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    Had a long look through the forum (some great advice), and have whittled the choice down too these:

    Parker 99R Butterfly Opening Safety Razor

    Edwin Jagger DE89 - Obie I think this is the one you suggested?

    Is there any difference between the two ? I would prefer the Parker just because of the extra length it has, but is the shorter Edwin-Jagger much of an issue?

    Advice much appreciated! I may just end up buying both and trying each for a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AledJ View Post
    Had a long look through the forum (some great advice), and have whittled the choice down too these:

    Parker 99R Butterfly Opening Safety Razor

    Edwin Jagger DE89 - Obie I think this is the one you suggested?

    Is there any difference between the two ? I would prefer the Parker just because of the extra length it has, but is the shorter Edwin-Jagger much of an issue?

    Advice much appreciated! I may just end up buying both and trying each for a week.
    AledJ,

    The Edwin Jagger 89L you show on Amazon the older lined model. The 89 series I had in mind is the new 2011 design. The new one has a heavier shave head, which I find preferable. It comes in the barley finish, and in the octagonal handle in chrome, faux ebony and faux ivory. I would opt for the 2011 barley finish. I think I gave you the model numbers earlier. The English Shaving Company, Bull Goose and West Coast Shaving have that model.

    The Edwin Jagger and the Parker 99R are two completely different razors, in style and shave. I've had both. The Parker is a one-piece, has a long handle, and it is a heavier razor. It is also TTO (twist to open). The shave is mild. The workmanship is also inferior to that of the Edwin Jagger. Don't get me wrong, it is a good razor and will do the job for you.

    The Edwin Jagger will give a bit more aggressive shave. It's also a three-piece. The workmanship is exquisite. The handle is shorter on the Edwin Jagger, but I never found it a problem. Nor have other fans of this razor. Of course, if you like the handle longer, the razor heavier and the shave milder, then go with the Parker.

    Yes, you could buy both and try them out, but they are keepers and will give you variations.

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    Thanks for your advice again! Yes i do have the 2011 model number, and will check those sites out. Ill go with your suggestion, and see how it goes.

    Spent a few hours reading posts and watching vids, and from my next shave i will no longer use my wrist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AledJ View Post
    Thanks for your advice again! Yes i do have the 2011 model number, and will check those sites out. Ill go with your suggestion, and see how it goes.

    Spent a few hours reading posts and watching vids, and from my next shave i will no longer use my wrist.
    Remember that not all vendors will list the full model numbers. All will identify the razor by "barley."

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    My Edwin Jagger DE 89BA11 Barley Chrome is on its way! Can't believe it took me so long to to shave with a safety razor Where as shaving was a chore and never pleasant, my skin can finally breathe Just working on a few in grown hairs, which should be sorted with the solution i'm using!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AledJ View Post
    My Edwin Jagger DE 89BA11 Barley Chrome is on its way! Can't believe it took me so long to to shave with a safety razor Where as shaving was a chore and never pleasant, my skin can finally breathe Just working on a few in grown hairs, which should be sorted with the solution i'm using!
    Good show, my good man. You're on your way. That is a great razor. For razor blades, I suggest the Gillette 7 O'Clock "SharpEdge" in the yellow pack, Derby and Personna "Red Pack." Or get a sampler pack and give it a try. Finding the right blade for your razor and type of beard takes a bit time of trial and error until you settle on what works best for you. That's the fun part: the experimentation.
    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Obie View Post
    Good show, my good man. You're on your way. That is a great razor. For razor blades, I suggest the Gillette 7 O'Clock "SharpEdge" in the yellow pack, Derby and Personna "Red Pack." Or get a sampler pack and give it a try. Finding the right blade for your razor and type of beard takes a bit time of trial and error until you settle on what works best for you. That's the fun part: the experimentation.
    Good luck.
    I will order a sample pack and try them out myersn024 has been kind enough to send me some samples too, so plenty to try and find the best one for me! Tomorrow I will be using the ASTRA Superior Platinum blades, they were with the starter pack I bought.
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    Tried the Atra blades but did not get one with them :| Might have pressed too much or too many passes, i'm not too sure. I then used Crabtree & Evelyn after shave balm, but now have a rash/razor burn so won't be using that again. Back the shaving school Any idea how to get rid of the rash? Also used this, but will work on getting the right texture.
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    Aled,

    Not every blade will work with your type of razor, beard and skin. Trial and error are the best teacher. Keep trying and you'll find the right blades.

    Keep the razor pressure light. Let the razor's weight be the only pressure you need during your shave. Also, limit the number of strokes over the same spot. You can get away with that with the straight razor, but the double edge is not forgiving in that respect. Try no more than two strokes on each area you shave, preferably one. Remember, you're shaving in passes. With each pass you'll reduce your beard.

    Perhaps something in the balm you use does not agree with your skin. Stop using what you have and order a bottle of witch hazel. This particular one I like to call The Magic Potion:

    Thayers Natural Remedies Medicated Superhazel with Aloe Vera 12 fl oz Liquid - Swanson Health Products

    After the shave, rinse with tepid water, apply alum — if you use it — and then rinse off with cold water, dry your face and apply the witch hazel. Stop right there. If you don't use alum, rinse your face with tepid water to wash off the soap, then cold water. Dry your face and apply the witch hazel. Don't use the fragrances for a while and see what happens.
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    Sound advice again! My skin is super sensitive so I think an alum block would cause more harm than good. I think I still have bad habits form the multi-blade, and like today I saw I spot I had missed and went back over. With the next shave I will keep to one stroke over the area, and also work on the soap lather as I think was also an issue. Might have to order the product you suggest from the US, as no UK stores seem to have that particular one.
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