Safety razor for a beginner

Discussion in 'Safety Razors' started by idtsd, Apr 19, 2017.

  1. idtsd

    idtsd New Member


    I'd like to move away from Gillete Fusion which I used for the last 20 years. The main issue I try to solve is irritation in my neck area after shaving. I've read a lot and got scared of nicks and cuts.

    Can anyone recommend a razor as well as blades that are suitable for a beginner?
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  2. 178-bplatoon

    178-bplatoon Well-Known Member

    There is no magic combo. You really need to try several(razors and blades) to find the combination that works best for your face and technique. Experimentation is the only way to know what will really work for you. Do a search and start with a known mild razor like a Gillette Tech and get a large blade sample pack. After that practice & patience will get you the results you desire. :happy088:
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  3. ugadawg

    ugadawg Well-Known Member

    I would say the main razors to start out with are either a Merkur 34C or Edwin Jagger DE89 for current production razors and a Gillette Tech or Gillette Super Speed for vintage razors. I like the styling of vintage razors, but modern razors shave better for me. There are a lot of people who will say otherwise, so that's something you'll have to decide for yourself. As far as blades go, you need to get a sample pack so you can try a few different blades.
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  4. swarden43

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

    First, welcome to the Den!

    Next, re-read ugadawg's post below. Good stuff!

    Carts used to always cause irritation on my neck. I could never go against the grain (ATG) to get that baby butt smooth (BBS) I wanted.
    Switching to the Merkur 34C, my first DE, eliminated the irritation and has allowed my to go ATG. Lovin' it!!

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  5. lightcs1776

    lightcs1776 Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the Den. The Merkur 34C is an excellent razor that is great for new and experienced shavers. However, like previously mentioned, there's no magic. It's technique and preparation.

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  6. Straight razor dandy

    Straight razor dandy Stuck cleaning the house himself PERMANENTLY

    I am a big believer in the Gillette tech. It is cheap (5-20 dollars), easy to clean, easy to find, it has many different style options, it will last a lifetime, and it gives great shaves. There is a reason they were produced for almost 40 years and had 1000's of other razors based of their design.

    With good technique, I can get as good of a shave with a tech as I can with a $300 razor.

    I recommend using a feather blade or a Gillette silver blue blade in your Gillette tech.

    Here are some of the options:

  7. RaZorBurn123

    RaZorBurn123 waiting hardily...............

    Welcome to the den! Pick up a vintage Gillette Super Speed or Tech for under $20 and get your feet wet.
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  8. RetLEO-07

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  9. RetLEO-07

    RetLEO-07 likes his penguin deep fried, with pink sparkles

    Welcome from Central NJ @idtsd!
    You've come to a great forum.
    So far some good knowledge has been put forth.
    My first razor was a VDH. But I would skip that step looking back and go to a DE89BL. There are several styles so pick the one that fits you. Get a blade sampler and maybe a cream sampler. There are many inexpensive brushes out there. Use the Search function and you'll more than likely come up with some good ideas. Then head over to the 30 Day Rule/Focus thread and join in the fun.
    Good luck and enjoy your shaves!
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  10. wristwatchb

    wristwatchb wristwatch "danger" b

    :signs011: Welcome to The Shave Den! You've received some terrific advice so far!
  11. mrchick

    mrchick Odd, Terrible Avatar

    Welcome to The Den. I can't add anything to the great advice already given. Have fun!
  12. Stu929

    Stu929 Well-Known Member


    Coming from a complete noob (I just joined and picked up a few new razors over the last week and a half) I will tell you what I picked up and has worked for me so far. May not work for everyone but a Gillette Super Speed Flare combined with a Gillette Platnium blade has been great so far. No noticable irritation and no nicks thus far. While I dont know what the limits are the shave has seemed quite smooth as well.

    Best of luck!

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    Last edited: Apr 19, 2017
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  13. RyX

    RyX DoH! Staff Member

    Welcom @idtsd! I'll add something - Get your name on the list for the Newbie Giveaway. Be sure to read the rules to qualify. There's a nice Gillette Flare Tip SuperSpeed up for grabs donated by a generous member, & gift certificates from supporting vendors to go soap shopping.
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  14. RetLEO-07

    RetLEO-07 likes his penguin deep fried, with pink sparkles

    :signs011: +1
  15. brit

    brit Well-Known Member

    hello and welcome.left carts behind around 8 months into techs and rockets(british superspeeds),good blades and it.focus on technique,some good soap/cream,good prep,blade sampler pack.
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2017
  16. Bookworm

    Bookworm Well-Known Member

    If you want a SuperSpeed, but don't want vintage to start, you can pick up a Weishi 9306 series for $10 or less. They're almost exactly the same as a Black Handled SuperSpeed.
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  17. wchnu

    wchnu Duck Season!

    Welcome. You already have good advise above. Enjoy the shaves.
  18. RetLEO-07

    RetLEO-07 likes his penguin deep fried, with pink sparkles

    What's happin' Fuzzy?
  19. Jayaruh

    Jayaruh The Cackalacky House Pet

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    Good advice. Glad you have joined us. I hope you hang around and participate.
  20. idtsd

    idtsd New Member

    Wow, thanks for the warm welcome and all the advice!

    I understand that I'd have to get rid of the canned gel/foam I've been using. Do I really have to use a brush (looks very messy, time consuming)? what other options do I have to ease the move into DE shaving?
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