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Unique design from the original designers of the DE8 Edwin Jagger Double Edge Safety Razor range, offers a very close, comfortable shave, with very low cost blade replacement it saves you money every dayComfortable weight and balance for accurate, close shaving. This is an ideal razor, with a blade angle perfectly suited for both new and experienced Double Edge wet shaversSmart chrome handle with precise lined patterning for improved wet grip and the Edwin Jagger name embossed into the chrome plated collar, a guarantee of authenticityA genuine Edwin Jagger design Double Edge Safety Razor from an internationally renowned supplier, based in Sheffield England. Register your new razor with the manufacturer for authenticity and years of excellent product supportThe two-part DE razor head is compatible with all standard Double Edge Safety Razor Blades and includes a FREE 5 blade pack of blades. Delivered in smart Edwin Jagger packaging, with instructions, traditional wet shaving advice and product registration information
/r/wicked_edge has lots of great advice. I'll boil a lot of it down for you though..
Many folks will try to sell you on the economics here, and how much money you'll save by shaving this way. While possible, it's not necessarily so. One can go bonkers and spend hundreds on the best gear if they wish. BUT, you don't have to.
For me, I use a $30 brush from whippeddog.com with a $5 mug from Target. My cream (ToBS Jermyn St) runs about $15 a tub, which lasts me probably 6-9 months. My daily shaver is a $30 Edwin Jagger, and my blades run about $30 for a 100-pack. I get 2-3 shaves from each blade.
If you run the numbers, you'll likely come out ahead by going to DE, get better shaves, and have better skin as well. It sure was cheaper for me. I used to go through a cartridge a week. So, that's 4 carts a month. I was spending $30-ish every other month on 8-packs of cartridges, or about $3.75 per week. Nowadays, that's 2 blades a week, at ~$0.30/blade, that's $0.60/week in blades. That's a massive savings alone.
You can do the ROI analysis for yourself. Take into account what you'd spend on shaving supplies, and calculate at which points the cost lines cross (ie break-even).
Most guys will be fine with a non-adjustable razor like Merkur 34C, for ~$30-40 less, especially if they're new to using safety razors.
Get a double edge razor. Worth every penny. Also cheaper
Spez: here is a great reviewed razor that I use.
Also bought a variety pack of blades for really cheap about 3 years ago.. still havn't gone through them
Complete bullshit. I’d just like to ask why you have to ask your mom to shave? You’re old enough to buy yourself some razors, dude. On the subject, I’d suggest a good double edge safety razor and some good shaving cream - it’s much better for sensitive, teenage skin and is just cheaper in the long run (the refill razor blades are like 10 cents each).
To those switching just get off the disposables. I bought this guy years ago for $25 and all i have to do is buy disposable blades (Like $10 for 100), that’ll last me about a year and a half if not longer. And it’s a way better shave IMO than the disposable stuff. Better for the environment too
As an alternative, you can buy a quality safety razor, and then blades are as low as 16 cents a piece when you buy them in a pack of 100 from Amazon. I bought this razor for $30 and I get one week's use per blade, so after the initial investment of $30 we are looking at 16 cents per week.
Cancel everything but the soap and get this list
Frank Shaving Bagder Hair Brushs are both low priced and high quality.
Taylor of Old Bond Street (TOBS) Sandalwood Shaving Soap In A Wooden Bowl smell great but doesn't leave much of a sent on your face
Double Edge Safety Razor Blade Variety Pack - 22 diffrent Blades Every face is different so what is a great blade for one person may be the worst for another
Edwin Jagger De89L Razor is the razor i started with it is balanced and has a good weight to it, it also is a medium aggressive shave
Bloc Osma Natura Alum Block is an antiseptic and analgesia, It will stop weepers and reduce pimples and chance of infection. Wet it and rub it over the shaved area after you finish.
Ogallala Bay Rum Bonanza Sampler is a great aftershave that soothes and moistens it also reduces how oily my face feels after washing and shaving
The Merkur's have poor QC, the new slant I got from them has some molding marks left on it and there have been reports of the chrome flaking off of them. The tweezerman has the same issues with QC and there have been may reports of the hairs falling out as well as the whole brush. You really need to get a sampler as the feathers may not work for your face right away.
I got this and this a couple years ago. I just bought 100 more blades last week. Only one blade for the shave, but once you figure out the angle and the speed you begin to realize you don't need more than one.
Is neither an option? Many of these Twist to Open razors are rebranded Weishes. Your Van der Hagen from CVS certainly is. You would be buying the same razor. The Vikings looks cool, but same thing. The quality will be much better with a different razor.
I would highly recommend these two. The Edwin Jagger would be my #1 pick.
First of all,
Yess! Another guy on this sub!
Okay, so im mexican and and the males in my family have a tendency to get deep pores. The sad part is that there is no way to structurally shrink your pores, but there are products you can get to kind of help minimize them.
My routine begins with a normal face wash (i forget what it's called but there are a ton to choose from if you look in the sidebar). After, i'll use the stridex maximum strength exfoliator, then i'll finish it off with some cerave cream to moisturize.
Something i want to note is that if you have been shaving with one of those machine razors or disposable ones, then you might want to try something better for your skin. I use this and it has done a lot to help cut down on the acne.
Definitely check out http://www.reddit.com/r/Wicked_Edge to get really good info to get you set on getting better skin and the cleanest shave.
I think the selections are great but, do have a few suggestions.
You may want to avoid an adjustable razor to start with. If you think you'll want one down the road don't want to have two DEs in your arsenal, then by all means get it now. But a lot of beginners blame their bad shaves on not being able to find the "right setting" on their adjustable. I like the EJ89 as a good starter. But if you do go with the Progress, don't play with the settings, play with your technique.
I also think you should get a blade sampler with a little more variety (read includes astras). This is a pretty good one, but I think the bigger the better.
Good Luck, and congrats on deciding to change your shave.
Top Tip: If the blade isn't aligned 100% straight, don't shave with it!
I'd say get a Edwin Jagger DE89 or, if you want something different: a Merkur Progress Adjustable.
I always recommend newbies start off with a Edwin Jagger DE89L. It's inexpensive, effective and a easy razor to use. It makes for a great starter razor.
EDIT: Nevermind. I reread your post and seen he's an "avid wet shaver". In your budget, perhaps a Merkur 39C Slant
The gear is this:
Edwin Jagger De89l
Van Der Hagen Men's Luxury, Shave Set
Later tonight will be my first DE experience, wish me luck!
i own this one and bought the long handle version for my groomsmen. I completely recommend it. I have had mine for 4 years with no issues.
Razor: Edwin Jagger DE89
Brush: Fendrihan Synthetic
Shaving Cream: Speick (currently overpriced)
Or if you want to go for a Shaving Soap:
Shaving Soap: PdP 63
B&M Latha Oceana
AfterShave: Nivea Sensitive Cooling (or get one from local drugstore, walmart etc (non cooling version))
Blades: Get this from tryablade.com
But if I were you:
I would get: the DE89 razor from Amazon, a 22mm synthetic brush from Maggard Razors, B&M Seville Shave soap/Speick Shave Cream from Maggard Razors, Blade Sampler from tryablade, and nivea aftershave balm sensitive from Local stores
I did pretty much the same. I got an Edwin Jagger De89lbl instead of the Merkur, a different scent of Conk's shaving soap (bay rum), the exact same brush, and a different razor sampler (but most of the same blades). Pretty much the same as Rex points out above.
I can recommend the Edwin Jagger, it seems to be friendly enough (no real damage yet), while still working very well. Rex's razor selection is also ridiculously popular. I don't think you could go wrong with either.
I will be trying a different shaving soap soon, first because there's so much variety, and also because I've heard that soaps including clays cause a smoother 'float' to the blade. That said, I've been going with Conks for a couple weeks now, and I like it.
Total: about $80. I have Amazon Prime Student and I don't have a car, so it was really convenient.
I started out about a year ago with an SE razor, but could never quite get the hang of it without chopping my face apart. After going back to cartridges for a little while, I decided to give a DE razor a try and bought the Edwin Jagger De89lbl from Amazon. It came in today and I got too excited to wait.
I started out by showering to get my beard a bit more relaxed, then used a badger hair brush and soap from Straight Razor Designs that I had from the SE. I lathered up and made sure to keep in mind the four mistakes that cartridge shavers make. I didn't have an aftershave handy, but I did use a Nivea face cream that I picked up in Germany and have been very happy using. It helps relieve irritation and keeps my skin from breaking out.
Overall, I can't see any reason to ever go back to cartridges. I figure with some more patience like I had today and a few weeks to get some muscle memory down, I'll be very happy. Thanks for all your guys' tips (and don't worry, I'll get some real aftershave).
If you are fortunate enough to have a significant other who indulges you in your enjoyment of wet shaving, you may be greeted on cake day with an upgrade or two. I was fortunate enough to be the receiver of a new Dovo Silver Steel SE razor and strop set from Straight Razor Designs. I'm only 3 shaves into the SE routine, and it's definitely taking some getting used to.
Anyhow, here's my current gear going clockwise, starting at the top left:
Bottom shelf from right to left.
It won't be any savings over my initial choice, however this
is in stock, and it appears the only difference from what you linked is in the handle, which I could certainly live with. *Edit: That is also out of stock, with no eta
Especially given that the Mr Glo is out of stock, it looks like I will be following your recommendations with the Proraso. Please don't take that as the only reason.
I'm certainly going to take everyone's advice about the sampler pack though (the one you selected seems to hit all the brands and versions people have been raving about on here)
Thank you very much for your reply.
Nothing wrong with those choices at all. Here is my 2 cents for some harware, and my suggestion would be to just try as many blades as possible to start with.
Razor, Brush, Cream
If you HAVE to buy from Amazon.ca, the Parker 24C and the Edwin Jagger DE89 are available as /u/ketchuegrast mentioned. I'll put the links at the end of this post.
Italian Barber is in Canada and has some awesome choices for brushes, razors, and soaps, but they charge in US dollars. The products are for sure shipped from Canada however.
The Badger Shaving Co is based in Vancouver and payment is in Canadian dollars. I would say if your mom is hesitant, that could be your best chance to convince her to buy from a smaller merchant with better products. They have the Sterling synthetic brushes, a wide selection of artisan soaps, and some really good starter kits that include razors.
Mens Essentials is in Canada and payment is in Canadian dollars too... and they have a store if you live in that area, but it's a big country, so I'm guessing that's not going to be an option. ;)
If she still says Amazon or nothing you can always get your razor from Amazon and then pick up some Proraso soap from a Shopper's Drug Mart. Most malls also have House of Knives, and they sell Taylor of Old Bond St shaving cream for a good price. That might be easier for you to learn to lather with hard water too.
Feel free to PM me if your mom wants to email me about Badger Shaving and I'd be happy to answer any questions. A guy named Travis owns the company and he is awesome, so he would of course answer any questions as well.
Here are links to what I would say are the 2 best starter razors on Amazon.ca
I'll try and see if I can purchase from Italian Barber but I'd like to get as much stuff from Amazon if possible, otherwise I'll look to local malls etc. for the soap.
Out of these three (Edwin Jagger De89bl, Parker 26C, Parker 24c) what would you recommend for someone that'd like a really, really close shave but with sensitive skin?
I actually saw some of the horse-hair brushes but they're a little on the pricier side for my liking, which is why I was looking at synthetic brushes. Are there any you could recommend at ~$20 CAD? I know I'm asking for a lot so bear with me.
Thanks a lot :)
Merkur razors aren't bad (most of them aren't, anyway), but IMO they're not all that great, either. And they're pretty badly overpriced.
If you want to get a name-brand razor in the $30 price range, I'd recommend an Edwin Jagger instead. You can pick up a DE89L for about $27 on Amazon. The fit and finish are significantly better than anything Merkur makes, and most people who've used both prefer the shave, too.
The Muhle R89 uses the same head as the Edwin Jagger, and if you buy it from an EU vendor it's only about $35. It costs nearly double that in the US, though, so make sure you don't overpay.
If you really want to get a Merkur, the 34c is probably your best choice. But it's around $45 - the same as it cost 10 years ago - while all the other manufacturers' prices have dropped significantly in the intervening decade.
Looks good, all of those get good reviews. You might consider one of the Edwin Jagger's de89 series razors, it's excellent and in the price range. I have no experience with the Merkur so can't give you a comparison but the EJ's are probably the most recommended razor on WE.
I wouldn't buy a ready-to-go kit, especially from a supermarket-type store like Target. However, you can find countless combinations of razors, brushes and soaps all over the internet. My preferred razor is the Edwin Jagger DE89lbl. It is a fantastic razor with great weight distribution, blade expoture and it looks great too. I'm not sure how much you've looked into the different types of brushes but a few good brands that I like are Simpson (pretty pricy), Omega (better price for starters), and Edwin Jagger (in-between the two). For soaps I'd recommend TOBS Sandalwood. You can't go wrong with the scent of sandalwood IMO. If you want to spend less for soap than go with Arko. It's very cheap and will last quite a while because it is hard. Speaking of which, if you have hard water than don't go with the Arko and go with a softer soap/cream that comes in a tub like TOBS. You'll have a tough time trying to create a lather with a hard soap if you have hard water. That's all I've got for you, I don't use any pre-shave oils. One last thing, some antiseptic wouldn't be a bad idea. I hope this was helpful for you and good luck!
Here is my recommendation:
Razor: Edwin Jagger DE89 $29.60 I have this and love it.
Blades:This sampler pack $25.00. The reason for a sampler is one of the main tenents of Wicked_Edge- YMMV(you mileage may vary), the blades that come with the razor may not be the right ones for you, blades treat everyone differently, what works for me might not work for you. A sampler gives you a bunch of blades to test to find what one is right for your face.
Soap:TOBS Sandalwood and bowl I also have this and love it. $20.00
Brush:This Omega boar $16.00
All of this comes out to $90.00 which should come to $100 shipped(hopefully).
I would also recommend you buy the following if you are able:
Alum block $9.50 This is an after shave treatment, you rub it on your wet face it is a mild antibacterial and closes your pores, helps keep ingrowns and pimples down.
Styptic pencil/rollerball $4.95 I have this one and it does fine. This is for when you nick your face, you rub it on the nick and it stops the bleeding very fast.
And Leisureguy's book $12.95 This is a guide to wet shaving wit ha DE razor, it has a wealth of information and will help you immensely.
I bought my first DE razor 4 months ago, got a "Edwin Jagger Diffusion DE 89L - Chrome (Lined)", and have been very! pleased with it.
Yes, it's going to cost double your stated $15, but well worth the extra money in my opinion.
Currently you can get it from Amazon for $29.60 (including Free Shipping):
Having recently switched from an electric to DE I don't think you'll be happy with an electric, it's faster but not as close and with more irritation. I picked up the Edwin Jagger De89lbl and have been very happy with it. Rugtoad's on the money with picking up a blade sample pack, every blade works better for certain people. You'll end up having a favorite that someone else hates. Mantic has some great video's that everyone recommends watching.
Ditch the disposable razors altogether. Buy yourself a double edge safety razor for $26, one time, and never look back.
The Blades cut so clean, you’ll never want for multi-blade again. You’ll save so much money in the long run as they cost pennies compared to disposable head razors.
If you need technique advice, head on over to r/wickededge.
I went on amazon bought a brush for 10.00, a relatively cheap DE razor for about 27.00 a stand for 10 and a soap for 10.00, I would recommend trying a soap sampler to find one you like. You can find starter packs as well, and I would do that. I was trying to be somewhat frugal but ended up needing more than I thought. Most razors come with a free pack of blades, usually at least 5, and that should last you approximately 15 shaves, so at least two weeks. After that I recommend going with some kind of blade sampler since a lot of packs come with a hundred blades and if you buy the wrong blade you might be out the 10 or 15 that it cost.
It takes longer than a cartridge razor to shave, and requires more skill and attention, but the whole process is much more enjoyable with better results.
I recommend going the cheap route until you're sure you like it, and as you wear out the items you buy (bristles comes out of my brush almost every shave, a couple at a time) then buy the next level up. It can be extremely expensive, but like anything there's also regular people versions of all the expensive stuff too.
For your reference:
Using a one bladed safety razor has completely STOPPED my in grown hair issue.
I use that cheap one from Amazon. Works great and only took about a week to get used to it vs my Mach 3.
I made sure to get a good razor since I assumed that was the most important part. It was consistently one of the highest rated on the reddit threads so I figured I couldn't go wrong.
Since the Brush/Soap was an "oh shit I need something right now", I got something cheap. The brush isn't very good, which is expected for 1 piece of a $10 3 pack.
I'm definitely using both poor blade angle and too much pressure. I need to find that right angle, because when I try to go shallow, I go too shallow and end up just scrapping the top of the DE across the soap for no cut.
I love your first suggestion for flipping the razor. It's simple, so I'll be trying that.
I forgot why I chose this particular one as I made this list some months ago, but looking into it again-
I'm now leaning towards a closed comb razor (as I've read that they are easier for beginners to get into, are more sensitive on the skin, and my hair isn't extremely coarse). Is there a particular one that you recommend?
I'm currently looking into this Edwin Jagger because this website says that its scalloped safety bar design provides the most support for sensitive skin.
I've been a lurker for a while, finally took the plunge after I saw my dorm mate's Merkur DE Razor. Items in the picture:
Luxury Beginner Wet Shaving Starter Kit from italianbarber.com (Thanks, guys. I love you.)
An Edwin Jagger DE89Lbl
100 of the 200 Derby Extra Double Razor Blades (My friend bought the other half.)
I've had this for 4 years. Still works perfectly.
How about this? Or is that too expensive? >_<
I took the DE plunge not too long ago myself after a lot of advance recon, mostly on the Badger & Blade forum's reviews section. Unlike multi-blade cartridges designed to "lift and cut", which leaves the sharp, sliced-off tip of the whisker slightly below skin level where it can become ingrown, a single blade will only cut at skin level, so you may be able to shave daily if you couldn't with cartridges. I used to be plagued with ingrowns especially on my neck, haven't had a one since getting my DE rig, tho' I still shave only every other day due to slow whisker growth, which is up from 2-3 times weekly with the old cartridges.
I found that quality boar brushes were surprisingly well-regarded on the B&B and other forums, and often recommended for lathering with hard shaving soaps. Even a high-quality boar brush (e.g. by Omega) would still be about half the price of a decent badger brush, itself better suited to lathering with softer shaving creams or pastes.
For a double-edge safety razor handle, you can often find perfectly good, old Gillettes for a song at antiques shops and eBay; their old "Tech" model seems widely recommended for beginners. For new models I can recommend the recent-issue Muhle or Edwin Jagger models, which both use the same, gentle but effective head design. I got one of these and was frankly astonished at how smooth it was; shaving with a new blade the first time, I couldn't even tell there was any blade in it at all, and yet there went the whiskers, and no nicks or cuts at all.
For a cheaper alternative to dip your toes into safety razors at lower cost and risk, the Feather Popular seems well-regarded as a gentle, quality razor handle for the price, and if you decide to upgrade to a nicer handle later, you can always keep this around as the travel razor you could stand to lose with trivial concern.
For blades, I started with a 10-pack of Kroger store-brand blades that were on sale for like $1.50; figured that's no big loss if they sucked, meanwhile researching opinions for better blades. Found out ASR/Personna makes most private-label blades in the US like those Krogers, which I found at least acceptable and will prolly keep as travel blades due to the nice, sturdy and protective dispenser.
Eventually, I splurged on a 100-ct carton of Astra Superior Platinums based on reviews alone (a bit risky) and couldn't be more satisfied; smooth and sharp (but not quite as treacherously sharp as the more expensive Feather brand), they seem to last about twice as long as the ASR/Personna Krogers and degrade gracefully when they start dulling enough to notice.
However, everyone's face is different, and some blades and handles go together better than other combinations, so you may want to start with a "sample pack" like this one which looks to have a decent variety including most well-regarded brands and some lesser-known but underrated ones, 2 of each blade.
Just my buck two-eighty, YMMV, etc.
There's a whole subreddit for wet shaving. My roomate switched to it and says it's amazing
Edit... He uses a a safety razor such as this. The blades are cheap, and he claims it gives him a much better, less irritating shave than something such as a Mach 3.
Yeah, they are actually all clones of this design:
Yep shaving oil can be used with any type of razor. Amazon at least should have the Shave Secret brand.
If he isn't interested then I'm not sure if getting a whole kit is a good idea. There's also a learning curve to this type of shaving so the first weeks of shaving might not be that great. Although some people do get excellent results right from the start. Example kit from Amazon:
The razor heads are identical on the Edwin Jagger razors, just the handles are different. Amazon blade samplers are overpriced so that's why I chose not to get one from there.
You should seriously try a double edge razor. Blades are way cheaper, and most people find that one blade gives a better shave than the current crop of multi-blade cartridge razors.
I've liked this one. Give it a try, you may never go back
Are you trying to use these with a safety razor or what?
What you ordered will fit in a double-edge safety razor. Not a straight razor... or a Gillette razor like you can get at the grocery store.
If you’re trying to delve into wet/DE shaving you’ll need a razor to go along with those blades. There are tons of choices but here are a couple of good places to start:
Weishi Butterfly Razor
EJ safety razor
just get a DE already.
cant beat that deal.
pick up a brush and some quality cream and get into it.
Are there any notable differences between the DE87 and DE89 besides the fact that the 89 has the solid metal handle as opposed to the faux ivory?
Get a safety razor and a box of 100 blades for like $30 will last you a few years if you shave like twice a week. A straight razor is too expensive IMO, they are like 200 dollars and you have to strop them. Get something like this with a blade sampler pack. I think Feather is the best blade but people have many different opinions on blades. A sampler pack will help you choose what you like the best. As always, check out /r/wicked_edge as well.
The one I bought is the Merkur 34C, it is pricy and if you have larger hands. The Merku4 34C will feel small. Select the 38C, as it has a longer handle.
The other one I have seen people recommend it the Edwing Jagger DE89lbl. I think either one will work fine. If you can get to a House of Knives or a Tommy gun's I think they will have them on display so you can handle them.
Please note, unlike your normal cartridge razors, these razors are top heavy. It takes a bit of practice to be able to shave well, quickly and not cut yourself. Since the weight is at the top, you need less overall pressure to shave. Also I would really recommend that you sign up for one of those razor blade clubs, that way you have a large selection of blades to try. Not all razor blades are the same. I use feather because I read they are really good but aggressive blades. I had no idea what that meant. It just means you gotta be careful. My SO kept going "i see you cut yourself again" for a good 3 months. While I learned how to shave with both the razor and the blade combination. The razor itself will come with a blade, and the others you will have to try on your own. Looking back, I should have signed up for a "gift box" of blades to try a couple of brands instead of just going "I'll just use Feather because the internet said it was good."
Also not using alcohol based aftershave and shaving foam has been great for my face. I use shaving soap, and some baby oil.
$40 including shipping over 200 shaves or move @ 2 cent or less per shave. 2 shaves per side? That's 400 shaves or 5 days a week for 80 weeks... after you buy the razor, you will shave for 5 dollars for every year to 1.5, forever. Following years it's .025 cent per shave
Dollar shave club at the cheapest is apox 36 a year. 5 double blades per month, meaning you'd average about 3 to 4 shaves per cartridge. That 4th time is rough, doesn't matter what brand it is. I'm getting .2 per shave for 12 months on the math for this one.
So, for cost, you get more shaves, and (imo) more quality buying in bulk. But the true difference is years to come, DSC, keep paying your yearly 36, or pay 5 every 1 to 1.5 years.
> Im looking to get a razor on Amazon due to convenience, any suggestions would be appreciated.
Honestly, I understand where you're coming from. I think a lot of us coming in have the same thought, you're in unfamiliar territory trying to order from an unknown source and amazon is a safe, known place to pick things up. However, if you choose to upgrade, I strongly recommend going to somewhere like Maggard Razors. The owners run an excellent customer focused business, that out does amazon by a mile on a lot of things. There are some commercial items you can do better on through amazon if you know what you're looking for, but in general, they are just the best place to go. You can check out safely through Pay Pal, and they ship very quickly. I think if you look around you'll see and endless amount of recommendations for using them here, and for very good reason. In the world of wet shaving, it just doesn't get more convenient than Maggards.
Specifically if I were in your position, I would order an MR-1 or an MR-5 and select the V3A head. It will run you about $26 + shipping. You won't get a more efficient razor than that from amazon for that price. It is considered to be on the more aggressive side for razors, but you've been at it for six months, so it shouldn't be an issue. I find it to be very comfortable to use, and it's currently one of my favorite razors.
All that being said, if you want some options from amazon, here are a few. The one you linked above was my first DE, and I would not recommend it. It was inefficient (very mild), and I don't care for the thin hollow handle.
Most of the results that come up if you search amazon for safety razors, are just overpriced weishi or baili clones, which is same thing you have right now. The rest are EJ clones that may be coming out of Pakistan and have serious QC issue. A prime example of something to avoid is that Viking Blade razor near the top of the results, which is a $9 baili razor selling for nearly $40. Be careful to avoid stuff like that, which is one more reason why places like Maggards are held in high regard. They are very transparent about all the things they sell, and you don't have to worry about getting scammed.
Isn't that the razor? Here I'll just link you to everything I bought.
Edwin Jagger De89lbl Double Edge Safety Razor Chrome Plated Lined Detail, Chrome
Van Der Hagen Men's Luxury, Shave Set
Bloc Osma Alum Block, 2.65 Ounce
I use this one with Kai blades and its my fav out of the three I've tried so far. Definitely second getting some good quality soap or cream and a decent brush, it makes all the difference in the world.
Check out the badger and blade forums for a LOT of really good info on all things shaving, lol. Also, as far as blades go, these guys are awesome. Nice easy way to put together a selection of blades to try without having to buy a bunch of 5packs you'll never use.
Alright so to update on what has been ordered so far!
Deluxe Stainless Steel Safety Razor
Edwin Jagger De89lbl
I opted out for a shave bowl and mug as I don't think I'd use it and I already have two Omega Brushes to use.
Thanks for the tips.
This is the razor that I use, what do you think of it?
What are thoughts on this one? http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B002RBF1PO/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1421118725&amp;sr=8-1&amp;dpPl=1&amp;dpID=31ELIZ4Gk6L&amp;ref=plSrch&amp;pi=AC_SY200_QL40
How about this one?
Edwin Jagger De89lbl user here. Well worth it.
I picked up a combo of these things...
You should be able to find a decent Gillette Super Speed on eBay for around about the $15 mark -- or much less if you're willing to try your luck antiquing and flea marketing.
The Lord L5 and L6 are the only modern made razors worth anything at that price point. The L5 is basically a carbon copy of the later Gillette Tech head, and the L6 is more or less based on the Merkur 180.
If you're willing to go up to the $35-$40 mark, the Edwin Jagger DE8x family is a no-brainer. Actually, I just checked and Amazon's got the DE89 right now for $29 shipped, which is a great deal.
If you'd rather stay vintage and don't have any luck finding anything on your own, shoot me a PM and I can definitely get you set up.
Nice thing about doing business with Amazon is they have a great return policy. If it hasn't been too long consider returning it. I've had the EJ DE89Lbl for about a year. I have no problems with holding on to it, and it feel secure in my hand.
I've been DE shaving for about 3 weeks and I pretty much have no trouble attaining the BBS shave every day. Of course I did watch tons of online videos (geo fat boy and mantic) and read up on WE for weeks before jumping in to DE.
My routine is simple: hot shower with conditioner in beard, warm brush and bowl in sink, build lather, WTG, XTG, XTG opposite direction, ATG on remaining spots.
Proraso sensitive skin soap,
Parker Badger Brush,
Edwin Jagger DE89L, and a $2 bowl from the Goodwill
Working my way through a blade sampler: Derby was weak, Shark nicked me a lot, Astras were good, and I'm liking the Bic Chrome Platinums. Next up are BlueBirds, Gillette 7'oclock super stainless, and the (in?)famous Feathers.
I use this razor.
With these blades.
/r/wicked_edge is a cool place to go and learn more.
Here is some more info.
buy a sample pack of blades its really dependent on your face. also a brush and a decent cream like proraso. r/wicked_edge should have some basic buying guides
Blades for Razor
Sorry that was so difficult!
I had the same problem but these have really helped me:
Bump Patrol After Shave
If you need to go even closer, use the BodyGroom first then a double edge razor.
I'm from Canada. I too started with Amazon. There is nothing wrong with some of the stuff on there; it's quality. I did research on Reddit & YouTube first, but here is what I had gotten...
Edwin Jagger De89lbl (same as de89bl but better grip) Here
Rocky Mountain Barber Sandalwood shaving cream Here
100% pure badger hair brush & stand Here
recommending EJ DE89
then jump on over to tryablade.com
Great weight and balance on the razor. It was my first DE razor and the one I mostly use. I bought a "standard razor" and it just feels light compared to it; however it does cut really aggressive.
I've been using this one for years https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002RBF1PO/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_3ovBub0XESRZ3
Get a Double Edge Safety razor. There are many to choose from, I recommend this one as a good general purpose starter. Edwin Jagger Double Edge Safety Razor
Once you start shaving with a DE and saving money on top of it, you'll wonder why you didn't do it before.
I also recommend getting a pack of misc DE blades (Amazon) so you can try different ones. Every face is different, so different men prefer different blades. I like the Feather brand myself, but you might like something else.
(Straight razors are great, but too much a pain in the ass maintenance-wise when you need to go to work and you want a quick shave on the go.)
While I'd be happy to sell it to you, you should definitely look over the postings by the veterans here on the sidebar as to what to get for a first DE. They recommend getting a non-adjustable to start out, and for around the price I'd be asking you could get a pretty decent (and brand new) Edwin Jagger, Merkur, or vintage Gillette Tech or something on eBay and be off to a fine start. The Slim was my first razor, and trying to figure out the adjustments set me back a good 3-4 weeks filled with consternation fiddling around with the settings, all the while not knowing what the hell I was doing.
Although, as we say around here, YMMV. So what was a flop for me at the start might be a success for you. I still have it, regardless, so you say the word and I'll send a PayPal invoice.
God, I would be the absolute worst salesman. Maybe some other people can weigh in on this situation?
> I can see the tiny hairs inside the bumps
This happens with kp, too, but I haven’t seen any photos and you would know your body better than I would. If they are ingrown hairs, consider switching to a Safety Razor, changing your shaving cream, using aftershave or isopropyl alcohol afterward, and then moisturizing immediately and frequently.
But my money is on kp.
Keratosis pilaris results from the buildup of keratin — a protein that protects skin. The keratin forms a hard plug that blocks the opening of the hair follicle. Read that again: hair follicle. That’s why you’re going to find hair in the bump. Usually many plugs form, causing patches of rough, bumpy skin. But it’s painless and irritation free. It’s just unsightly and rough to the touch. Dry skin tends to worsen this condition. Exfoliation can temporarily relieve symptoms.
Get a double edged safety razor. It's a good place to start and it's usually a better choice anyway.
Since posting this I have purchased a Edwin Jagger De89lbl, your book, and a variety of blades (Feather, Derby, Gillette, Bluebird). I'll check out the razor (but not use) before wrapping this up as a holiday gift for my boss.
In that case, I'm thinking of getting
Is that a good starter kit?
I was thinking of a Merkur, or this one:
Edwin Jagger Double Edge Safety Razor https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002RBF1PO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_dwqCDbQXJDW47
Why are you dving me when I gave what you asked for?
Buy a safety razor instead.
I personally recommend this one: http://amzn.com/B002RBF1PO.
I've had it for around a year now and it does a better job of shaving than any electric razor or mass produced razor I've ever used.
PLUS, it's a heck of a lot cheaper since you can buy the blades in bulk (http://amzn.com/B00AGG3MNU)