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Thread: Jagger 89 Barley vs Gillette Tech vs Gillette Aristocrat ?

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    Which 89 did you buy!
    The new 2011 with the octangular handle?? Or ???

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    Edwin Jagger Classic Safety Razor, Barley Handle | Fendrihan Shaving Store

    The "barley" pattern is like a light knurling, or gunstock checkering. It reduces the "bling", but improves the grip with wet, soapy hands.

    I suspect that it's impossible to have both (a) good chrome plate, and (b) sharp-edged, deep knurling. Under magnification, you can see that the "barley" pattern was designed to avoid sharp edges. Maybe somebody who understands plating can explain it.

    Charles

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    Jagger by far the best of the 3...

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    I can make no comparison because my one and only DE is the Jagger.My wife bought it for me for christmas. I must say that it has given me a very quick and comfortable BBS shave. I have only used it twice because its really hard to pick up when I have a bunch of straights ready to rock. I use the feather blades with it FYI.

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    After reading this thread (thanks all) and checking prices, I got a EJ barley yesterday and tried it today. Its feel (heft, balance and longer handle) is superb. I used a Gillette Yellow 7 o'clock and it was a very good shave. It just seemed to glide.

    As for the EJ barley vs. the Aristocrat? Close--I still love my Aristocrat which shaves IMHO as well, but the barley is without doubt a keeper for those times when I don't have time to luxuriate with a straight shave.

    BTW: I got mine at Merz in the Palmer House in Chicago; they had them at a price comparable to others and are available on-line. Interestingly, I was told that they had sold four (!) of the EJ barley over the weekend and Monday. It must be a hit/popular DE. Merz was one of the sponsors, if those in the area recall, of the Chicago Great Shave get together fest last November at the Palmer House.
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    I also have two vintage Gillettes ('64 SS and '50 Aristocrat) and an EJ (lined). The EJ is my favorite of the three and I use it all but two days a week (when I like to shave old school). I haven't tried a Merkur but the EJ satisfies my modern safety razor jones and could easily be my only razor.

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    I seem to remember from somewhere that EJ started with the Merkur head though they improved on the finish of it. Does anyone know if this is true (still)?

    Will N.

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    Will, to my knowledge, Edwin Jagger now uses the Muhle shave head.
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