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    I want to introduce my son-in-law to straight razor shaving and thought the best way may be through the DE door. I know nothing about DE razors. Does anyone have a recommendation for a good beginner DE razor?

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    My recommendation would be a Gillette Superspeed. They are mild shavers and relatively inexpensive. I've only used vintage DE razors so I can't comment on new productions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CZMark View Post
    I want to introduce my son-in-law to straight razor shaving and thought the best way may be through the DE door. I know nothing about DE razors. Does anyone have a recommendation for a good beginner DE razor?
    Gillette Superspeeds are are a great starting point, but - while widely available - they are also no longer produced and you would need to buy one second-hand or hope for a rare New Old Stock (NOS).

    If you want to buy a new safety razor, a Mühle R89 or Edwin Jagger 89 would be a good starting point.

    And while you're at it, buy your son-in-law a good Mühle or Jagger synthetic brush and some (Palmolive, D.R. Harris, Valobra, La Toja or Proraso) shaving soap or cream.

    You son-in-law will thank you for it.

    All above are available on Straight Razor Designs, Amazon or eBay.


    Good luck.



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    CZMark,

    +1 on the above posts

    I think every shaver should have a TTO Gillette

    The Muhle/EJ 89s are, for me, truly excellent DE razors, and I use mine (a Muhle) regularly.

    I would also get him a blade sampler pack, as the choice of DE blades is very, very personal.

    Double Edge Razor Blade Sample Packs | West Coast Shaving

    Connaught DE Sample Packs

    Have fun

    Best regards

    Russ

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    +1 on the superspeed or similar
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    to shave another day.

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    Thanks, guys. I found a decent Super Speed on the bay, and ordered a blade assortment from SRD (along with an alum block and styptic pencil). I already have a NIB brush for him, and an unopened container of TOBS Coconut shave cream. Still need to get him an aftershave balm. I hope he likes it.

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    Heard good things about BarBerry coast Havana and Baxter of Ca aftershave balms.
    Haven't tried either but I have Havana in the splash the scent is mild but awesome. RazorRock aftershave wax is good stuff too, I have used that...
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    Thanks again for the great advice. I ordered a Superspeed for my son-in-law and a Slim for myself. Unfortunately, the Superspeed did not arrive in time, so I gave him the Slim along with a blade sample pack, several shaving creams, aftershave balms, a brush and lather mug. I told him to leave the Slim set at #3 for at least two weeks.

    He has been using it for a week now and seems to enjoy it--says his face never felt so good. Another wet shaving convert.

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    Congratulations on the giving of an awesome present. I remember when my sister in law gave me a vintage straight for Christmas a couple of years ago, it meant alot to me because I knew she had to do a bunch of research, one of the best gifts I ever received.

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