Help me choose my second DE razor...

Mike Smart

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Thanks, I saw your thread and there were some interesting replies. What did you go for in the end?

Merkur Progress gets a lot of mentions but I just can't get over the big blob of discoloured plastic on the end of the handle. Really spoils the look for me. I would definitely try the Gamechanger but there don't seem to be many stockists in the UK (Connaught don't have it!).
Ended up with nothing so far lol most of my working life i’m in Norway and i got a call back quicker than i wanted so it’s scuppered the idea until i get back home which should be the end of august. But to be honest i think i’m looking for something more aggressive
 
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Ended up with nothing so far lol most of my working life i’m in Norway and i got a call back quicker than i wanted so it’s scuppered the idea until i get back home which should be the end of august. But to be honest i think i’m looking for something more aggressive
I think a Fatip open comb would suit you and it is an all brass head. You have a choice of the Grande or Piccolo handles.
I would still reccommend the Merkur Progress with it's iconic ivory knob.
 

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I think a Fatip open comb would suit you and it is an all brass head. You have a choice of the Grande or Piccolo handles.
I would still reccommend the Merkur Progress with it's iconic ivory knob.
thanks for the advice. i don’t know much about these razors so i’ll certainly have a good look. thanks again
 
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Push the boat out now rather than later and purchase the Progress, Game Changer and Fatip OC; they are all great razors, relatively inexpensive and all worth having or at least trying...or...purchae all three of Muhle variants R89, R41, R95 and have fun for a while learning each razor, each is a brilliant razor in it's own way...
 
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Push the boat out now rather than later and purchase the Progress, Game Changer and Fatip OC; they are all great razors, relatively inexpensive and all worth having or at least trying...or...purchae all three of Muhle variants R89, R41, R95 and have fun for a while learning each razor, each is a brilliant razor in it's own way...
Thanks, I will definitely check those out. Think I'm leaning towards a Parker Variant for the next one. Once I've used that to work out how agressive I can tolerate, I may go for a Game Changer. Is there really any need for three razors though? They will all last a lifetime!
 
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Thanks, I will definitely check those out. Think I'm leaning towards a Parker Variant for the next one. Once I've used that to work out how agressive I can tolerate, I may go for a Game Changer. Is there really any need for three razors though? They will all last a lifetime!
Certainly there is absolutely no need for more than one razor and indeed the R89 / EJ89 is all the razor anyone really needs - it is a great daily shaver and with a modicum of care will likely last a lifetime or several even though it is made of zamak. That said, need is different to want; you have joined a shaving forum and even though you already have a terrific razor you are looking at your next razor acquisition. In a very short period of time, you will justify many more purchases than you currently think is sane. So short-cut the process, buy all three razors now, if your budget allows, it will be cheaper in the medium term and you will be able to contrast, compare and delay further acquisitions in the short-term :) you have been warned!!!
 

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Thanks, I will definitely check those out. Think I'm leaning towards a Parker Variant for the next one. Once I've used that to work out how agressive I can tolerate, I may go for a Game Changer. Is there really any need for three razors though? They will all last a lifetime!
Just buy yourself a Karve razor with three plates and be done with it, you will never need another razor! Plates B C D should fit most people.
 
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I'm a long time EJ89 fan and I've too often been tempted to try new razors, and spent a fortune, only to arrive at the conclusion that the EJ89 is still the best (for me at least). But, reading through this thread, here's my minor contribution:
An adjustable might seem like a good idea, but you might still find that none of the settings works for you. The Progress looks like one of the more affordable ones unless you want one with a customised adjustment knob. Unfortunately the Digress with the cool brass/chrome/steel adjustment fitting is no longer available...I asked Ian in Scotland who was selling them and he told me only a few weeks ago that he'd had none for ages and the guy who made them seems to have stopped.
I found most of the Merkur range pretty good, but been disappointed with most of the other razors I've tried, compared to the EJ89. Then, instead of wanting lots of new razors, I decided instead to look at different handles...it's amazing how much difference a handle weight, length, knurling, etc can have on the same razor head. So now, I have a few EJ89 heads and a bunch of different handles. Trying out different blades with the same razor head also provides lots of variety.
I do occasionally try different razors...I had a go with the Razorock Hawk V2 recently...didn't really get on with it. Then I went back to my EJ89 and wondered why I ever wanted to try anything else!
Final comment: The EJ89 is often reviewed as the ideal razor for wet shave beginners, and this sometimes creates the impression among wet shave beginners that it isn't a razor for the truly experienced wet shaving 'veteran'. This is of course nonsense, and I would guess that most people in this forum would consider it an almost legendary razor that's so good even a beginner can't go wrong with it. I suppose it's worth looking for something else if you really want a challenge, but I'd suggest testing out variations on the EJ89 with blades and maybe handles first to establish a benchmark setup to judge other razors by later.
 
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