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    I've used a very early model Gillette like the one pictured, and I wouldn't suggest it as a first razor. I found them to be very aggressive and unforgiving. This is a YMMV type of situation, but I'd suggest trying a super speed or a slim adjustable, those are very forgiving razors.
    I'd also give a +1 to the blade sampler pack. When going through the sampler pack, try to stick with the same soap/cream for each blade. That will help eliminate one variable when trying to narrow down what blade you like.
    Also just for fun if you don't like a blade, don't give up on it completely, Make a note of what razor you tried it in and move on to the next blade. There are several blades for me that work well in some razors and not others. A feather is a good example, they only seem to work well for me in a slant, but in a regular Merkur they leave horrid razor burn and weepers.

    The main thing is to enjoy the journey..

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    thanks guys I got the razors in the mail yesterday and tried the Merkur barber pole with an Astra blade no cuts no irritation definitely could have been smoother but from what I have read you dont get a perfect shave with one pass and I didnt expect to get a perfect shave my first time out either. I just ordered a Fat boy on Ebay so I cant wait to try that out once I get a little more experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmr611 View Post
    I tried the Merkur barber pole with an Astra blade no cuts no irritation definitely could have been smoother but from what I have read you dont get a perfect shave with one pass....
    Don't give up yet. The Astra/Barber Pole combo is a good one, especially for my face. It will deliver very smooth shaves with a bit of experience under your belt.

    In fact I haven't found many blades that don't like my Merkur 38C. It's a very blade-friendly razor, which is why I regularly recommend them to newbies.

    Have Fun,

    Ryan

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