Help me Pick a razor

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by LilWolfe27, Jul 24, 2017.

  1. LilWolfe27

    LilWolfe27 New Member

    My fiance wants a decent safety razor (plus accessories) for his birthday. He has been using a cheap one for about a year to see if he likes it, which he does. Help me pick one out!

    He wants:
    • Butterfly/TTO
    • Double Edge
    • Stainless Steel or Ivory/Wooden Handle
    • Good for sensitive skin.
    I'm looking to spend around $30-$50 on the razor itself.

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  2. RyX

    RyX DoH!

    The Sir shows great restraint keeping to his single razor for a years worth of shaving. I'm not up on New production razors, but folks will be along to offer suggestions.
    Do you know the brand or model number of his current razor? That may help in suggestions for his next one.
  3. Linuxguile

    Linuxguile dating an unusual aristocrat

    For modern (quality, there are many very cheap Chinese razors our there) TTO razors you pretty much only have a couple of options.

    Parker (Made in India) or Weishi or Baili (both made in China). There are many re-branded Weishi razors out there and his "cheap" razor is probably one of them. Baili razors are also very inexpensive but have a different look to them.

    If you start looking at vintage razors you have a lot more options. A Gillette Adjustable (Black Beauty, Slim, or Fatboy) or an Aristocrat or any of the various flavors of Superspeeds would be a good option.

    None of them unfortunately are made from stainless steel, they are all pretty much plated brass.
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  4. swarden43

    swarden43 "It's your shave. Enjoy it your way."©

    May be tough to find a TTO with an ivory or wooden handle for less than $50.
  5. Stu929

    Stu929 Well-Known Member

    Does it have to be new? Or are you open to vintage?

    I'm guessing stainless may eliminate vintage.

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  6. LilWolfe27

    LilWolfe27 New Member

    I don't know what brand, but I do know it was only $10 at the beauty store.
  7. LilWolfe27

    LilWolfe27 New Member

    I am open to anything! Also, I think he's fine with any metal, he just doesn't want any handles with colors (i.e. Parker has some black handles, pink, etc. He does want anything like that).
  8. Stu929

    Stu929 Well-Known Member

    You could probably find a nice high user grade fatboy or SS Flare here. Both would be fitting of what you are looking for I think. Only reason I mention FB is many like them and if he wants to increase aggressiveness over time he can.

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  9. lightcs1776

    lightcs1776 Well-Known Member

    A slim or black beauty is a great choice for vintage. They are excellent razors that can be set for a mild or more aggressive shave.

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  10. Stu929

    Stu929 Well-Known Member

    Whats his birth year?

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  11. Linuxguile

    Linuxguile dating an unusual aristocrat

    I like the Parker 87r, just because it looks like a vintage Aristocrat.
    Vintage Gillette Adjustables ( Slim, Black Beauty, Fatboy)

    Gillette Super Speed's:

    Gillette Aristocrat:

    *not my photos
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  12. Marverel

    Marverel Well-Known Member

  13. Stu929

    Stu929 Well-Known Member

    Black Beauty is a good option as well but was trying to stay away from black per her comments

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  14. stuartganis

    stuartganis Well-Known Member

    I have a Parker 99r and I really like it, it's one of 9 razors that I have and I use it every 2 weeks.

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  15. cliffb599

    cliffb599 Well-Known Member

    Parker Variant. $57.00 can't go wrong with it.
    Adjustable Great Razor.

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  16. stingraysrock

    stingraysrock PIF'd away his custom title

    When I got started, I decided I wanted TTO and I cannot remember why. Once I became established, I moved towards three piece. There are a lot more choices out there in the three piece world.
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  17. John Beeman

    John Beeman Little chicken in hot water

    Parker has some nice choices that fit your criteria.

    If he would prefer TTO they've got several.

    If he wouldn't mind a three piece razor then they've got wood or "ivory" (white resin) handles.
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  18. Col C

    Col C Well-Known Member

    You will get many opinions on this one. Here's mine: My first real razor (purchased after reading hundreds of reviews on different razors) was the Merkur 34c shown in the photo below. It is an excellent, heavy, and well made razor from Germany. I have many razors now but still use the Merkur 34c more than any other. It is very forgiving and when matched with the right blade for his face, it will provide exceptional shaves. I find that almost any blade will work in this razor. Some other razors can get rather picky. Personally, I do have some vintage razors, but I would not recommend them at this point. They can be expensive and you may not get what you thought you were getting.

    The Merkur 34c goes for $40 on just about any of the main vendor websites such as West Coast Shaving or Maggard. Here is a link to one site: There are many reviews of this razor at that link. He's a lucky guy.
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  19. pisces_0

    pisces_0 Well-Known Member

    The Merkur 34C was my first "real" razor purchase also, and still holds a starting spot on my varsity bench. Daily use and still loving it.

    Very forgiving, easy to find the right angle, well made and great aesthetics. The only downside is that it's a 2-piece, not a TTO.
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  20. preidy

    preidy Just call me Dino

    Modern try a 34C. Vintage Krona (TTO) gives a nice mild shave.
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