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First razor for young son?

Postby wrm2012 » Fri Dec 02, 2016 1:50 pm

My son will start shaving soon. He already has the peach fuzz stash. What would be a good razor to start him on? I don't really want him useing any of mine so was thinking about getting him his own along with a brush and soap.
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Re: First razor for young son?

Postby CMur12 » Fri Dec 02, 2016 4:42 pm

Hi Bill -

I think a very mild razor, such as a Weishi (new) or a Gillette Tech (vintage) would be perfect. An advantage of such mild razors is that the blade gap is very narrow, such that the razor either cuts or it doesn't. When you start opening up the blade gap, even with moderate razors, scraping of the skin happens when the blade angle isn't just right. The scraping, or course, causes irritation while producing a very ineffective cut.

As far as blades go, I think the Dorco ST300 (in the blue pack) is a mild, forgiving blade, perfect for a new shaver with a very light beard.

When I was starting out, I used these razors and Dorco ST300 blades, even though I don't have a light beard, because of my very sensitive skin. With more experience, I have migrated to razors slightly less mild (but still mild) and much sharper blades.

I think one of these razors and this blade would be the safest, most effective combination for your son. In my own case, most of the popular razors in current production are too aggressive for my skin, including the Edwin Jaggers/Muehles (considered mild by many, but not by me), and in my assessment they would be too aggressive for your son, too.

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Re: First razor for young son?

Postby Tucker » Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:13 pm

I would echo what Murray said in that a very mild razor would be best. A Dorco PL602 is an excellent low cost option that would not require a large investment if he didn't take to it. They are available on Amazon and Ebay. I also like the Fatip Gentile which is more moderately priced. If the double edge it too awkward, a Bic Sensitive single edge disposable would do well coupled with a good cream and brush.
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Re: First razor for young son?

Postby wrm2012 » Fri Dec 02, 2016 8:58 pm

Yeah I was thinking a mild razor is what he needs. I’m not a good judge of mildness for a razor. I use a Merkur Slant and am an older man with a old man tough face. So all suggestions are welcome. Searching the forums looks like the Feather Popular is a nice and mild razor also. Thanks and keep the suggestions coming.
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Re: First razor for young son?

Postby CMur12 » Fri Dec 02, 2016 11:07 pm

Bill, keep in mind that blades make a difference too.

The blades I like now I didn't like starting out. In the case of your son, being new to wetshaving, having a light beard, and having young, sensitive skin, a mild blade is in order. Crystals and Red Pack Personnas would also be good, but the Dorco ST300 is a blade taylor made for these circumstances. I have even used the ST300 to tame more aggressive razors. The main shortcoming of the Dorco ST300 is its limited ability to attack a heavy or coarse beard.

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Re: First razor for young son?

Postby kaptain_zero » Fri Dec 02, 2016 11:33 pm

While I have succumbed to the siren song of the straight razor after owning hoards of different DE razors, the only DE razor that remains in use here, is the Merkur 34c HD. It's an excellent all around razor, though it *may* be a tad heavy for a first razor. A Merkur 33c or 1904 would make an excellent choice, last for a lifetime, and would be a great first razor for any young gent to start.

When it comes to a young gent starting out, nothing is more important than guidance!

Things like canned goo is NOT the same as a good lather made with plenty of water. It is WET shaving after all.

Modern multi bladed monstrosities, made from disposable plastic, are designed to do everything they can to take away control from the operator and remove money from his wallet. But... with great DE razor control comes great responsibility. A young gent needs to learn that *he* is responsible for the shave he gets, not the razor or the soap or the brush. Mastering such a chore is something he can be proud of!

As for razor and brush... I personally have no problems with a basic Omega boars hair brush, and a run of the mill, basic but good, puck of soap or tube of cream and a blade sampler pack.

I do not know the young man in question, but if he likes to read... Dr. Moss wrote a book titled "The art of the Straight Razor Shave", and it offers plenty of guidance in preparing for a proper wet shave and applies equally well to both straight and DE shaving. You can download a pdf copy via the front page of shavemyface.com.

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Re: First razor for young son?

Postby blantyre » Sat Dec 03, 2016 11:58 am

What about a Schick Krona and Derbys? Mild but effective and not hard to find at a reasonable price.
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Re: First razor for young son?

Postby brothers » Sat Dec 03, 2016 8:20 pm

blantyre wrote:What about a Schick Krona and Derbys? Mild but effective and not hard to find at a reasonable price.


Rick, excellent suggestion! I wholeheartedly agree.
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Re: First razor for young son?

Postby CMur12 » Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:19 pm

brothers wrote:
blantyre wrote:What about a Schick Krona and Derbys? Mild but effective and not hard to find at a reasonable price.


Rick, excellent suggestion! I wholeheartedly agree.


I agree that this would be another good combination.

I disagree with the suggestion of any fixed-head Merkur, which I consider to be on the aggressive side - too aggressive for me even now with experience and too aggressive for a teenager new to shaving.

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Re: First razor for young son?

Postby Squire » Mon Dec 12, 2016 4:51 pm

My first recommendation is the Schick Krona. I don't know how easy they are to come in todays market but millions were made and good specimens were available last time I looked.
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