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Classy looking, nicely weighted and a close shave.
on 24 May 2014
Double edged razors seem to be making a bit of a come-back as men realise you can get a far closer shave with one than even the most expensive triple-bladed mega-mach whatever disposable is capable of, and that using one is a strangely pleasing, masculine thing to do.
The other fun thing of course, is as the blades are so incredibly cheap (even for the highest quality ones). You have an excuse to spend some money on a very nice, handsome razor to put them in. A good quality tub of nice soap will last you the best part of a year, and it's nice to have an excuse to pamper yourself and feel manly doing it.
The Edwin Jagger isn't an incredibly expensive razor, but it does feel and look like one. It's nice an easy to use with a good balance and a solidity that is reassuring. There are no fancy gimmicks, just unscrew the top, drop a blade in, and put it back together. There is a slight 'gotcha' in that it is easy to put the bottom plate in upside down if you're not paying attention, which will give a very poor shave, but pay attention and it won't bother you.
The razor is made from a nice chunky stainless steel, except for the handle which is black plastic. It can get a little slippery with soap, but the knurled end-piece gives you something to brace your little finger against, and it practice its not a problem. Soap-scum will dull the polished surfaces, but give it a rub with a towel and it goes back to its originally super-shiny finish. It feels solid and well-balanced in the hand, with a nice substantial feel to it.
If you're just getting into DE shaving and don't want to spend a fortune on a razor in case you don't get on with it (you will though!) then this is a great choice. It's a very easy to use one for 'beginners' and a nice straightforward razor. If you're thinking 'beginner? I've been shaving for years!' then I would recommend strongly you have a look at some of the tutorials on youtube. If you try and shave with one of these in the same way you'd use a Mach3 or similar, you WILL cut yourself. The Mach3 type razors tend to encourage you to push down on your face, while a DE razor is sharp enough you can just gently stroke across your face and let the blade do the work. Much closer, much more fun, and a great excuse to buy some nice toys and spoil yourself.
I'm a massive convert to DE shaving, and this is a great place to start.