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    Default Edwin Jagger or Muhle???

    I,ve been DE shaving for a while now and have primarily been using old Gillettes.I've got 2 Fatboys 1near mint and the other is missing most of the chrome off the handle but a good shaver none the less,and for now my favorite is the gillette slim adjustable black handle,I've got a long and a short.The slim has given me the best shave yet,but I'm looking for a new razor.I'm torn between the EJ 89 and the muhle to my eye they look almost identical,but that is why I'm asking.Does anyone have experience with these 2 razors? I would like a little feedback before I make my decision.There is one other razor that I've read no reviews of and that is the Goodfella made in Newzealand.

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    Default Edwin Jagger or Muhle?

    My dear Coolmaltbeverage,

    The Edwin Jagger 89L and the Muhle 89R are quite close. They are both fabulous shavers, and their workmanship is topnotch. The only difference that I know of is in the design of the handle. I've had both and loved both. The EJ is a bit cheaper. Go with either one and you will not go wrong.

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    I have an EJ 89 that I bought in August, and it is absolutely stellar, hands down the best DE I have ever used. I was using a tech before I got it, but I have tried about a dozen different DEs. The Goodfella is an open comb razor, and much more aggressive according to reviews. But I cannot deny that it is a beautiful piece of work. For the price though, it can't be that much better than the EJ. I may be willing to get rid of mine (unlined handle). If you are interested just shoot me a PM and we will see about working it out. I switched to straights shortly after getting it so it doesn't get out much.

    Drew

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    can't speak for the 89.... but I received my 87 in the mail today and it looks excellent. I'll be using it in the morning.

    Mike

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    I have a Jagger Chatsworth with the new Muhle head that I really like. I have used a number of Gillettes, 40's type superspeeds, later version superspeeds, a slim adjustable, a '73 black handle superspeed, a '59 Red Tip and a '51 Black Tip, a Blue Tip (50's era), and a number of different Techs. I also have a Merkur HD that I no longer use because it (and the Red Tip) is just a tad too aggressive for my tastes. I like the Techs a lot a so you can infer that I like a razor that is not aggresive at all, and the Chatsworth fits the bill to a "T."
    I like the weight of it and when paired with a blade that I like (Gillette Sharpedge or Red Personna) I get a great shave every time.

    Of course, YMMV.

    Good luck,

    Nathan (hoping that was not too much information)

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    I have the Muhle R41 open comb. The closed comb version is the Muhle R89. The Edwin Jagger model (now DE87) is really identical to the Muhle. The whole thing is a collaboration between Muhle and Jagger.

    The R41 demands close attention to technique and choice of blade. Get it right and you have the perfect shave. This is my benchmark for my foray into straights which will start soon.

    I have ordered the DE87 out of curiosity to see if it can match the performance of the R41 without the need for such precision in technique.

    Having said all this one of my all time favourites remains my 1918 Gillette Single Ring. Still an amazing performer. Another open comb.

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    have the ej 87 and its top notch! have a few superspeeds but it is a much smoother shaver!

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    Late to the party I am, but they are the same razor. Well handles apart, the EJ uses MP heads on their razors. EJ used to use Merkur heads, then they switched to using the new redesign MP head.

    If you like MP handles (like the beautiful olive wood) pick MP, if you like the EJ handles pick ej. You will get the same shave regardless.

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    I have an EJ 89 and love it. Phenomenal shaver, well made, well balanced, and I'd definitely recommend it.

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    They're both the same razor, with a different branding. Same goes with their respective shaving creams and soaps.

    I read recently that EJ have since remodeled the head of the razor with a better chrome coating to retain its shine. if my memory serves me correct it may even be done by Merkur?

    Purchase whichever is cheaper, and you will get the same result. By the way, regardless of which one you choose, they receive stellar reviews.

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