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    For a while the tought of trying a DE has been temting me.I have been shaving exclusivly with straights for about 1,5 years now, and I still love it.However, I would like to be able to shave in the morning,yes I could probably get out of bed earlyer, but I allready get up at 05.30 to make it to work in time.Two weeks ago I tried a mach 3 or 5 or whathever, with canned laether, since I was traveling and left my shaving gear at home.
    This was the first time in well over a year.

    WAS I STUNNED!!

    I've been so spoiled with straightshaves for the last year, that I had forgot what a crappy shave you get.I even used a hot towel and three passes.I meen it felt ok while shaving, but I got nothing like a straight BBS.Also the stubble somehow came back much faster, and I got a razor rash the next day.Basically it really sucked.My question is therefore:

    Do you get a notacibly better shave with a DE then with a multyblade?
    If not, I'm passing.

    Thanks Kristoffer

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    If was going to have just one safety razor, it would be an SE, not a DE. I get a much closer shave, with very little effort, with the SE than with a DE. More like a straight shave for me. I haven't used a cartridge in a long time, so I can't really compre to that. I went DE before the Mach 3 came out. I was an Atra man before that. For me, Atra<DE<SE.

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    Forget DEs go to SEs. Schicks and Gems. A better shave and less to worry about.

    Generally you will spend all your time in the DE area finding a blade that works for your face. Then every razor acts differently with the different blades. PIA!!!

    An SE does not have this weakness. There are only a few suppliers of SE blades. Personna being the biggest. Gems and Everreadys are the closest to a Str8 that you are going to find. Schicks I like for speed.

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    I started out with a DE and moved into straights, and while I use a straight 90%+ of the time to shave I still enjoy using my DE from time to time. As to the actual shave, it's miles better than the disposable crap and IMO comes respectably close to straight shave quality. I say go for it, it's great for traveling or when time is short.

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    I started with a DE before I made the switch to straights. There was a very noticable difference using the DE compared to the multiblade razors. In my mind the DE shave is just below the straight shave, but far above the multiblade cartidge shave.

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    I think you do.I shaved for many years with a DE and got real good shaves.I would say it's between the multiblade and the straight,but closer to the straight shave.

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    I'd take a DE over a Mach 3 any day. Just be careful.

    I actually tried a str8 before a DE, and the DE is dead silent and doesn't feel like it's doing anything.....so naturally I did the intelligent thing and pushed harder. Never has my face cursed me more than my first DE shave.

    It doesn't have the audio feedback like a str8, but it gets the job done almost as well.

    Straight is king, DE is Queen, and cartridges are the court jesters of shaving.

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    I've never shaved with one of the multi blade cartridge razors. If I couldn't use a straight my choice would be a Merkur 37C slant or the longer 39C version with a Feather blade.
    Be careful how you treat people on your way up, you may meet them again on your way back down.

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    If you're hankering after trying a DE, then go for it. They do give a far better shave than the multi things. Strangely, you're probably more likely to cut yourself with one though! Get a sample pack of blades too though. You never can tell which will work best for an individual.

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    I have a travel DE that I feed with Wilkinson sword blades.
    OK for traveling light, not a straight razor shave, but a lot better than the mock3.
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