Ask Aaron Q/A: Beard shaping – Mach 3 Razor vs Double Edge Safety Razor

June 25, 2014 · Posted in Ask Aaron Q & A, Double Edge Shaving, Shaving Tips · Comment 

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Aaron is asked a question about the best ways to shape a beard using a double edge safety razor

Saby Sambhi, from the UK, asks:

“Hey Aaron, I have recently graduated to a DE safety razor from a Gillette Mach 3. I have a Merkur 34c razor, Edwin Jagger super badger hair brush and Taylor of Old Bond street almond shaving cream.

So far the shaves have been amazingly close but I am having issues with shaping my beard. The razor works great shaving large areas such as my neck but I can’t see where I am shaving for the intricate areas due to the thickness of the cream and this is leading to shaping mistakes.

Can you please advise the best way to address this? Previously with my Mach3 I was able to to cover the areas requiring detail with a thin layer of soap allowing me to see where I am going and due to the relatively benign nature of the blades this provided adequate protection and lubrication but I feel a DE razor will be too aggressive for this approach?

Any help is greatly appreciated! Many thanks, Saby.”

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A double edge razor is a great tool for shaping a beard

AARON SAYS

“Mr. Saby,

Actually the same approach you used with the Mach 3 you can apply with the Merkur. What I recommend (and I do myself) is to take your finger and gently wipe away the majority of the lather, leaving behind a thin layer. The thin layer will give you the protection and glide you are looking for and still give you good visibility! Another thought would be to use a shavette such as a Dovo or Bluebeard’s “cut-throat” to do the fine work. Both methods work equally well and should give you the results you are looking for!

Smooth Shaving!
Aaron”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: Merkur 34C vs Muhle R89 – Which one is the best?

November 8, 2012 · Posted in Ask Aaron Q & A, Double Edge Shaving, Safety Razors · Comment 

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Aaron answers a question about which safety razor is the best, the Merkur 34c or the Muhle R89

Billy Stewart, from the UK, asks:

“I am ready to purchase my first de safety razor and have decided on a choice between Merkur 34c and the Muhle R89 which would be the best? Unless you can recommend something else?”

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The Muhle R89 safety razor

AARON SAYS

“Mr. Stewart,
Congratulations on your first safety razor purchase! Honestly the Muhle 89 and the Merkur 34c are both great introduction razors and you would do well to purchase either one. I personally started with the Merkur 34c, but know many others who have started with the Muhle. The choice is yours, choose which one seems to appeal to you most and welcome to the safety razor club!

Smooth Shaving,
Aaron”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: Do double-edged safety razors provide a superior shaving experience?

April 19, 2012 · Posted in Ask Aaron Q & A, Double Edge Shaving, Safety Razors · Comment 

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Aaron answers a question about whether a DE safety razor offers a better shave than a cartridge razor

Benny Saelens, from Belgium, asks:

“Dear Aaron, I have been shaving for many years using a Gillette Mach 3 and for the last year on a regular basis with the Fusion. I would like to have a better shave but also a safe one. Would you advise me to swap a cartridge type razor to a DE safety razor, and if yes, which one? I have rather sensitive skin. Many thanks in advance for your appreciated advise, Benny.”

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Parker Model 94R

AARON SAYS

“Benny,
With a little attention and technique the DE razor is just as safe as the modern cartridge razor such as the Mach 3 and Fusion you mention. I recommend the Merkur 34c, the Edwin Jagger DE86 or DE89, Parker 94R, or the Bluebeard’s Revenge Scimitar. These all are recommended for beginning shavers due to their mild blade exposure, which would be ideal for your sensitive skin. I think you will find the shave with a DE very rewarding and enjoyable.

Happy Shaving!
Aaron”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: A good alternative to the Merkur 34C

February 10, 2012 · Posted in Ask Aaron Q & A, Double Edge Shaving, Safety Razors · Comment 

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Mark Southern, from UK, asks:

“Hi Aaron. Hope you are well. I really want to purchase the Merkur 34c safety razor, but every online shop I visit seems to be out of stock. Can you please recommend me an alternative razor, something which is similar in terms of weight, feel, look, aggressiveness and price.

Thanks Mark.”

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Edwin Jagger Double Edge Razor DE89L

AARON SAYS

“Mr. Southern,
With the growth of popularity of wet-shaving I’m not surprised to hear there is a shortage of the Merkur 34c! It’s a great razor, but with it being out of stock there are some good alternatives out there too. The Edwin Jagger DE89 series is a great competitor, and very similar is head shape, aggressiveness and price. Other good alternative razors are the Muhle R89, the Merkur 38c (the long handled cousin to the 34c), Bluebeard’s Revenge “Scimitar”, and the color handled Merkur “barber-pole” razors. These should all serve you very well and give you the same shave as the Merkur 34c. A great question, thank you!

Smooth Shaving,
Aaron”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: Can you recommend me a Merkur DE razor for normal beard growth?

November 9, 2011 · Posted in Ask Aaron Q & A, Double Edge Shaving, Safety Razors, Shaving Tips · Comment 

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Chris Phillips, from the UK, asks:

“I don’t have what is called a “tough beard”. I use a vintage Gillette razor now, and want to move up to a Merkur. Is there a Merkur razor which is best suited for a guy with a ‘normal’ beard, offering a gentle, but effective shave, with not much irritation? Thanks, CP.”

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Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Classic

AARON SAYS

“Mr. Phillips,
Yes indeed there is! If you’re looking for a great “normal” shave, go for the Merkur 34c “Heavy Duty/HD” razor. It’s a great shaver, with a mild shave that will perform well each time you shave. I have one and enjoy it a lot, and I think you will too.

Happy Shaving!

Aaron”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: Could you recommend a razor and cream for sensitive skin and thin blond hair?

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Robin Worboyes, from the UK, asks:

“Dear sir, I have long struggled with poor shaving results, using the typical shop brands, and would like to shave properly (having never actually been taught). Could you recommend a razor and cream etc for sensitive skin and thin blond hair. I would also very much like to know where the badger hair comes from (I thought it was a protected species) and how it is sourced? Many thanks, Kind regards Robin.”

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Muhle R89 Double Edged Chrome Safety Razor

AARON SAYS

“Mr. Worboyes,
Thanks for your question! I can certainly recommend some products for you! As to razors I recommend the Merkur 34c, the Bluebeards Scimitar, and the Muhle R89 & R106 razors. As far as creams, I really like the creams carried here at Shaving-Shack including (but not limited to) Bluebeards, Taylor of Old Bond Street, Proraso, and Cyril Salter among others. You should be able to find something in those that would satisfy your scent palette and shaving needs.

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Simpsons Persian Jar Super Badger Brush (PJ2)

To answer your second part of the question Badger is a protected species in Most of Europe and the USA. However most badger hair comes from China where the badger is still quite a nuisance and many of the farmers there trap them to protect their crops, selling their furs to brush manufacturers. I hope this helps ease your mind that they are not being killed needlessly! Thanks for you questions, and good luck with your shaving journey!

Best of Shaves,
Aaron”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: What is the perfect safety razor for someone with small hands, soft skin, and a modest budget?

September 16, 2011 · Posted in Ask Aaron Q & A, Double Edge Shaving, Safety Razors · Comment 

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Felix Clarke, from the UK, asks:

“I’m new to shaving, and have been using an old Gillette Contour nicked off my step-dad. Not as overpriced as some cartridge razors, but still. Up until now it’s been working well, teamed up with King of Shaves shave oil and used after a shower. Trouble is, my stubble’s getting thicker and harder on the blades but my skin’s still soft, and I’m starting to cut myself with the Contour. So I’m thinking it might be time to treat myself to a double-edged razor – preferably one that I won’t grow out of. What combination of razor, blades and prep would you recommend for someone with small hands, soft skin, and a modest budget?”

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The Parker 98R Heavy Duty Premium Barberpole

AARON SAYS

“Mr. Clarke,
Thanks for your question! You prep is great. Showering before a shave is one of the best ways you can prepare your beard. Also you can wash your face with a mild wash or scrub. For a razor I would recommend the Merkur 34c/HD, Parker 98r or the Bluebeard’s Scimitar razor. As for a blade, I generally don’t recommend specific blades because they are highly subjective depending on your skin and hair types. What I do recommend is getting a blade sample pack. Smooth shaving, Aaron.”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: Which is better – The Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Classic or the Merkur 38C Barberpole?

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Tariq Khandoker, from the UK, asks:

“What is the diffrence between the Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Classic and the Merkur 38C Barberpole? Which is better?”

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Merkur 34C Heavy Duty Classic

AARON SAYS

“Mr. Khandoker,
The only difference is the length of the handle, and a slight addition of weight. One is not necessarily better than the other, but depending on your preferences, you might want one or the other. If you like a very hefty razor go with the 38c. If you have large hands the length of the pole on the 38 will help you maintain a good grip on the razor. Otherwise, the head is just the same and will provide the same shave. Hope this helps!

Smooth shaving! Aaron”

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Ask Aaron Q/A: Combining different Merkur DE razors

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Jack Lovell, from the UK, asks:

“Hello Aaron, I presently have a Merkur Futur and Vision 2000 razor which I like because of their hefty weight. For my next heavyweight razor I would like to cobble together a Merkur 43C stainless steel handle with a Merkur 37C slant bar head. Will these two components marry together? Many thanks and regards. Jack”

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Merkur 37C Slant Bar DE Safety Razor

AARON SAYS

“Mr. Lovell, It’s nice to find anther heavy razor lover! My personal tendency is to favor razors with a heavier feel than others. While I have not tried pairing the two different parts, I will assume that you should be able to match the two razor parts together. I would also offer you a suggestion, have you looked at the Merkur 39c slant barberpole? It is one of the heftiest razors Merkur produces, and has the slant head on top. This might produce the razor you desire! Good luck!

Happy Shaving, Aaron”

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Ask Aaron Q&A: Would you recommend the Merkur 34C safety razor?

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“Hi, I am currently a disposable multi-blade user and am getting very frustrated at the high cost. I started looking for alternatives and quickly realised that there is a lot of recommendations to go back to the single blade safety razor. Having dug deeper it seems that the Merkur HD 34c is highly recommended. Would you also agree with this recommendation for someone who has used a multi-blade razor for years and also has sensitive skin?” asks Paul Neve, from the UK.

AARON SAYS

“Mr Neve,
The Merkur 34c is certainly a highly regarded razor, and for good reason. It’s weight, medium aggressiveness, and relative affordability make it one of the ideal razors to start your wet shaving journey on. I think you will find it to be a great tool and certainly a good razor. I use one myself! Another thing that will help you greatly is to purchase a blade sample pack. Blades are the most subjective part of learning wet shaving and the sampler will greatly help you find which is best for your hair and skin. We wish you the best of luck beginning your journey, feel free to get in contact again with any more questions!

Smooth Shaving!

Aaron”

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