I have always used a Gillette Atra, which has worked well for me, and have never been interested in any of those new expensive fancy razors. Now, the Atra blades are getting more difficult to get, and I was afraid I was going to have to “upgrade” to a new 5-blade “system” paying $2-$3 per blade. I’m very seriously interested in getting one of these Merkur shavers but have no idea where to start.
Just so you know, I have very think facial hair (I’m Italian) and I keep a short beard that I trim with an electric razor every week. I usually wet shave my neck and the top part of my beard every other day. Can you tell me which shaver model you would recommend and which blades? Actually, I don’t really know the difference between the safety razor, double edged, single edged, etc. So I’m really just trying to get more info so I can make a good choice.
Honestly, the more traditional razor is right up my alley and I can’t wait to get started. I just don’t know where to start. Can you help or at least possibly send me a couple of resources that I could use to reference?
For a safety razor, the Merkur Heavy Duty (HD) and the new Edwin Jaggar razors (DE87, DE89L) are probably the best-built popular razors out there right now. The Edwin Jaggar DE89L in particular has been getting a lot of buzz in the traditional shaving community lately. A less expensive possible alternative might be a Weishi razor: they’re not quite as well-built as the Merkur’s and Edwin Jaggar’s but they have a reputation as a “gentle” and “forgiving” razor that is good for the beginner.
No matter what razor you get, definitely try a variety of blade brands. There’s some interaction between the razor, the blade, and your skin so it definitely pays to do a little experimentation to find the combination(s) that work best best for you.