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Old 08-12-2012, 11:59 PM   #1181
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I'm thinking I am going to purchase a Merkur 34C soon. Is this a good choice for a beginner? I do have concerns that I won't care for wet shaving and may want to get rid of it so I'm certainly open to suggestions if a cheaper option is available. I'm not 100% certain of everything that I will need as well. Any suggestions on affordable options for a beginner?


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Old 08-13-2012, 12:05 AM   #1182
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I'm thinking I am going to purchase a Merkur 34C soon. Is this a good choice for a beginner? I do have concerns that I won't care for wet shaving and may want to get rid of it so I'm certainly open to suggestions if a cheaper option is available. I'm not 100% certain of everything that I will need as well. Any suggestions on affordable options for a beginner?
I like my 34C. It was my first DE. I also picked up an older Gillette on eBay. If you want an overwhelming amount of info check out badgerandblade.


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Old 08-13-2012, 12:21 AM   #1183
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I like my 34C. It was my first DE. I also picked up an older Gillette on eBay. If you want an overwhelming amount of info check out badgerandblade.
Haha, that's my current problem actually. I go over there start reading and then my head explodes and I don't know what to get. Sounds like the 34C is good all around though.
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Old 08-13-2012, 12:24 AM   #1184
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I go over there start reading and then my head explodes and I don't know what to get.
Remarkably similar to deciding which beer to make next.... No?
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Old 08-13-2012, 12:27 AM   #1185
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Remarkably similar to deciding which beer to make next.... No?
It's all about the Obsession!
I lol'd. Back to reading then
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Old 08-13-2012, 12:46 AM   #1186
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Pretty much any of the Merkurs except for the slant, vision, and progress are fine for a beginner. The slants are too aggressive for somebody without experience, and the adjustables are too expensive for somebody not wanting to drop a bunch of yak getting started. After somebody decides they are hooked and wants to experiment with the adjustability then sure. Oh, and my pick for a starter would be the Merkur 1904 *open* comb. Do not fear the open comb, trust me. I get a decent shave with the closed bar but I think the open comb lets more lather right up to the blade edge. They are not necessarily more aggressive.
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Old 08-13-2012, 03:30 AM   #1187
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Pretty much any of the Merkurs except for the slant, vision, and progress are fine for a beginner. The slants are too aggressive for somebody without experience, and the adjustables are too expensive for somebody not wanting to drop a bunch of yak getting started. After somebody decides they are hooked and wants to experiment with the adjustability then sure. Oh, and my pick for a starter would be the Merkur 1904 *open* comb. Do not fear the open comb, trust me. I get a decent shave with the closed bar but I think the open comb lets more lather right up to the blade edge. They are not necessarily more aggressive.
I love all my open combs, I have a gillette old style, a gillette NEW long comb, and a gillette ABC razor, all open comb and all superb shavers.
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OK... I have a Parker Shavette.... What say you?
I have a hell of a time with it! Would I be better off with a "real" strait blade? I don't really want to shell out a few hundred $$$ if it's something I just am not able to do.
I do great with a DE... And LOVE it! I even shave the 'ol Mellon with it. But I yearn for the smoothness of the hand sharpened blade!
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I lol'd. Back to reading then
I think the point was more... "Damn the cost, Full Speed Ahead!"
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OK... I have a Parker Shavette.... What say you?
I have a hell of a time with it! Would I be better off with a "real" strait blade? I don't really want to shell out a few hundred $$$ if it's something I just am not able to do.
I do great with a DE... And LOVE it! I even shave the 'ol Mellon with it. But I yearn for the smoothness of the hand sharpened blade!
I got a whippeddog.com sight unseen deal, not the sexiest straight out there, but properly honed and comes with the goodies to keep it sharp, and you cannot beat the price!!! Once you get the feel for a sharp straight, then look into the big Cheddar for a fancy one.


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