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    ++1 on the previous posts. My preference would be for the Edwin Jagger 89L. It is a great shaver.
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    Unfortunately, it's one of those things where you have to use razor and blade combinations to determine what's best for you. The best bet is get something a lot of others have found to be working for them and you'll probably be OK. I've had 2 mercurs, a vision and the 39C and I wasn't crazy about either of them. I have a fatboy and it's a fine razor and I have an EJ Chatsworth and the Feather stainless and I find those two to be the best DEs I've ever used.
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    Hello, Mathhew:

    The Edwin Jagger 89L and the Muhle 89R share the same Muhle shave head. The handles are different. The Muhle is Edwin Jagger's rich brother. Muhle 89R's workmanship is also impeccable, and the shave is similar to Edwin Jagger's. You will not go wrong with either, although the Muhle is pricier. I have both razors and love them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MatthewShropshire View Post
    Ace, Obie, thank you both for your thoughts. I do appreciate (and trust) your worthy advice.

    Does anyone know anything about Muhle DE's? I've read some good things about those as well. On the whole it seems that the Edwin Jagger receives more accolades than the Merkur so I'm leaning towards the 89L at this point.

    A wonderful day to you,
    Matthew

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    I recently purchased the EJ 89 and am very happy with the shaves I have been getting from it I have never owned a Merkur so I can not really make a comparison (although I did have a tough time deciding between the EJ 89 and the Merkur 34HD) I use the Astra blades in my EJ 89.
    Caution: the chrome finish on the Edwin Jagger DE89 can blind you. Lol

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    Speaking as a relative Newb (1 month in), I have had good results from my Merkur 23C, 38C, and my Feather Popular. The 23C and 38C have similar heads but the handles are vastly different in feel and weight. I thought I would prefer the heft of the 38C over the slimmer 23C, but so far I don't really have a preference.

    To tell the truth, if I have many more shaves as good as the one I had today with the Popular, I know which one I'll suggest for a new guy without a doubt! Cheap ($20.00) and effective, what's not to love about that!

    Hope this helps!

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    Thanks to all you fine gentlemen for your helpful advice and suggestions. Now I just need to go do a little bit of reading and makes some choices.

    Here's to a fabulous shave,
    Cheers!

    Matthew

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    Quote Originally Posted by MatthewShropshire View Post
    Thanks to all you fine gentlemen for your helpful advice and suggestions. Now I just need to go do a little bit of reading and makes some choices.
    Matthew
    Excellent decision ! Research the choices and try to adapt to you straight shaving experience. I myself have a tendency to apply a lite pressure to my blade. Bad technique I know. But I've found I do best with a razor with less heft. (ie. techs, ss, Gem's, vintage merkur slants, hollow ground straights) I do poorly with heavy razors (ie. EJ's, merkur hd, fatboy's, Ikon's, vintage big wedges even though I love wedges.). Once you know you skills, you just have to match your skills to the razor. Or be able to adapt to the razor. Good Luck on finding the perfect razor for your technique. there's lots of choices out here and you need to keep an open mind.

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    whatever you get it will take some getting used to after useing a straight razor. after ten years with a straight razor I tried my first DE and got nicks all over the place and a really bad razor burn on a small spot on my neck, so remember there is a learning curve to those too.

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    Matthew,

    For me, the new build Muhle R109 shaves very well (same heas as EJ89).

    Personally, I prefer the vintage Gillette New for DE, and GEM/Ever-Ready & Schicks for SEs when I use a sfaety razor.

    For me, the best shaving safety razor combo I have ever used is my English Ever-Ready 1912 paired with GEM PTFE Coated Stainless blades.

    Please have a peek at :

    Mr Paul Mayhew : Welcome To Connaught Shaving

    Mr Dave Glynn : Modern and Vintage Safety Razors, Shaving Brushes, Creams and Soaps - SafetyRazors.co.uk

    In addition, Connaught does some excellent blade sampler packs (highly recommended).

    Good luck

    Have fun !

    Best regards

    Russ
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    I personally have the Merkur Vision 2000 and I love it. I find that the Merkur blades with it match my face very well. And I am excited to try the feather blades with it. That being said, I have not tried any other DE razors so I can not give comparison. All I know is that after only a week I get an incredibly smooth and close shave with it. I like the adjustability. The weight allows me to hold in in the same manner as my old MACH 3, and allow it to glide across my face. It is a comparatively expensive choice, though at $80 - $100 more than most of the other DEs out there. Either way, it gets the job done for me. I use it during the work week and keep the straight for the weekends as I have more time then and still do not have the requisite skill for shaving with a straight. I hope you find what you are looking for.

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