I'm a new wetshaver, which razor should I get? (Pic Heavy)

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by Dridecker, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. Nikhil Naidu

    Nikhil Naidu Member

    I started off with a Gillette 7'o Clock Sterling which i bought for INR 100 ~ $1.75 or so. I have posted a review of this razor and it is a brilliant razor to start off with. Very mild, almost perfectly balanced three piece razor. Strongly recommended!!
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  2. Turk

    Turk Well-Known Member

    I found the Merkur 34c is the razor for me. Not that I'm not always looking for that next "new" razor that shaves nicer than my 34C. I also bought my boys 34c's, the 34c is like a workhorse.
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  3. GoalSAH

    GoalSAH New Member

    Thanks for the reviews! Hopefully the Merkur will work out well for me.
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  4. btbill

    btbill Member

    Hope you are correct on this one, got a feather for one of my son's.....
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  5. kcb5150

    kcb5150 Member

    A merkur 1904 would be a nice starter razor. So would a triangular holed, fat handle tech. I kind of loathe the tech that came after that point.
  6. Ryan B

    Ryan B Knight of the Soapocracy

    I'm biased towards the Gillette Slim because I started out on that. It's also the one razor I keep coming back to. It's like nine razors in one. I started out at 3 and then turned the knob one click until I got to the top If it was too aggressive, I moved it back down a level. I found 6 to be the most comfortable for me. I can pull a 7, but I prefer 6. I use that for my first pass and then bump it back down to 3 for the second pass.
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  7. PLANofMAN

    PLANofMAN Paperboy

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    I have mixed feelings regarding adjustables. One one hand, they are like having 9 razors in one, so it makes it easy to find the one that is best suited to you. On the other hand, with 9 settings a beginner might be tempted to constantly play with the settings and then blame errors in technique on the razor instead.

    I think Dridecker's list is still the best starting point for most new wetshavers.
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  8. GoalSAH

    GoalSAH New Member

    I feel like my Merkur is not aggressive enough. I'm having trouble just getting a close shave. But I don't know if it's adjustable.... It's just one of the Merkur Model 180 Long Handles. Is there a way to adjust that one?
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    PLANofMAN Paperboy

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  10. GoalSAH

    GoalSAH New Member

    Okay thanks, I'll check it out.
  11. Monkeylord

    Monkeylord The Lather Lord

    I think this one would be a good adition to the sticky
    Dirt cheap (it canbe found for around 4$) it's chromed metal, mild but very effective and will forgive a new shaver just about anything :)
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  12. swarden43

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

    What is it called? Where would one purchase it?
  13. Monkeylord

    Monkeylord The Lather Lord

    I started taking things for granted when it comes to razors. I just presumed everyone knows everything :D
    IT's called Rimei, but it can be found under other names too on the internet, but if you see this shape, that's it. you can get it on deal extreme, ebay and I think I saw it on Amazon too
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  14. Atnot

    Atnot New Member

    Thanks for taking the time to write this up. Very informative!
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  15. PatrickA51

    PatrickA51 Well-Known Member

    Wow, Dridecker;
    What a great report, how did I miss this thread. Good work thank you for taking the time and putting the effort into it. :happy088: :shaver
  16. Fangface

    Fangface Active Member

    Thank you for taking the time to write up! What about an adjustable to start??
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  17. Boojum1

    Boojum1 Valet Parking Available Here

    Is there a reason you forgot the milder Schick Injectors Types I through M in the SE section?
  18. BigMark

    BigMark Tests razors by shaving Wookies

    I would recommend against it. You can eventually purchase one later, however.
  19. FlightMedic

    FlightMedic Well-Known Member

    Thanks for this write up and all of the additional recommendations. Now I'm off to ebay to try and find a vintage DE.
  20. baldone

    baldone Member

    Thanks so much for this, since being on the forum I'm realizing that whilst I truly am passionate about shaving, I thought being adventurous was trying different creams and aftershaves. That led to "I think I'd like to try true wet shaving" which led to "where do a I start" and BOOM I found this in a couple of minutes. Thanks for doing my legwork :)

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