Price Research: Our research indicates that this Edwin Jagger De89bl Double Edge Safety Razor Plated (chrome) is $12 lower (32% savings) than the next best available price from a reputable merchant with prices starting from $38. - brisar
Soap.com has the Edwin Jagger DE89bl Double Edge Safety razor in stock for $32.75. Using code EVERYDAY1 saves 20% + Free shipping on your 1st order of $25 or more. (Exp: 12/31/2012) The final price is $26.20 shipped. Valid for new soap.com customers only.
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FYI: Edwin Jagger safety razors use Muhle heads, the only difference are the handles.
Things you MUST have
- Dual-edge Blades
- Shave Cream or Soap
- Brush (for "whipping" up cream, exfoliating the skin)
- Shave Bowl (to assist in creating lather from cream/soap)
- Balm (to soothe your skin, totally worth it)
- Styptic Pencil (you WILL nick yourself at some point)
- Pre-shave oil (helps to soften hair)
- Razor / Brush Stand (allows for easier drying, and looks awesome)
- Fancy shaving bowls
- Scuttles to keep your rich foam luxuriously warm
- 20 different soaps and creams
DE blades range from about $0.08 to $0.30 each, and each blade will last you 3-5 complete shaves or so (depending on quality).CHANGING BLADES
It is a well-accepted fact in the DE community that blades behave differently on different skin. It is generally recommended to buy a customized sampler pack of several different brands to see what works with your skin (usually sellers will let you pick the brands you want to try). West coast shaving is a great source.
$10 - 35 Blade Sampler Pack (Feather, Astra, Personna Red, Crystal, Derby)
$21 - 65 Blade Sampler Pack (Feather, Astra, Personna Red, Crystal, Derby, Merkur, Gillette, BIC, Dorco)
$8 - 100 Derby Blades (cheap and usable)
$12 - 100 Astra Platinum Blades
$13 - 50 Israeli Personna Reds (high-quality, not quite as unforgiving as Feathers)
$17 - 50 Feather Blades (well known, highly-regarded as the "best" (i.e. sharpest), but also the most unforgiving) .
This is extremely important, and I speak from experience. When changing blades, you MUST be careful. You should always put the head of the razor upside down on the counter (with the handle pointed straight up), push downward (with the fingers on your weak hand) on the back of the head towards the counter while unscrewing the handle with your strong hand.BRUSHES
DO NOT squeeze the sides of the head while unscrewing the handle. If you lose your grip, you WILL SERIOUSLY INJURE YOURSELF. Again, I'm speaking from experience. With cartridge razors you're typically never at risk of cutting yourself, with DE blades the risk is much greater. Do not form bad habits changing blades. You will regret it.
Alternately, rest the long edge of the razor head on the counter with the handle sticking out over the edge and let the countertop hold the head while you twist the handle to tighten/loosen.
BOAR$16 Omega Pro 48 boar brush, used by pro italian barbers everywhere.
$14 Omega Pro 49 if you prefer a bit of color.
And some great information on boars , and why should you try them.
BADGERSHAVE CREAM & SOAP
A decent badger brush will run you at least $20 (the Tweezerman on Amazon is bottom of the barrel as far as badger goes... "pure badger" means "badger hair that we've cut to make it curved". A decent quality badger brush will be "best badger" or "silvertip badger"), so most people prefer to save the money up front to make sure they'll stick with it.
$11 Proraso is the long time favorite. Smells great, produces amazing cream, and it's been around forever.AFTERSHAVE AND BALM
$4.50 or so when you buy three - Colonel Conk Bay Rum Soap which is one of the top sellers http://www.amazon.com/3-pack-2-25...B001OMVB38
$2 Van der Hagen Glycerin Shave soap . This is slickdeals after all. You don't need to spend tons of money on expensive creams. (but you get what you pay for. this is like shaving with handsoap)
$33 Tabac is one of the more well-respected soaps. Definitely worth the money. Keep checking http://www.fragrancex.
com/product...ducts .html for really good deal on Tabac shaving soap.
$20 Edwin Jagger has a great line of soaps , most gents and ladies prefer sandalwood.
$10-13 Mama Bears home made shaving soaps
$9 Speick shaving stick has a great smell, is good for travel, and it's tallow-based so truly SLICK.
$6 - Nivea has a great alcohol-free balm that a lot of people love. You can get it almost anywhere.BOWLS
$10 - Some people like Witch Hazel as an aftershave. Here's the alcohol-free version from Thayers
You can use anything for a bowl... maybe a coffee mug, cereal bowl, etc. Most gents prefer largish bowls... maybe 5in diameter, with curved sides. Ceramic bowls will retain heat better, which warms your cream. I use a wonderful ceramic bowl I snagged at a Goodwill for $1.STYPTIC PENCILS
Check your nearest walmart for a Berry Bowl from Corelle , not the regular dessert bowl which is quite shallow.
Or you can just get soap on the brush and work up the lather on your face. That can help to soften your beard up more, as well.
Styptic pencils are $1 at Walmart (no plastic carry tube), or $3 at Walgreen's (with a plastic carry tube).GET HELP
By the way, the "sting free" part is complete BS. It stings like hell.<<Truth, as verified by another user. It stings like a you know what
The forums at Badger & Blade are your friend, as is the group at Wicked Edge .Please note that DE razors should be disposed of safely in a closed, sealed container (so that it can't be opened back up again easily after it's disposed of). They sell blade banks on amazon and other places for fairly cheap. <-- The dispensers for feather (and other) blades have a compartment on the back for used blades.
If you have a question about a product, it has been reviewed on B&B.
If you have a question about technique, it has been discussed on B&B.
If you have a question about where to buy what for the best price, the answer is on B&B.
Mantic59's YouTube channel has amazing videos for all levels of wetshavers, particularly newbies that know nothing.
Go here to find out how to make proper brush lather, proper shave technique, proper blade angle, etc. He's a master.
Sharpologist is a website started by the same guy with info on shaving, along with other grooming topics.
Most pharmacies will accept DE razors for disposal with their other sharps.
Please do not simply throw them away! They are a hazard to humans and the environment.