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    Question Aggressive DE razors?

    I am new to DE shaving (I have been doing it for about 2-3 months) and I love it. It just keeps getting better. At the moment I am shaving with a 60´s Gillette Slim Twist that I really like. I have read around here that it is a very mild razor. Now I am getting interested in trying more aggressive razors as my technique is getting better. Can anyone give me an example of a really aggressive razor? Any examples for mild and medium aggressive models?
    I would really appreciate some guidance. :)

    Tnak you in advance, gentlemen!

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    Aggressive:

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    Barbasol
    Adjustables (on highest settings)

    Medium:
    Red Tip
    Adjustables (on moderate settings)

    I think there is more to aggressiveness than gap and exposure. Those are big factors, but the sum is different than the parts.
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    The new EJ/Mühle head is a great upper-middle level of aggressive. And most people will agree that it is a beautiful piece of gear (I have had both). You might also see about trying a Slant, I used one for the first time yesterday and it opened my eyes up with an incredible shave.
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    Out of the razors I own these are the ones in the order of aggressiveness (the first is the most aggressive). As always, YMMV.
    • Gillette NEW
    • Wilkinson Sword Classic
    • Merkur Progress
    • Gillette Super Speed no date code
    • Gillette Slim Adjustable date code: K 1 (1965)


    And do not forget the aggressiveness varies with the inserted blade.
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    Gem Micromatic SE, open comb model; proceed with caution
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    Totally agree with KLM099. Proceed with caution on that open comb razor.

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    Default Thanks!

    Thanks for the info. I appreciate it.
    I have my grandad´s 50´s Matador Diplomat but I have not tried it yet. Someone said that model is a little bit more aggressive.
    I have been thinking about getting myself a R89 Mühle. Does it have the new head? Is Edwin Jagger and Mühle essentially the same razors?

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    The most aggressive DE that I have used is the Gillette old type. If you don't pay attention to it when shaving, it will remind you.

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    Of the limited number of razors I have personal experience with, I'd have to say:

    One of the Gillette Adjustables cranked open to 9 is pretty darn aggressive. A Slim on 9 with a Feather is pretty serious, but gives a great shave once you nail the angle.

    Merkur Slant...another beast that, when paired with a very sharp blade, is GREAT.
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    I'll also chime in with slant razors as being aggressive, such as the Merkur 37C and 39C. An older Mühle R89 is also a very aggressive razor.

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    I have the Muhle R106. I hear that the Edwin Jaggers have the same head but different handles. All I know is that with an Astra SP I get some pretty awesome shaves =D. Compared to some Vintage Gillettes that I have it is a little more aggressive.
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    The most aggressive razor I have ever used was the Old Open Comb Mühle R89, which was actually a rebranded Fat Tip razor. Here is an image.


    The old style Mühle R89 can still be purchased here:

    http://www.fendrihan.com/classic-dou...omb-p-923.html

    Here are a few threads about the Old R89:

    http://wiki.badgerandblade.com/index.php/Muhle_R89

    http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php?t=79308

    http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php?p=1018029
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    Quote Originally Posted by xillion View Post
    The most aggressive razor I have ever used was the Old Open Comb Mühle R89, which was actually a rebranded Fat Tip razor. Here is an image.


    The old style Mühle R89 can still be purchased here:

    http://www.fendrihan.com/classic-dou...omb-p-923.html

    Here are a few threads about the Old R89:

    http://wiki.badgerandblade.com/index.php/Muhle_R89

    http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php?t=79308

    http://badgerandblade.com/vb/showthread.php?p=1018029
    That looks stunning. Always wanted to try a Mühle. Might try this one out when I decide to take the dive. I do like an aggressive razor.

    The grip looks fluted like a Merkur Progress(which i love). is it similar???
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    Default Wow!

    That sure is a handsome razor! Would like to try that one. How is the shaving experience with an open comb compared to a closed one?

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    Every open comb I have used (even the super mild Goodfella) has eaten my face.

    The EJ and Mühle do have the same heads. I had the EJ and have the Mühle now and have noticed no difference at all. They come highly recommended.
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    I find the merkur 11c open comb to be my most agressive razor, I can get really close shave from two passes and never need to go atg with this one. I admit i've never used a slant but its my next razor purchase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topgumby View Post
    I think there is more to aggressiveness than gap and exposure. Those are big factors, but the sum is different than the parts.
    Wholly agree here. I think that looking for an more aggressive razor (in order to achieve a closer shave) is one way to go about it, but simply adding a more aggressive razor into your daily routine (one with more blade gap) dosen't always do the trick.

    Remember, the goal is a closer, smoother shave (I'm assuming here). I'd personally look for something slightly more aggressive (like a Red Tip) and then experiment with sharper blades. You didn't mention which blade you use, BTW, you might be able to achieve your objective simply by trying a different blade.
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    Get an adjustable. Fatboy, Slim, or a Merkur Progress or Futur. Then you can change it up and see what you like and what works best for you.
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    If it is an easy, very close, and effortless shave you are seeking, and who isn't? You might consider one of the many SE Gem razors. They are mostly inexpensive, readily available and shave like a dream.

    I've been using a "1912" for a while and decided to use my Gillette SS Red Tip this morning. Using the Red Tip was just like using a toy in comparison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xillion View Post
    The most aggressive razor I have ever used was the Old Open Comb Mühle R89, which was actually a rebranded Fat Tip razor.

    +1 when this baby is too mild for you I suggest holding the bare blade in your hands. Actually it is a Fatip (and not a fat tip) and coming from Italy. The same head is also used on the (expensive) Joris OC model.

    Nice razor but stay focussed during the shave!!
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