What in your opinion are the qualities of an excellent razor and do they exist?

Blademonkey

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Out of interest @Blademonkey what type of souplex blades do you use haven’t tried these tend to stick to the feather and kai ?
Souplex blades made in Solingen Germany, I find these to be as sharp as the Feather blades but smoother from the first shave. I buy mine from NTS Solingen Germany www.scherenpofl.com just under £30 for 100 delivered to the UK.
The blades do not have any printing on them and come in white cardboard boxes of ten. PM me. :) P.
 
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Souplex blades made in Solingen Germany, I find these to be as sharp as the Feather blades but smoother from the first shave. I buy mine from NTS Solingen Germany www.scherenpofl.com just under £30 for 100 delivered to the UK.
The blades do not have any printing on them and come in white cardboard boxes of ten. PM me. :) P.
Thank you @Blademonkey much appreciated these have definitely caught my eye
 
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For me, it's a combination of the razor being nicely balanced (I like aluminium, zamak and stainless razors), good grip and smoothly efficient. Nearly every one of my razors offers this. I'm under no illusion that any new razor is going to be any better than those I already have but I've enjoyed adding them to my collection.
 
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For those of you saying that the AS-D2 is the bomb, I need some advice.

I am contemplating a new razor and am trying to decide between the AS-D2 and the Timeless 0.68 safety bar.
Any comments?
For me, the AS-D2 takes just too much concentration and time to use. It's beautifully made and handles well, but you need to keep the angle just right for it to work best, even with a Feather or Kai blade, and I'm afraid I tend to lose patience trying to do that. The Timeless 0.68 doesn't need to be used with quite the same degree of precision and so gives me a better and more enjoyable shave.
 
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Edwin Jagger Kelvin, about £15 on Amazon?

I haven't tried one myself but the closed comb Edwin Jagger head seems to be one of the most popular razors for beginners. If the criteria are smooth, easy & cheap it could be hard to beat.
 

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The perfect razor for me; not sure I'm there yet - the factors I look for:

1. Solid blade alignment.
2. Easy angle - I love the Pils bit for me it has a very narrow range on the optimal cutting angle.
3. Smooth and comfortable shave.
4. Fun factor.
5. Asthetics - Murry Walker used to say a good looking F1 car was always fast and a winner.

The Colonial Silversmith is a good DE razor for me, along with the Feather AS-D2, with the Hone 15 getting honourable mentions.
 
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