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First razor for young son?

Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 1:50 pm
by wrm2012
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.

Re: First razor for young son?

Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 4:42 pm
by CMur12
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.

- Murray

Re: First razor for young son?

Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:13 pm
by Tucker
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.

Re: First razor for young son?

Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 8:58 pm
by wrm2012
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.

Re: First razor for young son?

Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 11:07 pm
by CMur12
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.

- Murray

Re: First razor for young son?

Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2016 11:33 pm
by kaptain_zero
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.

Regards

Christian

Re: First razor for young son?

Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 11:58 am
by blantyre
What about a Schick Krona and Derbys? Mild but effective and not hard to find at a reasonable price.

Re: First razor for young son?

Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 8:20 pm
by brothers
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.

Re: First razor for young son?

Posted: Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:19 pm
by CMur12
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.

- Murray

Re: First razor for young son?

Posted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 4:51 pm
by Squire
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.

Re: First razor for young son?

Posted: Sun May 19, 2019 12:20 am
by shoebooty
Try starting him out with a Lord L6 razor & can get them on amazon for about 8 to 10 bucks it is fairly light in weight and gives an excellent shave for sensitive skin with a Astra SP (green) these two together give a nice smooth comfortable shave.

Re: First razor for young son?

Posted: Sun May 19, 2019 2:37 pm
by CMur12
Hi shoebooty. Welcome to SMF!

- Murray

Re: First razor for young son?

Posted: Sun May 19, 2019 2:47 pm
by slackskin
I will second the PL602 which is plastic. If your son likes it, then he can move up to (or you can gift him) the Razorock Baby Smooth which is effectively the same razor in aluminum, looks nicer and is reasonably priced. As for brushes, I would guess that he will find a good quality synthetic easier to use and maintain than a boar. My two favorites are the Fine Accoutrements Classic 20" (~24) and the West Coast Shaving Two-Tone Tall Synthetic (~$17), the latter of which is much heavier because the handle is bi0gger and made of glass.

Re: First razor for young son?

Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 5:36 am
by ShadowsDad
3 years later I strongly suspect that it's over and done with. Either that or the child now sports a wimpy beard.

Re: First razor for young son?

Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 12:33 pm
by brothers
I hope he took our advice and found a Krona! If so, I'm sure he's still using it and will continue to do so for years to come. 8)

Re: First razor for young son?

Posted: Tue May 21, 2019 1:01 pm
by Pauldog
For a first razor, I agree that the Krona is a top contender. But I would go with one of the later model Schick injector razors - model L, M (adjustable), or N. Or if it has to be a DE, get a TTO like a Super Speed.

Re: First razor for young son?

Posted: Tue May 21, 2019 4:47 pm
by CMur12
Strangely enough, I learned to shave with a Schick Type L. Not sure how I did it, as I find it too aggressive for me now.

I agree that the M-Adjustable would be good, at lowest setting.

- Murray

Re: First razor for young son?

Posted: Tue May 21, 2019 9:10 pm
by brothers
It would be cool if Bill (wrm2012) would stop in and give us an update now that 2 1/2 years have passed since the original inquiry.

Re: First razor for young son?

Posted: Wed May 22, 2019 7:23 pm
by Brutus
ShadowsDad wrote:
Mon May 20, 2019 5:36 am
3 years later I strongly suspect that it's over and done with. Either that or the child now sports a wimpy beard.
Be an optimist; maybe he's now moved on to straight razors and uses them daily.... 8)