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    The Concord is fine, I sometimes use it as a travel razor, (over a year since I last used a DE). I haven't used the Lord L6, I have used the previous iteration of the Lord, not very good, but I've heard that the head on the L6 is a big improvement.

    I think one of the best current razors for the money is the EJ89.

    I've used all with Feather blades (I bought two 100 packs, they're dirt cheap here in the supermarkets)

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    Thanks all. I would love to have a nice vintage razor, I just don't feel like I'm at all qualified to evaluate the condition of them yet, and I don't see any in my current price range (under $20) on the various forum marketplaces. Of course, if anyone's got a halfway decent one that they'd be willing to part with for somewhere in there, I'd welcome a PM!

    The EJ89 is a beauty, it's just outside of my admittedly small budget. Once I factor in a brush, soap, alum, styptic pen and hopefully a straight and strop once I master DEs, it becomes kind of an intimidating shaving budget to a guy in his mid-20's...

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    If your looking for a great starter razor I doubt you can beat a Gillette Super Speed. I own several from Black tips, to Red tips. I have found them for under 5 bucks and with inexpensive blades like Wilkinson Sword, (found at Walmart for under 2 bucks) it is a great deal and a very safe shave. Do not mistake safe for fool proof as there is a learning curve but the Super Speed is pretty safe, and will give a fine shave. You may want to check your local junk store, just the other day here locally I found a Blue Tip Super Speed, a Ball tip and a fat boy for 4 bucks total. Point being, It doesn't have to be expensive to get a good shave, and anything you as a DE, is going to shave you cheeper and better then the 5 bladed junk they sell you now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotishcavalir View Post
    You may want to check your local junk store, just the other day here locally I found a Blue Tip Super Speed, a Ball tip and a fat boy for 4 bucks total.
    I am very jealous of you! Must be a local razor shortage around here... I've checked ~10 antique, thrift and pawn shops over the past couple days, not a thing. Hrmmph.

    There's one more triad of antique stores nearby that I want to check tomorrow, otherwise I might just have to go with a new one. If I do, I'm thinking I might go with the Lord for $12. I'm very tempted by the EJ89 now, but for the price difference, I could get a straight for whippeddog. Decisions, decisions.

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    Within a few weeks you will have
    in your possession a Lord an EJ89
    and a straight from whippeddog...


    Terry

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    lol

    You know, I just figured out a way to get the EJ89 shipped for $27-28 with a coupon code. I'm afraid I may not be able to resist pulling the trigger...

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    Quote Originally Posted by NCGuy View Post
    lol

    You know, I just figured out a way to get the EJ89 shipped for $27-28 with a coupon code. I'm afraid I may not be able to resist pulling the trigger...
    Then don't!

    It was in original condition, faded red, well-worn, but nice.
    This was and still is my favorite combination; beautiful, original, and worn.
    -Neil Young

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cangooner View Post
    Then don't!
    PULL THE TRIGGER NOW!!
    HURRY!! IT'S GETTING AWAY....

    Terry

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    Well, I dunno, I, ah - OKAY!!!

    Trigger pulled, thanks to all for the suggestions. It's a great deal on soap.com (promo code "soapaff") if there are any curious lurkers - $27.84 and supposedly arriving Thursday.

    Alright! Would Astras still probably be a safer bet to start out with than Feathers for this razor?

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    You may want to consider a sample
    pak from one of the vendors.

    Oh, and congratulations....

    Terry

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