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    I want to get my brother in law a de to get him off the cartridges but don't hold a lot of hope that he will stick with it. I have been doing a lot of looking around and have at the moment narrowed it to a feather popular or a weishi as I want something mild to start him on. I have been scouring ebay but the razors go for more than these are worth and the postage doubles the price till its $45 to 50. If anyone has and suggestions in the lower range or what models please let me know. Rest assured if he follows through I will get him something nice. Thanks for your help.
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    Wilkinson swords plastic razor is surprisingly nice to use and comes with a pack of blades for around $10. Its a very mild DE and makes a good travel razor too. Search YouTube there are several reviews on it.

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    Watch the antique shops too. I picked up a 62 Gillette slim for $5. 20 minutes scrubbing it with toothpaste and it looks new. It also function perfectly. Same story on a 58 fatboy I bought for $9. They had been left covered in soap scum and with blades in them. They looked ruined and full of rust. Well blades rust but chrome doesn't. They cleaned up easy. A little scrubbing, oil and disinfectant. Good as new.

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    I'm in the local antique store regularally but they never have de just straights. Will check out the Wilkinson. Had also considered the gillette 7 clock but wanted something more substantial.
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    FEATHER Hi-Stainless Double Edge Razor POPULAR with 2 Blades Freeshipping | eBay
    $14.66 including shipping.

    If it was me, I would lend/give him one of mine that I wouldn't mind losing. If he likes it great, he can keep it, if not he can return it to me.
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    This is the one I'm talking about:

    Amazon.com: Wilkinson Sword Classic (Razor + 5 Blades): Health & Personal Care

    They sell them at Boots (chemist) in the UK.

    Here is a video review:


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    I've seen the Lord razor recommended in the past as well: Amazon.com: Double Edge Razor LORD Chrome ---GREAT VALUE---: Health & Personal Care
    It's a Gillette ball tech clone made in the middle east.
    I bought one once but didn't get a chance to try it out before I gave it to a coworker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RedGladiator View Post
    FEATHER Hi-Stainless Double Edge Razor POPULAR with 2 Blades Freeshipping | eBay
    $14.66 including shipping.

    If it was me, I would lend/give him one of mine that I wouldn't mind losing. If he likes it great, he can keep it, if not he can return it to me.
    That is the feather one I was looking at. Unfortunately the only 2 I have are heirloom ones from deceased grandfathers that I would be very upset with being damaged or lost
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    Pass the wilki, it is plastic and IMO the feel of metal head is far ahead of plastics. Maybe Microtouch? Or a vintage from ebay?

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    Trust me I have been searching ebay for a week solid and there is nothing coming cheap due to shipping. I will check out the other recomendation as well
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