Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 19
  1. #1
    Sardaukar salazch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    Posts
    444
    Thanked: 57

    Cool DE design/function help.

    OK so I've been looking at DE razors and I have a question about the design.
    Most of them have teeth or a comb. Some don't. It looks like the teeth would get in the way. What's their purpose?
    What's a good starter DE?

  2. #2
    Well Shaved Gentleman... jhenry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Indianapolis, IN
    Posts
    3,860
    Thanked: 3760

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by salazch View Post
    OK so I've been looking at DE razors and I have a question about the design.
    Most of them have teeth or a comb. Some don't. It looks like the teeth would get in the way. What's their purpose?
    What's a good starter DE?
    That's the safety bar, which is why they're called DE safety razors.

    Some have straight bars, some have open tooth combs. The latter are for shavers who want a VERY close shave and/or have a heavier beard.

    If you're just starting with a DE razor, I personally would opt for the straight bar. You can get a very close shave with it. I do with my Merkur HD straight bar DE razor.
    "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." Mark Twain

  3. #3
    Sardaukar salazch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    Posts
    444
    Thanked: 57

    Default

    Do you have any links that I can look at for examples?

  4. #4
    Well Shaved Gentleman... jhenry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Indianapolis, IN
    Posts
    3,860
    Thanked: 3760

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by salazch View Post
    Do you have any links that I can look at for examples?
    Try this link:

    Double-Edge Safety Razor
    "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." Mark Twain

  5. #5
    Sardaukar salazch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    Posts
    444
    Thanked: 57

    Default

    There are some good ones there. I like the butterfly style. How do I tell which DE are open bar?

  6. #6
    Sardaukar salazch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    Posts
    444
    Thanked: 57

    Default

    I think I figured it out. So the comb/teeth are for heavier beard? So no teeth is better for beginner?

  7. #7
    Well Shaved Gentleman... jhenry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Indianapolis, IN
    Posts
    3,860
    Thanked: 3760

    Default

    All of the butterfly or TTO (Twist To Open) razors are straight bar I believe.

    And yes, I personally think that the straight bar is best for the beginner.

    If you are set on a butterfly, go with the Parker. It is a good quality razor. At the same time, it a more aggressive shaver than the more traditional Merkurs or Edwin Jaggers.
    "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." Mark Twain

  8. #8
    Sardaukar salazch's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    Posts
    444
    Thanked: 57

    Default

    What makes the TTO more aggressive? If teeth are good for a starter razor then that's fine. I just want something that's comfortable and easy to learn on.

  9. #9
    Well Shaved Gentleman... jhenry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Indianapolis, IN
    Posts
    3,860
    Thanked: 3760

    Default

    I'm not sure, but it may have something to do with the distance between the blade and the safety bar, which is greater in a Parker than the other razors.

    You misunderstood me...NO teeth or open comb are good for a starter razor--if you do not not have a very heavy beard.

    If you want something that's comfortable, I would still recommend a traditional DE--a Merkur or Edwin Jagger. They do not, to my knowledge, sell TTO razors, though.
    "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." Mark Twain

  10. The Following User Says Thank You to jhenry For This Useful Post:

    salazch (02-27-2010)

  11. #10
    Senior Member blabbermouth JimmyHAD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Posts
    32,564
    Thanked: 11039

    Default

    The vintage Gillette 1934 USA Aristocrat and the British Gillette model 15 were open comb and TTO. So was the pre war Gillette Senator IIRC. I believe Gillette was the first to introduce the bar guard (not open comb) with the 1940 Milord but I may be wrong.

    Looking at many vintage open comb razors I think that the reason they got away from them was that they were more difficult to manufacturer and you see a lot of them with bent teeth. Guys would drop them. Depending on which tooth it may or may not cause a problem with the shave.

    Merkur brought the open comb back on some models and I believe that was as a result of the popularity of vintage razors. Just a supposition. I may be wrong about that as well. I have both and having shaved with both I have no preference based on the guard. The weight of the razor and the aggressiveness are what I look for.

    I've heard that the Merkur HD is a good starter razor. If I was to go for a TTO I would look for a good Gillette red tip super speed but that is just me.
    Last edited by JimmyHAD; 02-27-2010 at 03:18 AM.
    Be careful how you treat people on your way up, you may meet them again on your way back down.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •