I will talk from my experience:
Got RAD and so now I have lots of DE's. Here's what I found... It's enough for me to get a blade sampler pack and play with a single razor for for a while trying out different blades to see which works best for me, and what absolutely won't work for me. I have tried several razors but I have gone back to my fat handle tech. I actually like this better than my EJ DE89L (which was my "have to have" razor. It's nice, but I prefer the handle on my fat handle tech (yes I do have other tech's too).
I got some advice here about working on my technique, and that has made all the difference in the world. BBS shaves now - technique and the right lotions and potions. I still have plenty of blades to try, but I at least have some excellent ones For my favorite razors I know I can grab when I decide to travel.
I also have some adjustable. Haven't really decided to go there yet. Why? I get BBS shaves and I am enjoying the process/shaves. Maybe someday, for 8 months or so into this, I am quite happy with my favorite razor. Right now it is enough to try different blades. What would I do with all the different settings on an adjustable. Just more options for trying different blades to see what works... Maybe someday...
Hope this helps and... Enjoy the process!
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Sorry to tell you this, you don't need one you need two. A Slim because it usually works better under the nose for some and a Fatboy because it's a Fatboy,built like a tank and has wonderful weight to it, lastly because they didn't make em for very long.
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If you can get one adjustable in a good using condition (not display or musuem) at a good price, do it. I personally enjoy very much the gillettes adjustables.
Right now my "Black Beauty" is the DE I like best. Great when I feel too lazy or rushed to straight-shave or when I'm "cleaning up" a sensitive face. The adjustable setting means that I don't have to reach for another razor every time I want to change the amount of "aggressiveness" in my shave.
Love my Fat Boy. I think it's a razor very much worth having. But not at all necessary in the first few weeks (or ever).
I've elected not to buy a Future or any of the other modern adjustables because money doesn't grow on trees.
Similar. A couple months into DE with a Gillette Old-Type. I started looking at the different three-piece razors on ebay, and bought a few. I found one I liked and have been re-selling the rest.
That said, I think you should buy an adjustable. They just look cool. If you don't like it, post for sale. That's what ebay is for.
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In order of preference (mine) if you have a Super Adjustable, a Slim, or a FatBoy, you don't need any OTHER DEs. It's 9 different razors in one. If you like a DE you will love a good adjustable.
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Just give up and give in RAD. Welcome to the dark side ^^
I told you it was impossible to resist,
I tried to as well, that didn't work out. But none the less
Welcome to the darkside, enjoy your stay
The Slim is a great razor. I think before you go super crazy with your RAD, now that you have a Slim get yourself an open comb. Like a New. I think everyone needs to try some different kinds of safety bars before they go nuts over just one kind.
My Slim was my grandfathers, and obviously it will never part from my collection. Its also the only non open comb razor I use. I don't use it every week but when I first started hunting down razors all I wanted as an adjustable until I realized just how much I love open combs, had the one I currently have not fallen into my lap I probably wouldn't have tried too hard to find one.
Grats on your new razor! Polish her up and she'll be a real beauty!
Of all the razors in my collection, the ones I reach for day after day are my Fatboy, my Super Adjustable, and my Futur. The others get love too but there's just something about these that give me great results. As always, YMMV.
I didn't find the mug I wanted, and visited some Flea Markets, looking for a Burma Shave mug. I bought a couple of razors. My razor collection went from about sixteen that had been bought new and kept, or had been heirlooms going back 58 years plus, to 22 or 23 (three DE purchases = one Red Tip, and two Techs). Through that point, I'd spent rather little on the items, and not a lot for running around gasoline expense.
It was the MUGS that broke past the cost barrier. In two weeks, I went from two to six, and wasn't finished, not yet. Not only must they be stacked on one another, due to limited space, I have to buy something from which I can steal the lids, to make stacking them feasible . .
Now, back to Gillette Adjustables. Other than the Red Tip, I consider the Slims and shorter of the Super Adjustables to have ideal balance among Gillettes. Red Tips run a close second (counting the slim and first model SA as essentially the same), with the really excellent knurling pattern strongly in favor on those Super Speed razors. Personally, all of the Gillette razors before the Slim Adjustable were simply "too short" for me, and the Slim is just right, as is the similarly sized Super Adjustable.
I think that a Slim makes a very good early purchase for anyone either first entering the classic shaving world, or returning to it after a hiatus.
That said, +1 for working on technique. It's very easy to get fixated on the toys in any field of interest and overlook working on yourself.
Last edited by takeshi; 05-10-2012 at 08:41 AM.
RESISTANCE IS FUTILE!
Seeing as how I own a Slim, Fatboy, and a SA, I'm probably not the one you want to answer this question!
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