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    Default Edwin Jagger De89bl for beginner?

    I'm thinking about buying this razor; I have read many reviews all praising the razor. but I read some, saying that the grip is slippery and hard to handle? because it lacks a grip. Is that true? can any of you confirm this.

    I often shave in the shower, and in the bath - so my hands are usually wet while shaving.

    I don't understand why many of these razors lack a firm grip.
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    I have this razor, it's very smooth and easy to use. I love iridium blades in mine.

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    First off, you say you're a beginner, so I take it you've never used a safety razor? If that is the case, DON'T shave in the shower until you gain some experience. You'll need the stability of a counter and a mirror, IMO. The Edwin Jagger DE89 is a wonderful first choice, or any choice actually. Mine doesn't have the smooth barrel, but the lined and grip isn't an issue for me. I just make sure to keep my hands free of lather....that will make almost any handle slippery. The DE89 is a great combination of mildness yet effectiveness. Also, if you're not already doing so, make sure you get the gear to build your own lather...the canned stuff doesn't offer enough protection and glide for most wet-shavers. Enjoy the ride.

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    The Edwin Jagger DE 89 is a fine choice for starters. Don't worry about the handle being slippery. It will not be once wet, unless you have oil or lather on your hands. A good way to maintain a firm grip is to have your thumb and index fingers somewhere up the barrel and your little finger curled under the bottom. That way you maintain a good grip with little chance of the razor flying out of your hand.

    For blades, try a sampler pack. Many online vendors offer it in a variety of blades. My preferred blades are: Polsiver iridium, PermaSharp Super, Gillette 7 O'Clock SharpEdge (yellow packets), Astra and Personna. Eventually you'll go through a variety of blades and choose those that work best for you.

    Shave after the shower and enjoy the full ritual of traditional wet shaving. Once you leave the world of the cartridge razor, you must get rid of your bad habits with such method of shaving. You will be surprised how much more you will enjoy your shaves once you fully embrace traditional shaving.

    Most canned shave creams lack the proper moister and are packed with chemicals. Also, every can discarded at the end adds more to the garbage piling up around the world. Get a brush, boar or badger, and a quality soap and embrace the pleasure of lathering. The brush exfoliates the skin, softens the beard, lifts the hairs and helps in the glide and cushion. Another sign of a good soap also is how it leaves your skin after the shave.

    For soaps, try: Provence Sante, the D.R. Harris range, Portus Cale, Institute Karite, Joris, Klar Seifert, Klar Kabinett, Cella, Mitchell's Wool Fat, Tabac, and scores of others. Your topline soaps will be: Martin de Candre, Czech & Speake, and others, but you can wait on those because of the high price.

    For brushes, you have a wide choice. For a good boar, try a Semogue or an Omega. For badgers, quality names include Simpson, Rooney, Thater, shavemac, Kent, Muhle, Plisson and the list goes on. I recommend starting with a boar from Semogue.

    Beyond this, read as much as you can on wet shaving with the double edge. Also watch as many videos as you can on lathering and shaving with the DE. If you need further help, we're all here to guide you along.

    Stay well.
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    +1 to what Obie said. Mine is the ivory handle and never get's slippery. All the other recommendations are spot on too...Obie has tried everything.
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    I have it,very nice (mild) DE
    Roger Moore as 007 was shaving in the bath with a Shick
    There is no need to do the same,better after it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwlfca View Post
    +1 to what Obie said. Mine is the ivory handle and never get's slippery. All the other recommendations are spot on too...Obie has tried everything.
    Don't pay Obie no mind.

    Ever since writing his last book and winning the Pulitzer Prize he's become so famous they send him all this shaving stuff for free.

    Seriously though the EJ is a great razor. It could be the only one you ever need.
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    Woah, lots of good advice added to this thread. thanks guys.

    About the shaving soaps, is it a must buy? I have some pretty good quality shaving lotion (Jason Natural, Shave Therapy). along with coconut oil that I sometimes use.

    and about shaving in the bath; Is it bad to rinse your razor in standing water (in the bath / in the sink)? or will it collect germs / bacteria?
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    Quote Originally Posted by thebigspendur View Post
    Don't pay Obie no mind.

    Ever since writing his last book and winning the Pulitzer Prize he's become so famous they send him all this shaving stuff for free.
    Oh, how I wish.

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