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A salute to the humble Edwin Jagger DE89

I have the DE89 as a backup razor at my folk’s place when I visit (i.e. holidays, etc.)

I have a few razors in the den now to rotate (i.e. ATT, Timeless, Karve, Gillette Tech, Rockwell 6S) and I’m not saying this to brag.

With a fresh blade, I get as good a shave as with any of those premium shavers. Period.

The interesting part is by not using the DE89, I realize more where its strenghts are. I agree this is more a « medium » shaver as opposed to the milder ones out there. Blade feel is actually quite good and you can really feel how much aggression you can apply angle wise. I find this to be a plus because it’s giving you better feedback.

For what it is, I think it’s a rock solid all rounder with a fresh sharp blade in it.
 
I bought a DE89 / R89 head, as I have plenty of spare handles, and I just wanted to see what it was like. It's not for me I'm afraid. It's rougher than my AS-D2 around my mouth and chin, especially ATG, yet it can't get rid of the stubble under my jawline. It also seems to clog up rather easily. I suspect it's a case of Your Face May Vary, rather than YMMV, as it clearly works well for others.
 
I hadn't used my 89 since 2014 and shaved with it today on a whim (since my Gillette NEW long comb was feeling aggressive).

All I can say is WOW - why have I forgot about it for so long!! I can't wait until my next shave. Aces!
 
I have a DE89 and I have read it has a blade gap of .029”. I know blade gap isn’t everything however it’s a variable I can quantify. Interesting how that gap relates to different Gillette adjustables. 5,6 or even 7 on some models. Just thought this interesting. Adjustable Razor Blade Gaps – Gillette Adjustable Razors - https://gilletteadjustable.com/misc-2/adjustable-razor-blade-gaps/
I think the blade gap is .76mm or .029", yes. It is just about perfect.
 
So far, I don't have this problem with the DE89. Isn't the R89 a Muhlë? Not the same razor, I don't think. The EJ DE89, for me, simply glides. I like it so much I am trying to find a stainless that is as good. I was recommended a Game Changer 68.
I got the Gamechanger hoping it would be an '89' in stainless, it is close but for me not as smooth with either 84 or 68 plate. a good razor but not an 89 - of course YMMV
 
The EJ DE89 is my desert island, if I can have only one, safety razor. Smooth as possible with a Derby, easy BBS with a Feather or Personna Platinum. Just as good with a thick cushion of MWF or a thin slick Cremo or Trader Joe's cream. I have other razors I like but none gives me such a variety of shaves with different blades and creams. Only wish, make a stainless or titanium version.
 
I just got a DE89 (actually from BST here!) and I can see why it has a good reputation. I used it for the first time this morning and I like how it performs.
 
Really, for my face and preferences the only razor I have found that rivals the DE89 is the Henson. The DE89 is really good with the right blade.
 

Marco

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I love my Edwin Jagger DE89 razors. These two below are my favourite!!

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I pulled my DE89 out of storage today and shaved with it. I used a Gillette 7 AM blade and got a glorious shave. A Feather would have been better and had less touch ups, but it was still really good. This razor's head bends the blade like a Gillette Tech, maybe not as much, but similarly. It shaves like a Tech, too. Very nice.
 
I pulled my DE89 out of storage today and shaved with it. I used a Gillette 7 AM blade and got a glorious shave. A Feather would have been better and had less touch ups, but it was still really good. This razor's head bends the blade like a Gillette Tech, maybe not as much, but similarly. It shaves like a Tech, too. Very nice.

An R89 was my first razor and daily driver for about 5 years. I'd shave with something else on weekends but four days a week, I relied on the R89 (usually stoked with a GSB). I ditched the head when the plating failed and the zamak started to pit.

For me though, it doesn't shave or feel like a Tech. It's noticeably more aggressive. I'd call it mild-ish more than mild.
 
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