I rarely recommend cartridge razors, but...

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...And I noticed - although I try not to pigeonhole people or make too many assumptions about them - that he appeared to be just a little mentally challenged. (Having been a pediatrician at one time, I learned well how to recognize the subtle and not-so-subtle signs of developmental delay or mental "slowness" in kids and young adults.)...
You have just successfully quantified at least half of the general population. :D ;)

I concur that your advice was the best for the situation.
 
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I joined at 15 and amongst my issue kit was a cheap and I am talking cheap DE razor. One of the lads who looked like he had been shaving from the cradle kept us straight, a proxy dad. However we are in a different world now and I think you did the correct thing, guessing there was nobody there to advise him. You have to try very hard to screw up shaving with a cartridge razor, but they do work.
 
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You did the right thing and your advice was sound. But, may I ask, why are you apologetic about recommending a cartridge razor? I've been shaving for over 50 years and I've used many different cartridge razors, DEs and SEs, but after all that I've found I get the best shave, in terms of closeness and lack of irritation, from a Mach3 and Sensor. Many people are disdainful of cartridges, usually because they don't get close, irritation-free shaves from them, but I've limited my use of DEs and SEs for this reason. Nevertheless, it doesn't make less of a 'wet shaver' than those who swear by DEs, SEs or straights...as we like to say, YMWV.
 

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I joined at 15 and amongst my issue kit was a cheap and I am talking cheap DE razor. One of the lads who looked like he had been shaving from the cradle kept us straight, a proxy dad. However we are in a different world now and I think you did the correct thing, guessing there was nobody there to advise him. You have to try very hard to screw up shaving with a cartridge razor, but they do work.
Can you remember what it was you was issued with? In the late 70s early 80s you had to supply you're own shave kit, ha, still had a cheap OC from Woolworths and a boar brush and a stick of soap but I can't remember what it was! Quick cold water shaves and out on parade!!
 
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I would say mach 3 is the best option when we are talking about cartridge razors.
I also would say the big differences between traditional and modern wet shaving is in the brush and cream/soap and the canned goo.
P.s i think you did the best suggesting a cartridge razor.As someone stated before,wet shaving is not for eveyone.
 
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First shave of my 17 yo son (when he was 15) was with a DE, Cella soap and Vie Long horse brush. But I've turned him to a disposable (Gillette Guard razor) to make his life easier. When you're 15 your time is too precious to slow down... If in the future he will switch back to a DE, it will be him decision. Now he's using the Guard once a week with Proraso White and a synth brush.
 
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