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- Edwin Jagger DE head fits all standard DE blades
- DE razor shaves as close as straight razor
- Excellent balance for close shave
- Smart and durable
- Packed in smart Edwin Jagger card presentation box
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The finish is excellent. I don't think there are any other manufacturers who can beat them on the quality of the finish. The razor does not slip out of the hand. Despite the rather smooth appearance and no knurling, the grip is quite good. Shaves very well with the Gillette Black. I did 3 pass shaves for a week - with the grain, across the grain and against the grain. I had some razor bumps after about 6 days. I have sensitive skin; I use a pre-shave oil. So, I would recommend the three-pass shaves for special occasions and stick to the two-passes. Also, there is very little irritation when I apply an alum block or if I use an aftershave. I do not get "hot face" when I apply the aftershave. But then I have been shaving with a double edge razor for years and my technique is pretty good. So, if you are buying this start with the Derby blades and work yourself up to the Feather (not really a good match). A razor blade a few notches below the fabled Feather is what works best.
Believe, it's the best shave tool any wet shaver would love to use from his tomb after the funeral mass is over.
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I decided to buy one and I couldn't be happier with my choice. I almost went with the German made Merkur Heavy Duty (34c) razor, which seems to be the most commonly recommended DE for a new safety-razor-shaver. I'm glad I continued to investigate razors (the Badger and Blade internet forum is a fantastic resource) because the English made Edwin Jagger De89 is considered, by many, to be superior to the Merkur.
First of all, its appearance; it may be the brightest, shiniest thing I own. It's chroming is deep, flawless, and bright. The chroming method used is the same used by Rolls Royce for its chrome accents. The Edwin Jagger De89 comes with either a vertically lined handle, or a smooth handle. I went with the lined as I thought it might provide a little extra traction with wet hands. The razor arrived in a nice, blue, textured presentation box (however, the box did get a little crushed during shipping.)
The razor itself is an absolute joy to use. As stated in many reviews, the balance and weight is absolutely perfect. The handle is a little longer than the Merkur HD, which is good for me (I have large hands). After watching a few instructional youtube videos regarding proper angle and razor use, I gave it a try. It was unlike any shave I've ever had before (it's been all cartridge or disposable razors in my past). The solid weight of the razor against my face just felt... better. It also heats up as you rinse it and retains that heat, which felt great against my skin. After just a few, careful shaves, I already felt very confident with the use of the razor. The shaves are wonderfully close (as good as any I've ever had), and the little red bumps on my lower neck that I always assumed I'd have forever have begun to fade (believe it or not, a DE razor is much kinder to your face).
As for blades, I recommend ordering a sample pack, as different blades act and react differently with every face. It's just another customizable aspect of DE Shaving. Even if you decide to change your blade after three or four shaves (as many do) you will still find it cheaper than cartridge razors.
Update: It's been a few months, and now that I have a good deal more experience I thought I'd post an update. I now have seven or eight razors, including Merkurs, vintage-Gillettes, and some vintage single-edge Gems - and the Edwin Jagger is STILL my favorite razor. The shaves are amazingly smooth, and while not as "aggressive" as some of my other razors, it gives just as close a shave. When I finally got a Merkur I was very disappointed in its finish. Merkurs are the most popular new DE razors sold, and I guess I was expecting more. Don't get me wrong, they're fine razors, but they come with little scratches and tool marks that slightly mar the finish. The Edwin Jagger, with its perfect plating and great shaving-characteristics just makes me happy every time I pick it up.
I then looked into wet-shaving, read some blogs, articles, and youtube videos and took the plunge. There is a small learning curve, and getting good at using these razors takes practice, but what a difference it makes! I recommend getting a badger-hair shaving brush and either shaving soap or shaving cream you have to lather in a bowl before using this. I use Proroso shaving cream and an Escala brush, and it makes the experience more enjoyable. I didn't use the Derby blades that came with it, but I ordered the Astra 100-pack blades for $10 because they are sharper, and this is the smoothest shave I have ever gotten.
If you are a beginner (like me) getting into wet shaving this or the Merkur 34C are great introductory razors that aren't very expensive. This one is very streamlined and by far the shiniest object I own. If you are concerned that the grip looks slippery from the picture-- it isn't and I haven't dropped it yet. The craftsmanship on this razor is impeccable, and from the time you take it out of the box, until the time you complete your first shave, you will be more than satisfied with this purchase.
Mathematically speaking, switching from a Gillete Fusion (or other razor) to a razor like this should be cheaper within half a year, and you can afford to change razor blades (10 cents a piece) as often as you like. Beyond that, this razor has given me a testosterone boost and a hobby that I truly enjoy waking up in the morning to.