It is indeed a solid razor. While some may not think it is 'aggresive' enough, virtually any blade and nice technique always gives me a DFS after just 2 passes....and I've only been on the DE track for the past 2 weeks.
Keep in mind that best is always highly subjective no matter what the topic.
~It's not the razor...or soap...or brush...or water...or position of the moon...~
Welcome and congrats on the good first shave. I just started myself (this past Monday). The next few might get rough but after you get your angle and pressure down its smooth shaving.
I love my DE89, but I have made a modification to it. I took the stainless handle from my Feather Stainless (A TOTAL PIECE OF SHIT, DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON ONE!!!!) and replaced the stock handle. Talk about a buttery smooth close shave...forget about it. I had been a Slantbar junkie, but this set-up yields just as close a shave, without the diligence required from the Slant.
Welcome and enjoy the shaves, Definitely give the Derby blades a try, for some they are excellent however for others not so much. If I am trying to compare blades I will often change a blade mid shave (dry your hands first) so I can get a direct comparison between two contenders, Its amazing how two blades can feel so different.
Congratulations one finding a razor that works for you. I personally love my DE89 variant paired with a Feather or Med Prep blade.
best razor in town
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+1 from eme Astra or Derby blades work fine for me, Astra probably a bit sharper
Congrats on finding a razor that works for you. I think the EJ DE89 is an excellent shaver. It is mild but it provides an excellent shave. I like the EJ/Astra combo as well.
"If I were two faced, would I be wearing this one?" - Lincoln
I only own a DE89, but I replaced the stock handle with the Weber Bulldog handle. I tried a blade sampler and came away ordering 100 of the Astra SP's. Great combo as many of you had said. I thought I was all set on blades, but I threw in a small pack of Personna Red's in my last order from West Coast Shaving and I think I might actually prefer the Reds. My shave was closer, just as smooth as the Astra's, and no irritation.
I'll echo the Personna Red sentiments. GBE's get along with it well too. I've been using my DE89 for the last few weeks and like it a lot. The soap.com deal couldn't be beat.
so i just took my first step towards this DE shaving....as a kid i saw my dad do it but since then he has switched to the megabladed fusion razors like i have been using for years.
today i was on a buying spree....
i ordered a fine badger lijun brush,
i ordered a Edwin Jagger DE89 razor,
i ordered bigelow shaving cream in a tube,
i also ordered a black brush/razor stand,
and i just ordered a blade bank along with black lather bowl and a pack of astra blades.
the edwin jagger will come with a few derby razor blades.
wow...almost $100 spent and this is the old school way?!?
couldve gotten a panasonic wet/dry electric for that price
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So worth the price. You will love it. Transforms a daily chore into a loved ritual.
-Truefitt and Hill Carlton Brown Horn handle / Edwin Jagger DE89 razor / Proraso soap
Very awesome! I just purchased one for myself, yesterday. With these reviews, I'm sure to like it. This will be my third razor, btw, of which is the second I've purchased and also the second DE I will own. Thanks for this post.
holding up one of his razors: "At last! My arm is complete again!" -Sweeney Todd
It is a nice razor, my first, with the barley handle. Keep trying different blades, I've tried four so far and have many more to go, from most to least favorite so far: Wilkinson Sword (Germany), Lord, Derby, Merkur.
It's my favorite razor, I seem to gauge my other razors by the shave and comfort level I get from the 89. I've tried more and less aggressive razors but can't put this one down. I also started with astras but only use feathers and 7 o'clock blacks now. The finish on this razor is impressive also for the price you can't beat it