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A DE shave story

Postby bflotom2 » Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:44 pm

I thought I would share my recent story of DE shaving. I call it DE shaving rather than wet shave because I have nearly always wet shaved but as my placeholder indicates I’ve been DE shaving since 2006.
Back in 2014 I purchased a Jagger DE 89 to add to my two Gillette’s. When I received the Jagger I was under-whelmed with it. Don’t get me wrong it is a beautiful razor to look at, the finest plating I’ve seen in a long time. (This from someone who sold to platers during my career) But I was never able to get a close shave without a substantial loss of my face. I tried various blades and cream combos. At one point I actually considered selling the razor.
I’ve retired recently and decided to really become a full time DE shaver. With more time now I could shave outside of the shower and consistently take the time to work up quality lather each day-you all know really do it right. I pulled out the Jagger not one of the Gillette’s determined to make it work. I reviewed Mantic’s videos, purchased Michael Ham’s Leisureguy’s guide to gourmet shaving, and read a lot of blogs.
I initially slipped in a Derby. At the time one of the two blades I had in stock. I used Crabtree Sandalwood cream. I got an OK shave with little blood but not really without pain. After 4 days I switched to the only other blades I had, Astra Superior platinum’s. I just finished my tenth shave. Todays shave was not the best the blade was finally showing its usage after 10days. During that 10 days I used the Sandalwood cream, Nancy boy, and goop from a can. (Busy morning no time to lather). But every shave was nearly BBS. I did two passes only-1 WTG and 1 ATG.
The Jagger is a champ-consistent, smooth shaves better then what I’ve experienced with either the Gillette Slim or Super Shaver (’49). Finally a razor I can enjoy shaving with daily.
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Re: A DE shave story

Postby brothers » Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:15 pm

Tom, glad to hear you're getting some good shaves out of the Jagger.
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Re: A DE shave story

Postby CMur12 » Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:23 pm

Hi Tom -

Good to hear that you and the Jagger are finally getting along!

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Re: A DE shave story

Postby fallingwickets » Tue Nov 22, 2016 4:40 am

admire your skillz.....without knurling on the handle, i could never hold onto that,

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