Page 3 of 3 FirstFirst 123
Results 21 to 28 of 28
Like Tree15Likes

Thread: looking for a DE

  1. #21
    Senior Member Snuff's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Belgium
    Posts
    302
    Thanked: 41

    Default

    Two great razors in my opinion are the Edwin Jagger DE89L and the Merkur Futur.

  2. #22
    Senior Member De Layne's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    282
    Thanked: 231

    Default

    Hiya,

    I'm a big fan of adjustable razors and was lucky enough to have started my DE journey with a Gillette version. Turned out to be a good fit and led to an easier and less accident prone learning curve that what coulda been the case. It wasn't THE razor, but it was a good start in the right direction.

    Someone new to DE shaving can set that thing on #3 to start with, instead of the usual #5 setting most safety bar type fixed head razors feel like they're preset to (at least to my face). I have a few of those types in my rotation, but I don't get em out all that often. Yeah, The shaves are very good, but the comfort isn't quite perfect, since the #4 setting is the magical one for me. Picky, ain't I?

    The long black handle Super Adjustable is gonna be an easy razor to make the transition to DE shaving. That's the one I'd recommend for a first razor. The earlier ones (pre 1980 or so) with the all metal baseplate's the preferred model, although I've had good results with the plastic version as well. With any adjustable, do NOT mess with the settings for the first month, otherwise you add another variable to the mix (a bad thing).

    There you go.....that's best advice I can give you,

    Martin
    Suavio likes this.

  3. #23
    Senior Member Suavio's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    New Zealand
    Posts
    268
    Thanked: 75

    Default

    Excellent thread here. I'm just about to get started in the DE world, being well into straight razor Shaving now but struggling when I travel or need a quicker option. Have never tried a DE, so that will be interested, especially after using straights.

    Opted for the Parker 99r at a very reasonable price, and should be able to test tomorrow. Will keep an eye out for these vintage Gillette DEs I keep hearing about, although they seem fairly rare in my neck of the woods.

  4. #24
    Senior Member deepweeds's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Evanston Illinois
    Posts
    656
    Thanked: 97

    Default

    I picked up the DE after having learned the straight, and found (still find) it a lot of fun. More learning curve than I expected, which for people like us is a good thing or else we wouldn't use a straight razor in the first place.
    Keep your pivot dry!

  5. #25
    Plausibly implausible carlmaloschneider's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Mount Torrens, South Australia
    Posts
    5,979
    Thanked: 485

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Suavio View Post
    ...Will keep an eye out for these vintage Gillette DEs I keep hearing about, although they seem fairly rare in my neck of the woods...
    I got one (a vintage Gillette DE) the other day from 10 bucks, polished it up (back to brass on the top plate) and now it looks very cool and shaves very nice and close too. It's an open comb DE and much more aggressive than my Mühle R 89.

    I'd HIGHLY recommend trying one. I have looked at them online before but after getting this one for so cheap I'll certainly be keeping an eye out for more in the local antique shops...
    Suavio likes this.
    Stranger, if you passing meet me and desire to speak to me, why should you not speak to me? And why should I not speak to you?
    Walt Whitman

  6. #26
    Senior Member Suavio's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    New Zealand
    Posts
    268
    Thanked: 75

    Default

    My 99R arrived today and I have to say is a gorgeous looking and feeling razor - it's solid, has a nice handle, the butterfly mechanism feels good and strong, and it seems to close centred. Sorry about the poor photo but have it with me at work - First DE shave later!

    Name:  IMG_20140214_132559.jpg
Views: 95
Size:  22.9 KB

  7. #27
    Shave This Hart's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Pickering, Ontario
    Posts
    1,036
    Thanked: 183

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Rori View Post
    I prefer open comb DE razors, like Merkur 11c when not shaving with a straight. Unfortunately Merkur does not produce 11c and 12c any longer. But 15c and 25c are still available.
    I've got a 15c and love it. I do wish I had got the longer handle 25c.

  8. #28
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Toronto, Canada
    Posts
    220
    Thanked: 33

    Default

    Edwin Jagger DE89 "barley" is awesome to start with.

Page 3 of 3 FirstFirst 123

Posting Permissions

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