Expensive razor vs cheaper


Has any one started with reasonably priced razor such as Edwin Jagged, and gone on to something like top of the range feather? If so, did you get a better shave, smoother and closer?
West Sussex, UK
Started with a Mühle R89, been though the entire spectrum... R41, 37c, Progress, Futur, Rockwell, Feather and every damn type of vintage Gillette.

They're all interesting to try but don't go chasing better/closer/smoother shaves, that way madness lies. If you want something fancy that you can show off and feel proud of owning get an expensive one but it won't shave any better, in fact my best razors have all been the cheapest.
I believe that if you are asking questions like "are expensive razors worth the money" "do they give a better shave" then the answer is Nah! they are not made for you, as simple as that.


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Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire
My first DE (Merkur 39C) cost £39.99. I got some great shaves with it. My favourite DE's cost £31.99 and £55 (Muhle R41 and Merkur Futur) respectively. At the opposite end of the scale, my Gillette Tech cost me under a tenner and I get great shaves with it.

The point of what I'm saying is that great shaves are available at all price points :) Don't be fooled into parting with more money than you have to.
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
I have used a Merkur 34C for approximately 4 years. This year I bought a Rockwell 6S - hardly 'top of the range' given some of the prices of razors I've seen, but still significantly more expensive than the Merkur. For me, the 6S gives allows me to shave more frequently (daily), so to that end, yes, it gives me better shaves. However, I could've bought the 6C, which is far less expensive than the S.
You hit the nail on the head Roy , you can put a rubbish blade in the most expensive razor going and you will get a rubbish shave. Conversely you can put a good blade in a cheap razor and get a good shave. I can get great shaves from cheap vintage razors with a good blade so you don't need to buy that expensive razor if you don't want to. :) enjoying your shave is the most important thing and getting a good shave while doing it . It's the same thing with cars!
One has to start from somewhere to be able to see what they are after in a razor or shave.
I did this with the 34C but it was too mild and got the FatBoy which was a revelation.
Later on I wanted something smoother which I found in the 6S albeit in a little less aggression than ideal for me even on plate 6 and a feather.
Now I have something like 40 razors of all blade kinds and price points but I learned one thing. I naturally gravitate towards medium aggression and superior smoothness . Aggression I can adjust with the various blades when not adjustable but exceptional smoothness is not a quality that can be found in all razors. .
New things come on to the market, like the new generation Gem blade razors. That in my books translates to a more rigid blade which can only be a good thing after having bought and used the OneBlade V1 Genesis. I bought the SE-G and the Sabre hoping for the best shaves of my life. (I have yet to try them).
In all honesty though, once one knows what they are after and search the various forums asking questions, I thinlk a moderately expensive razor like the 6S or the Variant are all one needs for a great experience.
West Norfolk. UK

The best razor made is the one that gives you personally a really close and more importantly a comfortable shave quite irrespective of price and it is likely to vary enormously from one person to the next for numerous reasons many of them small but none the less important. For me the two razors that fit that bill are the GEM Micromatic open comb, a dirt cheap common as muck razor, e-bay US has dozens listed every day of the week. The second is the Heljestrand 'wedge' blade SE just the opposite, hard to find a good one and quite expensive if you do.

Cost seems to me to be pretty meaningless when it comes to performance.

Cumbria, England
My two favourite razors:

PILS 101NE - £170, beautifully engineered German stainless steel. Truly a thing of beauty.

Gillette Tech - £18 from the BST, and that's for a very shiny cased example, you can find them cheaper.

I get fantastic shaves from both, most of the pleasure of the PILS comes from simply owning something so beautifully made.
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Agree with all the above, price (unfortunately) has no relevance whatsoever to the shave quality.

A high-end razor will be exquisitely finished & if it happens to suit (which is a complete lottery) then it is a joy that will last a lifetime.

There have been some very generous pass-arounds recently, why not try one for the cost of postage?

I have a couple of fancy stainless razors & enjoy them a lot. However my best shavers are not the most expensive by a long shot (merkur 45c is tough to beat).
As said before, it's not really a question of price, rather a question of quality that can be provided by either cheap or expensive razors.

I got my best shaves with both of them: Digress (which is a modified Progress at £90 and is expensive for me) and a cheap Futur replica ( £5 Ming Shi).

I think the Progress (£50) in the middle range is a good start and can last you years as soon as you will have found the right settings/combo.
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I started with a Merkur 34C, I have since used razors across the spectrum from £5 to £150 and none shaved better than the others because of the cost. The razors, their materials and price don't make a better shave, it is you who is handling the razor that makes a good shave with well practiced technique and prep.

If you have good technique you can have a great shave with any razor (barring a really cheap badly made razor).

Of my last two razors I used one is £20 (Fatip Testina Gentile) and the other £95 (ATT Calypso), I am prefering the shave of the Fatip, it comes down to preference and feeling, experience as well.

It is good to get a razor and use it, use it, use it until you have your technique down before you start exploring the vast array of razors out there. Most of the time a bad shave is user error. Through experience you get to know what works for you, for me I get my best shaves from razors on the milder side of things. Aggressive razors are just too much for my skin to handle.
...They're all interesting to try but don't go chasing better/closer/smoother shaves, that way madness lies. If you want something fancy that you can show off and feel proud of owning get an expensive one but it won't shave any better, in fact my best razors have all been the cheapest.
This + 1.

One has to start from somewhere to be able to see what they are after in a razor or shave...
I'm another to add to the 'personal preference' herd. Of my two modern single-edge razors I prefer my RazoRock Hawk over my Claymore V2 (which is coincidentally up for sale). The former costs around the £27 mark new whereas the latter is £70-ish new. Both do give great shaves and I'd absolutely state that the latter is better made with a better finish and tolerances/materials/etc. but the former just suits me as I tidy up around a beard.

On the flipside, the DE I've gone for more than anything else is a Thomas Clipper razor I received in a trade. It's by far my most expensive razor (circa £80 new for the razor only - I fortunately got the 'travel kit' included), but it (again) suits me better than my other razors, being medium aggressive and easy for me to find the right angle.

That being said, I've had equally good shaves with other razors - Merkur 37C, Gillette aluminium tech, QShave Futur copy, SR's etc. It must also be stated at this point that cost is subjective. If I hadn't realised I'd spent a small fortune (to me) on soaps and a couple of SRs I wouldn't have had the Thomas Clipper nor the Claymore V2 in my 'shave den'.
I think it is very much a case of YMMV.

I have shaved with the Chinese Tech knock-offs, some random Chinese plastic Gillettes and the feather popular towards the cheaper end of the scale and yes, while they did the job, they did an OK job.

In the same token I've shaved with various ATT head and baseplate combos and they are just fine. They look gorgeous, but I've had better shaves with cheaper razors.

My two favourites are the Shavecraft 102 and the Standard. They aren't the cheapest, but also not the most expensive, very much in the middle of the road pricing wise.