may be a little less than stunning. Most malls will have a Bath & Bodyworks, they carry C.O. Bigelow shaving cream, which is great stuff. If you're lucky you may even have a Crabtree & Evelyn, which has its own brand of shaving creams and soaps or a L'Occitane which also carries products (I love their Cade shave soap). Good luck!

http://www.amazon.com/Premium-Safety-Raz...ds=lord+l6

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A723...KIIKW22PW7

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05-29-2013, 07:21 AM
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05-29-2013, 07:43 AM
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Beginner friendly razor on a budget
I'd say a nice SuperSpeed off of eBay, etsy, or a WTB add here. Very simple and effective tools and it minimizes blade handing since its all one piece.
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05-29-2013, 08:00 AM (This post was last modified: 05-29-2013 08:09 AM by bjorney.)
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Ratax,

If you live in the US I would be happy to send you a free Gillette Super Speed razor and a couple of blades to get you started. Just PM me your info and I'll send it to you.

The Super Speeds are great razors. My 20 year old son started with this one a year or two ago and he has since gone to a more aggressive razor.

If you are not in the US you could have it for the cost of postage.

If you don't want a vintage razor, the Lord L6 razor is a great deal.

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05-29-2013, 08:07 AM
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05-29-2013, 08:35 AM
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Gillette Slim. Adjustability lets it grow with you.
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05-29-2013, 09:16 AM
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i would also see if you can get a used vintage Gillette Superspeed or the Feather Popular is also good.
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05-29-2013, 09:58 AM
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Another vote for Lord L6.
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05-29-2013, 11:22 AM
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I'd keep an eye out on the B/S/T threads here and on Badger and Blade. You could pick up a used EJ DE89 in your price range.
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05-29-2013, 01:07 PM
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I find the Lord L6 to be too light for my tastes. I ended up giving mine away.

I'd recommend going vintage. I've picked up many old Gillette DE razors for just a couple of bucks. If you've got time to visit some antique stores, you might find just what you're looking for. A quick clean up and you're in business. You might even find a Gillette Slim or Fatboy (both are adjustable and typically higher priced than the Tech or Super Speed) in your price range. I just picked up my first Fatboy for $24 and have bought three Slims for $11 or less.

If you want new, I'd go with david1201's suggestion:
http://connaughtshaving.com/mur89.html

or the Merkur 33C for $30 shipped
http://www.connaughtshaving.com/merkur33c.html
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05-29-2013, 02:02 PM
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(05-29-2013 08:00 AM)bjorney Wrote:  Ratax,

If you live in the US I would be happy to send you a free Gillette Super Speed razor and a couple of blades to get you started. Just PM me your info and I'll send it to you.

The Super Speeds are great razors. My 20 year old son started with this one a year or two ago and he has since gone to a more aggressive razor.

If you are not in the US you could have it for the cost of postage.

If you don't want a vintage razor, the Lord L6 razor is a great deal.

Welcome to the Nook!

This is an excellent offer of an excellent razor. It is a great example of why the wet shaving community is so awesome, folks so willing to help out new shavers. We've all had a helping hand or two from some wet shaving veterans when we were starting out, it's always nice to see someone helping a newbie out.

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05-29-2013, 07:03 PM (This post was last modified: 05-29-2013 07:04 PM by jdjones.)
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Lord L6 gets my vote. I still use mine today with a heavier SABI handle but with the stock handle it is a great starter razor and extremely affordable.

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05-30-2013, 12:06 AM (This post was last modified: 05-30-2013 12:09 AM by Ratax.)
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(05-29-2013 08:00 AM)bjorney Wrote:  Ratax,

If you live in the US I would be happy to send you a free Gillette Super Speed razor and a couple of blades to get you started. Just PM me your info and I'll send it to you.

The Super Speeds are great razors. My 20 year old son started with this one a year or two ago and he has since gone to a more aggressive razor.

If you are not in the US you could have it for the cost of postage.

If you don't want a vintage razor, the Lord L6 razor is a great deal.

Welcome to the Nook!

Thanks for the offer but i was thinking i would go for att Merkur 20c/30c, or a Muhle R106. I found them in my price range and they seem to be great. I really appreciated the offer though.
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05-30-2013, 02:24 AM
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I would also suggest vintage. If, however, you want a new razor, I would suggest the Merkur 33C
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05-30-2013, 07:36 AM
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(05-30-2013 12:06 AM)Ratax Wrote:  
(05-29-2013 08:00 AM)bjorney Wrote:  Ratax,

If you live in the US I would be happy to send you a free Gillette Super Speed razor and a couple of blades to get you started. Just PM me your info and I'll send it to you.

Welcome to the Nook!

Thanks for the offer but i was thinking i would go for att Merkur 20c/30c, or a Muhle R106. I found them in my price range and they seem to be great. I really appreciated the offer though.

I'm glad you found what you were looking for. Merkur and Muhle make nice razors. Have fun!
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05-30-2013, 01:02 PM
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I would suggest a vintage (or even one of the several blades mentioned above).

You can do either a WTB on the forum or go onto the Bay and pick up a Gillette or even a Schick Korna.

If I was looking to save money, I would buy vintage because of the quality of the safety razor materials.

Newer Razors are well made and work well but, for some of the cheaper models the materials may be of a littler lower quality.
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