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Need Opinions on a new Safety Razor #5180768 08/06/19 10:45 PM
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Its time to retire my old trusty Edwin Jagger. It lasted 3 years of daily shaving (Army) including a 9 month Afghanistan deployment (where I got it) and 3 more years after. So 6 years total

I prefer a closed comb, longer handled all metal razor, preferably heavier. No frills, no butterfly opening ones. Just a simple screw cap.

Absolutely NO Art of Shaving/Gillette/plastic handled ones, I've used them before, they arent my cup of tea.

Somewhere in the 40$ range is fine.
Links are also appreciated.

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Re: Need Opinions on a new Safety Razor [Re: GumbyJarvis] #5180777 08/06/19 11:31 PM
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Have a look at Merkur....I've been very happy with mine and it is like new after 5 years. Available lots of places but West Coast Shaving has numerous options including the long handled model.

I find that blade quality makes a HUGE difference in the shave as well as the durability of the blade, but haven't had much luck with consistently getting the same brand.


I use the overseas manual to choose my viscosity.


Hers: 2008 Jeep Liberty 154k, SS 5w30/Amsoil
Looking at options.

His: 2015 4Runner 60k, SS 5w20/Amsoil

Re: Need Opinions on a new Safety Razor [Re: JLTD] #5180780 08/06/19 11:44 PM
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Originally Posted by JLTD
Have a look at Merkur....I've been very happy with mine and it is like new after 5 years. Available lots of places but West Coast Shaving has numerous options including the long handled model.

I find that blade quality makes a HUGE difference in the shave as well as the durability of the blade, but haven't had much luck with consistently getting the same brand.


My Edwin Jagger started having issues with the chrome plating peeling off awhile back, now it's been used so much, the base plate is starting to warp and the blade is too snug to the comb sometimes..

And yeah, blade quality is important, I'm not too concerned with keeping a blade for more than 3 shaves, so a 100 pack of feather or shark blades lasts me roughly a year for around 10-20$


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Re: Need Opinions on a new Safety Razor [Re: JLTD] #5180788 08/07/19 12:59 AM
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I've been using merkur for about 3 years. The finish is great polished mirror chrome. The knurling on the handle ensures a great grip no slipping. It is more of a in the middle in aggressiveness. I use derby blades. It has the screw in three pieces to change blades. Not the butterfly i don't believe they make those.


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Re: Need Opinions on a new Safety Razor [Re: GumbyJarvis] #5180797 08/07/19 01:53 AM
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Here is a link to safety razors from a guy that has written a popular book on the subject, Michael Ham. Read the writeups and click the links.

https://sharpologist.com/2017/11/leisureguys-favorite-safety-razor-round.html

I found the Baili BR171 to be very good head. For $6 it is a bargain. I pair it with a heavy stainless steel handle. I put an o ring between the handle and the baseplate to keep it from damaging the baseplate. I do that with all my three piece razors.

Re: Need Opinions on a new Safety Razor [Re: GumbyJarvis] #5180862 08/07/19 06:28 AM
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I bought a Merkur a while back. Use it daily at home.

Very well made line of razors, right in your price range.

You can find many of their models on Amazon.

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Re: Need Opinions on a new Safety Razor [Re: JLTD] #5180863 08/07/19 06:30 AM
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Originally Posted by JLTD

I find that blade quality makes a HUGE difference in the shave as well as the durability of the blade, but haven't had much luck with consistently getting the same brand.


Any suggestions for high quality brands of blades?

Re: Need Opinions on a new Safety Razor [Re: GumbyJarvis] #5180880 08/07/19 06:50 AM
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I use a Merkur. Or a straight razor when I feel like taking a lot of time. I use derby blades cause they're cheap and work.


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Re: Need Opinions on a new Safety Razor [Re: SeaJay] #5180929 08/07/19 07:48 AM
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Originally Posted by SeaJay
Originally Posted by JLTD

I find that blade quality makes a HUGE difference in the shave as well as the durability of the blade, but haven't had much luck with consistently getting the same brand.


Any suggestions for high quality brands of blades?


Nope still searching..Merkur blades are decent but expensive. Brands you find in the drug store are hit or miss. Just used my last one, the search continues...


I use the overseas manual to choose my viscosity.


Hers: 2008 Jeep Liberty 154k, SS 5w30/Amsoil
Looking at options.

His: 2015 4Runner 60k, SS 5w20/Amsoil

Re: Need Opinions on a new Safety Razor [Re: GumbyJarvis] #5180941 08/07/19 08:01 AM
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+1 for Merkur line.

I have been using a 34c (short handle) for a few years now. The 23c may be the OP's style.

Feather blades

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Re: Need Opinions on a new Safety Razor [Re: GumbyJarvis] #5181042 08/07/19 10:04 AM
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+3 or +4 or whatever for Merkur


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Re: Need Opinions on a new Safety Razor [Re: GumbyJarvis] #5181081 08/07/19 10:50 AM
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I use the plastic disposable razors from Walmart . Use it until it stops cutting & then trow it away & get another from the package .

But it is your $$$$ ...............


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Re: Need Opinions on a new Safety Razor [Re: WyrTwister] #5181107 08/07/19 11:25 AM
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Originally Posted by WyrTwister
I use the plastic disposable razors from Walmart . Use it until it stops cutting & then trow it away & get another from the package .

But it is your $$$$ ...............


I can literally buy 100 name brand blades for...8.95$
That's easily 300 shaves for...8.95$
Thats $0.029 per shave. No other razor cost-per-shave will touch that.


The initial investment of a razor handle is always gonna be more, but in the long run you're actually spending more than I am using plastic disposables.

Good news is I found a replacement head and comb for it, new, for only 9.95$, it's a merkur head, but upon reading itll fit the handle I already own.

As for whoever asked about good blades, I normally use Feather Yellow package blades, Shark Platinum blades, or Astra blades.

Occasionally I'll use derby blades.

Imo avoid anything Big Ben, generic (Walgreens, etc) or Dorco, as it always makes my face swiss cheese

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I did the whole DE thing for a while. I have a Merkur and a couple of old Gillette razors from the 1950s. Did it for about 10 years, and now I'm back to using a Gillette Mach 3. It provides just as good of a shave as a DE, if not better, with less irritation, and is much more convenient to use. I don't care about the cost of the replacement carts, as I only shave once a week, so they last a long time...

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Gillette Trac II going on forty some years. Don't know exactly when I purchased it but it will outlast old Hosteen here.

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