This is my first post here! So happy to find you all!
I started shaving with a DE, badger brush, shaving soap, etc., just a couple of weeks ago, on the advice of my father. He said it was more comfortable, and that I would have an easier time dealing with my persistent razor burn on my neck where my beard grows up and towards the ear. He was totally right, and now I've got it down to where I'm incredibly happy with my daily shave.
I started with a Edwin Jagger DE89L, because I saw a lot of people here who liked it as an everyday razor. Super happy with the smoothness and build quality, especially in comparison with my father's open-comb Merkur (not sure which model, he bought it in France. Looks short.). Then, in an antique shop in Ellensburg, WA the other day, I sees me two old DE razors - one, an in-original-box Gillette old type open-comb, and a Star DE closed comb (looks like a Tech, I think), both real brass. I paid way too much, because I'm new to all this, but still happy using something much older than me.
Well, I tried the Gillette today, and I was a little intimidated. I grow VERY fast and VERY thick (French-Canadian genes, I know), and while it took care the beard quickly, it just didn't seem as smooth as the EJ at all. Do any of you have any tips on how to use the Gillette better, or if it's even worth using after the EJ? How about the Star?
Thanks for the help!