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    Default my de broke

    So the mechanism to engage the clamps and hold the blade down broke. I noticed this when after two passes i still had a beard....
    So i relathered and did two passes with a cartridge. Now the bits that got hit with the de are smooth and the bits with the cartridge aren't.

    Luckily i just got finishing up with whipped dog for a straight.

    Now i do happen to still enjoy de and will have to clean up my sr shaves for a while. Do i get another de or stick with a cartridge for cleanup?

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    if you wanted to go the get another de route you could grab a nice 3 piece tech or such pretty cheap or for a few bucks more get another TTO razor off the bay ... or maybe get yours repaired ( i dont know enough about DE to know if it could be fixed but i assume since people get them restored , they could also repair to a limit )

    there are no rules to this and no one is gonna smack ya for using a cartridge ,

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    I once fixed a gillette DE that no longer would TTO or close. On that particular model I pulled the twist part out of the handle and pushed the doors shut IIRC. Threaded he twist knob back on to the innards and crimped the sides of the handle with a pair of pliers. I'm not sure if they are all made the same but that particular one began working again. Apparently the knob, once in place, was originally held by the crimped portion of the handle adjacent to it.

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    This subject comes up fairly often, I've noticed. I also really enjoy using my DEs. I have only been using a straight for about a year, and I always defer to my DE when I am in a hurry. I find those are the times I end up with a nasty nick, or two. I do think the DE is a better overall bargain over the cost of cartridges, too. Good luck with your straight.

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    I'd rather have a DE for a backup razor any day of the week rather than a cartridge. The shave is far superior and a heck of a lot more enjoyable.

    As for repairs, if it's something you feel you can fix yourself go for it as you have nothing to lose. But if it's bad enough that you'd have to send it out for repair you'd probably be better of buying another one. Those services are cost prohibitive IMO,
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    So i managed a temporary fix. I crimped the razor knob and now i can twist it closed, pull the knob down and lock the crimp in and secure it.

    Should work until i can get an Edwin Jagger or a feather

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunsandbibles View Post
    So i managed a temporary fix. I crimped the razor knob and now i can twist it closed, pull the knob down and lock the crimp in and secure it.

    Should work until i can get an Edwin Jagger or a feather
    Save some $ and get a Merkur Slant You'll be glad you did.

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