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    I was in exactly the same spot three weeks ago. Screwed up my courage and ordered my first DE Merkur Futur. I LOVE this razor. Much better shave than the Mach 3 and incredably less expensive for blades. I get a far better shave. I also have the Merkur Progressive - which is an outstanding razor as well - but I prefer the Futur because it's heavier and feels better in my hand and also against the skin. Both are outstanding razors, light years better than the Mach 3.

    I also invested in a really great shaving brush and some high end Castle Forbes Lime and Castle Forbes Lavendar shaving cream/soap. The brush is a hand made silver tip badger which I got from Bobs Razor Works (<bobsrazorworks@aol.com>). Very high quality brush and beautifully hand made exotic handel. I also use Castle Forbs unscented pre-shave. All of this is to say - it's now a true luxury to shave!

    Have no fear. The double edge is far far better to use than the Mach 3.

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    I have a merkur HD that i really like and have had it for over a year. When i started with a DE, one thing that took me a while to figure out is (finding) the best blade to use with it. Different blades can cause different levels of irritation. I have used blades I picked up at walgreens, personna, derby, wilkinson sword, etc. So far I really like the wilkinson sword blades. Also the HD has a nice weight to it and is just all around a good razor considering the price.

    If you do get a safety razor pick up a sample pack of with a good variety of blades. I'll get maybe 5 shaves a blade, best shave is 2 and 3. As with a straight, prep is very important. I dont know if you use preshave but i recommend it with a DE. I actually just use a bit of olive oil. Good luck.

    oh and from what i've heard stay away from any pakistani or other blades from the region, just what i've heard.
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    Three pieces can be good, but a TTO (twist to open) is convenient. I can get a week of shaves from one blade, but I think others get less. Many people recommend getting sampler packs to match blade, razor and beard, but I am two thirds of the way through one of these sampler packs and have not made any discernible differences.

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    I had my first DE shave thismorning. It was great, but I do miss the satisfaction of doing something difficult like I get with the straight. I got a very smooth shave in most places. The most notable difference was that I was able to go atg on my neck. I also had a little difficulty getting the angle right on the left side of my face. But nothing a little more practice can't fix.

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    Just an update for you all. I tried using Dorco blades. The shaves were rather good. But this morning I tried using an Astra blade. I bled almost as much as I would with a roughly honed straight with a poor grade shaving soap. After I finished I looked like Homer Simpson with peices of tissue paper stuck all over my face. I think I will be going back to the Dorco blades, until I find something better.

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    I had the same problem with derby blades, I bled all over. Which was surprising because a lot of people really like Derby blades. I like personna and wilkinson sword, very smooth shaves. (for me at least) Some peoples skin react differently, I read somewhere possibly because of the sharpness differences between brands.

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    My new fav is 1917 single ring that i just got . I get 3 shaves from a blade.
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    The Gillette NEW improved before 1930 is the best DE I have ever used, period. I would strongly recommend one to anybody. Perfect BBS everytime with my Feathers.

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