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    Default Hello new member here, not sure what I thought.

    Hey guys how's it going. I have been DE shaving for a whole week now.
    I don't know but for some reason I thought I was going to get as close of a mach3 shave with one pass of a DE. Wrong I have read a lot here and want to learn more. My shaves aren't too great just yet. I am using my new Edwin Jagger DE89 with feather blades. Don't have a fancy brush yet just cheapo boar brush. I am wondering if I should change the blade sooner. I could get a week of shaves out of the M3 but not sure with these blades. My whiskers are pretty wiry and grow every which way. I am using light pressure only so no burn well the first two days there was. So I seek your refined shaving wisdom, and thanks in advanced.

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    Default Re: Hello new member here, not sure what I thought.

    You'll want to do two or three passes. Think about each pass slicing the hairs a little shorter until the third pass cuts it off at the skin.
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    Haven't tried three passes yet kinda waiting to let the skin get used to the new shave. I think this next week I will do two passes each morning and see how that goes.

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    If you think about the concept of a Mach 3, you're getting three passes in one. What's more there are a lot of "training wheels" on a Mach 3 that you have to take responsibility for with a DE.

    I use a vintage Gillette Slim and once it "clicked" I began getting better shaves in two passes than I could get from a Mach 3 in one or two passes. And IME the DE blades (regardless of type) last longer than the cartridges. My beard's not terribly thick; about average I think, but very very wiry and coarse.

    Keep working at it and you'll find your shaves improve to surpass your prior experience with the cartridge.

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    Knowing the hair growth direction of my face helped me. My face is relatively uniform but my neck it gets squirrely. But with a 2 or 3 pass shave with a DE I can get way better shave than with using a mach 3 or fusion. It takes a lot of practice, I'm still learning too.

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    Thanks guys did better this morning. Except right under and on the jaw line, don't have the angle right there yet. Did okay two passes but tried a third in that area trying to get BBS and hav a little burn. I'm not bleeding though.

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    One thing I haven't seen mentioned yet is stretching the skin. It can make a heck of a difference to a shave - whether DE or straight.

    Hang in there and it probably won't be long before you're getting better shaves with less irritation than you ever have before.

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    It'll come with time and practice You just have to play with angles and such, like Jim said, you have 3, 4, or 5 "blades" on a cartridge whereas now you have just 1 so doing a couple light passes will be required.

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    I hope so I have figured out (some of us are slow learners) that my EJ is still shaving very well even if I am not feeling that scraping feeling I was used to with the cartridge. I am closing in on that perfect angle, now if I can do it on my whole beard, lol.

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    Take heart my friend, it will get better. If, for whatever reason, I was unable to use my straight razors for the rest of my life I'd be perfectly content to use my DE's rather than any other method of shaving. A DE yields a far superior, and smoother, shave than a cartridge could ever hope for. An extra pass or two is all it asks, which will provide nice irritation-free shaves, which is more than the Mock 3/4/5 can say. As well, the EJ89 is a very well regarded razor, so you are already a leg up with the right equipment.

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