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    Quote Originally Posted by pitrik View Post
    Like most newbies, I'm only doing bits of my face with a straight, plus sometimes I need a faster shave. To finish off, I've been using what was left of my mach 3 blades. For only a little more than replacement blades, I can get a DE razor.

    Seems like that would be cheaper in the long run, but I'm wondering if there are any pitfalls I don't know about? ...
    YES. If you use a DE like a cart, you will get a nasty surprise. You have to learn how to use a DE just as you are learning how to use a straight. If you use pressure to shave with one like you do a cart, it could take your face off. Your best razor and blade combination are found by trial and error, but you need to look at some DE shaving videos and learn proper technique. Just a heads up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pitrik View Post
    That DOES seem scary. That one's not available from classic edge (I live in Canada). I guess I'll find out what the shipping costs are from SRD. Thanks for the advice!
    Try Fendrihan. they are located in Oakville, On i get almost all my supplies from them.
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    I will definitely watch some videos. I ended up going with an Edwin Jagger from classicedge.ca.

    I didn't really want to spend more on the Merkur progress, so hopefully it will be good enough. I've heard good reviews.

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    I use a Merkur now, but if your are not going to use it that much try this one: Amazon.com: Wilkinson Sword Classic Razor + 50 Double Edge Blades (10 Packs of 5 Blades): Health & Personal Care

    The razor is some kind of plastic but it works very well and the blades are good, too. Mine was working great when I retired it. I just wanted something a little better. As for blades, when you use up the Wilkinsons, get one of those samplers and try them all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pitrik View Post
    I will definitely watch some videos. I ended up going with an Edwin Jagger from classicedge.ca.

    I didn't really want to spend more on the Merkur progress, so hopefully it will be good enough. I've heard good reviews.
    I started out with vintage Gillettes DEs and Schick SE, but my first modern DE was the Edwin Jagger. It's a good razor. You should try an injector razor sometime. I use a Schick injector sometimes for touchups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pitrik View Post
    Like most newbies, I'm only doing bits of my face with a straight, plus sometimes I need a faster shave. To finish off, I've been using what was left of my mach 3 blades. For only a little more than replacement blades, I can get a DE razor.

    Seems like that would be cheaper in the long run, but I'm wondering if there are any pitfalls I don't know about?

    Are the cheaper models any good? How long do the blades last? Are they hard to shave with?

    I don't really feel like giving Gillette any more money.

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    Patrick
    I'm a fan of this r89 and their 'popular' blade sampler. I've settled on a few blades that really work for me and they give you 5 or 10 of each so you can really try them out. The various blades do make a big difference in the shave.

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