The Edwin Jagger 89 May Have Ruined DE Shaving For Me – A Review

IMG_20141209_144925Prior to purchasing the Edwin Jagger 89 lbl (the lined handle version of the 89bl) I had a world of double edge razors in my future. Merkur’s, Parker’s, maybe other Edwin Jagger’s, and many other razors were going to come through my shave den. Experimenting with each, a never ending journey to find the ultimate razor. Well that journey may be over, much…much sooner than I expected.

After having read several positive comments about the Edwin Jagger 89 lbl I had high expectations. Those expectations were met and exceeded. My first shave was with a Derby blade. And the end result was a close extremely comfortable shave. The razor had a great balance – felt natural – no adjustment required from my other razors. The 89lbl moved smoothly across my face barely noticing that there was a blade removing the hair from my face.

Wondering if a blade change would alter my opinion I tossed the Derby blade and tossed in a Dorco blade, but the result was the same, the change of blade was not noticeable. I gave myself a couple of weeks and several shaves before writing this review and coming to the realization that this may be the last razor I will buy. In some ways this is a good thing, after all, like many men I originally started DE shaving to save money. But as some of you I’m sure can relate, there is something about DE shaving that makes you want more.

Balance 5/5:
As mentioned above the balance was great. The transition to this razor was seamless.

Grip 5/5:
The lined grip of this razor provides excellent control and stability, regardless of how wet your hands are. Even the coconut oil I have been using for a pre-shave oil didn’t stand in the way of the grip. I’m not sure if the same can be said for the non lined chrome finish handle of the 89bl.

Blade Exposure 3/5:
I didn’t find the 89lbl to be overly aggressive, and worked great with the blades I used, and my beard growth for those days (never more tan two days worth).

Weight 4/5:
As mentioned in my side by side comparison, I initially found the razor to be on the lighter side. But after using it it was just right.

Price 5/5: The price can’t be beat considering the tool you are getting in return.

Clearly I have nothing but praise for the Edwin Jagger 89lbl. As it sands it has forced me to focus my future purchases on soaps & brushes and decide what to do with the other razors I currently own.

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